Phil Brodie Band Info Page
"Births & Deaths"
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Born ~ September ??
1921: Jeanne Arland Peterson (US jazz pianist)*23.June.2013.

September 1st.
1994: Bianca Ryan
(American singer).
1993: Ilona Mitrecey
(French singer).
1989: Bill Kaulitz
(German singer, guitar; Tokio Hotel)
1987: Dann Hume
(New Zealand singer, guitarist, drummer; Evermore).
1985: Camile Velasco
(Filipino-American singer).
1984: Joseph Trohman
(American musician; Fall Out Boy).
1980: Sean Stewart
(US songwriter, musician, model, son of Rod Stewart)
1976: Peter McCarrick Brown
(US drummer; Wheatus).
1976: Babydaddy/Scott Hoffman
(keyboards/bass; Scissor Sisters)
1975: Natalie Bassingthwaighte (Australian actress and singer).
1975: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Puerto Rican guitarist, director, actor, songwriter; The Mars Volta).
Filip Nikolitch (French singer and actor)*16.Sept.2009.
1973: J. D. Fortune/Jason Dean Bennison (Canadian singer; INXS).
1971: Yoshitaka Hirota (Japanese composer).
1971: Lââm/Lamia (French singer).
1970: DJ Spigg Nice (US rapper; Lost Boyz).
1970: Mitsou/Mitsou Annie Marie Gélinas (Canadian singer, TV/radio host, actress).
1970: Vanna/Ivana Ranilovic Vrdoljak (Croatian pop singer).
1965: Craig McLachlan (Australian actor and singer).
1964: Ray D'Arcy (Irish DJ and TV presenter).
1963: Carola Sier-Smit (Dutch singer; BZN aka Band zonder Naam/Band Without a Name).
1960: Joseph Williams (US singer, film score composer; Toto/solo).
1960: Cass/ Richard Keith Lewis (UK bassist, Skunk Anansie).
1958: Armi Aavikko (Finnish singer, beauty queen)*02.Jan.2002.
1957: Gloria Estefan/Gloria María Fajardo García (Cuban-US singer, actress;Miami Sound Machine)
1955: Bruce Foxton (UK bassist, vocals; The Jam, Stiff Little Fingers).
1953: Don Blackman (US jazz-funk pianist, singer-songwriter; Parliament/Funkadelic/others)*11.April.2013.
1951: Boney James/James Oppenheim (US award winning saxophone player).
1950: Peter Hewson (UK vocals; Chicory Tip)
1949: Russ Field (UK guitarist, vocals; Showaddywaddy).
1946: Greg Errico (US drummer, record producer; Sly & The Family Stone/session/guest)
1946: Barry Gibb (UK singer, songwriter, guitar; Bee Gees).
1944: Archie Bell (US vocalist; The Drells).
1944: Leonard Slatkin (US conductor)
1943: Bruce Johnstone (New Zealand baritone jazz saxophonist)
1942: Marc Moulin (Belgian pianist, journalist, radio personality, composer of TV music)*
George Riddle (US country musician, songwriter; The Jones Boys/Bill Carlisle)*20.July.2014.
1935: Seiji Ozawa (Japanese conductor; Boston Symphony Orch/Vienna State Opera/others).
1933: Conway Twitty/Harold Lloyd Jenkins (US country singer, guitarist)*05.June.1993.
1933: Marshall Lytle (US double bassist; Bill Haley & His Comets/The Jodimars)*25.May.2013.
1931: Boxcar Willie/Lecil Travis Martin (US hobo/country singer, guitarist, songwriter)*12.April.1999.
1931: Sammy Arena (US singer; The Arena Brothers)*05.Dec.2012
1931: Andrew Arena (US singer; The Arena Brothers)
: Dick Raaymakers (Dutch composer, theatre maker, electronic music pioneer)*04.Sept.2013.
1927: Tommy Evans (US vocalist; the Drifters)

1926: Ruth Alice "Ronnie" Gilbert (US folk singer, songwriter, actress)*06.June.2015.
1925: Art Pepper (American alto saxophonist)*15.June.1982.
: Stewart "Dirk" Fischer (US composer, arranger, jazz educator, multi-musician)*25.Feb.2013.
Velma Middleton (US singer; Louis Armstrong big bands-small groups)*10.Feb.1961.
: Othmar Schoeck (Swiss composer and conductor)*08.March.1957.

September 2nd.
1989: Ishmeet Singh Sodhi (Indian solo singer; winner of Star Voice of India 2007)*29.July.2008.
1987: Spencer Smith
(US drummer; Panic! at the Disco).
1984: Danson Tang
/Táng Yuzhé (Taiwanese actor, model, singer).
1984: Jack Peñate
(UK singer, songwriter).
1983: Aimee Osbourne
(UK singer, actress and columnist).
1979: Alex Chu
(Canadian born Korean singer; Clazziquai).
1977: Ramiro Muñoz
(Colombian music composed for theatre, television).
1977: Sam Rivers
(US bassist; Limp Bizkit).
1976: Phil Lipscomb (US bassist; Taproot).
1975: MC Chris/Christopher Brendan Ward IV
(American rap artist).
1975: Tony Thompson
(US lead singer; Hi-Five)*01.June.2007.
1969: Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey (US singer; K-Ci and JoJo / Jodeci)
1966: Dino Cazares (US guitarist; Fear Factory/ Divine Heresy/Asesino).
Mike Baker (American lead singer; Shadow Gallery)*29.Oct.2008.
1959: Paul Wylie Deakin (US drummer, The Mavericks).
1958: Jerry Augustyniak (US drummer; 10,000 Maniacs).
1957: Steve Porcaro (US keyboards, synthesizer, composer; Toto)
1956: Fritz McIntyre (UK keyboards; Simply Red).
1953: John Zorn (US avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist, multi-musician).
1951: Mik Kaminksi (UK Violinist; Electric Light Orchestra/Violinski/ELO part 2)
1950: Michael Rother (German guitarlst, keyboards, multi-musician; Neu!/Kraftwerk/Harmonia/Cluster).
1949: Albert West/Albertus Petrus Enricus Gerardus Westelaken
(Dutch pop singer; The Shuffles)*04.June.2015.
: James Govan (US blues singer, percussionist; solo/sessionist)*18.July.2014.
1947: Richard Coughlan (UK drummer, percussionist; Caravan)*01.Dec.2013.
1947: Aldo Donati (
Italian singer, composer, television personality)*24.Aug.2014.
1946: Akira "Joe" Yamanaka
(Japanese rock singer, actor; Flower Travellin' Band/solo)*07.Aug.2011.
1946: Billy Preston (US singer, songwriter, bandleader)*06.June.2006.
1946: Marty Greb (US keyboardist, horns; Buckinghams/Fabulous Rhinestones/many sessions)
1944: Pete Atkinson (UK rhythm guitarist; The Thunderbeats, David John and the Mood)
1944: Gilles Marchal/Gilles Pastre (French songwriter, singer)*11.April.2013.
1943: Rosalind Ashford (US vocals; Del-Phis/ Vells/ Martha Reeves & the Vandellas)
: Dale Dorman (US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio disc jockey)*21.Oct.2014.
Ðorde Novkovic (Croatian singer, songwriter, record producer)*06.May.2007.
1943: Joe Simon (US singer).
1941: Bobby Purify/James B. Moore
(US soul singer)
1940: Jimmy Clanton (US singer)
1939: Sam Gooden (African-American soul singer; The Impressions)
1935: William 'Liam' Clancy
(Irish singer,guitarist; Clancy Bros/Makem & Clancy/solo)*04.Dec.2009.
1931: Clifford Jordan (
US jazz saxophone; many big named bands)*27.March.1993.
1928: Horace Silver/Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva (US jazz pianist, composer)*18.June.2014.
1925: Hugo Montenegro (US composer, arranger and conductor)*06.Feb.1981.
1925: Russ Conway/Trevor Stanford (UK pop music pianist, composer)*16.Nov.2000.
1917: Laurindo Almeida (Brazilian classical guitarist)*26.July.
1914: Tom Glazer (US folk singer and songwriter)

September 3rd.
1982: Andrew McMahon (US singer, songwriter; Something Corporate, Jack's Mannequin).
1982: Kaori Natori
(Japanese singer, model).
1980: Cone/Jason McCaslin
(Canadian bassist; Sum 41).
1980: B.G./Baby Gangsta/Christopher Dorsey (US rapper; Hot Boys/solo)
1979: Tomo Milicevic (Bosnian-born US guitarist; 30 Seconds to Mars)
1978: Valfar/Terje Bakken (Norwegian lead singer; Windir)*15.Jan.2004.
1973: David Mead (US singer, songwriter).
1973: Norihiko Hibino (Japanese composer, saxophonist).
1973: Jennifer Paige (US singer, songwriter).
Haydain Neale (Canadian award winning singer-songwriter; Jacksoul)*22.Nov.2009.
1965: Vaden Todd Lewis (US guitarist, singer: Toadies).
1964: Junaid Jamshed (Pakistani singer; Vital Signs/solo).
1964: Nigel Rhodes (UK actor, guitarist; AerialDevice).
1963: Jonathan Segel (US composer,multi-musician; Camper Van Beethoven/Dieselhed)
1962: Lester Noel (UK vocalist; Beats International)

1960: Perry Bamonte (UK lead guitarist; The Cure)

1957: Suzanne Freytag (keyboard; Propaganda)
1955: Steve Jones (UK vocals,keyboards,guitarist; Sex Pistols/Neurotic Outsiders/freelance).
1952: Leroy Smith (vocals; Sweet Sensation)
: Prince Jazzbo/Linval Roy Carter (Jamaican reggae and dancehall dj, producer)*11.Sept.2013.
1950: Doug Pinnick (US bassist, singer; King's X/solo/guest).
1948: Donald Brewer (drummer; Grand Funk Railroad)
1947: Eric Bell (Irish guitarist; founder member of Thin Lizzy)
1945: George Biondi (bass; Steppenwolf)
1944: Gary Leeds (drummer, vocals; Walker Brothers)
: Mick Farren (UK music journalist, author, singer; The Deviants/N.M.E)*27.July.2013.
1942: Jeff Cutler/Roland Jeffries Cutler (Canadian drummer; The Crazy World of Arthur Brown).
1942: Al Jardine (US vocalist, producer, guitar; founder member of The Beach Boys)
Kenneth Pickett (UK singer; The Creation)*10.Jan.1997.
: Shadow Morton/George Francis Morton (US record producer, songwriter)*14.Feb.2013.
1934: Freddie King (Afro-American rock blues guitarist, singer)*28.Dec.1976.
1933: Tompall Glaser (US country singer; Tompall & the Glaser Brothers/solo)*13.Aug.2013.
1926: Zezé Gonzaga (Brazilian singer)*24.July.2008.
1925: Hank Thompson
(American country music singer and songwriter)*06.Nov.2007.
1925: Shoista Mullodzhanova (legendary Tajik Shashmakom singer)*26.June.2010.
Erik Sædén (Swedish operatic bass-baritone)*03.Nov.2009.
: Shahir Krishnarao Sable (Indian Marathi folk singer-songwriter)*20.March.2015.
1921: Thurston Dart (UK harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor)
1918: Donna King Conkling (American singer; The King Sisters)*16.June.
1916: Herman "Trigger" Alpert (US jazz double-bassist; Glenn Miller/other greats)*22.Dec.2013.
: Knut Nystedt (Norwegian orchestral and choral composer)*08.Dec.2014.
1901: Eduard van Beinum (Dutch conductor, pianist, violin)
Frank Christian (American New Orleans jazz trumpeter)*27.Nov.1973.
1695: Pietro Locatelli (Italian composer, violinist)

September 4th.
1984: Camila Bordonaba (Argentine actress, singer, composer).
Lacey Sturm/Lacey Mosley (US singer; Flyleaf).
1983: Yuichi Nakamaru
(Japanese singer; (member of Kat-Tun).
1981: Beyoncé Knowles
(US singer; Destiny's Child/solo).
1980: Dan Miller (US vocalist; O-Town).
1980: Hitomi Shimatani (Japanese singer).
1979: MC Mong/Shin Dong Hyun (South Korean hip hop artist; People Crew/solo).
1979: Pedro Camacho (Portuguese award-winning film and video game composer).
1977: Mark Ronson (UK DJ/Producer, co-founder of Allido Records).
1977: Lucie Silvas/Lucie Joanne Silverman (UK singer, songwriter).
1976: Katreeya English (Thai singer, actress, model).
1975: Richard Wingo (American R&B singer; Jagged Edge).
1970: Daisy Dee/Desiree Rollocks (Curaçaon born singer).
1970: Igor Cavalera (Brazilian drummer; Sepultura)
1974: Carmit Bachar
(US singer, dancer; Pussycat Dolls)
1972: Guto Pryce (Welsh bassist; Super Furry Animals)
1971: Ty Longley (US guitar, vocals; Great White/solo)*20.Feb.2003.
1970: Igor Cavalera (Brazilian drummer; Sepultura)
1969: Sasha/Alexander Coe (Welsh producer/mixing/remixing/ DJ)

1966: Bireli Lagrene (French gypsy-style jazz guitarist).

1966: Yanka Dyagileva (Russian poet, singer-songwriter)
1964: Aadesh Shrivastava (Indian composer, singer)*05.Sept.2015.
1964: René Pape (German opera singer).
1963: Sam Yaffa/Sami Takamäki (Finnish bass guitarist; Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls/Michael Monroe band)
1963: Bobby Jarzombek (US drummer; Halford)
1961: Nick Blinko (UK lead singer, lyricist, guitar player; Rudimentary Peni)
1961: Bernard O'Neill (Irish double bassist, bass; international sessionist/founder member: Zumzeaux).
1960: Kim Thayil (US guitar;Soundgarden)
1958: George Hurley (US drummer; Minutemen/fIREHOSE).
1956: Blackie Lawless/Steven Edward Duren (US rhythm guitarist, lead singer; W.A.S.P).
1951: Martin Chambers (UK drummer; The Pretenders/ Miss World).
1951: Dan Del Santo (US steel guitarist, guitarist, singer-songwriter)*12.Oct.2001.
1950: Ronald LaPread (US bassist; The Commodores)
1948: Joe O'Donnell (Irish mandolin,violin,vocals; East of Eden/Headstone/Mushroom/Granny’s Intentions)b
1946: Gary Duncan (US guitarist; Quicksilver Messenger Service)
1945: Danny Gatton (US guitarist; Redneck Jazz Explosion)*04.Oct.1994.
1944: Gene Parsons (US drummer, banjoist, guitarist, singer-songwriter; Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros/others).
1943: Tony Jarrett (UK bassist; Vanity Fare).
1942: Merald “Bubba” Knight (US soul singer; Gladys Knight & The Pips).
1942: Heiner Stadler (Polish arranger, bandleader, composer).
1937: Gene Ludwig
(US jazz organist)*14.July.2010.
1936: Juan Carlos Cáceres (Argentine tango musician, painter)*05.April.2015.
1934: Michel Sardaby (French pianist).
1934: Eduard Khil (Russian popular singer)*04.June.2012.
1930: Jerry Ragovoy
(US songwriter, arranger, producer)*13.July.2011.
1930: John Cephas
(US Piedmont blues guitarist; Cephas & Wiggins)*04.March.2009.
: Leonard Rosenman (US film / TV composer)*04.March.2008.
1921: Ariel Ramírez (Argentine composer and pianist)*18.Feb.2010.
1920: Teddy Johnson (UK singer, drummer; solo/Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson)
1918: Gerald Wilson (US jazz trumpeter; bigband leader)*08.Sept.2014.
1907: Jan Savitt/Jacob Savetnick (Russian arranger, bandleader, violinist, and vocalist)*04.Oct.1948.
1905: Meade "Lux" Lewis (
American pianist)*07.June.1964.
: Darius Milhaud (French composer, teacher; Les Six)*22.June.1974.
1891: Sam Lanin (American bandleader; own bands/session leader)*05.May.1977.
1890: Naima Wifstrand (Swedish actor, operetta singer, troubadour, director, composer)*23.Oct.

September 5th.
1984: Justin "Trey" Hill (US guitarist, singer/songwriter, producer; SONICFLOOd/guest/sessionist).
1982: Sondre Lerche
(Norwegian singer, guitarist, songwriter).
1980: Kevin Simm (vocals; Liberty X)
1977: Alexey Harkov
(Russian bassist; Kipelov/Sergey Mavrin).
1975: Jamie Madrox/James Spaniolo
(US horrorcore rapper; Twiztid/Dark Lotus/Psychopathic Rydas).
1970: Liam Lynch/William Patrick Niederst
(US guitarist, puppeteer, musical director).
1969: Dweezil Zappa (US vocalist, guitar, son of Frank Zappa; solo/guest/sessionist).
1968: Brad Wilk (US drummer; Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave).
Ricky Parent (American drummer; Enuff Z'nuff)*27.Oct.2007.
1966: Terry Ellis (American R&B singer; En Vogue).
1964: Kevin Saunderson (US mixer, producer, member of; Reese & Santonio/Inner City/Kreem/Es'Ray).
1963: Juan Alderete (US bassist; The Mars Volta/Racer X).
1961: Marc-André Hamelin (Canadian classical pianist, composer).
1958: Lars Danielsson (Swedish bassist, composer and producer; own band/sessionist).
1956: Roine Stolt (Swedish guitarist; The Flower Kings).
1954: Sal Solo/Charles Peter Smith (lead singer; Classix Nouveaux).
1952: David Glen Eisley (US rock singer, actor; Sorcery/Giuffria/Dirty White Boy/solo/guest)
1951: Jamie Oldaker (US country musician; The Tractors/Eric Clapton Band).
1949: Dave "Clem" Clempson (UK guitarist, keyboards; Colosseum/Humble Pie/guest)

1947: Buddy Miles
(US drummer; Ink Spots/Band of Gypsys/session/guest)
1947: Charles Bobo Shaw (US drummer, co-founder of the Black Artists Group, a musical collective).
1947: Mel Collins (Manx-UK saxophonist, flautist, session musician).
1946: Freddie Mercury/Farrokh Bulsara (Zanzibar-born singer, pianist, songwriter; Queen)
1946: Dean Ford/Thomas McAleese (Scottish lead singer; Marmalade).
1946: Loudon Wainwright III (US singer, songwriter)
1945: Al Stewart (Scottish Vocals, Keyboards, Trumpet, Guitar).
: Giancarlo Bigazzi (Italian record producer, composer, lyricist, bandleader; Squallor)*19.Jan.2012.
1939: John Stewart (US singer, songwriter; Kingston Trio/solo)*19.Jan.2008.
1936: Willie Woods (US vocalist, guitar; Junior Walker
& the All Stars) *27.May.1997.
: Paul Yandell (US country finger style guitarist; Chet Atkins/top sessionist/solo)*21.Nov.2011.
1934: Carol Lawrence (US actress, singer)
1931: Richie Powell (US bebop jazz pianist;The Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet)*26.June.1956.
1928: Albert Mangelsdorff (German bandleader and trombonist)*25.July.2005
1927: Nick Ayoub (Canadian tenor saxophone player).
1927: Joki Freund (German aerophone multi-instrumentalist).
1913: Conny Stuart/Cornelia van Meijgaard
(Dutch singer, actress)*22.Aug.2010.
1912: John Cage (American composer)
: Ralph Berkowitz (US composer, pianist)*02.Aug.2011.
1892: Joseph Szigeti
(Hungarian violinist)*19.Feb.1973.
1494: Hans Sachs (German meistersinger)*19.Jan.1576.

September 6th.
1987: Ramiele Malubay (US singer and former American Idol contestant).
1985: Webbie/Webster Gradney Jr
(US rapper, hip-hop artist).
1981: Yumiko Cheng (Hong Kong singer).
1980: Kerry Katona
(UK singer; Atomic Kitten).
1978: Foxy Brown/Inga Marchand (US rapper).
1978: Tony Thaxton (US drummer; Motion City Soundtrack)
1978: Marlen Angelidou (Greek singer)
1978: Cisco Adler (US singer, producer; Whitestarr).
1977: Kiyoshi Hikawa (Japanese enka singer).
1976: Hyun Young (South Korean actress, pop singer)
1976: N.O.R.E./Victor Santiago (American rapper and reggaeton performer).
1976: Rodrigo Amarante (Brazilian singer; Little Joy/Los Hermanos)
1974: Nina Persson (Swedish singer; The Cardigans).
1972: Eugene Hütz (Ukrainian singer and composer; Gogol Bordello).
1972: Anika Noni Rose (US actress, singer)
1972: Dosh/
Martin Chavez Dosh (US multi-instrumentalist)
1971: Dolores O'Riordan (Irish singer; The Cranberries).
1971: Kathy Wolfgramm/
Kathi Jet (American vocalist; The Jets).
1969: CeCe Peniston (US dance music singer).
1969: Darryl Anthony (American R&B singer; Az Yet).
1968: Paddy Boom/Patrick Secore (US drummer; Scissor Sisters)
1967: Claire Martin (Award winning British jazz singer).
1967: Macy Gray/Natalie Hinds/Natalie Renee McIntyre (US singer-songwriter)
1967: William DuVall (US singer; Alice In Chains)
1963: Mark Chesnutt (US country music singer).
1961: Pål Waaktaar Gamst (Swedish guitarist, songwriter; A-Ha)
1961: Colin Ferrguson (Scottish bassist; H2O)
1960: Perry Bamonte (English-Italian bassist, keyboardist; with The Cure).
1961: Scott Travis (US drummer; Judas Priest/Racer X).
1958: Nigel Westlake (Australian musician, composer).
1958: Buster Bloodvessel/Douglas Trendle (UK singer; Bad Manners).
1957: Joe Smyth (American drummer; Sawyer Brown).
1954: Stella Barker (UK rhythm guitarist; Belle Stars).
1954: Banner Thomas (American bassist for Molly Hatchet).
1952: Buddy Miller (American country music singer-songwriter).
1949: Jimmy Litherland (English guitarist; Colosseum)
Roger Dean (UK avant-garde jazz pianist, double bassist, vibraphonist).
1948: Claydes Charles Smith (US lead guitarist,
co-founder of Kool & The Gang)*20.June.2006.
1947: Bent Persson (Swedish international cornet player).
1947: Sylvester James (US disco and soul singer, gay drag performer)*16.Dec.1988.
1943: Roger Waters (UK bass, vocals; Pink Floyd)
1942: Mel McDaniel (American country music singer, member of the Grand Ole Opry).
1942: Dave Bargeron (US trombonist, tuba player; Blood, Sweat & Tears/session/guest)
: Mel McDaniel (US country music singer)*31.March.2011.
1941: Micky Waller (UK drummer; Jeff Beck/John Mayall/many more)
*29.April.2008 or 06.May.2008
1940: Jackie Trent/Yvonne Burgess (UK songwriter, singer, actress)*21.March.2015.
: Don DeVito (US record producer, music executive, guitarist; Columbia Records)*25.Nov.2011.
1939: David Allan Coe (American country music singer and songwriter/composer).
1937: Bosse Broberg (Swedish trumpeter).
1932: Gilles Tremblay (Canadian composer).
1928: Evgeny Svetlanov (Russian conductor, composer)
1926: Aaron Schroeder
(American songwriter; Elvis Presley/Roy Orbison/many more)*02.Dec.2009.
1925: Jimmy Reed (US blues singer, guitarist, harmonica)*29.Aug.1976.
1919: Aaron Shearer (American classical guitarist)
: Pál Kadosa (Hungarian composer)*30.April.1983.
: Billy Rose/William Rosenberg (US impresario, theatrical showman, lyricist)*10.Feb.1966.
1891: John Charles Thomas (American baritone vocalist)*
1877: Buddy Bolden/King Bolden (US cornet player, first jazzman)

September 7th ..
1997: Michelle Creber (Canadian voice actress, singer)
1986: Spectacular Blue Smith
(US rapper with R&B Group Pretty Ricky).
1981: Paul McCoy
(American lead singer; 12 Stones).
1979: Owen Pallett (Canadian violinist, singer; Final Fantasy).
1972: Slug/Sean Daley
(American rapper; Atmosphere).
1970: Chad Ronald Sexton
(US drummer for rapcore/punk rock/reggae act 311).
1969: Little Jimmy Urine (American singer; Mindless Self Indulgence).
1966: Christopher John Dyke Acland (UK drummer; Lush)*17.Oct.1996.
1965: Ron Blake (American tenor saxophonist).
1965: Angela Gheorghiu (Romanian opera singer).
1964: Eazy-E/Eric Wright (American rapper; NWA)*26.March.1995.
1963: Brent Liles (US punk rock bassist; Social Distortion)
1962: Paul Tobey (Canadian jazz pianist).
1961: LeRoi Moore (American saxophonist; Dave Matthews Band
1961: Jean-Yves Thibaudet (French Pianist).
1960: Brad Houser (US bassist, woodwinds; Edie Brickell & New Bohemians)
1958: Hamilton Lee (UK drummer; Furniture)
1957: Margot Chapman (US singer; Starland Vocal Band).
1957: Jermaine Stewart (US singer, dancer; backup/solo)*17.March.1997.
1956: Diane Warren (US songwriter)
1956: Michael Feinstein (American archivist, pianist and singer).
: Ryszard Riedel (Polish singer; blues-rock band Dzem)*30.July.1994.
1955: Leonard Haze (US rock drummer, songwriter and producer; Y&T)
1954: Dave King (American bassist).
1953: Michael Byron (US composer, editor of contemporary music anthologies)
1953: Marc Hunter (New Zealand rock singer; Dragon)
1953: Benmont Tench (US keyboardist, piano, organ; Tom Petty & Heartbreakers)
1952: Allison Rayner
(UK bass player with Deirdre Cartwright).
1951: Morris Albert
(Brazilian singer).
1951: Chrissie Hynde
(US singer, guitarist, songwriter; The Pretenders)
1951: Mark Isham (American composer).
1951: Danny Doriz (French vibraphonist).
Mark 'Moogy' Klingman (US keyboards, producer, songwriter; Rundgren/Utopia/others)*15.Nov.2011.
1949: Gloria Gaynor/Gloria Fowles (US Rhythm & Blues singer).
1946: Alfa Anderson (US member of the band Chic).
1943: Lena Valaitis (Lithuanian-German Schlager singer).
1941: Michael Peter Smith (US singer, songwriter; writer of The Dutchman)
1939: Latimore/Benjamin "Benny" Latimore (US R&B singer, songwriter, pianist).
1936: Buddy Holly/Charles Hardin Holley (US singer, guitar, songwriter; The Crickets)*03.Feb.1959.
1935: Ronnie Dove (US singer; Ronnie Dove & the Belltones
1934: Waldo de los Ríos
(Argentinian composer, arranger)
1934: Little Milton/Milton Campbell
(US blues singer, guitarist, songwriter)*04.Aug.2005.
1932: Johnny Duncan (US skiffle music star)*July 15th 2000.
1931: Makanda Ken McIntyre/Ken McIntyre (US jazz saxophonist, multi-musician, composer)*
1931: Charles Camilleri (Maltese composer)
1931: Helen Gray (Canadian soprano singer; The Travellers).
1930: Sonny Rollins/Theodore Walter Rollins (American jazz tenor saxophonist).
1930: Francis Coppieters (Belgian pianist).
1924: Bridie Gallagher (Irish singer)*0
1922: Joe Newman (
American composer, trumpeter)*04.July.1992.
1921: Arthur Ferrante (American pianist; Ferrante and Teicher)*19.Sept.2009.
1920: Al Caiola (American jazz, country, rock, western, and pop guitarist).
1914: Graeme Bell MBE (Australian Dixieland, classical jazz pianist, composer)
1908: Max Kaminsky (US jazz trumpeter, band leader; many bands)*06.Sept.1994.
1897: Al Sherman (Russian-American Tin Pan Alley songwriter)
: Theophrastos Sakellaridis (Greek composer, conductor)*02.Jan.1950.

September 8th.
1988: Gustav Schäfer (German drummer; Tokio Hotel).
1987: Wiz Khalifa/Cameron Jibril Thomaz
(American hip-hop artist
1980: Slim Thug/Stayve Jerome Thomas
(American rapper).
1979: Pink
/Alicia Moore (US singer)
1976: Brendan Kelly (US singer, bassist, background singer; The Lawrence Arms/sessions).
1975: Richard Hughes (UK drummer; Keane).
1973: Troy Sanders (US bassist, frontman; Mastodon).
1971: Andie Rathbourne (US drummer; Mansun).
1971: Vico C/Luis Armando Lozada Cruz
(American/Puerto Rican hip-hop and reggaeton artist).
1971: Dustin O'Halloran (American pianist and composer).
1970: Neko Case (US country singer-songwriter, guitarist).
1968: Ray Wilson (Scottish singer, guitarist; Stiltskin/Genesis/others).
1966: Peter Furler (Australian singer, guitarist; Newsboys)
1966: Carola/Carola Maria Häggkvist (Swedish singer).
1965: Darlene Zschech (Australian Christian singer-songwriter).
1964: Jokke/Joachim Nielsen (Norwegian singer, guitarist
; Jokke & Valentinerne)*17.Oct.2000.
1962: Jay Ziskrout (US punk bassist, record executive; Bad Religion/Epitaph Records/Arista Records)
1960: Aimee Mann (US singer, bass, guitar; 'Til Tuesday/solo).
1960: David Steele (UK bassist, producer; The {English} Beat/Fine Young Cannibals)
1959: Daler Nazarov (Tajik composer, actor)
1959: Carmen Campagne (Canadian singer, children's entertainer)
1958: Michael Lardie (US keyboards, vocals, guitar; Great White/Night Ranger).
1958: David Lewis (US guitarist, singer;Atlantic Starr)
1956: Fad Gadget/Frank John Tovey (
British avant-garde electronic musician)*03.April.2002.
1956: Mick Brown (US drummer; Dokken/Lynch Mob/Xciter)
1951: Nikos Karvelas (Greek composer)
1950: Zachary Richard (US singer and songwriter).
1947: Valery Afanassiev (Russian pianist).
1947: Ben Orr
/Bennie Eleven-Letters/Benjamin Orzechowski (US bassist, singer; The Cars)*03.Oct.2000.
1946: Dean Daughtry (US rock keyboardist; Atlanta Rhythm Section)
: Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (US vocalist, harmonica, organ, Grateful Dead)*08.March.1973.
1945: Kelly Groucutt (UK bassist, vocals, songwriter; Electric Light Orchestra/ELO spin-offs)*19.Feb.2009.
1944: Peter Franklyn Bellamy (UK guitarist, folk singer; The Young Tradition/solo)*24.Sept.1991.
1942: Brian Cole (US vocalist, bass, clarinet; The Association)*02.Aug.1972.
1942: Sal Valentino/Sal Spampinato (US singer; The Beau Brummels)
1939: Guitar Shorty/David William Kearney (American Blues guitarist).
1934: Peter Maxwell Davies CBE (UK composer, conductor; Master of the Queen's Music).
1933: Eric Salzman (American composer)
1933: Asha Bhosle (Indian singer, Bollywood playback singer).
1932: Patsy Cline
/Virginia Patterson Hensley (US country singer)*05.March.1963.
1928: Earl Nelson (US R&B singer; Bob & Earl/The Hollywood Flames/Jackie Lee)*12.July.2008.
1927: Harlan Howard (US country music songwriter)
1926: Arthur "Artie" Anton (conga drums, drums, timbales; freelance/guest)
: Bhupen Hazarika (Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, filmmaker)*05.Nov.2011.
1925: Peter Sellers
/Richard Henry Sellers (UK comic actor, musician, singer)*24.July.1980.
1921: Thomas Mosie Lister (US gospel music singer-songwriter)*12.Feb.2015.
1918: William Henry "Bill" Graham (US jazz saxophonist).
1897: Jimmie Rodgers/Yodeling Cowboy (US singer, guitar, banjo, songwriter)*
1896: Howard Dietz (US pop and Broadway lyricist)

September 9th.
1992: Damian McGinty (Irish Singer)
1991: Hunter Hayes
(US country music singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist/30 instruments).
1983: Katy Steele
(Australian guitarist, singer, songwriter; Little Birdy)
1982: Ai Otsuka
(Japanese singer, pianist, songwriter).
1980: Jani Liimatainen
(Finish power guitarist; Altaria/Sonata Arctica/Graveyard Shift).
1979: Nikki DeLoach
(US actress, singer; Innosense).
1977: Soulja Slim/James Tapp Jr (US rapper; Master P's No Limit/solo)*26.Nov.2003.
1977: Chae Jung An (South Korean actress and singer).
1976: Joey Newman (US film-TV composer, orchestrator, arranger, conductor)
1976: Kristoffer Rygg/Garm/Trickster G/God Head
(Norwegian singer, keyboards; Ulver/Borknagar).
1975: Michael Bublé
(Canadian/Italian pop jazz singer)
1974: Ana Carolina
(Brazilian singer, composer, musician).
1974: Marcos Curiel
(US guitarist, songwriter;
P.O.D/Accident Experiment/Daylight Division).
1974: Divine Brown
(Canadian singer, theatre performer)
1974: Mathias Färm
(Swedish guitarist, singer; Millencolin/Franky Lee).
1969: Liam "Skin" Tyson (UK guitarist, Cast)
1967: Chris Caffery (US guitarist, singer; Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra).
1966: Gregory Kane (Scottish singer, pianist, saxophonist, guitarist; Hue and Cry/The Big Dish/sessions)
Mark Linkous (US multi-musician, singer, songwriter; Sparklehorse)*06.March.2010.
1959: Skatemaster Tate/Gerry Hurtado (US skaterock singer, television show host
1959: Eric Serra (French bass player, film music composer).
1957: Pierre-Laurent Aimard (French classical pianist).
1952: Dave A. Stewart (UK guitarist, songwriter, producer; Eurythmics/Longdancer/solo/guest).
1952: Manuel Göttsching (German
Kosmische guitarist, singer; Ash Ra Tempel/solo).
1951: Tom Wopat
(American actor and singer).
1950: John McFee
(US guitarist; Clover/Elvis Costello/Doobie Brothers).
Miss Pamela/Pamela Des Barres nee Miller (US rock'n'roll groupie, singer, writer; The GTOs).
Morris Pert (Scottish composer, percussionist; freelance/world sessionist)*27.April.2010.
1947: David Rosenboom (US composer).
1947: Freddy Weller (US guitarist, country singer; Paul Revere and the Raiders/solo)
1946: Trevor Oakes (UK guitar; Showaddywaddy).
1946: David Gavin (drums, percussion;Heads Hands & Feet/Vinegar Joe/Freelance).
1946: Bruce Palmer (Canadian bassist; Buffalo Springfield/Neil Young's Trans Band)*01.Oct.
1946: Doug Ingle (US organist, vocals, composer; Iron Butterfly)
: Jim Keays (Australian singer-songwriter, guitar, harmonica; The Masters Apprentices)*13.June.2014.
1946: Billy Preston (US R&B singer, keyboard player)*06.June.2006.
1945: Dee Dee Sharp/Dione LaRue (US R&B singer).
1942: Danny Kalb (US guitarist; Blues Project/Danny Kalb Trio).
1942: Inez Foxx (US lead vocalist; The Inez & Charlie Foxx Duo)
1942: Luther Simmons Jr (soul, R&B, gospel singer; Main Ingredient)
1941: Duffy Power/Raymond Leslie Howard (UK blues, rock n roll singer).
1941: Otis Redding (US soul singer, Bar-Keys)
1940: Joe
Negroni (US baritone vocalist; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
1929: Claude Nougaro (French singer-songwriter)*04.March.2004.
1927: Elvin Ray Jones
(American jazz drummer; John Coltrane/freelance/own bands)*
Hoyt Curtin (US composer, music producer; Hanna-Barbera animation studio)*03.Dec.2000.
1920: Aldo Parisot
(US cellist, teacher)
James Blades (UK percussionist)*19.May.1999.
1894: Arthur Freed/Arthur Grossman
(US songwriter, musical film producer)*12.April.1973.

September 10th.
1987: Nana Tanimura (Japanese singer)
1985: Matthew Johnson
(UK singer, One True Voice/State Warning/solo).
1985: Aya Kamiki (Japanese rock singer)
1986: Hiroki Uchi (Japanese singer; Kanjani8/NEWS).
1979: Jacob Young (US actor, singer).
1972: Katarína Hasprová (Slovak singer; sang "Modlitba" at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998).
1970: Paula Kelley (US singer-songwriter, multi-musician, orchestral arranger/composer).
1970: Ménélik/MNLK/Albert Tjamag (French rapper).
1969: Ai Jing (Chinese singer)
1968: Big Daddy Kane/Antonio Hardy (American rap artist, producer).
1966: Miles Zuniga (US guitarist, vocals; Fastball).
1966: Robin Goodridge (UK drummer, percussionist Bush/Elyss/Stone Gods).
: Cristian Paturca (Romanian composer)*18.Jan.2011.
1964: Yegor Letov (Russian singer, guitarist, songwriter;Grazhdanskaya Oborona/others)*19.Feb.2008.
1963: Bill Stevenson (US
drummer, percussionist, music producer; Descendents/sessionist).
1960: Dave Lowery (US singer guitarist; Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker).
1958: Siobhan Fahey (Irish vocals; Bananarama/Shakespear's Sister/solo).
1957: Carol Decker (UK vocalist, songwriter; T'Pau).
1956: Johnny Hickman (US guitarist The Unforgiven/The Dangers/Cracker/solo).
Johnny Fingers/John Moylett (Irish keyboardist; Boomtown Rats/music writer-production in Japan)
1955: Pat Mastelotto (US drummer; Mr Mister/King Crimson/XTC/guest)
1951: Peter Tolson (UK lead guitar; Pretty Things)
1950: Joe Perry (US guitarist; Aerosmith)
1949: Rick ("Rick the Bass Player") Rosas (
US top LA session musician)*06.Nov.2014.
1949: Barrie Barlow (UK drummer; Jethro Tull)
1946: Don Powell (UK drummer; founding member of Slade/Slade 2)
1946: Les Goode/ Les Gutfreund (UK bassist; The Nitwits/A-Cads/others).
1945: Jose Feliciano/José Montserrate Feliciano García (Puerto Rican singer,
blind guitarist)
1944: Sir Thomas Allen (English baritone)
1942: Danny Hutton (US vocals, Three Dog Night)
1940: Roy Ayers (US funk, soul, jazz composer, vibraphone player).
1939: Cynthia Lennon (first wife of John Lennon from 23.08.1962 ~ 08.11.1968)*01.April.2015.
1937: Tommy Overstreet aka T.O. (US country singer-songwriter)*02.Nov.2015.
1925: Roy Brown (US jump blues singer, keyboardist)
: Nelly Omar/Nilda Vattuone Elvira (Argentine singer)*20.Dec.2013.
1908: Raymond Scott/Harry Warnow (US composer, bandleader, electronic music pioneer)
1898: Waldo Semon (US chemist who in 1926, discovered PVC, vinyl for LP & 45 records)*26.May.1998

September 11th.
1978: Ben Lee (Australian singer, guitarist, actor; Noise Addict/solo).
1977: Ludacris
/Chris Brian Bridges (US rapper artist, actor).
1977: Jon Buckland (UK lead guitar, Coldplay).
1976: Elephant Man/Energy God/O'Neil Bryan (Jamaican DJ/singer).
1975: Mark Klepaski (US bass player, songwriter; Lifer/Breaking Benjamin).
1975: Brad Fischetti (vocals; LFO)
1971: Richard Ashcroft (UK guitarist, vocals; Verve/solo/guest)

1970: Theodore "Ted" Leo (US singer-songwriter, guitarist; Citizens Arrest/Chisel/Sin-Eaters/the Pharmacists).
1970: Taraji P. Henson (US actress, singer).
1969: Gidget Gein/Bradley Stewart (US bassist; Marilyn Manson/Dali Gaggers)*
1968: Kay Hanley (US vocalist; Letters to Cleo/solo).
1967: Harry Connick Jr. (US singer, actor, composer, pianist).
1965: Moby/Richard Melville Hall (US techno musician, DJ, producer, vocalist).
1964: Victor Wooten (US award winning bassist; sessions/guest/solo).
1962: Victoria Poleva (Ukrainian composer)
1959: Rory Lyons (UK drummer; King Kurt)
1958: Mick Talbot (UK keyboardist; Dexys Midnight Runners/Style Council/Galliano/Gene).
1957: Jon Moss (US drums; Culture Club/ Damned).
1955: Hiram Bullock (American jazz funk and jazz fusion guitarist)*25.July.2008.
1953: Tommy Shaw (US guitarist; STYX/Damn Yankees/Shaw Blades).
1948: John Martyn/Iain David McGeachy OBE (UK singer-songwriter, guitarist)
1947: Richard Jaeger{some sources Nov 9th 1947}(US percussionist; sessionist/freelance)*27.Aug.2000.
1945: Leo Kottke (US acoustic guitarist).
1946: Dennis Tufano (singer, guitarist; The Buckinghams)
1943: Mickey Hart (UK drummer; percussion; Grateful Dead)
1943: Jack Ely (US singer; The Kingsmen/The Courtmen)
1942: Loletha "Lola" Falana (US singer, dancer, actress).
1940: Bernie Dwyer (UK drummer; Freddie & The Dreamers)
1938: David Higgins (UK composer, conductor).
1937: Iosif Kobzon (Soviet singer, Russian businessman)
1935: Arvo Pärt (Estonian composer)
1934: Oliver Jones (Canadian jazz pianist).
1925: Harry Somers (Canadian composer)*09.March.1999.
1911: Jerry Scoggins (American singer, guitarist)*07.Dec.2004.
1911: Bola de Nieve/Ignacio Jacinto Villa (Cuban singer-pianist, songwriter)*02.Oct.1971.
1907: Lev Oborin (Russian pianist)*05.Jan.1974.

September 12th.
1988: Amanda Jenssen
(Swedish singer)
1986: Emmanuelle Grey "Emmy" Rossum (US actress, singer-songwriter).
1984: September/Petra Eos Marklund
(Swedish dance singer).
1983: Carly Smithson/Carly Hennessy
(Irish singer-songwriter; solo/Carly Hennessy).
1981: Jennifer Hudson
(US actress, singer, model).
1981: Noria Shiraishi
(Japanese singer; BeForU/solo).
1980: Gus G/Kostas Karamitroudis
(Greek guitarist; Firewind/Dream Evil/others).
1980: Joe Loeffler
(US bassist; Chevelle).
1978: Ruben Studdard
(US solo singer).
1977: The Yeti/Jeff Irwin
(US bassist, multi-musician; freelance/guest sessionist).
1977: James McCartney
(UK drummer, guitarist, songwriter, sculptor; son of Sir Paul McCartney).
1977: Idan Raichel
(Israeli keyboardist, singer, composer).
1976: Bizzy Bone/Bryon Anthony McCane
(US rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony).
1974: Jennifer Nettles
(US country singer; Sugarland/solo).
1971: Wes Wehmiller
(US bassist;Duran Duran/I,Claudius/others)*30.Jan.
1970: Nathan Larson
(US guitarist, composer; Shudder To Think/Hot One).
1969: Sergio Vega
(Mexican banda singer)*26.June.2010.
1969: Kenny Thomas
(soul & dance singer)
1968: Larry "Ler" LaLonde (US guitarist; Primus)
1967: Jon Stewart (UK guitarist; Sleeper).
1966: Ben Folds (US vocals, piano; Ben Folds Five).
1965: John Norwood Fisher (US bassist; Fishbone).
1962: Dino Merlin/Edin Dervišhalidovic (Bosnian singer-songwriter).
1961: Mylène Farmer (French singer, songwriter).
1961: Kathem Al Saher (Iraqi singer).
1960: Stefanos Korkolis (Greek songwriter, pianist)
1957: Hans Zimmer (German composer)
1956: Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing (Hong Kong singer, actor, director)*01.April.2003.
1956: Brian Robertson (Irish guitar, Thin Lizzy/guest).
1956: Barry Andrews (UK keyboards; XTC/Shriekback)
1954: Christie Allen (Australian pop singer)*12.Aug.2008.
1954: Scott Hamilton (US tenor saxophone, jazz musician; Benny Goodman/leader)
1952: Gerry Beckley (US lead vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass, harmonica; America)
1952: Neil Peart (Canadian drummer; Rush)
1951: Ali-Ollie Woodson/Ollie Creggett (US singer, keyboards; Temptations/others)*30.May.
1948: Luis Lima (Argentinian tenor).
1946: Dickie Peterson (US singer, bassist; Blue Cheer)*12.Oct.2009.
1945: Chris Holmes
(UK pianist, organist; The Take 5/others)
1944: Barry White (US soul singer & producer)
1944: Colin Young (lead singer; Foundations)
1943: Maria Muldaur (US Singer, songwriter)
1940: Tony Bellamy (US guitarist, piano and vocals; Redbone)
1938: Judy Clay (US
soul and gospel singer)*19.July.2001.
Jewel Akens (US R&B singer)*01.March.2013.
1931: Tommy Moore (UK drummer; The Silver Beatles)*29.Sept.1981.
1931: George "Possum" Jones (US country singer)*26.April.2013.
1898: Salvador Bacarisse Chinoria (
Spanish composer)*05.Aug.1963.
: Alma Templeton Moodie (Australian violinist)*07.March.1943.
1888: Maurice Chevalier (French singer, actor)*01.Jan.

September 13th.
1983: James Bourne
(UK lead singer, guitar; Busted/Son of Dork)
1980: Michelle DaRosa/Michelle Nolan
(US singer, guitar, piano; Straylight Run/Destry).
1980: Teppei Teranishi (US guitarist, keyboards; Thrice/Black Unicorn).
1979: Geike Arnaert (Belgian singer; Hooverphonic)
1977: Daisuke Han/Daisuke Tsuda (Japanese singer; Maximum the Hormone).
1977: Fiona Apple/Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart (US singer, songwriter).
1977: Ivan De Battista (Maltese actor, singer)
1975: Don Rooney (US guitarist, bassist, mandolin; Rascal Flatts).
1974: MC Do Damage/Keith Murray (US rapper;Def Squad/solo).
1973: Kelly Chen/Vivian Chen Wai Man (Chinese singer, actress).
1971: Manabu Namiki (Japanese video game music composer).
1967: Tim "Ripper" Owens (US singer Beyond Fear/Rising Force/Iced Earth/Judas Priest).
1967: Steve Perkins (US drummmer, percussion; Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros)

1965: Zak Starkey (UK drummer, The Face/Guest/Session)

1965: Peter Lehel (German jazz saxophonist, composer).
1961: KK Null/Kazuyuki Kishino (Japanese multi-musicain; Ybo2/ANP/Zeni Geva/freelance/guest).
1961: Dave Mustaine (US lead guitar; Megadeth/Metallica).
1958: Pawel Przytocki (Polish conductor)
1956: Eunice Betances Soto (
Dominican merengue singer; Las Chicas del Can/Miriam Cruz)*24.Oct.2014.
1955: John Davey (UK singer; The Fortunes).
1955: Joe Morris (US jazz guitarist; own bands/sessions).
1954: Dennis Hegarty (Irish singer, TV host; Darts)
1954: Steve Kilbey (UK bass guitarist; Australian band The Church)
1952: Don Was/Donald Fagenson (bass, keyboard; Was Not Was/freelance)
1952: Randy Jones (US singer; original "cowboy" in Village People)
1949: Fred "Sonic" Smith (US guitar player; MC5/Sonic's Rendezvous Band)*04.Nov.1994.
: Nell Carter (US singer, actress)*23.Jan.2003.
Les Harvey (Scottish guitarist, Cartoone/Stone The Crows/others)*03.May.1972.
1944: Peter Cetera (US singer, songwriter, bass player, Chicago /solo)
1943: Ray Elliot (Northern Irish pianist, saxophonist; Them/Truth)
1941: David Clayton-Thomas (Canadian singer; Blood Sweat & Tears)
1939: Gene Page (Influential US conductor, arranger and record producer)*24.Aug.1998.
1939: Dave Quincy (UK saxophonist; If/Semuta/Dave Quincy Quintet/solo/freelance)
1936: Marifé de Triana/Maria Felisa Martinez Lopez
(Spanish copla singer, actress)*16.Feb.2013.
: Bengt Hallberg (Swedish jazz pianist, composer)*02.July.2013.
1929: Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bulgarian opera singer)
1925: Mel Torme (US jazz singer with a light, high-tenor voice)
1924: Maurice Jarre (French film score composer)*28.March.2009.
1924: Harold Blair AM (Australian tenor, Aboriginal activist)*21.May.1976.
1922: Charles Brown (American blues singer and pianist and R&B pioneer)*21.Jan.1999.
Ray Charles (US singer, songwriter, vocal arranger, conductor)*06.April.2015.
1922: Yma Sumac/Zoila Augusta Chávarri del Castillo
(Peruvian soprano singer)*01.Nov.2008.
1918: Dick Haymes (Argentine vocalist)*28.March.1980.
1917: Robert Ward
(American composer)*02.April.2013.
1911: Bill Monroe (American musician, the Father of Bluegrass; Blue Grass Boys)
1893: Lawrence James "Larry" Shields
(jazz clarinetist;Original Dixieland Jass Band)*21.Nov.1953.

September 14th.
1989: Logan Henderson (US actor, singer; Big Time Rush).
1986: Ai Takahashi
(Japanese singer; Morning Musume).
1985: Paolo Gregoletto (US bassist; Trivium).
1985: Aya Ueto (Japanese actress, singer).
1984: Melissa McGhee (US singer).
1984: Farhan Saeed Butt (Pakistani singer; Jal).
1983: Amy Winehouse (UK singer-songwriter)*23.July.1983.
1982: SoShy/Deborah Epstein (French singer, songwriter)
1981: Miyavi/Takamasa Ishihara (Japanese guitarist; S.K.I.N./Dué le Quartz).

1981: Ashley Roberts (US singer, dancer, actress; Pussycat Dolls).
1980: Ayo/Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin (German singer)
1978: Danielle Peck (US country music singer).
1973: Nas
/Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (US rapper).
1971: Jeff Loomis (US lead guitarist; Sanctuary/Nevermore).
1971: Andre Matos (Brazilian keyboards, drums; Viper/Angra/Shaman/solo).
1970: Craig Montoya (US bassist; Everclear).
1970: Mark Webber (UK guitarist; Pulp)
1969: DJ Kay Gee/Keir Gist (US rapper; Naughty By Nature)
1967: John Power (UK bassist, vocals; The La's/CAst/solo)
1966: Mike Cooley (US guitarist; Drive-By Truckers).
1959: Morten Harket (Norwegian lead singer; A-Ha).
1958: Beth Nielsen Chapman (US singer-songwriter).
1955: Steve Berlin (US saxophonist, keyboardist, record producer; Los Lobos/Blasters/freelance)
Lawrence Hamilton (US singer, musical director; Broardway)*03.April.2014.
1954: Barry Cowsill (US bassist, vocals; The Cowsills/solo)*29.Aug.2005.
1954: Mikey Smith (
Jamaican dub poet)*17.Aug.1983.
1953: Tom Cora (US cellist, composer; Ex/Curlew/3rd Person/Skeleton Crew/sessions/solo)*09.April.1998.
1950: Paul Kossoff (UK guitarist, Free/Back Street Crawler/sessions)*19.March.1976.
1949: Steve Gaines (US guitarist; The Ravens/Lynyrd Skynyrd)
1949: Tommy Seebach Mortensen (Danish musician, singer, producer)
1949: Ed King (US guitarist, bassist; Strawberry Alarm Clock/Lynyrd Skynyrd).
1949: Eikichi Yazawa (Japanese singer-songwriter).
1947: Bowzer J Bowzer/Jon Bauman (American singer, TV host; Sha Na Na).
1946: Pete Agnew (Scottish bassist; Nazareth)
Oliver Lake (US alto saxophonist, flutist, composer and poet).
1944: Joey Heatherton (US actress, singer)
1941: Alberto Naranjo (Venezuelan singer, percussionist, arranger, director)
1940: Roger Beresford Bluck (UK lead guitarist; Davie Jones and the King Bees)?
Cornelius “Nini” Harp (US lead singer; The Marcels)*05.June.2013 some sources give 4th & 6th
: Franco Califano (Italian lyricist, musician, singer and actor)*30.March.2013.
1930: William R. Berry (US trumpeter; Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra/sessionist)

Dick Dale (US saxophonist, singer; The Lawrence Welk Show)*26.Dec.2014.
Mason Thomas (US jazz multi-instrumentalist; many Washington bands/ sessions)*24.Aug.2011.
1923: Hope Powell (US photographer, country music album cover designer)*04.July.2014.
1918: Israel "Cachao" López
(Cuban mambo bassist, composer; "inventor of the mambo")*22.March.2008
Mae Boren Axton
(US songwriter/promoter aka 'Queen Mother of Nashville')*09.April.1997
1910: Rolf Liebermann (
Swiss composer, music administrator)*02.Jan.1999.
1902: Giorgos Papasideris (Greek country singer, composer, lyricist)
: Pawel Kochanski (Polish violinist, composer, arranger)*12.Jan.1934.

September 15th.
1989: Cheats/Kris Chetan Ramlu (New Zealand percussionist, tabla).
1986: Heidi Montag
(TV personality, singer)
1980: Jolin Tsai
(Taiwanese pop singer, dancer).
1977: Kiyomi "Angela" Aki
(Japanese singer-songwriter).
1976: Paul Thomson
(Scottish drummer; Franz Ferdinand).
1976: KG/?? (UK R&B vocalist; MN8).
1976: Ivette Sosa (US singer, dancer; Eden's Crush).
1975: Jamie Stevens (German pop singer).
1972: Kit Chan/Chén Jiéyí (Singaporean popular singer).
1971: Ben Wallers (UK guitarist, vocalist, songwriter; Country Teasers)
Allen Shellenberger (US drummer; Razzle/Stain/Lit)*13.Aug.2009.
1967: Sari Kaasinen (Finnish singer)
1964: Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein/Paul Caiafa (US guitarist; The Misfits).
1960: Mitch Dorge (Canadian drummer, composer, producer; Crash Test Dummies)
1960: Raylene Rankin (Canadian singer; The Rankin Family)
1958: Tim Whelan (UK guitar; Furniture)
1958: Dr. Know/Gary Miller (US guitarist; Bad Brains/Black Jack Johnson/solo).
1956: George Howard
(US jazz soprano saxophonist)*20.March.1998.
1956: Maggie Reilly (Scottish folk singer).
1956: Jaki Graham (UK singer; Ferrari/Medium Wave/UB40/solo)
1953: Paul Piché (Canadian singer, songwriter)
1952: Kelly Keagy (US drummer, vocalist; Night Ranger)
: Billy Bryans (Canadian percussionist, songwriter, music producer, DJ)*23.April.2012.
1946: Ola Brunkert (Swedish session drummer; playered on every Abba album)*16.March.2008.
1945: Jessye Norman (US opera singer).
1943: Tommy Hall (US electric jug player; The 13th Floor Elevators).
1942: Lee Dorman (US bass, vocals, keyboards; Iron Butterfly/Captain Beyond)*21.Dec.2012.
1941: Verne Langdon
(US musician, composer, record producer, make-up artist)*01.Jan.2011.
1941: Les Braid (UK bass, keyboards; founder member of Swinging Blue Jeans)*31.July.2005.

1941: Signe Toly Anderson (US singer; Jefferson Airplane/Carl Smith and the Natural Gas Company).
1934: Mr.Superbad/Freddie Mack
(US singer, DJ)*11.Jan.2009.
1928: Cannonball Adderley/Julian Edwin Adderley
(US saxophonist, bandleader)*08.Aug.1975.
1924: Bobby Short
(US singer, pianist)
1923: Anton Heiller (Austrian organist)
1920: Kym Bonython (Australian radio broadcaster, drummer, speedway driver, promoter)*19.March.2011.
: Margot Loyola (Chilean folk singer, musician)*03.Aug.2015.
1915: Al Casey
(US guitarist, Fats Waller/
Harlem Blues & Jazz Band/sessionist)*11.Sept.2005.
1903: Roy Acuff (US country singer, fiddle player, songwriter)*23.Nov.1992.
1890: Frank Martin (Swiss composer)*21.Nov.1974.
: Bruno Walter/Bruno Schlesinger (German conductor)*17.Feb.1962.
: Ottilie Sutro (US pianist; duo with her sister Ottilie Sutro)*11.Jan.1957.
Jeno Hubay/Eugen Huber (Hungarian violinist and composer)*12.March.1937.

September 16th.
1992: Nick Jonas (American singer; The Jonas Brothers).
1988: Teddy Geiger (American singer).
1984: Katie Melua
(UK singer, guitar, piano, songwriter).
1984: Sabrina Bryan (American actress and singer).
1979: Fanny Biascamano (French singer)
1978: Matthew Rogers (US singer)
1977: Musiq Soulchild/Musiq/Taalib Johnson (US soul/neo soul singer-songwriter).
1976: Tina Barrett (UK vocalist, S Club 7).
1975: Shannon Noll (Australian singer and songwriter).
1972: James Westman (Canadian Operatic Baritone)
1970: Mark Schultz (American singer, songwriter, piano, guitar).
1969: Justine Frischmann (UK guitar, vocals; Suede/ Elastica).
1968: Marc Anthony/Marco Antonio Muñiz
(Puerto Rican-American singer, songwriter).
1964: The Snake/Dave Sabo (US rock guitarist; Skid Row/Scotti Hill)
1963: Richard Marx (US singer, piano, guitar, songwriter; own band/solo/guest).
1962: Stephen Jones (UK singer, guitarist; Babybird).
1961: Bilinda Butcher (UK singer, guitarist; My Bloody Valentine).
1960: Donald "Ean" Wayne Evans (US
bassist; Lynyrd Skynyrd/others)*O6.May.2009.
1960: Yianna Katsoulos (French singer)
1957: Anca Parghel (Romanian singer, composer)*05.Dec.
1956: Dave Blood/David Schulthise
(US bass guitarist; Dead Milkmen)*10.March.2004.
1955: Yolandita Monge (Puerto Rican singer).
Frank "Tchallah" Reed (US singer; Chi-Lites)*26.Feb.2014.
1954: Earl Klugh (American jazz guitarist).
1954: Colin Newman (UK guitarist, vocals; Wire).
1953: Alan Barton (UK lead singer; Black Lace/Smokie)*23rd March 1995.
1950: David Bellamy (US vocals, guitar; Bellamy Brothers).
1948: Ron Blair (US bassist; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers).
1948: Kenny Jones (UK drummer; Small Faces/Faces/The Who).
1946: Camilo Sesto (Spanish singer).
1945: Dag Frøland (Norwegian comedian, revue artist, singer)
1944: Winston Grennan (Jamaican drummer; international session player)*27.Oct.2000.
1944: Betty Kelly (US singer; The Velvelettes/Martha And The Vandellas).
1942: Bernie Calvert (UK bass, keyboards; the Hollies).
Ivor Kenneth Knight (UK drummer; The Scorpions{UK band}).
1941: Joseph Campbell Butler (US vocalist, drummer; The Lovin' Spoonful).
Hamiet Bluiett (American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer).
1939: Tony Oakmen (UK guitarist, bass, banjo; Spacemen Skiffle Group/Bruvvers/The Echoes/more)*?.
1936: Gordon Beck
(UK jazz pianist, composer; Gyroscope/Allan Holdsworth/ others)*06.Nov.2011.
1934: Dick Heckstall-Smith (UK
jazz-blues sax, keyboard; Graham Bond/John Mayall/others)*17.Dec.2007.
Ronnie Drew (Irish folk singer, gutarist; Dubliners/solo/guest)*16.Aug.2008.
1931: Jan Johansson (Swedish jazz pianist)*
1928: Ralph Mooney (
US steel guitarist; Waylon Jennings/many others)*20.March.2011.
1927: Jeffrey Skitch (Australian-English opera singer and actor)*07.March.2013.
Eric Gross (Austrian-born Australian pianist, composer)*17.April.2011.
1925: B.B. King/Riley B. King (US blues guitarist, singer, songwriter)*14.May.2015.
1925: Charlie Byrd (US jazz and classical guitar virtuoso)*02.Dec.

1922: Marcel Mouloudji (French actor and singer)*14.June.1994.
1921: Jon Hendricks (US jazz singer).
1919: Andy Russell/Andrés Rabago Pérez (US popular vocalist)
1916: Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi (Indian singer)
1897: Milt Franklyn (US musician)

September 17th.
1983: Jennifer Peña (American singer)
1979: Chuck Comeau
(Canadian drummer; Simple Plan).
1978: Gifford Noel/DJ Trend/TNT (UK DJ, drum and bass specialist)*17.Sept.2010.
1976: Maile Misajon (US singer; Eden's Crush).
1975: Constantine Maroulis (US singer; Pray for the Soul of Betty).
1974: Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (US singer-songwriter, guitarist, piano)
1970: Vin Rock/Vincent Brown (US rap artist; Naughty By Nature)
1969: Keith Flint (
UK vocals, dancer; Prodigy)
1969: Adam Devlin/Adam Tadek Gorecki (UK guitar
ist, songwriter; The Bluetones)
1968: Anastacia/Lynn Newkirk (US singer)
1968: Lord Jamar/Lorenzo Dechalus (US hip-hop artist, MC, actor; Brand Nubian)
1968: John Penney (vocals, Neds Atomic Dustbin)
1966: Doug E. Fresh (US rapper, record producer, beatboxer).
1965: Guy Picciotto (US guitarist, vocalist; Rites of Spring/Fugazi).
1963: Steven Dye (UK bassist, keyboards, singer-songwriter; Scarlet Party/Alan Parsons Project).
1962: Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (Australian filmmaker, director, music producer)
1962: BeBe Winans (gospel and R&B singer)
1961: Ty Tabor (US lead guitarist, songwriter, co-lead vocalist; King's X).
1956: Mandawuy Yunupingu aka Gudjuk (Australian singer, songwriter; Yothu Yindi)*02.June.2013.
1954: Joël-François Durand (French composer).
1953: Steve Williams (Welsh drummer; Budgie)
1950: Fee Waybill/John Waldo Waybill (US vocalist; The Tubes/sessions)
1948: Raphy Leavitt (Puerto Rican composer; La Selecta)*05.Aug.2015.
1948: Kemal Monteno (
Bosnian singer-songwriter)*21.Jan.2015.
1947: Jim Hodder (US drummer; Steely Dan/sessionist)*15.June.1990.
1941: Stavros Damianides (Greek bouzouki soloist)
1939: King Stitt/Winston Sparkes (Jamaican singer)*31.Jan.2012.
1939: Shelby Flint (American singer).
1939: LaMonte McLemore (US singer; the 5th Dimension)
1930: Lalgudi Jayaraman (Indian violinist)*22.April.2013.
1929: Sil Austin (US tenor saxophone;)*01.Sept.2001.
1926: William Patton "Bill" Black Jr (US: double bass, bass; Elvis Presley)*21.Oct.1965.
: Miljenko Prohaska (Croatian composer, music arranger, orchestra conductor)*29.May.2014.
1923: Hank Williams (US country star, singer, guitar, songwriter)*01.Jan.1953.
1912: Himie Voxman (US woodwind-reed player, music pedagogue, administrator)*22.Nov.2011.

September 18th.
1974: Xzibit/X to the Z/Alvin Nathaniel Joiner (US hip-hop, rapper artist)
1974: Andrew Hansen
(Australian comedian, musical comedy).
1973: Ami "
Puffy" Onuki (Japanese singer).
1971: Michael Patrick Walker
(US composer and lyricist).
1971: Anna Netrebko
(Russian opera singer).
1968: Cappadonna/Darryl Hill
(US rapper; solo/Wu-Tang Clan).
Slick/Ricky Bell (US singer; New Edition/Bell Biv Devoe/solo).
1966: Ian Spice (UK drummer; Breathe).
1966: Nigel Clarke (UK vocals, bass; Dodgy).
1965: Thomas Bramerie (French bass player;
sessionist/Dick de Graaf/Dee Dee Bridgewater).
1964: Marco Masini (Italian singer-songwriter).
1962: Joanne Catherall
(UK vocalist, Human League).
1962: Richard Walmsley (UK member of the electronic band Beatmasters).
1961: Martin Beedle (UK drummer; Cutting Crew).
1959: Manfred Brundl (German bassist; session musician for Bob Brookmeyer).
1957: Emily Remler (US Jazz Guitarist)*04.May.1990.
1951: Dee Dee Ramone/ Douglas Colvin
(US bassist, vocals; Ramones)*05.June.2002.
1949: Kerry Livgren
(US keyboards, piano, guitar; Kansas).
1946: Alan "Bam" King (UK guitarist; Action/Ace).
1945: P.F. Sloan/Philip Gary Schlein (US songwriter, guitarist; The Wrecking Crew)*15.Nov.2015.
1944: Rocío Jurado (Spanish singer and actress)*01.June.2006.
1944: Michael Franks (US singer song-writer).
1942: Gabriella Ferri (Italian singer)*03.April.2004.
1942: Martin "Marty" Mooney (Australian reed player).
1941: Priscilla Mitchell (US rockabilly vocalist; collaborated with Connie Smith/Anita Carter).
1940: Lonnie Lee (Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist).
1939: Steve Marcus (US jazz saxophonist; Count's Rock Band/Buddy Rich Band/others)*25.Sept.2005.
1939: Frankie Avalon (US singer/actor)
1936: Big Tom/Tom McBride (Irish country singer; Big Tom and The Mainliners).
1934: Alex Dalgleish (Scottish arranger, composer, trumpeter).
1933: Jimmie Rodgers (American singer, composer).
Maureen Lehane Wishart (British soprano)*27.Dec.2010.
1929: Louis Myers (US guitar, harmonica, vocals; Aces/freelance)*05.Sept.1994
1925: Pieternella "Pia" Beck (Dutch entrepreneur, pianist, vocalist) *26.Nov.2009.
1922: Ray Steadman-Allen (UK composer)
1922: Ray Steadman-Allen
(UK composer, Salvation Army officer)*15.Dec.2014.
1893: Arthur Benjamin (Australian composer; films opera, orchestral)*10.April.1960.

September 19th.
1984: Eamon/Eamon Doyle (US R&B and hip hop singer-songwriter).
1980: Sara Quin
(Canadian singer/songwriter; Tegan and Sara).
1980: Tegan Quin
(Canadian singer/songwriter; Tegan and Sara).
1979: Joel Houston (Australian bass guitarist, vocals, acoustic guitar, songwriter).
1977: Ryan Dusick
(US drummer; Maroon 5)
1976: Jim Ward (American vocalist, guitarist; At the Drive-In/Sparta).
1971: Paul Winterhart (drummer; Kula Shaker)
1970: TMR/T.M.Revolution/Takanori Nishikawa (Japanese pop-rock singer)
1969: Tapio Wilska (Finnish singer; Sethian/Finntroll/Lyijykomppania/Nattvindens Gråt).
1969: Candy Dulfer (Dutch jazz lady, alto saxophonist; Funky Stuff/freelance)
1965: Sabine Paturel (French singer, actress)
1964: Trisha Yearwood (US country singer)
1963: Jarvis Branson Cocker (UK lead singer,songwriter, producer; Pulp)
1958: Lita Ford (UK vocalist, guitar; The Runaways/solo)
1958: Lucky Ali/Maqsood Mehmood Ali (Indian singer, composer, actor)
1957: Rusty Egan (UK drummer; Rich Kids)
1957: Eric Marienthal (US jazz saxophonist; The Rippingtons/many sessions).
1955: Richard Burmer (US composer, engineer, sound designer, musician)*09.Sept.2006.
1955: Rex Smith (US singer and actor).
1954: Ted Jensen (US mastering engineer; many pop/rock acts)
: Tad Jones (US music historian, researcher, author)*01.Jan.2007.
1952: Nile Rodgers (US R&B guitarist; Chic/freelance/guest)
1951: Daniel Lanois (Canadian producer, singer, percussion, guitar; freelance/guest)
1949: Twiggy/Leslie Hornby (UK model, actress, singer)
1948: Mihai Timofti (Moldova-Chisinaun multi-musician, director, actor)
1947: Lol Creme/Lawrence Neil Creme (UK singer, guitar, keyboards; 10CC/Godley & Creme)
1946: John Coghlan (UK drummer; Status Quo)
1945: Freda Payne (US soul singer)
1945: David Bromberg (US guitarist, fiddle, mandolin player; freelance).
1943: King Sporty/Noel G. Williams (Jamaican DJ, reggae musician/producer)*05.Jan.2015.
: Harry Whitaker (US jazz pianist)*17.Nov.2010.
1941: Mama Cass/Cass Elliot/Ellen Naomi Cohen (US singer; Mamas and the Papas/solo)*29.July.1974.
1940: Paul Williams (US composer & songwriter; Carpenters, many others).
1940: Bill Thomas Medley (US singer, songwriter; Righteous Brothers)
1936: "Brother" Gene Dinwiddie (US sax player; Butterfield Blues Band/FullMoon/freelance)*11.Jan.2002.
1934: Carl Davis (US record producer, music executive; Brunswick/Dakar/Chi Sound Records)*09.Aug.2012.
1934: Brian Epstein (UK businessman, Beatles manager)*27.Aug.1967.
: George W. Lowen "Lol" Coxhill (UK jazz saxophonist; Carol Grimes/Delivery/sessions)*10.July.2012.
1931: Brook Benton/Benjamin Franklin Peay (US singer)*09.April.1988.
: Angela Moldovan (Romanian singer, actress)*13.Oct.2013.
1927: Nick Massi/Nicholas Macioci (US bass singer, bass guitarist; The Four Seasons)*24.Dec.2000
: Suchitra Mitra (Indian singer, composer)*03.Jan.2011.
: Karen Khachaturian (Russian composer)*19.July.2011.
Blanche Thebom (American mezzo-soprano)*23.March.2010.
Tin-Tan/Germán Valdés (Mexican actor, singer and comedian)*29.June.1973.
: Kurt Sanderling (German conductor)*17.Sept.2011.
1887: Lovie Austin/Cora Calhoun (US jazz pianist)*10.July.1972.
Christopher Stone (Britain's first disc jockey)*22.May.1965.

September 20th.
1990: Marilou Bourdon (Quebec pop singer).
1987: Flawless Lawless/Jack Lawless/John Lawless (US drummer; the Jonas Brothers).
1985: David Allen (US composer, writer)
1983: Yuna Ito (Japanese singer, actress)
Shone An/An Jun Can
(Taiwanese singer, actor; Comic Boyz)*01.June.2015.
1981: Keith Semple
(UK singer in the ITV popstars band 'One True Voice')
1980: Mehrzad Marashi (German singer)
1979: Rick Woolstenhulme (US drummer; Lifehouse)
1978: Patrizio Buanne (Italian baritone singer).
1978: Sarit Hadad/Sara Hodedtov (Israeli singer).
1977: Namie Amuro (Japanese pop singer).
1976: Yo Hitoto (Japanese pop singer)
1971: Masashi Hamauzu (Japanese composer)
1971: Dominika Peczynski (Swedish singer; Army of Lovers)
Andrew Barker (US percussionist, composer, improviser; Gold Sparkle Band)
1968: Ben Shepherd (US bassist; Soundgarden)
1968: Vikki Foxx/Victor Christopher Cerney (US drummer; Enuff Z'nuff/Vince Neil Band/Veronicas/others)
1968: Tim Rogers (Australian singer, songwriter).
1967: Matthew Nelson (US lead singer, bassist; Nelson. Twin son of Ricky Nelson)
1967: Gunnar Nelson (US lead singer, drums; Nelson. Twin son of Ricky Nelson)
1966: Nuno Bettencourt (Portugese guitar virtuoso; Extreme/Mourning Widows/Population 1)
1964: Randy Bradbury (US bass guitarist; Pennywise)
1960: David Hemmingway
(UK drums; Housemartins/Beautiful South)
1960: Keith 'Cowboy' Wiggins (US MC, hip-hop, rapper; Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five)*08.Sept.1989.
1958: Ines Paulke (German rock 'n' roll singer, songwriter)
1957: Alannah Currie (New Zealand singer, musician; Thompson Twins).
: Steve Coleman (US saxophone player, spontaneous composer, composer, band leader).
1952: Harvey James
(Australian guitarist; Party Boys/Sherbet/Ariel/Mississippi)*15.Jan.2011.
John Anthony Panozzo (US drummer; Styx)*16.July.1996.
1948: Charles Salvatore
"Chuck" Panozzo (US bassist; Styx)
1947: Billy Bang/William Walker
(US jazz violinist, composer; String Trio of New York)*11.April.2011.
1947: Mia Martini/Domenica Bertè
(Italian singer and song-writer)*12.May.1995.
1946: Mick Rogers/Michael Oldroyd (UK lead guitar, lead singer; Manfred Mann's Earth Band)
1945: Pete Kirtley (UK guitarist; Pentangle/Graham Bell Trend/Alan Price Set/Griffin/Ginger Baker's Airforce).
1945: Sweet Pea Atkinson (singer; The Boneshakers/Was Not Was/solo)
1944: Bruce Finley (Scottish drummer; The Sorrows)
1937: Monica Zetterlund/Monica Nilsson (Swedish actress, singer)
1930: Eddie Bo/Edwin Joseph Bocage
(American singer and pianist)*18.March.2009.
1927: Johnny Dankworth CBE (UK saxophonist, clarinetist, composer)*06.Feb.2010.
1927: Colette Bonheur (Canadian singer)
1925: Ulysses B. "Bobby" Nunn (US lead & bass singer; The Coasters/his own Coasters)*05.Nov.
1924: Gogi Grant/Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg (US singer).
1922: William Kapell (US classical pianist)*29.Oct.
1921: Bill DeArango (US jazz guitarist; Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie/freelance)*02.Jan.2006
1921: Chico Hamilton/Foreststorn Hamilton
(US jazz drummer, bandleader)*25.Nov.2013.
1917: Johnny Allen
(US pianist and music arranger)*29.Jan.2014.
: Kathleen Parlow (Canadian violinist)*19.Aug.1963.
1885: Jelly Roll Morton/Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (US jazz pianist, bandleader, composer)

September 21st.
1990: Christian Serratos
(US actress, model, singer)
1989: Jason Derulo (US pop singer)
1986: Faris Badwan (UK singer)
: Kristian Gidlund (Swedish drummer, writer, journalist;Sugarplum Fairy)*17.Sept.2013.
1979: James Allan (Scottish singer; Glasvegas)
1976: Jonas Bjerre (Danish singer, guitarist; Mew)
1974: Taral Hicks (US singer, actress)
1972: David Randall Silveria (US drums, Korn)
1972: Liam Gallagher/William John Paul Gallagher (UK lead singer; Oasis)
1971: James Michael 'Jimmy' Constable (UK singer; 911)
Mic Christopher (Irish singer, songwriter; The Mary Janes)*29.Nov.2001.
1968: Trugoy the Dove/Plug 2/David Jude Jolicoeur ( rapper, lyricalist, producer; De La Soul)
1968: Jon Brookes (UK drummmer; The Charlatans UK band)
1967: Timmy T/Timothy Torres (US Freestyle performer, singer, drum machines, keyboards)
1967: Tyler Stewart (Canadian drummer; Barenaked Ladies)
1967: Faith Hill (US singer)
1967: Glen Benton (US vocalist, bassist; Deicide)
1964: Jorge Drexler (Uruguayan singer, composer)
1960: Mats Rondin (Swedish cellist and conductor)*11.Oct.2014.
1959: Corinne Drewery (UK singer, lyricalist; Swing Out Sister)
1954: Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor (UK drummer; Motorhead)
1952: Dave Gregory (UK guitarist, keyboard player; XTC)
1947: Ed Nimmervoll (Austrian-born Australian rock music journalist, author, historian)*10.Oct.2014.
1947: Jan Manschot/Brekken Jan Schamp Shot (Dutch drummer; Normaal/Boh Foi Toch)*21.Jan.2014.
1947: Don Felder (US guitar, vocals;The Eagles)
1945: George Curtis "G.C." Cameron (US soul and R&B singer; The Spinners/solo)
: Jesse Ed Davis (Native American top session guitarist)*22.June.1988.
: Roberto Szidon (Brazilian classical pianist)*21.Dec.2011.
1939: Rory Storm/Alan Caldwell (UK singer; Rory Storm and The Hurricanes)*27.Sept.1972.
1936: Dickey Lee (US country singer-songwriter)
1934: Leonard Cohen (Canadian singer, songwriter, poet)
Voki Kostic (Serbian composer, cookery author)*29.Sept.2010.
1929: Shafi Hadi a.k.a. Curtis Porter (US jazz saxophonist; Griffin Brothers/freelance)
1927: Ward Lamar Swingle (US vocalist, jazz musician; The Swingle Singers)*19.Jan.2015.
1926: Noor Jehan/Allah Wasai (Pakistani singer, actress)*23.Dec.2000.
1921: Sir Jimmy Young (UK singer, BBC radio DJ, interviewer)
1921: Chico Hamilton (US jazz drummer; Count Basie/Lester Young/Lena Horne etc)
1914: Slam Stewart/Leroy Elliot Stewart (US jazz bassist with all the icons 40s- 80's)*10.Dec.1987.
György Sándor (Hungarian pianist)*09.Dec.2005.
Papa Jack/George Vital Laine (American drummer, band leader)*10.June.1966.

September 22nd.
1989: Coeur de pirate/Béatrice Martin
(Canadian singer - songwriter)
1989: Hyoyeon/Kim Hyo-yeon
(South Korean singer; Girls' Generation)
1988: Adam Lazzara
(US lead singer; Taking Back Sunday)
1988: Bethany Dillon/Bethany Adelsberger (US singer-songwriter, guitarist).
1984: Theresa Fu
(Hong Kong singer, actress)
1984: Ross Jarman
(UK drummer; The Cribs)
1982: Billie Piper/Lianne Paul Piper
(UK singer, actress)
1982: Mandy Chiang (Hong Kong singer, actress)
1981: Subaru Shibutani
(Japanese singer; Kanjani8)
1979: Emilie Autumn/Emilie Autumn Liddell
(US singer-songwriter, violinist).
1976: David Berkeley
(US singer-songwriter)
1975: Svilen Noev
(Bulgarian singer-songwriter).
1973: Yoo Chae-yeong/Kim Soo-jin
(South Korean singer, actress)*24.July.2014.
1971: Chesney Hawkes
(UK singer)
1970: Mystikal/Michael Tyler
(US rapper)
1969: Matt Sharp
(US bassist; Weezer, The Rentals).
1966: Moustafa Amar
(Egyptian singer).
1965: Andy Cairns (Irish guitarist, vocals, Therapy?)
1962: MIchael Algar (UK guitarist, singer songwriter; The Toy Dolls).
1961: Michael Torke (US composer)
1961: Marq Torien (US rock singer; BulletBoys)
1958: Joan Jett/Joan Marie Larkin (US singer, guitarist, The Runaways)
1958: Nelson (UK bassist: Kip Keino/New Model Army)
1958: Andrea Bocelli (Italian tenor)
1957: Nick Cave (Australian vocals, piano, organ; Birthday Party/The Bad Seeds)
1957: Peter Jones (UK bassist; Cowboys International/Brian Brain/Public Image Ltd)
1957: Johnette Napolitano (lead singer, bassist; Concrete Blonde)
1956: Rhett Forrester (American singer; Riot/other bands/sessions/solo)*22.Jan.1994.
1956: Debby Boone (US singer, daughter of Pat Boone)
1956: Masayuki Suzuki (Japanese singer; Rats & Star)
1954: Eon/Ian Loveday (British rave pioneer)*17.June.2009.
1954: Shari Belafonte (US singer, actor, model)
1953: Richard Fairbrass (UK singer, Right Said Fred)
1952: Mark Panker (guitar, American Music Club)
1952: Gary Holton (UK actor, lead singer)*25.Oct.1985.
1951: David Coverdale (UK vocalist; Deep Purple/Whitesnake)
: Kirka Babitzin (Finnish rock singer; The Creatures/The Islanders)*31.Jan.2007.
1948: Jim Byrnes (US actor, singer)
1946: King Sunny Ade/Sunday Adeniyi (Nigerian singer, guitarist)
1943: Toni Basil/Antonia Christina Basilotta (US singer, actress, dancer, choreographer)
1942: Brian Keith/Brian O'Shea (Scottish vocalist; Plastic Penny)
: Mike Patto/Michael McCarthy (UK singer, keyboardist;Spooky Tooth/Boxer)*04.March.1979.
1930: P. B. Sreenivas (Indian Play-back singer)
1929: Serge Garant (French Canadian conductor)*01.Nov.1986.
1927: Colette Deréal/Colette Denise de Glarélial (French singer, actress)*12.April.1988.
1918: Henryk Szeryng (Polish-born violinist)*08.March.1988.
: Grigory Frid (Russian composer, artist, writer)*22.Sept.2012.
1891: Hans Albers (German actor, singer)*24.July.1960.
: Arthur Pryor (US trombonist and bandleader)*18.June.1942.

September 23rd.
1990: Kota Yabu (Japanese pop singer).
1985: Maki Goto
(Japanese pop singer).
1985: Diana Oritz (US singer; Dream)
1981: Natalie Horler (Anglo-German singer; Cascada)

1980: Matt White
(US singer, songwriter).
1979: Erik-Michael Estrada (US singer; O-Town).
1977: Rachael Yamagata (US singer, songwriter).
1977: Susan Tamim (Lebanese singer and actress)*28.July.2008.
1975: Layzie Bone/Steven Howse (US rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony).
1975: Lil Rob/Roberto Flores (Mexican rapper, music producer)
1973: Ingrid Fliter (Argentinian pianist).
1973: Jermaine Dupri Maulidin (US music producer, rapper, songwriter).
1972: Sarah Bettens (Belgian singer; K's Choice)
1972: Jermaine Dupri aka JD (US record producer, songwriter, rapper)
1970: Ani DiFranco (US singer, guitarist).
1969: Patrick Fiori (French singer).
1964: Koshi Inaba/Hiroshi Inaba (Japanese singer; B'z).
1959: Martin Page (UK singer, songwriter).
1958: Danielle Dax/Danielle Gardner (UK musician; The Lemon Kittens/solo)
1957: Kumar Sanu (Indian playback singer)
1956: Maren Kawehilani Jensen (US former model, actress, backup singer; Don Henley)
1955: Leon Taylor (US drums; The Ventures)
1952: Rolf Smedvig (US trumpeter; Empire Brass)
1951: Steven Springer (
US guitarist, songwriter; Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band/others)*10.Sept.2012.
1950: George Garzone (US saxophonist, jazz educator; Fringe).
1949: Bruce Springsteen (US singer, songwriter, guitarist)
1948: "Dangerous" Dan Toler (US guitarist; Gregg Allman Band)*25.Feb.2013.
1947: Jerry Corbetta (US singer; Sugarloaf)
1947: Neal Smith (US drums; Alice Cooper Band/others).
1946: Duster Bennett/Anthony Bennett (Welsh singer, multi-musician; solo/sessionist)*26.March.1976.
1944: Eric Bogle (Scottish/Australian singer, songwriter).
1943: Steve Boone (US bassist; Lovin Spoonful)
1943: Wallace
'Scotty' Scott (singer; The Whispers)
1943: Julio Iglesias (Spanish singer)
1939: Roy Buchanan (US guitarist, singer, songwriter)*14.Aug.1988.
Travis Edmonson (US folk singer-songwriter, guitarist; Bud and Travis/solo)*09.May.2009.
1930: Ray Charles (US pop and jazz pianist, singer, songwriter)
1929: Wally Whyton (British musician, songwriter and radio and TV personality)*22.Jan.1997.
1928: Frank Foster (US saxophonist, flautist, arranger, composer; Count Basie/others)*26.July.2011.
1926: John William Coltrane (US jazz saxophonist and composer)*17.July.1967.
1923: Samuel Carthorne Rivers (US jazz multi-musician, composer).
György Sándor (Hungarian pianist)*09.Dec.2005.
: Blanche Honegger Moyse (Swiss-American violinist, conductor)*10.Feb.2011.

September 24th.
1986: Leah Dizon (US model, singer)
1979: Kim Jong Min
(Korean singer)
1976: Dave Weiner
(US metal guitarist; Steve Vai Band/solo)
1971: Marty Cintron
(US lead vocals; No Mercy)
1971: Peter Salisbury (UK drummer; Verve)
1969: Shawn "Clown" Crahan (US drummer; Slipknot/To My Surprise/Dirty Little Rabbits)
DeVante Swing/Donald DeGrate Jr (US music producer)
1967: William So (Hong Kong singer)
1965: Janet Weiss (US drummer; Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks)
1965: Sean McNabb (US bassist; Quiet Riot, Great White, Rough Cutt, House of Lords)
1962: Cedric Dent (US gospel singer; Take 6)
: Denis D'Amour aka Piggy (Canadian guitarist; Voivod)*26.Aug.2005.
1957: Tod Howarth (US vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist; Frehley's Comet/Cheap Trick)
1952: Mark Sandman (US multi-musician; Morphine/Sandman/Treat Her Right/Hi-n-Dry)*03.July.1999.
1948: Heinz Chur (German composer)
1946: Carson Van Osten (US bassist; The Nazz)
1946: Jerry Donahue (US guitarist; Fairport Convention)
1946: Kjell Asperud (Norwegian percussionist, vocals; Titanic)
1942: Ilkka Johannes "Danny" Lipsanen (Finnish singer, guitarist).
1942: Gerry Marsden (UK singer, Gerry & The Pacemakers)
1941: Terry Wayne/David Skinner (UK rockabilly singer, guitarist).
1941: Linda McCartney née Eastman (US keyboardist, vocals; Wings)*17.April.1998.
1940: Barbara Allbut (US lead singer; The Angels)
1939: Wayne Henderson (US jazz trombonist; The Jazz Crusaders)*04.April.2014.
1938: Steve Douglas Kreisman (US saxophone, multi-musician; Wrecking Crew/sessions)*19.April.1993.
1935: James Sheppard (US singer; Heartbeats/Shep & The Limelites)*24.
1934: Robert "Chick" Willis (US blues singer, guitarist)*07.Dec.2013.
1933: Mel Taylor (US drummer, The Ventures)*11.Aug.1996.
1931: Anthony Newley (UK singer, actor, composer)*14.April.1999.
1929: John Wallace Carter (US jazz clarinetist; Clarinet Summit/freelance)*31.March.1991.
1924: Sheila MacRae (UK singer, actress)
1923: Fats Navarro/Theodore Navarro (US jazz trumpet player)*06.July.
1922: Cornell MacNeil
(US operatic baritone)*15.July.2011.
1915: Jessica Sanso (US opera singer)*09.Nov.2010.
1913: Herb Jeffries/Umberto Alexander Valentino (American jazz singer, actor)*May 25th 2014.

September 25th.
1985: Diana Ortiz (US singer; Dream)
1982: Kany García (Puerto Rican singer, songwriter)
1981: Shane Tutmarc (US singer, songwriter, multi-musician)
1980: T.I./T.I.P/Clifford Joseph Harris Jr (US rapper, founder of Grand Hustle Records)
1978: Ryan Leslie (US music producer, singer)
1978: Joanne Cotton (Canadian pop singer)
1978: Bob Abrahamian (US DJ and record collector)*05.June.2014.
1977: Kiyoshi Ijichi (Japanese drummer; Asian Kung-Fu Generation)
1976: Juan Meier (Argentinian rock, blues, jazz and tango guitarist)
1976: Chiara Siracusa (Maltese singer)
1976: Santigold/Santi White (US songwriter, producer, singer)
1975: Declan Donnelly (UK actor, singer, TV Pop Idol presenter; Ant & Dec duo)
1974: Chris Impellitteri (US shred guitarist;
1974: Daniel Kessler (UK born guitarist, backing vocalist; Interpol).
Wamma/Richie Edwards (UK bassist, vocalist; The Darkness/Stone Gods).
1970: Dean Ween/Deaner/Michael Melchiondo Jr
(US guitarist; Ween)
1968: Will Smith (US actor, rapper; D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince duo)
1964: Chris Impellitteri (US lead guitarist; Impellitteri)
1964: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese singer, voice actress)
1964: Maria Doyle Kennedy (Irish actress, singer)
1958: Randy Kerber (US composer)
1955: Steve Severin (UK bassist; Siouxsie and the Banshees/The Creatures)
1955: Zucchro/Adelmo Fornaciari (Italian blues and rock singer)
1954: Craig Chaquico (US guitarist; Jefferson Starship)
1953: Richard Harvey (UK multi-musician, composer; Gryphon/sessionist)
: Kathryn "Kathi" McDonald (US singer, backing singer; Kathi MacDonald & Friends)*03.Oct.2012.
1947: John
Fiddler (vocalist, guitarist, piano, drummer; Medicine Head)
1947: Cecil Womack (US singer, musician, producer; Womack & Womack)*01.Feb.2013.
1946: Bryan MacLean (US guitarist, vocals; Love/solo)*25.Dec.1998
1946: Jerry Penrod (US bass player; Iron Butterfly / Rhinoceros).
1945: David ''Biffo'' Beech (UK drummer, vocalist; The Mighty Avengers/Jigsaw/others)*07.June.2007.
1945: Dee Dee Warwick/Delia Mae Warrick (US soul singer)*18.Oct.2008.
1945: Onnie Mcintyre (Scottish vocalist, rhythm guitar; Average White Band)
1943: Gary Alexander (US guitar, vocals; The Association)
1943: John Locke (US keyboard player, songwriter; Spirit)*04.Aug.2006.
1940: Hugo Blanco (Venezuelan musician, composer; Los Hijos De Ña Carmen)
1939: Joe 'Jesse' Russell (US lead singer; The Persuasions)
1936: Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (UK bluesman, harmonica, owner of Barnes' Playboy Club)*08.April.1995
1933: Ian Tyson (Canadian singer-songwriter)
1933: Erik Darling (US songwriter, folk musician; Tarriers/Weavers/Rooftop singers/solo)*03.Aug.2008.
1932: Glenn Gould (Canadian pianist and composer)
1930: Sheldon Silverstein (US songwriter, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, author)*10.May.1999.
: Hassan Kassai (Iranian master player of Ney)*14.June.2012.
1927: Sir Colin Davis (UK conductor)
1924: Diane Lampert (American songwriter)
1923: Sam Rivers (US jazzman, tenor & soprano sax, flute; own band
: Mary Atanasiu/Maria Tanase (Romanian folkloric and pop singer)*22.June.1963.
1912: Bobby Worth (US songwriter)*17.July.2002.
: Dmitri Shostakovich (Russian composer)*09.Aug.1975.
: Robert Gerhard (Catalan Spanish composer, musical scholar, writer)*05.Jan.1970.

September 26th.
1988: Mark Simpson (UK clarinetist and composer).
1987: Rosie Munter (Swedish singer; Play).
1985: Lenna Kuurmaa (Estonian singer; Vanilla Ninja).
1984: Keisha Buchanan/Kiesha Kerreece Fayeanne Brown (UK singer; Sugababes).
1983: Samantha Hammel (US record producer, actress, theatre director, choreographer).
1981: Christina Milian (US singer-songwriter, actress, record producer)
: Bella Yao/Yao Beina (Chinese singer)*16.Jan.2015.
1975: Emma Härdelin (Swedish singer, violinist; Garmarna/Triakel).
1974: Boris Cepeda (German-Ecuadorian pianist and diplomat).
1973: Marty Casey
(US singer, guitarist; Lovehammers/L.A. Guns)
1972: Paul Draper
(US lyricist, vocals, rhythm guitars, keyboards; Mansun).
1972: Shawn Stockman (US singer; Boyz II Men).
1972: Ras Kass/John Austin IV (US rapper; The HRSMN/solo).
: David Parland/Blackmoon (Swedish guitarist; Necrophobic/Dark Funeral/others)*19.March.2013.
1969: Anthony Kavanagh (French-Canadian comedian, actor, singer)
1967: Richard Shannon Hoon (US singer, Blind Melon)*21.Oct.1995.
1966: Christos Dantis/Christos Vlahakis (Greek composer, singer).
1964: Nicki French (UK singer).
1964: John Tempesta (US drummer; White Zombie, Helmet, Testament)
1962: Tracey Thorn (Mexican singer; Everything But The Girl)
1961: Cindy Herron (US singer; En Vogue)
1958: Darby Crash/Bobby Pyn/Jan Paul Beahm (US punk-rock singer; The Germs)*07.Dec.1980.
1955: Carlene Carter (US country singer, guitarist).
1954: Cesar Rosas
(Mexican singer, guitarist, songwriter; Los Lobos/Los Super Seven).
1953: Dolores Keane
(Irish folk singer; De Dannan/solo).
: Thom Enright (US blues guitarist; Shakey Legs/Rounder/Young Adults/others)*20.Feb.2012.
1951: Stuart Tosh (Scottish drummer, songwriter; Pilot/10cc/Camel/sessionist)
1948: Olivia Newton-John (Australian singer/actress).
1947: John Foxx/Dennis Leigh (English singer, artist, photographer, teacher; Ultravox)
1947: Philippe Lavil (French singer)
1947: Lynn Anderson (US country music singer)*30.July.2015.
: Theodore "Ted" Greene (US fingerstyle jazz guitarist, teacher, music columnist)*23.July.2005.
1945: Bryan Ferry (UK singer, keyboards, piano, harmonica; Roxy Music/solo)
1945: Gal Costa/Maria da Graça Costa Penna Burgos (Brazilian singer).
1941: Salvatore Accardo (Italian violinist, conductor).
1941: Joe Bauer (US drummer; Youngbloods)
1940: Creadel 'Red' Jones (US singer; The Hi-lites/ The Chi-Lites)
1934: Dick Heckstall-Smith (UK saxophonist; John Mayall/Colosseum/freelance)*17.Dec.2004
1932: Donna Douglas/Doris Smith (US actress, comedienne, singer)*01.Jan.2015
1930: Fritz Wunderlich (German tenor)*17.Sept.1966.
1926: Julie London/Gayle Peck (US actress, singer)*18.Oct.2000.
1925: Marty Robbins/Martin David Robinson (US country singer, guitarist)*08.Dec.1982
Harold Gramatges (Cuban composer and pianist)*16.Dec.2008.
1898: George Gershwin/Jacob Gershowitz (US composer, pianist)*11.July.1937.
1891: Charles Münch (French conductor, violinist)*06.Nov.1968.
1869: Komitas
Vardapet (Armenian composer, music pedagogue, musicologist)*22.Oct.1935.

September 27th.
1984: Avril Lavigne
(Canadian singer)
1983: Travis MacRae (Canadian folk-blues singer, songwriter, guitar, harmonica)
1982: Lil Wayne/Dwayne Michael Carter Jr (US rapper; Hot Boys/solo)
1980: Ehron VonAllen (US singer)
1978: Mihaela Ursuleasa
(Romanian concert pianist)*02.Aug.2012.
1977: Patrick Bourque
(Canadian bass guitarist; Emerson Drive)*26.Sept.2007.
1976: Dean Butterworth (UK drummer; Morrissey, Good Charlotte)
1975: Thanos Petrelis (Greek Laiko singer)
1973: Trick Daddy/Maurice Young (US rapper, producer).
1973: Lee Brennan (lead vocalist; 911)
Lhasa de Sela (American singer-songwriter)*01.Jan.2010.
1970: Mark Calderon (singer; Color Me Bad).
1964: Stephan Jenkins (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Third Eye Blind)
1961: Andy Lau (Hong Kong actor, singer)
1958: Shaun Cassidy (US singer, actor, TV producer, David's half brother)
: Rune T. Kidde (Danish writer, storyteller, folk singer, artist)*27.Sept.1957
1953: Greg Ham (Australian sax, flute, keyboards, harmonica, vocals; Men At Work)*19.April.2012.
1953: Robbie Shakespeare (bassist; Riddim Twins/Sly & Robbie/freelance)
1951: Michel Rivard (Canadian singer, composer; Beau Dommage)
1950: William ''Bill'' Bonham Jr (UK organist, bassist, sax; sessionist/The Answer/Obbs-Tweedle/others).
1950: Linda Lewis/Linda Ann Fredericks (UK vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, keyboards)
1949: Jahn Teigen
(Norwegian singer, guitarist)
1947: Liz Torres (US actress and singer
1947: Barbara Dickson OBE (Scottish singer)
1947: Meat Loaf/Marvin Lee Aday (US singer)
1943: Randy Bachman (Canadian guitarist, singer; Guess Who/Bachman Turner Overdrive)
1942: Shane Fenton/Alvin Stardust/Bernard William Jewry (uk singer; The Fentones/solo)*23.Oct.2014.
1941: Gay Kayler Ashcroft (Australian country music singer)
1931: Freddy Quinn/Franz Eugen Helmut Manfred Niedl-Petz (Austrian singer)
1924: Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (US jazz pianist)*31.July.1966.
: Jean Berger (German pianist, educator and composer)*28.May.2002.
1898: Vincent Youmans (US composer and producer)*05.April.1946.

September 28th.
1988: Esmée Denters
(Dutch singer).
1987: Hilary Duff
(US actress, singer)
1985: Shindong/Shin Dong-hee (Korean singer; Super Junior)
1984: Melody Thornton (US singer, dancer; Pussycat Dolls).
1982: Nolwenn Leroy (French singer).
1981: Iracema Trevisan Carneiro (Brazilian bassist; CSS).
1978: Bushido/Sonny Black/Anis Mohamed Youssef Ferchichi (German rapper).
1977: Young Jeezy/Jay Jenkins (US rapper; United Streets Dopeboyz of America/Boyz n da Hood)
1973: Jori Hulkkonen (Finnish DJ, producer of house music).
1972: Dita Von Teese (American burlesque artist).
1971: Joseph Arthur (US singer-songwriter).
1969: Éric Lapointe (Canadian singer, guitar virtuoso).
1968: Sean LeVert (American R&B singer)*30.March.2008.
Michelle Meldrum (American rock guitarist; Phantom Blue, Meldrum)*21.May.2008.
1967: Moon Unit Zappa (US singer, actress
, singer on her father Frank's record "Valley Girl").
1966: Maria Canals Barrera
(US actress, singer)
Ginger Fish/Kenny Wilson (US drummer; freelance/Marilyn Manson).
1962: Peter Hooton (UK lead singer; Farm)
1962: Chuck Taylor (US music journalist)
1960: Jennifer Rush (US pop singer).
: Edith Bliss (Australian pop singer, television presenter)*03.May.2012.
1957: C.J. Chenier/Clayton Joseph Thompson (US Zydeco musician, singer, accordion, saxophone)
1954: George Lynch (US lead guitarist; Dokken/solo)
1953: Jim Diamond (Scottish singer)
1952: Andy Ward
(US drummer;Camel/Chrys&themums/Marillion)
1951: Norton Buffalo
(US singer, harmonica player; many bands/Steve Miller Band/sessionsist)*30.Oct.2009.
1950: Laurie Lewis (US bluegrass fiddle player, guitarist)
1950: Paul Burgess (drums; 10cc/The Invisible Girls/The Soul Company)
1947: Ludvigsen/Gustav Lorentzen
(Norwegian singer, guitarist; Knutsen & Ludvigsen/solo)*21.April.2010.
1947: Peter Hope Evans (harmonica, jew's harp, mouthbow player; Medicine Head)
1946: Helen Shapiro (Uk singer)
: Manolis Rasoulis/Emmanouil Rasoulis (Greek composer, singer, lyricist)*05.March.2011.
1943: Nick St.Nicholas/Klaus Karl Kassbaum (German bassist; Steppenwolf/World Classic Rockers)
1942: Tim Maia/Sebastião Rodrigues Maia
(Brazilian singer)*15.March.1998.
Mike Osborne (UK jazz alto saxophonist, pianist, clarinetist;sessions/freelance)*19.Sept.2007.
Sirone/Norris Jones (US jazz bassist, composer)*21.Oct.2009.
1938: Ben E. King/Benjamin Earl Nelson (US soul singer;Drifters/solo)*30.April.2015.
: Ray Warleigh (Australian-born British saxophonist and flautist)*21.Sept.2015.
1933: Johnny "Country" Mathis
(US singer-songwriter; Jimmy & Johnny/solo )*27.Sept.2011.
1932: Víctor Jara (Chilean folk singer and activist)*15.Sept.1973.
1929: Lata Mangeshkar (Indian playback singer)
: James Alan Davie (Scottish painter,saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist)*05.April.2014.
1925: Cromwell Everson (South African composer)
1924: Rudolf Barshai
(Russian conductor, viola player)*02.Nov.2010.
1928: Koko Taylor/Cora Walton (American blues singer)*03.June.1928.
1901: Ed Sullivan (TV music show presenter)

September 29th.
1988: Justin Nozuka (Canadian/American singer-songwriter).
1987: Josh
Farro (US lead guitarist, songwriter; Paramore).
Tyson Stevens (US singer-songwriter, bassist; Scary Kids Scaring Kids/Coma Prevail)
1982: Rob Smith
(Irish singer-songwriter, former street busker).
1980: Suzanne Shaw
(US singer, Hear'Say)
1980: Dallas Green (Canadian singer, guitarist; Alexisonfire, City and Colour)
1979: Gaitana/Gaita-Lurdes Essami (Ukrainian singer, songwriter)
1978: Kurt Nilsen (Norwegian singer).
1978: Gunner McGrath/Christopher Leslie McGrath (US guitarist; Much the Same)
1977: Debelah Morgan (US R&B singer).
1973: Scout Niblett/Emma Louise Niblett (UK singer-songwriter).
1971: Sibel Tüzün (Turkish singer).
1970: AMG/Jason Lewis (US rap artist)
1969: Aleks Syntek (Mexican singer)
1969: DeVante Swing/Donald Earle DeGrate Jr (record producer, songwriter, singer; Jodeci)
1968: Alex Skolnick (US guitarist; Testament/Savatage/Alex Skolnick Trio).
1968: Brad Smith (bassist; Blind Melon)
1968: Matt Goss (lead singer; Bros)
1968: Luke Goss (UK singer, actor; Bros/Band Of Thieves)
1967: Brett Anderson (lead singer; Suede/The Tears/solo)
1966: Tony Foster (electric guitar, bass, acoustic; Olive)
1965: Iain Baker (Keyboards, programming; Jesus Jones)
1963: Leslie Edward "Les" Claypool (lead singer, bassist; Primus)
1962: Al Pitrelli (US guitarist; Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Savatage, Blue Öyster Cult).
1960: Alan McGee
(British music industry mogul, DJ, club owner, writer)
: Rafael Santa Cruz (Peruvian cajon musician, actor)*04.Aug.2014.
1960: Jennifer Rush
(US singer)

1959: Raf/Raffaele Riefoli (Italian singer-songwriter).
1958: Mick Harvey (drums, piano, guitar, bass, organ; Birthday Party/Nick Cave/freelance)
1957: Sokratis Malamas (Greek singer, composer)
1956: Suzzy Roche (US singer; Four Bitchin' Babes/The Roches)
1952: Roy Campbell Jr (US jazz trumpeter)*09.Jan.2014.
1949: George Dalaras (Greek singer)
1948: Mark Farner (US vocals, guitar; Grand Funk Railroad/solo/guest)
1948: Mike Pinera (guitar, vocals; Iron Butterfly/Blues Image)
1948: Theo Jörgensmann (German jazz clarinetist)
1945: Kyriakos Sfetsas (Greek composer)
1944: Mike Post (US composer)
1943: Terry Brace (Uk bassist; East of Eden).
1942: John Kirby Wolland (UK-born vocalist; The Cherokees/New York Public Library)*25 May 2007.
1942: Jean-Luc Ponty (French jazz violinist)
Ralph Mercado (American promoter of Latin American music)*10.March.2009.
Tilahun Gessesse (Ethiopian popular singer)*19.April.2009.
1940: Nicola Di Bari (Italian singer)
1939: Tommy Boyce (US songwriter noted for the The Monkees songs; Boyce & Hart)*23.Nov.1994
1937: Joe 'Guitar' Hughes (US blues guitarist, singer)*19.May.2003.
1943: Manuel Fernandez (Spanish electric organist; Los Bravos)*20.May.1967.
1935: Jerry Lee Lewis (US country & rock n roll singer, songwriter, pianist)

1930: Billy Strange (US singer, songwriter, guitarist, top sessionist)*22.Feb.2012.
1921: Francis "Franny" Beecher (US
lead guitarist; Bill Haley & His Comets)*24.Feb.2014.
1907: Gene Autry (US singer, guitar, actor, singing cowboy)*02.Oct.1998.
Virginia Bruce/Helen Virginia Briggs (US actress, singer)*24.Feb.1982.
1899: Robert Gilbert/Robert David Winterfeld (German composer, lyricist, singer, actor)*20.March.1978.

September 30th.
1987: Denise Laurel (Filipino actress, singer).
1985: T-Pain/Faheem Rasheed Najm
(US singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, actor; Nappy Headz)
1984: Keisha Buchanan
(vocals, Sugababes).
1979: Clio-Danae Othoneou (Greek actress, musician and pianist).
1979: Vince Chong Ying-Cern (Malaysian singer-songwriter).
1977: Nick Curran
(US blues/rock & roll singer-guitarist; Fabulous Thunderbirds/others)*06.Oct.2012.
1975: Georges-Alain Jones (French singer).
1972: Shaan/Shantanu Mukherjee (Indian singer)
1972: John Campbell (US bassist; Lamb of God)
1964: Trey Anastasio/Ernest Joseph Anastasio III (US guitarist, singer; Plish/solo)
1964: Robby Takac (US vocals, bass; Goo Goo Dolls)
: Raúl Abzueta (Venezuelan singer, guitarist, columnist)*25.Feb.2012.
1963: David Barbe (US singer, guitarist, bassist; Sugar/Mercyland/Buzz Hungry)
1962: Brian Bonhomme (UK vocalist, guitar; Roman Holliday)
1962: Marley Marl/Marlon Williams (US rapper, record producer)
1961: Sally Yeh/Sin-Man Yip (Hong Kong singer, actress)
1958: Marty Stuart (US country music singer).
1959: Hilde Heltberg
(Norwegian singer, guitarist, songwriter)*04.Sept.2011.
1959: Basia/Barbara Trzetrzelewska (Polish jazz-pop singer)
1954: Patrice Rushen (US R&B singer, songwriter, composer, pianist)
1954: Lesley Beach (saxophonist; Amazulu)
1954: Basia/Barbara Trzetrzelewska (Polish singer-songwriter, record producer).
1953: Deborah Allen/Deborah Lynn Thurmond (US country music singer-songwriter).
1952: John Lombardo (US guitarist; 10,000 Maniacs)
1950: Renato Zero/Renato Zero
(Italian singer-songwriter).
1947: Marc Bolan/Toby Tyler/Mark Feld (UK guitaist, singer-songwriter; T. Rex)*16.Sept.1977.
1946: Sylvia Peterson (US singer; Chiffons)
1946: Héctor Lavoe (Puerto Ricann salsa and latin singer)*29.June.1993.
1944: Diane Dufresne (French Canadian singer).
1943: Marilyn McCoo (US singer; 5th Dimension).
1942: Dewey Martin/Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff (Canadian drummer; Buffalo Springfield)*31.Jan.2009.

1942: Frankie Lymon (US lead singer, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers)*28.Feb.1968.
1942: Gus Dudgeon (UK record producer, engineer; Elton John/others)*21.July.2002.
1937: Valentin Silvestrov (Ukrainian composer).
1935: Johnny Mathis/John Royce Mathis
(Legendary US Singer)
1935: Z. Z. Hill/Arziel Hill (US soul-blues singer)
Udo Jürgen Bockelmann (Austrian composer, singer of popular music)*21.Dec.2014.
1933: Cissy Houston (US soul singer; Sweet Inspirations/mother of Whitney)

1933: Tony Cennamo
(US disc jockey; Boston University's WBUR)*08.June.2010.
1925: Tetsuro Hoshino/Arichika Tetsuro (Japanes lyricist)*15.Nov.2010.
Donald Swann (Welsh composer, musician, entertainer)*23.March.1994.
: Rafael Rincón González (Venezuelan singer, composer, bandleader, teacher)*15.Jan.2012.
: Albert Raisner (French TV presenter, harmonica player; The Trio Raisner)*01.Jan.2011.
1920: Aldo Parisot (Brazilian-American musician and cellist)
1919: Patricia Neway (American soprano)*24.Jan.2012.
1917: Buddy Rich/Bernard Rich (US jazz drummer; noted as "the world's greatest drummer")*02.April.1987
1912: Kenny Baker (US singer and actor)
1908: David Oistrakh (Ukrainian violinist)
Mireille Hartuch (French singer, actress)*29.Dec.1996.
1852: Charles Villiers Stanford (Irish composer, resident in England)*29.March.1924.

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September 1st.
1957: Dennis Brain (36)
British virtuoso horn player born in London; he debuted in October 1938, playing second horn under his father with the Busch Chamber Players at the Queen's Hall, then at at aged 21, Brain was appointed to the first horn position in the National Symphony Orchestra. He went on to be credited for popularizing the horn as a solo classical instrument with the post-war British public. Brain produced a radio program entitled The Early Horn in 1955. In it, he emphasized the importance of the player over the instrument in the production of the perfect tone. With the collaboration of Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra, he produced what many still consider to be the definitive recordings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's horn concerti (Tragically killed in a car accident will driving home to London after performing the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Pathetique with the Philharmonia at the Edinburgh Festival.) b. May 17th 1921.
Ethel Waters (80) American blues vocalist Chester, Pennsylvania;
on Halloween night in 1913, she attended a party in costume at a nightclub on Juniper Street and was persuaded to sing two songs, and impressed the audience so much that she was offered professional work at the Lincoln Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland and toured on the black vaudeville circuit. After which she frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts. Her best-known recording was her version of the spiritual, "His Eye is on the Sparrow", and she was the second African American ever nominated for an Academy Award. Three recordings of Ethel's were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, "Am I Blue?", "Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time)" and "Dinah" (heart disease) b. October 31st 1896.
Vagn Holmboe (86) Danish composer and teacher born in Horsens, Jutland, he recieved his formal music training at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He went on to composed about two hundred works, including thirteen symphonies, three chamber symphonies, four symphonies for strings, twenty string quartets, numerous concertos, one opera, and the late series of preludes for chamber orchestra, as well as much choral and other music, in addition to some early works. His last work, the twenty-first string quartet, Quartetto sereno, was completed by his pupil Per Nørgård. (?) b. December 20th 1909.
2001: Sil Austin (71) American sax player, born in Dunnellon, Florida, and taught himself to play at 12 year old. He won the Ted Mack Amateur Hour in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1945, playing "Danny Boy". His performance brought him a recording contract with Mercury Records, and he moved to New York, where he studied for a time at the Juilliard School of Music. His biggest successes in an overtly commercial rather than jazz vein, a great showman on stage, and had a big, ripe, blues-inflected tenor sound which was ideally adapted to hard-driving rhythm and blues, but was also highly persuasive on ballads. (prostate cancer) b. September 17th 1927
2004: Raful Neal (68) American blues singer, guitar, harmonica, composer; born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he took up the blues harp at age 14. Neal's first band, the Clouds, also included the guitarist, Buddy Guy. He debuted on vinyl in 1958 with a single "Sunny Side of Love". Hi
s debut album, was Louisiana Legend. He toured around the world and in 1997 he contributed harp to a couple of tracks on Tab Benoit's Live: Swampland Jam record. Neal's next LP, Old Friends, appeared in 1998. Nine of his eleven children are also blues musicians, and several performed with him on his later releases (Sadly died after a long battle with cancer) b. June 6th 1936.
2005: R.L.Burnside/Robert Lee Burnside (78) American blues singer-songwriter, guitarist and storyteller; he was first inspired to play guitar in his early twenties, after hearing the John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen". He learned music largely from Mississippi Fred McDowell, and also cited his cousin-in-law, Muddy Waters, as an influence. Robert's music is pure country Delta juke joint blues, heavily rhythm-oriented and played with a slide. Although one of the greatest of the "delta" bluesmen, it wasn't until the 1990's that he began hitting full stride, he had done short tours, and in the late '80s he was invited to perform at several European blues festivals. In 1992, he was featured alongside his friend Junior Kimbrough, in a documentary film, Deep Blues. His debut recording, Bad Luck City, was released that same year on Fat Possum Records. Burnside has a second record out on the Oxford-based Fat Possum label, Too Bad Jim 1994. In the mid 1990s, he attracted the attention of Jon Spencer, the leader of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, touring and recording with this group and gaining a new audience in the process. He toured into his last years, with Kenny Brown on second guitar and his grandson, Cedric Burnside, on drums (He suffered a heart attack in 2000 and underwent bypass surgery. He never fully recovered & passed away in a Memphis, TN hospital) b. November 23rd 1926.
Jerry Reed/Jerry Reed Hubbard (71) American country music singer, country guitarist, session musician, songwriter, and actor born in Atlanta, Georgia. As a singer, his hits included "Soldier's Joy"; "East Bound and Down"; "Guitar Man"; "She's Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)"; "The Bird"; "Lord, Mr. Ford (What Have You Done)"; "Amos Moses"; "When You're Hot, You're Hot," for which he received the Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1972; and "East Bound and Down," the theme song for the film Smokey and the Bandit, in which he also co-starred. He appeared in over a dozen films including 3 Smokey and The Bandit films, The Survivors, Stand Alone, What Comes Around, Bat*21, and The Waterboy. He teamed up with country stars Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, and Bobby Bare in the group Old Dogs. They recorded one album, in 1998, entitled Old Dogs. (sadly died of complications from emphysema) b. March 20th 1937.
2009: Jake Brockman (53) British keyboardist with Echo & the Bunnymen; Jake had been a touring member of the band for several years in the mid '80s, and a contributor to the 1987 self titled album Echo & the Bunnymen, which reached No.4 in the UK charts. He was promoted to a full member in the late 80s, and recorded Reverberation in 1990. Jake had left the band before their next album in 1999 (died in a motorcycle accident on the Isle of Man, the band's first drummer Pete De Freitas died in a similar crash) b. ??.1956.??.
2009: Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson (47) Jamaican Reggae musician, singer, producer and composer; born in Kingston, Jamaica, he first surfaced with Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion organization, playing keyboards on Minott's classic Ghetto-ology in 1978. After a period with the Generation Gap, he joined the Roots Radics, earning a reputation for hard work and innovation. Also in the late 70s, Steely met Cleveland "Clevie" Browne during sessions for Augustus Pablo at Lee Perry's Black Ark studio. The pair's relationship was enhanced by contrasting characters, Clevie the studious, mild musician, and Steely the louder, ragga character. When they took up residence as house band at King Jammy's studio in 1986,
Steely And Clevie worked with many artists such as Cocoa Tea, Dennis Brown, Admiral Bailey and Lieutenant, cutting 10 singles a week plus albums at its peak in 1987. The duo also gigged for most of the other influential producers in Jamaica; hence, they knew virtually everyone when they began their own label "Steely And Clevie" in 1988. They immediately hit with a debut release from Johnny P., making the DJ a star. Their formula of brash, unusual beats and strong melodies also worked for Foxy Brown; Tiger; Anthony Red Rose; Anthony Malvo and Little Twitch; Gussie Clarke and revived older acts such as Dillinger and Johnny Osbourne. Steely And Clevie recorded a series of "one rhythm" albums on their own label: Limousine, Bursting Out, Real Rock Style and Can't Do The Work. Broader attention followed with work for former Soul II Soul singer Caron Wheeler, Maxi Priest, Aswad and J.C. Lodge (Heart failure
, Steely was suffering from pneumonia after having had surgery for a blood clot in the brain shortly before he died in hospital in East Patchogue, New York) b. August 18th 1965.
2012: Harold "Hal" David (91) American lyricist, born in New York City and best known for his collaborations with composer Burt Bacharach and his association with Dionne Warwick, as well as for The Carpenters, Dusty Springfield, B. J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Jackie DeShannon and others. Bacharach and Hal's hits included "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "This Guy's in Love with You", "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", "Do You Know the Way to San Jose", "Walk On By", "What the World Needs Now Is Love", "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me", "I Say a Little Prayer", "One Less Bell to Answer", and "Anyone Who Had a Heart". The duo's film work includes the Oscar-nominated title songs for "What's New Pussycat?" and "Alfie", "The Look of Love", from Casino Royale; and the Oscar-winning "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In addition, "Don't Make Me Over", "(They Long to Be) Close to You", and "Walk On By" have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Hal and Bacharach were awarded the 2011 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song bestowed by the Library of Congress, the first time a songwriting team was given the honor. Hal's work with other composers includes Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", with Albert Hammond; Sarah Vaughan's "Broken Hearted Melody", with Sherman Edwards; the 1962 Joanie Sommers hit "Johnny Get Angry". also with Edwards; and "We Have All the Time in the World", written with John Barry and sung by Louis Armstrong for the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. With Paul Hampton, David co-wrote the country standard "Sea of Heartbreak", a hit for Don Gibson and others (sadly Hal died with complications from a stroke) b. May 25th 1921.
2014: Edison Anthony “Eddie” Quarless (62) Trinidadian Calypso multi-musician, producer and steel pan arranger born in in Palo Seco, and grew up at St. Michael's, in Tacarigua where his mother worked and where he got his love of music. He learnt to play saxophone, keyboards, flute and steel pan, among others instruments and at the age of 11 he was invited to join Trinidad and Tobago Police Band, becoming the youngest ever member; he play claranet and saxophone. He also played saxophone for many years in the orchestra in Lord Kitchener’s Kalypso Revue, and as a member of Esquires along with Clive Bradley and Pelham Goddard. In '99, he co-founded JahPan Caribbean Steel Band, arranging and producing two CDs, and performing at countless music festivals. As arranger and producer, he was at the forefront of the development of soca music, and throughout the 90s and 2000s he lives between New York and Trinadad collaborating on literally hundreds of albums with Rawlston Charles at Charlie’s Calypso City in Brooklyn, and working with calypsonians Sparrow, Kitchener, Arrow, Shadow, Merchant, Black Stalin, Mudada, Mighty Duke, Lord Shorty, Crazy, Swallow, SuperBlue, musician Frankie McIntosh and many many others. (sadly Eddie died bravely battleing cancer) b. April 9th 1952.
2014: David Anderle (77) American record producer, born in L.A; he began working in 1964 at MGM Records, which also owned the Verve label, and convinced the label to sign Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in 1965. He moved to Elektra Records in 1968, and worked with such acts as Judy Collins, David Ackles, the Doors and Love. In 1970 he joined A&M Records, working as a staff producer and A&R person; His production credits include albums for Rita Coolidge, Amy Grant, Delaney and Bonnie, Kris Kristofferson, Aaron Neville, Chris De Burgh, Rhinoceros, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Doc Holliday and the Circle Jerks. He later took charge of film music, and supervised the music on films including Good Morning, Vietnam, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Scrooged. He retired in 1999 and became exhibited portrait artist (died bravely fighting cancer) b. July 9th 1937
2015: Bouteldja Belkacem (68) Algerian singer and composer born in Oran, he was considered a pillar of modern raï. One of those who modernized the raï with Messaoud Bellemou in the 1960s, introducing for the first time, accordion and synthesizer instead of guellal/drums and gasba/flute. This collaboration lasted until the end of 1979, when he retired, only to come back strong in 1985, when the first Oran Festival of Rai was held , along with representatives of the new wave with chebs and Hamid Khaled and many others, but Bouteldja was given the first prize. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. 1947.
2015: Boomer Castleman/Owens Boomer Castleman (70) American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Farmers Branch, Texas. He was a one-hit wonder, hitting the US charts in 1975 with the single "Judy Mae", which peaked at No.33. He was the inventor of the palm pedal, a device that allows guitar players to execute pedal steel-style string bends. He made his original prototype in 1968, and it is marketed under the name Bigsby Palm Pedal. Boomer also founded the independent country music record label BNA Records which he later sold to BMG Music. (?) b. July 18th 1945.

September 2nd.
1934: Russ Columbo/Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo (26)
American singer, violinist and actor, born in Camden, New Jersey. He is most famous for his signature tune, "You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love," his compositions "Prisoner of Love" and "Too Beautiful For Words", and the legend surrounding his early death (shot by his longtime friend, photographer Lansing Brown. Columbo was visiting him at the studio, in lighting a cigarette, Brown lit the match by striking it against the wooden stock of an antique French dueling pistol. The flame set off a long-forgotten charge in the gun, and a lead pistol ball was fired. The pistol ball ricocheted off a nearby table and hit Columbo in the left eye, killing him almost instantly. Columbo's death was ruled an accident, and Brown exonerated from blame) b. January 14th 1908.
1934: Alcide Patrick Nunez (50)
America jazz clarinetist, also known as Yellow Nunez and Al Nunez, he was born in St. Bernard Parish, Louisi
ana and moved to New Orleans in his childhood.
He initially played guitar, then switched to clarinet in about 1902. He soon became one of the top hot clarinetists in the city. He was a regular in Papa Jack Laine's band, as well as playing with trombonist Tom Brown and leading bands of his own. In early 1916 he went to Chicago with Stein's Dixie Jass Band, which was to become famous as the Original Dixieland Jass Band, but Nunez left the band shortly before they made their first recordings.(?) March 17th 1884.
Louis Mitchell (71)
American bandleader and drummer who began performing in vaudeville revues and minstrel shows from around the turn of the century, playing drums and bandoline. After moving to New York City in 1912, he founded his own group, the Southern Symphonists' Quartet. Louis sang and drummed for James Reese Europe in 1918, and the following year founded a new group, which he called Louis Mitchell's Jazz Kings. Toward the end of the decade, Mitchell began touring Europe as well as the United States, concentrating on the United Kingdom and France. He remained in France into the 1940s, branching into casino, restaurant and nightclub management in addition to music. He moved back to the United States after World War II, but played little in his last decade (?) b.
December 17th 1885.
1994: Roy Castl
e (62) English singer, jazz trumpet player and TV presenter, born in Scholes, Yorkshire. Between 1958 and 1969, he recorded numerous singles and three LPs. Only one of these LPs has seen a CD release so far: Songs For A Rainy Day was recorded in 1966 for Columbia. In 1972 he first presented Record Breakers, a children's TV show, and he remained host for nearly 20 years. He recorded the theme song for the show himself. While presenting the show he broke nine world records himself (lung cancer) b. August 31st 1932.
1996: Otto Clarence Luening (96)
German-American composer and conductor, and an early pioneer of tape music and electronic music. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to German parents, at 12, his family moved to Munich, where he studied music at the State Academy of Music. At age 17, he moved to Switzerland and attended the Municipal Conservatory of Music in Zurich and University of Zurich, where he studied with Ferruccio Busoni and Philipp Jarnach, and was also an actor and stage manager for James Joyce's English Players Company. He returned to the United States in 1924, and appeared mainly as a conductor of operas, in Chicago and the Eastman School of Music.
His conducting premieres included Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All, Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium, and his own Evangeline. He also set songs to words by Oscar Wilde, Emily Dickinson, Lord Byron, Walt Whitman, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Sharpe, Naidu, Hermann Hesse, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (?) b. June 15th 1900.
2001: Jay Migliori (70)
American saxophonist, later noted for being a founding member of Supersax, a tribute band to Charlie Parker. He made his first recording in 1955, and soon joined up with Woody Herman's band, after which he relocated to LA, where he became a session musician playing on an estimated 4,000 commercial recordings. Some artists he recorded with include The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson,
and Frank Zappa. Jay also played live with thousands of musicians including Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He and Supersax debuted with 'Supersax Plays Bird' in 1972 (sadly died from colon cancer) b. November 14th 1930.
2003: Bruce Kenneth Waibel (45)
American bassist, born in Dover, New Jersey; he moved to Florida as a child, where he started playing guitar when he was 9 years old. He played for several artists and bands, before he joined the Gregg Allman band as a roadie. Eventually he started playing guitar but switched to bass guitar during his last 7 years with the band. He recorded three albums with them, earning two gold records. He also performed with Marshall Tucker, Captain Beyond, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rick Derringer and others. He met FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty in 2000 and joined the band that year. He played with them for three years, recording one album, O2. He left the band in 2003 because he wanted to spend more time with his family. He also played bass on Leverty's first solo album, Wanderlust. (Bruce was found dead at a friend's home in Florida; tragically his death was ruled a suicide) b. July 9tth 1958.
2004: Roquel Billy Davis (72)
American songwriter, record producer, and singer, best known as a songwriter for a number of soul musicians, and as a writer/producer of commercial jingles, including Coca-Cola's "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)"/'I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke'. He also wrote and produced other jingles such as "It's the Real Thing" and "Things Go Better With Coke", "Country Sunshine" also for Coca-Cola, and "If You've Got the Time" for Miller Beer.
Early in his career, he worked with an early version of The Four Tops called "The Four Aims", which included his cousin Lawrence Payton. In the late-1950s, he and collaborator Berry Gordy wrote a number of hit songs for Jackie Wilson. The most notable of these was "Lonely Teardrops", written by himself , Gordy, and Gordy's sister Gwen, who was Davis's girlfriend at the time. He and Gwen later founded the Anna record label, which was the distributor of the early singles from Berry Gordy's Tamla (later Motown) label. After which, he moved to Chess Label, where he wrote and produced for many artists, including Etta James, The Dells, Billy Stewart, Jackie Ross, and Fontella Bass, whose 1965 "Rescue Me" was Davis' biggest hit. Many artists including Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, The Supremes and Gladys Knight have also all recorded his songs (sadly died after a long illness) b. July 11th 1932.
Fritz Fryer/David Roderick Carney Fryer (62) British lead guitarist born in Lancashire; in his early teens he played in the Fables, a guitar duo with schoolmate Mike Wilsh, they added singer Lionel Morton and drummer Alan Buck, the group renamed itself the Four Pennies, inspired by Blackburn's Penny Street. After winning a local talent competition, they were signed to Philips . Thier hits included "Do You Want Me To," "I found Out the Hard Way", their 1964 No.1 "Juliet",
"Until It's Time for You to Go", "Trouble Is My Middle Name" and Black Girl" which showcased Fritz's guitar skills. After the band's break up, he formed "Fritz, Mike and Mo", before his production career, producing records for Motörhead, Clannad, the Bothy Band, Stackridge, and Horslips among others. He eventually retired to Portugal (pancreatic cancer) b. December 6th 1944.
2008: Dompan/Arne Domnérus (83) Swedish jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist; best known for his recordings with visiting American players such as James Moody, Art Farmer Clifford Brown
and playing with Charlie Parker when he made his tour of Sweden 1950. He also worked with the Swedish Radio Big Band from 1956 to 1978, as well as writing for television and films at this time. He also recorded extensively with Bengt Hallberg. Together with fellow Swedes Bengt-Arne Wallin, and two former members of Duke Ellington's band, Rolf Ericson and Ake Persson, he participated at the Jazz Workshops, organised for the Ruhrfest in Recklinghausen by Hans Gertberg from the Hamburg radio station (?) b. December 20th 1924.
2009: Guy Babylon (52) American keyboardist and composer, noted for his work with Elton John. Born in New Windsor, Maryland, he attended Francis Scott Key High School and then moved on to the University of South Florida, earning a BFA in music composition. He moved to LA, California and in 1988, he joined Elton John's studio and touring band, appearing on the album Sleeping With the Past. In 1990, he appeared with the group Warpipes, a side project of fellow Elton John member Davey Johnstone. 2001 Guy won an Grammy Award for his contributions on the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida. Guy also worked extensively on the Elton John-Bernie Taupin musical "Lestat," Until his death, he was a member of Elton John's six-member touring and recording band (Guy died of a heart attack while swimming in his pool)
b. December 20th 1956.
2009: Jon Eydmann (41) British band manager, probably best known for his work with
Suede, the alternative rock band of the 1990s and the early 2000s that helped start the Britpop musical movement and he was instrumental in Suede’s first deal with Saul Galpern’s indie Nude Records in 1992. He went on to work with Luke Haines’ The Auteurs and the Mega City 4. He also worked in an A&R capacity with Fire Records. Over his career Jon has worked many other bands including Spitfire, Perefect Disaster, TVP'S, Spacemen 3, Sparks Lights and Flames, Kubrick, Midget, Libido, Novociane, Headswim, and Hondo Maclean, some in a management role and some in an A&R capacity. (Jon suffered a heart attack after he dived from his boat in to Lake Como while on holiday in Italy with his family. He died two days later in hospital after being on a life support machine) b. 1968.
Khale kaka/Shrinivas Khale (85) Indian composer born in Parali in Kokan-Raigad zilla of Maharashtra; after his lessons from legendary Guru Pt. Madhusudan Joshi, Khale kaka started as a music director in All India Radio in 1945. After his first Gujarati recording of Talat Mahmood in 1950, there was no looking back, he became one of the most highly regarded artistes in the Marathi melodies commerce for over 6 decades. He has worked with Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Vasantrao Deshpande, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Talat Mehmood, Dr Balamurli Krishnan, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Bhupender Singh, Mahendra Kapoor, Suresh Wadkar, and Arun Date among many others.
He has noted 141 ‘Bhavgeets’ and created melodies for 6 Marathi movies. ‘Bheti lagi Jeeva’, ‘Ya chimnyano’, ‘Bhaglyanchi maal phule’, Gori Gori pot phula sarkhi chaan’ are some of his most well renowned compositions. Khale also wrote melodies to theatrical performances like Paanigrahan, Vidushak and Devache paay. Also his interviews were broadcast on Voice of America-1988 and Radio Sydney, Australia-2000. In 2009 Datta Marulkar wrote a book "Antaryami Surr Gavasala" portraying Kaka's journey and in 2010 he was honored with the Padma Bhushan Award, the last of many awards (?) b. April 30th 1926.
2012: Emmanuel Nunes (71) Portuguese composer born in Lisbon, where he studied composition, first from 1959 to 1963 at the Academia de Amadores de Música with Francine Benoit, and then with Fernando Lopes Graça at the University 1962–64. He then attended courses at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse 1963–65, and in 1964 moved to Paris.
In 1971 he was awarded the Premier Prix d´Esthetique Musicale in the class of Marcel Beaufils at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, then in 1999 he won the UNESCO Composition Prize, and in 2000 was the winner of the Prémio Pessoa.
From 1992 until 2006 Emmanuel was Professor of Composition at the Paris Conservatory (?) b. August 31st 1941.
2012: Mark Abrahamian (46) American musician born in San Francisco, California; he started to teach himself guitar at the age of 10 and when he was 17, he went to GIT (The Musicians Institute). It was during this period that he discovered such players as John Mclaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Al De Meola, jazz, funk, blues and classical all intrigued and inspired him. Upon graduation he began playing with local bands as well as taking on 50 students a week teaching his own method. H
e became a member of the rock band Starship as their lead guitarist in 2000, playing between 100 to 125 concerts a year worldwide (tragically Mark collapsed after a concert in Norfolk, Nebraska and died of a heart attack) b. February 23rd 1966.
2013: Makoto Moroi (82) Japanese composer born in Tokyo; he studied composition with Tomojiro Ikenouchi at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, graduating in 1952. He also studied Gregorian chant privately with Paul Anouilh, and Renaissance and Baroque music with Eta Harich-Schneider. He was one of the leading composers who introduced Japanese audiences to new musical styles and devices, including twelve-tone technique, serialism, and aleatory music (?) b. December 17th 1930.
2013: David Jacobs
CBE (87) British actor and broadcaster born in London. He served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1947 and first broadcast on the BBC General Forces Programme Navy Mixture in 1944. He became an announcer with the British Forces Broadcasting Service and was chief announcer on Radio SEAC in Ceylon from 1945–47 and later assistant station director. He took up acting, appearing as Laurie in the first BBC TV adaptation of Little Women in 1951. H
is voice intoned the title for many of the 53 episodes of the radio space adventure series, Journey Into Space where he played 22 parts in the series and he also broadcast on Radio Luxembourg. He went on to host shows >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly David had been suffering from Parkinson's disease and had also been treated for liver cancer since at least 2011) b. May 19th 1926.
2014: Antonis Vardis (66) Greek composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter born in Athens; he was mostly famous for his songwriting skills and during his career he collaborated with some of the greatest singers in Greece, such as George Dalaras, Yiannis Parios, Dimitra Galani, Vasilis Papakonstantinou and Haris Alexiou. (sadly Antonis died after a brave two year battle with cancer) b. August 7th 1948.
2014: Cayo Sila Godoy (94) Paraguayan classical guitarist born in Villarrica; at the age of 16 he accepted a scholarship at the National Music Conservatory in Asunción and by 24 years of age he had graduated from the conservatory as a professor of music theory and musicology and continue his musical education in Buenos Aires. His noted recordings include Sila Godoy in concert, recorded in New York, USA, in 1982; Sila Godoy, recorded in Australia, in 1983; Aranjuez and Madrigal, two volumes on cassettes, which are gatherings from his two previous recordings, in 1994; The Music of Agustin Barrios Mangore and Jose Asuncion Flores, a compact disc with a gathering of his best recordings in 1994. His noted creations for guitar include , “Habanera”, “ Cuatro obras para guitarra clasica”, “Moto perpetuo”, “Extasis”,”Fiesta Campesina”,”Cancion Intima”,”Oracion a Tania”, and “Capricho". He also devoted his life to lectures, speeches and didactic concerts, as well as offering radio and television shows (?) b. December 4th 1919.
2015: El Ankis/Boudjemaa Mohamed Arezki (88) Algerian chaâbi musician and composer
born in Kasbah. He performed before an audience for the first time in 1942 and went on to perform
Chaabi music with the biggest names of that time like Said El Meddah, Ahmed Serri, and Hadj Mrizek. After independence, El Ankis was propelled to the forefront by the famous author Mahboub Bati with songs like "Tchaourou Aalya", "Rah El Ghali Rah" and "Ah Ya Ntya". He left behind a rich repertoire of more than 300 songs. (?) b. June 17th 1927.
2015: Brianna Lea Pruett (32)
American singer and songwriter born in Sacramento; as a teenager, she often sang in clubs, cafes, on street corners, and art galleries in Northern California, performing a cappella, with acoustic guitar, and occasionally with a band. She self-released two albums, 2003’s Natural Fact and 2004’s Winter Apple, both of which were recorded in Portland, Oregon. She later re-released them through Tiger Friends Collective, the same company that released her 2011’s The Stars, The Moon, The Owl, The Cougar, and You and 2012’s Keeping You In Mind. Her
2013 debut on Canyon Records, Gypsy Bells, gained generally favorable reviews and media attention. (it has been indicated that tragically Brianna committed suicide) b. January 18th 1983.

September 3rd.
1960: Joseph Francis Lamb (72)
American composer of ragtime music, born in Montclair, New Jersey.
He taught himself to play the piano, inspired by early ragtime publications of Scott Joplin. In 1907, when buying the latest Joplin and James Scott sheet music in the New York City offices of John Stark & Son when he met his idol Scott Joplin. He was impressed with Joseph's compositions, and recommended him to classical ragtime publisher John Stark, who published Joseph's music for the next decade, starting with "Sensation". In 1912 Joseph also worked as an arranger for the J. Fred Helf Music Publishing Company. When the decline of ragtime came he stopped publishing his music playing and composing only as a hobby. With the revival in ragtime in the 1950s, Joseph shared his memories of Joplin and other early ragtime figures with music historians. He also composed some new rags, brought out some of his old compositions that had never been published, and made some recordings. Joseph, was the only non-African American of the "Big Three" composers of classical ragtime, the other two being Scott Joplin and James Scott (sadly died of a heart attack ) b. December 6th 1887.
1970: Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson (27)
American guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter born in Boston, Massachusetts. He majored in music at Boston University and often played the Cambridge coffeehouse folk-blues circuit, before forming the blues-rock/boogie band Canned Heat. Alan played guitar, harmonica and wrote most of the songs for Canned Heat.
After Eddie 'Son' House's 'rediscovery' in 1964, the producer John Hammond Sr. asked Alan, who was just 22 years old, to teach "Son House how to play like Son House," because Alan had such a good knowledge of the blues styles. The album "The Father of Delta Blues - The Complete 1965 Sessions" was the result. Son House played with Alan live and can be heard on the album "John - the Revelator: The 1970 London Sessions". With Canned Heat, Alan performed at two legendary concerts, the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969. Canned Heat appeared in the film Woodstock, and the band's "Going Up the Country," which Alan sang, has been referred to as the festival's unofficial theme song (found dead of a drug overdose in fellow band-member Bob Hite's garden in Topanga Canyon, LA) b. July 4th 1943.
1985: Papa Jo Jones/Jonathan David Samuel Jones (73) American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, and moved to Alabama as a youngster. He worked as a drummer and tap-dancer at carnival shows until joining Walter Page's band, the Blue Devils in Oklahoma City in the late 1920s. He recorded with trumpeter Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders in 1931, and later joined pianist Count Basie's band in 1934. Jo, Basie, guitarist Freddie Green and bassist Walter Page were sometimes billed as an 'all-American Rhythm section', he remained with Basie until 1948. Jo was one of the first drummers to promote the use of brushes on drums and shifting the role of timekeeping from the bass drum to the hi-hat cymbal and he had a major influence on later drummers such as Buddy Rich, Kenny Clarke, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, and Louie Bellson. He also starred in several films, most notably the musical short Jammin' the Blues. He was on some Jazz at the Philharmonic tours and recorded in the '50s with Illinois Jacquet, Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, Art Tatum, and Duke Ellington, among many others; Jo appeared at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival with both Basie and the Coleman Hawkins-Roy Eldridge Sextet. In later years he performed regularly at the West End jazz club at 116th and Broadway in New York City. In 1979, Jo was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and was the 1985 recipient of an American Jazz Masters fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (?) b.
October 7th 1911.
1985: Johnny Marks (75) American singer and songwriter, born in Mount Vernon, New York, a graduate of McBurney School, Colgate and Columbia Universities, and later he studied in Paris. He earned a Bronze Star and 4 Battle Stars as a Captain in the 26th Special Service Company during World War II. Although he was Jewish, he specialized in Christmas songs and wrote many standards, including "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer", a hit for Gene Autry and others , "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree",a hit for Brenda Lee, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" first recorded by Bing Crosby, and "A Holly Jolly Christmas" recorded by the Quinto Sisters, then Burl Ives. Johnny founded St. Nicholas Music in 1949, and he served as director of ASCAP from 1957 to 1961 (He died in New York City) b. November 10th 1909.
1987: Morton Feldman (61) American composer, born in New York City.
A major figure in 20th century music, he was a pioneer of indeterminate music, a development associated with the experimental New York School of composers. Morton's works are characterized by notational innovations which he developed to create his characteristic sound: rhythms which seem to be free and floating; pitch shadings which seem softly unfocussed; a generally quiet and slowly evolving music; recurring asymmetric patterns. (died after a three month battle with pancreatic cancer) b. January 12th 1926.
1994: Major Lance (55) American soul singer, founder of The Floats, solo artist, and he later became a featured dancer on local TV. Born in Winterville, Mississippi, but as a child, he relocated with his family to Chicago, attending Wells High School, took up boxing and also sang as a member of the Five Gospel Harmonaires. After a number of solo US hits in the 1960s, including "The Monkey Time" and "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um", he became an iconic figure in Britain in the 1970s among followers of Northern soul. Back in the US after recording briefly for the Motown Records subsidiary label Soul, he was convicted of cocaine possession in 1978 and served a four year prison term. On his release, he found that his recordings had become popular on the beach music circuit in the Carolinas, where he continued to undertake live performances. His career was slowed by a heart attack in 1987, and he made no recordings. In 1994, he gave his final triumphant performance at the Chicago Blues Festival. (heart attack) b. April 4th 1939.
2000: Tommy Burton (
English jazz multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, alto saxophone, clarinet, guitar, and a singer. Born in Bilston, near Wolverhampton, he began taking piano lessons at the age of eight, and, after hearing his first jazz in a Birmingham club in 1950, determined to take up the clarinet, and then the alto saxophone. At 15, he started out professionally, on the back of a truck at Bilston carnival with a local band, Pete Young and his Chitterling Twisters. He later joined Johnny Fenton and the Fentones as band pianist. While serving in the RAF from 1953 to 1958, Tommy led several unit dance bands, made his first broadcast, with Humphrey Lyttelton, and formed his own group, Thunderfoot Burton's Celestial Three. Tommy
played at jazz clubs and traditional-jazz festivals, was a regular radio performer and did a long stint on BBC televisions's Pebble Mill At One. At the end of the 60s he returned to jazz piano, with his Sporting House Quartet, and was a sell-out attraction for nine successive new year's eve shows at London's 100 Club and was also a regular visitor to New Orleans, and enjoyed the respect of many of its old-time musicians. In 1990, he played alto sax with the Olympia Brass Band for the funeral of trombonist Louis Nelson. He also performed regularly at Fritzel's Jazz Pub on Bourbon Street. Tommy was still performing at festivals the week he died (?) b. January 10th 1935.
2001: Dave Myers (74) American guitarist and bass player with The Four Aces. Born in Byhalia, Mississippi, he moved to Chicago in 1941 and the Four Aces were formed by 1945, fronted by Junior Wells on vocals and harp. They were the first electric Blues band in the city. Little Walter joined the band in '52 and worked with Dave for the next three years. Dave went on to became one of Chicago's top session bassists (complications from diabetes) b
. October 30th 1926.
2007: Carter Albrecht (34) American keyboardist for Edie Brickell & New Bohemians since 1999. Originally from Kansas and a 1995 graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in piano performance, he was a pianist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and taught piano in the mid-1990s. He joined the Texas band Sorta, playing keyboards, guitar, and providing vocals. He also fronted his own popular Dallas band, Sparrows, prior to Sparrows, he played guitar in another popular local band, The Limes (Carter was shot in the head and killed by a Dallas neighbour, who was ostensibly firing a "warning shot" at a man banging on his door) b. June
23rd 1973.
2007: Janis Martin (67) American rockabilly singer; one of the few female rock & roll artists to be making records, proving to the male-dominated rock & roll industry that women too could sell a large amount of records and score rock & roll hits and opened doors for other rock & roll singers to come, like Brenda Lee. Born in Suther-lin, Oregon, she began playing guitar at the age of 4 and was soon winning statewide talent contents. By the age of 11 she had become a member of the WDVA Barndance in Danville, Virginia. She was nicknamed The Female Elvis, for her impressive dance moves on stage. In 1956, Janis released her debut record "Will You Willyum", backed by her own composition, "Drugstore Rock'n Roll". The song became the biggest hit of her career, selling 750,000 records and hitting the country and pop charts. Soon she was performing on American Bandstand, The Today Show and the Tonight Show. She also appeared on Jubilee USA, and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, becoming one of the younger performers to ever appear. Billboard named her Most Promising Female Vocalist that year. In 1960 Janis retired from music to devote herself to being a wife and mother.
She reemerged in the late 70s when she joined a “rockabilly revival” tour of Europe, and her records were reissued. She continued touring with her band as Janis Martin and the Variations until March 2007, when she was found to have cancer. (cancer) b. March 27th 1940.
2010: Noah Howard (67) American free jazz alto saxophonist, born in New Orleans, he first learnt the trumpet and later switched to alto sax. Influenced by John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, he recorded two sessions as a leader in 1966 for ESP Records, before moving to Europe. In 1969 he appeared on Frank Wright's album One For John, and as leader recorded The Black Ark with Arthur Doyle among others. In 1971 he recorded Patterns with Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink. He moved to Paris in 1972 and then in 1982 to Brussels, where he ran a jazz club and his own record label, AltSax. He recorded steadily through the 1970s and 1980s, exploring funk in the latter decade and recording for AltSax. In the 1990s he returned to free jazz. His last two albums were influenced by Indian, Latin American and Middle Eastern music, Desert Harmony, with Omar al Faqir in 2008 and Voyage in 2010, both reflected his interest in World Music (?) b. April 6th 1943.
2010: Mike Edwards (62) English cellist, bass viol and an original member of
the Electric Light Orchestra aka ELO, from their first live gig in 1972 until he left in January 1975, to become a Buddhist. He changed his name to Deva Pramada because of his religious convictions. His eccentric cello playing, fingering the cello strings with an orange or grapefruit, and bizarre costumes were a major ingredient of the early ELO touring band. His live "party piece" was The Dying Swan, where he would perform a cello solo and ultimately his cello would explode through the use of pyrotechnics. His cello playing contributed to the albums ELO II, On the Third Day, The Night The Light Went On (In Long Beach) and Eldorado. He was later replaced as cellist by Melvyn Gale.
In later years, Mike's work involved stage plays and arrangements. (Mike was tragically killed on the A381 between Harbertonford and Halwell in Devon, when a circular hay bale weighing 600 kilograms rolled down a hillside and collided with the van he was driving) b. May 31st 1948.
2014: Aarno Raninen (70) Finnish composer, pianist, violinist, cellist and accordionist born in Kotka. He moved to Helsinki in 1966 and got a job as a studio conductor at Musiikki-Fazer. While working there he made a lot of cooperative work with the likes of songwriter Juha Vainio. Later on he went to work in Discophon where he wrote lyrics for many Finnish musicians, such as Seija Simola, Carola, Tauno Palo, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Monica Aspelund, Heikki Kinnunen, Arja Koriseva, Erkki Liikanen and the Soitinmenot-ensemble. Aarrno received several awards, including a win at Syksyn sävel 1968 with "Näin on" performed by Kristian, 10th place at Eurovision in 1977 with "Lapponia" performed by Monica Aspelund and the main prize at the Menschen und Meer competition in 1978 with "Silver and gold" performed by Monica Aspelund (tragically died in a house fire) b. April 27th 1944.
2014: EunB/Go Eun-bi (21) South Korean singer and graduated from Hanlim Multi Art School, a high school in South Korea where many teen Korean idols attend. She went on tobecome a member of the girl band Ladies' Code (tragically EunB
died from injuries sustained in a traffic collision when the group was returning to Seoul after attending the recording of “KBS Open Concert”) b. November 23rd 1992.
2015: Don Griffin (60) American singer and guitarist, born in Baltimore and showed his skills as a musician early on, attending The Peabody Conservatory of Music at just 17. In 1973 he joined The Miracles replacing Marv Tarplin, where his brother Billy was lead singer. Later, after the Miracles broke up, Don's dance band called Madagascar was signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records with the single "Baby Not Tonight" in 1981.
From there, he rejoined his brother Billy as the touring guitarist on his solo project and collaborating on the platinum single "Hold Me Tighter in the Rain". In 1986, Don was recruited by Anita Baker to become her rhythm guitarist and recorded on her album, Rapture. More recently, he was preparing repertoire and rehearsing a new funk band in Denver for a Las Vegas show this winter. (tragically Don died in a car collision) b. 1955.

September 4th

1907: Edvard Grieg (64) Norwegian composer and pianist; in the late 1860s and early 1870s he worked with Franz Liszt on Violin Sonata No.1, and later his h Piano Concerto. From 1874–76, he composed incidental music for the premiere of Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, at the request of the author. Many of the pieces from this work became very popular in the orchestral suites or piano and piano-duet arrangements. He
had close ties with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and later became Music Director of the orchestra from 1880–1882. In the spring 1903, he made nine 78-rpm gramophone recordings of his piano music in Paris; all of these historic discs have been reissued on both LPs and CDs and, despite limited fidelity, show his artistry as a pianist. Grieg also made live-recording player piano music rolls for the Welte-Mignon reproducing system, all of which survive today and can be heard (sadly died after a long illness) b. June 15th 1843.
1972: Francisco Caruso (?)
American Concessionaire (brutally killed during a Wishbone Ash concert in Texas after refusing to give a fan a free sandwich) b.????
1983: Louis "King" Garcia (78) Puerto Rican
jazz trumpeter;
early in his life he played in the Municipal Band of San Juan, before moving to the US early in the 20s, where he played with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Emil Coleman. In the 1930s he did work in the studios, including his important association, which was with Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey. He also played with Vic Berton, Richard Himber, Nat Brandwyne, Amanda Randolph, and Louis Prim. In the 1940s he returned to play with Coleman again, and led his own Latin ensemble that decade. By the 1960s he had moved to California and essentially retired due to failing health (?) b. August 25th 1905.
1990: Irene Dunne (97) American actress and singer, as well as her acting career, Irene made her Broadway debut in 1922 in Zelda Sears's The Clinging Vine. The following year, she played a season of light opera in Atlanta, Georgia. By 1929 she had a successful Broadway career playing leading roles such as the role as Magnolia Hawks in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat. (She later re-created her role as Magnolia in what is considered the classic first film version of Show Boat, directed by James Whale in 1936). But she eventually agreed to marry Dr. Francis Griffin and on his wishes she left the theatre, after which she became a film herione, appearing in dozens of movies, her first being Leathernecking in 1930, an early musical. She sang "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" in the 1935 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers film version of the musical Roberta. Her career spanned seven decades of musical theater, the silver screen, Broadway, radio and television (cardiac arrest at her Holmby Hills home in LA) b. December 20th 1898.
1991: Dottie West (58)
American country singer, one the genre's most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Dottie's career started in the early 60s, with her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again", which won her the first Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965. In the 1960s, she was one of the few female country singers working in what was then a male-dominated industry, influencing other female country singers like Lynn Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette. She continued touring an recording throughout the 70s and 80s, collecting 14 awards on her journey. She recorded her last song in July 1991 called "As For Me", a duet with Norwegian country singer Arne Benoni. She had planned to record and release an album with friends like Kenny Rogers and Roger Miller. Tanya Tucker and Tammy Wynette were planning on recording a single with her (Dottie died as a result of a car accident several days earlier on her way to a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, in their car park. She underwent three operations to stop her liver from bleeding; but sadly died during her third operation) b. October 11th 1932.
1991: Charles Daly Barnet (77)
American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader; he was at the height of his popularity from the late 30s and through the 40s, a period that began with his hit version of "Cherokee", followed by "Skyliner" "The Wrong Idea", "Scotch and Soda", and "Southland Shuffle". In 1947, he started to switch from swing music to bebop. His band had included musicians such as Buddy DeFranco, Roy Eldridge, Neal Hefti, Lena Horne, Barney Kessel, Dodo Marmorosa, Oscar Pettiford, Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, Billy May, Clark Terry,and Art House.
Charles retired from music in 1949, and was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1984 (?) b. October 26th 1913
1995: Chuck Greenberg (45) American musical artist, composer and producer, born in Chicago, Illinois. Chuck worked with local bands before he formed and led the new age, electronic musical group, Shadowfax in 1972. They relocated to LA, California in 1978. Chuck's work on the lyricon, the first electronic wind instrument, which he helped develop with engineer Bill Bernardi, became the signature sound of Shadowfax. This ground-breaking sound and work combining jazz, rock, folk, and world music elements into a singular musical vision won Shadowfax a Grammy in 1988 for Best New Age Performance for thier 6th album "Folksongs for a Nuclear Village". Live performances included the Carnegie Hall, Red Rocks, Montreux, Ravinia, The Greek Theater, Wolftrap, and the Universal Theatre, among many others. Chuck's final work was a live Shadowfax recording and full-length concert from Santa Cruz, California. (Chuck sadly died from a heart attack) b. March 25th 1950.
1997: Belle Stewart (91) Scottish traditional singer,
born on the banks of the River Tay at Caputh, Blairgowrie, into a family of Highland Scottish Travellers, who lived in bow-tents, but Belle's father died when she was only 9 months old. Afraid that social workers might take her children from her, her mother stopped travelling and settled in Perthshire. The family frequently went to Northern Ireland to do pearl-fishing and in the evenings they would gather at ceilidhs to exchange folk songs. Her version of "If I Was a Blackbird" inspired Alex Stewart, a bagpiper, to propose to her. They had a hard life being travelling folk and it wasn't until the 50s she and her family made recordings. In March 1954 Hamish Henderson invited the Traveller family to do a concert in Edinburgh alongside Davie Stewart, Jeannie Robertson and Jimmy MacBeath. Later in 1954 Douglas and Peter Kennedy visited them and made recordings. So began their career performing in folk clubs: there the people treated them with respect, unlike the rest of urban society. At festivals the whole family would wear tartan kilts and the pipers among them wore full regalia. In the 70s the family spent a month performing in America and made several appearances at the Edinburgh Folk Festival and in folk clubs around the UK. After the death of her husband Alex, they continued to tour, and appeared at a folk festival in Bologna in 1980 and at Lake Como in 1980, with their son Ian taking the place of chief piper. In 2006, Belle's daughter, Sheila Stewart, wrote the biography "Queen Amang the Heather: the Life of Belle Stewart" (?) b. July 18th 1906.
2000: David Brown (53) American musician, primary bass guitar player for the band Santana from 1966-71 and again from 1973 to 76. He played with Carlos Santana at Woodstock in 1969, and is on most early Santana albums. David also played on Boz Scaggs' 1971 debutalbum 'Moments', for which he also penned two of its sadder songs, and on the two subsequent Scaggs albums Boz Scaggs & Band in 1971 and My Time in 1972. (sadly David died from liver and kidney failure) b. February 15th 1947.
2003: Tibor Varga (82)
Hungarian violinist and conductor, born in Gyor. H
e studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with Carl Flesch and Jenö Hubay and made his first public appearance at the age of six; performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the age of 10; made his first recordings at the age of 13 and began touring Europe when he was 14. He moved to London in 1947, where he became a British citizen. In 1955, Tibor Varga settled in Switzerland, though maintaining his position in Detmold. In 1964, he founded the Tibor Varga Festival in Sion, the capital of the Canton of Valais in Switzerland, and founded an International Academy of Music in connection with it, specializing in interpretation (or "master") classes for accomplished young players conducted by leading soloists during the summer (?) b. July 4th 1921.
2004: Kevin Patrick Westlake (57)
Irish drummer born in Dublin and moved to Wales at aged 9 where he played drums in the school band. He enrolled at Cardiff College of Art, where he played with fellow students and musicians Dave Edmunds and Andy Fairweather Low. In 1967, Kevin did a short stint with the Blossom Toes and in 1968 he released a single, ‘Every Day/Green’ with Gary Farr, leader of the T-Bones. By this time he had also become a greatly in demand as a session player. In 1971 he joined Ronnie Lane’s new band, Slim Chance, for which he and Ronnie wrote the hit single, ‘How Come’, and also ‘Silk Stockings’. In 1976 Kevin released his own solo album ‘Stars Fade (In Hotel Rooms)’, produced by Tony Meehan, the former drummer of the Shadows. In the same year, under the pseudonym Abercrombie Fraser, he released the single ‘Marie’s Wedding’/’The Edinburgh Music Box’; and two years later, under another pseudonym, the Frankies, he released the single ‘Yoyo’ ft Caroline Quentin on vocals. Throughout the 80s till his death, dividing his time between Herefordshire, Montgomeryshire and London, Kevin continued to play numerous sessions and gigs and write many songs. He was also spending more and more time drawing. He produced a large quantity of highly original, very funny, sometimes savage, drawings and cartoons and staged several exhibitions in London and elsewhere (?) b. March 5th 1947.
2008: Waldick Soriano (75)
Brazilian singer born in Bahia; best known as a composer and singer of songs in the brega style. Waldick moved to São Paulo in 1959, where he began working at Rádio Nacional. His first album released in 1960, became popular throughout Brazil. He went on to record dozens of albums and scored many hits in his native country. (prostate cancer) b. May 13th 1933
2010: Rudolf Pellar (87)
Czech actor, singer, teacher and translator; born in Púchov, Slovakia, he studied acting at the Brno Conservatory, graduating in 1946. He was soon working in Horácké Theatre in Jihlava and Silesian National Theatre in Opava. After which he worked first in SKNeumanna Theatre, then the Karlin Music Theatre , where he remained until 1960. Another 30-year period from 1960 until 1991 he worked at the Prague Municipal Theatres. He also studied singing after arriving in Prague appearing in operettas and musicals in both Musical Theatre Karlin and the ABC Theatre. His best known hits include Such a snow it crashes, Small bar, Paris Boulevards, Atomic tale, Sorry I must, The bowler in hand, Bamboo and river, Bill Buffalo. From 1970 until 2001 he also taught chanson singing at the conservatory in Prague.Rudolf also featured in many films including The Brothers Grimm Movie, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Children of Dune, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Last Butterfly, and The Death Of Tarzan. He was awarded the National Award for lifetime work of translation ib 1997 and the Crystal Rose for interpreting speech in 2000 (?) b. February 28th 1923.
2011: A Produce/Barry Craig (59)
American guitarist, keyboard player, producer and composer from Glendale, California. He started out as a guitarist, performing and recording with the mid-80s new wave group After Image. After which he moved away away from guitar, to synthesizers and their possibility to create landscapes of sound. The early results can be heard on his 1988 debut album, The Clearing. Since The Clearing, he has released dozens of CDs on his own Tranceport label as well as the Hypnos label and was featured heavily on Echoes Radio (
sadly Barry has died of natural causes) b. ????
2011: Hilde Heltberg (51)
Norwegian singer, guitarist and songwriter, born in Oslo; she started her career in the late 70s when she entered a talent competition judged by Stein Ove Berg, who became her mentor. She later joined the Uncle John's Band, and, in 1982, X-tra. She released her first, self-titled, solo album in 1982, but found a more individual style in 1983 with På bare bein/ On bare feet. Over her
her solo career Hilde released 12 albums and also participated in the Norwegian qualification for the Eurovision Song Contest three times as an artist: in 1980, 1984 and 1985, and as a songwriter in 2000. Her last single, titled "Elske fritt" /Free love, was released in 2009 (Hilde sadly died while fighting cancer) b. September 30th 1959.
2013: Dick Raaymakers (83)
Dutch composer, theatre maker
and electronic music pioneer; born in Maastricht, he studied piano at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. From 1954 to 1960 he worked in the field of electro-acoustic research at Royal Philips Electronics Ltd in Eindhoven. He received several awards for his contribution to the development of visual arts and music in the Netherlands: in 1992 he was honoured with the lifetime's achievement award from the Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture in Amsterdam; in 1994 the Matthijs Vermeulen Award from the Amsterdam Art Foundation; in 1995 the Ouborg Award for his lifetime's achievement from The Hague and in 1995 the biennial "Festival in de Branding" was dedicated exclusively to his musical and visual work. In 2005 Dick received another lifetime's achievement award, this time from the Johan Wagenaar Foundation and an honorary doctorate from the University of Leiden. In November '11 he received the Witteveen + Bos Award for Art+Technology for his entire oeuvre (?) b. September 1st 1930
2014: Hopeton Lewis (66)
Jamaican singer born in Kingston, where he started singing in church at a young age before forming a singing group, The Regals. He released "Take It Easy" in late 1966, the track was recorded with Lynn Taitt and the Jets and is regarded as one of the first rocksteady singles. He had several other Jamaican hits including the first 'herb' song ever recorded in Jamaica, "Cool Collie". He worked for Duke Reid as an arranger and backing vocalist, and won the Festival Song Contest in 1970 with "Boom Shaka Lacka" and also worked as a singer with Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, and in 1971 had a hit with "Grooving Out On Life". He continued to release records and 24 albums between 1968-2014. He retired to Brooklyn, New York, where he presented a show on Grace Deliverance Radio (sadly died with kidney failure) b. October 3rd 1947.
2014: Mizchif/Hechichamunorwa Mount Zion Kwenda (38)
Zimbabwean rapper born in Highfields, Harare. He moved to Syracuse, New York at the age of 12 where he began rapping with a crew, Soul Pack. At 18 he moved to South Africa, where he released his debut album, Life from All Angles in 1999. His 3rd album, Supernatural (My Return), was released in September 2003 and nominated for the Best Hip Hop Album at the 2003 South African Music Awards. Mizchif also presented hip hop news on Johannesburg radio station YFM and was a video jockey on Nasty, a hip hop show on MNET music channel, Channel O (?) b. June 23rd 1976.
2014: Gustavo Cerati Clark (55)
Argentine singer-songwriter and guitarist, one of the most important and influential figures of Ibero-American rock and a Latin American rock legend. He was primarily known as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Soda Stereo, considered by critics to be the most important and influential band of Latin rock.
Gustavo had also achieved recognition and success as a solo artist, beginning in the early 1990s during a hiatus from Soda Stereo, when he recorded his first solo album Amor Amarillo/Yellow Love (sadly he suffered a fatal stroke after a concert in Caracas, Venezuela) b. August 11th 1959
2014: Habib Wali Mohammad (93)
Pakistani ghazal singer born in Rangoon; while in college, he became active in the musical functions of Ismail Yusuf College, gaining the nickname ‘Taan sain’ and completed a bachelor's degree in Bombay. He was trained by Ustad Latafat Ali Khan in formal singing and rose to fame after the release of his song “Lagta nahi hai dil mera” which was a poem of Bahadur Shah Zafar. His other famous songs include “Kab mera nasheman ahl-e-chaman” and “Gulshan mein gawara karte hain”. Habib also sang numerous patriotic songs as well as a tunes for the film industry (?) b. 1921.
2015: Graham Brazier (63) New Zealand singer-songwriter, guitarist and sax player; He left school at 15 and began writing songs when he was 19. He met future Hello Sailor bandmates Harry Lyon and Dave McArtney in 1970 when the latter two were at Auckland University. Hello Sailor made its live debut in 1975 with Graham as the swaggering, occasional sax playing frontman. Two of Graham's songs are included in the official top 100 New Zealand songs, "Blue Lady" alongside his first band, Hello Sailor, and "Billy Bold" from his solo career. While on tour in the USA he was reportedly asked to take the place of the late Jim Morrison by the three surviving members of The Doors. Along side Hello Sailor he also launched a solo career, his 1981 solo debut Inside Out album contained the anthemic single "Billy Bold". (sadly Graham died while recovering from a heart attack which happened while holiday in the Bay of Islands in August) b. May 6th 1952.
2015: Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez MBE (80) Cuban-born British trombonist, born in Havana, but at an early age moved to Kingston in Jamaica. He attended the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston, a Catholic charitable trust run by nuns “for wayward boys”. He , along with his school friend, the saxophonist Don Drummond and countless other reggae musicians, benefited greatly from the school’s disciplined music tuition. In 1958 he became a Rastafarian and moved to the Rastafarian community in the Wareika Hills near Kingston, which had been set up by the drummer and band leader Count Ossie. Rico went on to become a much sort after session musician and between 1958 and 1961 he had been credited on around 100 songs. >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died following a short illness in a London hospita) b. October 17th 1934.

September 5th
1975: Georg Ots (55) Estonian opera singer, born in Petrograd, Russian SFSR, to the renowned tenor Karl Ots. Georg was a welcomed performer in all the major opera houses of the former Soviet Union, being especially popular at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. His repertoire included the roles of: Eugene Onegin, Yeletzky, Escamillo, Renato, Don Giovanni, Papageno, Rigoletto, Iago, Porgy, Figaro, and the title role in Kabalevsky's Colas Breugnon. Ots sang in Estonian, Russian, Finnish, German, Italian and French, and was fluent in all six languages. Ots's most famous role, with which he is often identified with, was the leading character in Anton Rubinstein's opera The Demon. He also performed successfully in various European countries. His solo opera debut was a tiny part in Eugene Onegin in 1944. He soon became one of the most revered singers with this opera company, with whom he sang from 1951 until his death. In November 2005, a musical Georg based on Georg Ots' life was premiered in Tallinn, and on October 5th 2007, Georg, a fiction film based on his life was released. (Died in Tallinn, Estonia. After his death, the Tallinn Music School was named after him, now called Georg Otsa nimeline Tallinna Muusikakool) b. March 21st 1920.
: George Barnes (56) American jazz and blues guitarist, he claimed he played the first electric guitar in 1931, preceding Charlie Christian by six years. Born in South Chicago Heights, Illinois, he started his career accompanying blues vocalists such as Big Bill Broonzy. In the mid 30s, George toured throughout the Midwest. By 1938, he was working as a musician on the staff of NBC studios. After a stint in the Army, George recorded with his octet and worked as a studio musician for Decca. In 1940, he released his first recording under his own name, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" backed with "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me". He recorded several albums with Bucky Pizzarelli, their partnership lasted through the early 1970s. He also worked as a session musician for The Jodimars in the late 1950s (?) b.
July 17th 1921.
1978: Joe Negroni (37)
American baritone vocalist born in Manhattan. In the early 1950s Joe and friends Herman Santiago, Jimmy Merchant and Sherman Garnes got together and formed a group calling themselves The Ermines with Joe as lead singer. They changed their name to Coupe de Villes and later to The Premiers with Herman taking over as lead. A 12 year old Frankie Lymon heard The Premiers at a talent show and soon after he was jamming together. Impressed with the sound of Frankie's high tenor/soprano voice, in 1955 they had invited him to join the group, singing first tenor behind Herman's lead. They signed with Gee Records who changed their name to The Teenagers. On their debute single "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" Frankie took over lead as Herman was ill. Mr. Goldner of Gee Records then changed the group's name to "Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers" and released the record. The song became an instant hit in the United States and in the United Kingdom it also became the first UK No.1 by an American vocal group. They also had hits with "I Want You to Be My Girl", "Who Can Explain?" and "The ABC's of Love". Alan Freed signed them for two movies and while touring the UK they played at the London Palladium. In 1993, Joe Negroni, Herman Santiago, Frankie Lymon, Jimmy Merchant and Sherman Garnes, the original members of "the Teenagers", were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2000 into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. In the 1998 film "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" the role of Joe was played by actor Jon Huertas (brain haemorrhage) b. September 9th 1940.

1990: Charley Charles (?) English drummer; after many sessions and years in the studios, in 1974, Radio Caroline boss Ronan O'Rahilly set up a group called The Loving Awareness Band, comprising of Charley on the drums, John Turnbull playing guitar, keyboardist Mickey Gallagher and funkie bassist Norman Watt-Roy. In 1976, The Loving Awareness Band released their only album, Loving Awareness, after which the band broke up in 1977. Charlie and Norman then joined up with Ian Dury to form the Blockheads scoring several hit singles, including "What a Waste", "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick", which was a UK number one at the beginning of 1979, selling just short of a million copies, "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3", and the rock and roll anthem, "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b.????
1994: Louis Myers (64) American guitarist, harmonica player, vocalist and founder of The Aces, one of the earliest and most influential of the electric Chicago blues band in the 1950's; born in Byhalia, MS, he moved to Chicago in 1941 with his family. Their new next door neighbour was blues great Lonnie Johnson, who was a huge inspiration to Louis. Louis started out doing house-party gigs before he and his brother David on guitar and young harpist Junior Wells to form the Three Deuces, the first line-up of the Aces. In 1950, drummer Fred Below came on board. In 1952 Jr Wells left to go with Muddy Waters and Muddy's harpist Little Walter moved into the front man role with the Aces, renaming them the Jukes to capitalize on his current hit single "Juke". Louis and the Aces backed Little Walter on "Mean Old World," "Sad Hours," "Off the Wall," and "Tell Me Mama" and at New York's Apollo Theatre before Louis left in 1954. This resulted in the Jukes' gradual break up, but freeing them reform again as The Aces to back acts such as Otis Rush, Earl Hooker among others. During the '60s, '70s and '80s the Aces reunited on many occasions for recordings, tours, festivals and visited Europe, as well as following their separate careers. Sadly Louis was hampered by the effects of a stroke while recording his last album 1991's Tell My Story Movin'. He courageously completed the disc but was limited to playing harp only. His health soon took a turn for the worse, ending his distinguished musical career (heart attack) b. September 18th 1929
Salil Chowdhury (72)
Indian music composer, poet, writer, filmmaker and played several musical instruments, including flute, piano, and esraj. He mainly composed for Bengali, Bollywood and Malayalam films. His first Bengali film "Paribortan"/Transformation was released in 1949. "Mahabharati" released in 1994 was the last of his 41 Bengali films.
Salil debute in the Hindi Film Industry came in 1953 as the Music Director for Do Bigha Zamin by Bimal Roy. The film was the cinematic version of Salil Chowdhury's short story named "Ricksawala", and it became the first film to win the Filmfare Best Movie Award and won the international Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. After about 20 years in Bengali and Hindi films, Salil entered Malayalam films in 1964 with Chemmeen. Almost all of his Malayalam songs became popular irrespective of the performance of the films they were made for. He went on to compose for over 75 Hindi films, 41 Bengali films, around 26 Malayalam films, and several Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Oriya and Assamese films (?) b. November 19th 1922.
2003: Gisèle MacKenzie (76)
Canadian-American singer, most famous for her performances on the popular television program Your Hit Parade. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she studied violin and voice at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario. She had her own Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio program, Meet Gisèle, before moving to LA, California, in 1951 and
she became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1955. In 1953 she reached No.6 in the UK Singles Chart, with "Seven Lonely Days", her biggest selling song was "Hard To Get" in 1955. Gisèle sang frequently on early television shows such as The Jack Benny Program, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, The Ed Sullivan Show and appeared often at Las Vegas venues and in numerous North America concerts. In later years, she performed widely in musical theatre in such shows as Mame, Gypsy, The Sound of Music, and Hello, Dolly! Gisèle
has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1601 Vine (sadly died after a brave battle with colon cancer) b. January 10th 1927.
Astrid Varnay (88)
Swedish-born Hungarian-American dramatic soprano, who did most of her work in the US and Germany. She was one of the five best-known Wagnerian heroic sopranos of her generation (the other four were Kirsten Flagstad, Gertrude Grob-Prandl, Birgit Nilsson, and Martha Mödl). Her voice on record is readily recognisable by its seemingly-limitless upper register. By the age of 22 she knew Hungarian, German, English, French and Italian and her repertoire consisted of 15 leading dramatic soprano roles, eleven of which were Wagnerian parts. She also had formidable mezzo-soprano capability, which she displayed in performances as Ortrud in Lohengrin and Klytemnestra in Elektra.
She made her sensational debut at the Metropolitan Opera on December 6th 1941 in a broadcast performance singing Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walküre, substituting for the indisposed Lotte Lehmann with almost no rehearsal. This was her first appearance in a leading role, and it was a triumph. Among her 1000s of appearances, the role of Herodias in Salome became her most often performed role with 236 performances. After a marvellous career Astrid made her last appearance on stage was in Munich in 1995, fifty-five years after her Metropolitan debut. In 1998 she published her autobiography Fifty-Five Years in Five Acts: My Life in Opera, written with Donald Arthur (?) b. April 25th 1918.
2007: Saint Thomas/Thomas Hansen (31) Norwegian alt-country singer and guitarist; his biggest break came shortly after Norway's Quart Festival in 1999, where he got signed to Racing Junior. His first album, I'm Coming Home, was preceded by "The Cornerman EP," which was a summer chart success in Norway in 2001. The album then received international releases throughout 2002. He has since released three other albums, and also toured Europe with Lambchop and the United States in 2005 with Of Montreal. His next album, Children Of The New Brigade, was released in August 2005 in Norway. In August 2006, Saint Thomas released a new album, officially his sixth, There's Only One of Me on his own label. (The cause of death was determined to be an "unfortunate combination of prescribed drugs") b. February 13th 1976.
2009: Mickie Jones (?) American bassist from Washington, DC; along with guitarist friend Punky Meadows he formed the band Bux, in early 1973, Capitol Records signed the band, but balked on the deal and dropped the band. After which Mickie and Punky founded the flamboyant 70s glam rock-metal band Angel. They called themselves 'Sweet Mama From Heaven' inspired by a Jimi Hendrix song before changing their name to Angel. The band was discovered by Gene Simmons the bassist from Kiss, while performing at a nightclub and was soon signed to Kiss’s label Casablanca. They debuted with a self titled album in '75, the first track "Tower" was used widely during the late 70's and early 80's by Album Rock stations for various advertising purposes. Their second album Helluva Band followed in 1976. ‘On Earth As It Is In Heaven’ the band’s third album included the tracks ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘On The Rocks’ and ‘White Lightnin’. This was Mickie's last album before he left the band and went on to work in the Hollywood film industry (died after a long bave battle with liver cancer) b. ??
2011: Salvatore Licitra (43) Italian operatic tenor, born in Bern, Switzerland, to Sicilian parents, Licitra grew up in Milan. He trained for 8 years at the Music Academy of Parma and the Corsi Verdiani before enrolling at Carlo Bergonzi's voice academy in Busseto. He debuted in Un ballo in maschera in Parma in 1998, in a performance for Bergonzi's students. His success led to a contract as cover in Ballo, Rigoletto and Aida in Verona, and he ended up singing them all. He then auditioned for Riccardo Muti at La Scala, who hired him for Alvaro in a new production of La forza del destino. After which he sang in Tosca and Madama Butterfly at the Arena di Verona in June and July, then Tosca at La Scala in March 2000, again with Muti. Salvatore went on to sing in many of the world's top opera houses. He had an unexpected debut at The Metropolitan Opera, New York City, on May 12th 2002 when he appeared in Tosca, substituting for Luciano Pavarotti, who had cancelled the performance two hours before curtain time. Salvatore, was not scheduled to debut there until 2004
(tragically Salvatore died from severe injuries of a motor scooter accident which had left him in a coma for nine days) b. August 10th 1968.
2012: Joe South/Joseph Alfred Souter (72) American singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Atlanta, Georgia, started his pop career in July 1958 writing the novelty hit "The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor". In 1959, he wrote 2 songs which were recorded by Gene Vincent: "I Might Have Known" and "Gone Gone Gone".
He began his recording career with the National Recording Corporation, where he was staff guitarist along with other NRC artists Ray Stevens and Jerry Reed. He was also a prominent sideman, playing guitar on the likea of Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools", Tommy Roe's "Sheila", and Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album. His 1969 "Games People Play", a hit on both sides of the Atlantic was accompanied by a lush string sound, organ, and brass, the production won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Song and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year. His compositions have been recorded by many artists, including Billy Joe Royal's songs "Down in the Boondocks", "I Knew You When", "Yo-Yo", later a hit for the Osmonds, and "Hush" later a hit for Deep Purple and Kula Shaker. Joe's most commercially successful composition was Lynn Anderson's 1971 monster hit "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden", which was a hit in 16 countries and translated into many languages. Anderson won a Grammy Award for her vocals, and Joe won a Grammy Award for writing the song. Joe was inducted into Georgia Music Hall of Fame On September 13th 2003 (sadly he died from heart failure) b. February 28th 1940.
2014: Simone Battle (25) American singer and actress born in Los Angeles; she made her television debut in 2006, with small roles on shows including Zoey 101 and Everybody Hates Chris. In 2010, she was a background dancer in the Cali Swag District music video "Teach Me How to Dougie".
In 2011 she entered The X Factor, but eliminated in the first round. before becoming a singer with the girl pop group G.R.L. (tragically Simone committed suicide by hanging) b. June 17th 1989.
2014: Kerrie Biddell (67) Australian jazz and session singer; her first job was singing backing vocals for Dusty Springfield at Chequers in Sydney and she joined The Affair in 1968 and appeared in Bandstand, Uptight, GTK and The Club Show. The Affair won the Battle of the Sounds and a trip to England. She then joined the Daly-Wilson Big Band and toured Australia with Dudley Moore. In 1972, she began her solo career and her debut album scored her two Australian Record Awards/ARIAs. Kerrie went on to become one of Australia’s most prolific studio singers and sang on 100s of jingles, film scores and TV shows (sadly Kerrie died from a stroke) b. 1947?
2015: Jacques Israelievitch (67) French-born Canadian violinist and one of Canada's foremost chamber musicians of all time. Born in Cannes, France, at 11 years old he was the youngest graduate in the history of the Le Mans Conservatory. He made his solo debut on French National Radio at the age of 11, he graduated from the Paris Conservatory with three first prizes at just sixteen and was subsequently a prizewinner at the International Paganini Competition. Since 1988 Jacques has been the Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and has appeared regularly with the orchestra as soloist and conductor. He has performed throughout Canada and has been featured often on the CBC. He also plays, teaches and conducts regularly in the U.S.A., Europe and the Far East. Over the past ten years, Mr. Israelievitch has made numerous visits to Japan to play, teach and conduct. He was awarded a knighthood by the French government in 1995,in the order of Arts and Letters. In 2004 he was promoted to the honorable status of Officer. (sadly died fighting cancer) b. May 6th 1948.
2015: Aadesh Shrivastava (49) Indian composer, singer and music director, born in Jabalpur. He got his first big break with film Kanyadaan in the year 1993. He had several chart hits including "Kya ada kya jalwe tere Paro", "Haathon mein aa gaya jo kal", "Sona sona", "Shava shava", "Gustakhiyaan", "Gur nalon ishq mitha", "Mora Piya" among others.
He was a judge on the talent hunt show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" Challenge in 2005 and 2009. On the international front Aadesh collaborated with artists such as Akon, Julia Fordham and Wyclef Jean. Together with Akon, he has launched an India-wide talent search on the website which uses music analysis technology to predict the hit potential of new songs. Other international artists he has collaborated with include Dominic Miller, Shakira, and T-Pain. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. September 4th 1964.

September 6th
1962: Hanns Eisler (64) German-Austrian composer born in Leipzig, in 1925 Hanns moved to Berlin, then a hothouse of experimentation in music, theatre, film, art and politics. There he became a member of the Communist Party of Germany and became involved with the November Group and in 1928, he taught at the Marxist Worker's School. He wrote music for several Brecht plays, including The Decision - 1930, The Mother - 1932 and Schweik in the Second World War - 1957. They also collaborated on protest songs that intervened in the political turmoil of Weimar Germany in the early 1930s. Their Solidarity Song became a popular militant anthem sung in street protests and public meetings throughout Europe, and their Ballad of Paragraph 218 was the world's first song protesting laws against abortion. A promising career in the U.S. was interrupted by the Cold War. He was one of the first artists placed on the Hollywood blacklist by the movie studio bosses. In two interrogations by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the composer was accused of being "the Karl Marx of music" and the chief Soviet agent in Hollywood. Among his accusers was his sister Ruth Fischer, who also testified before the House Committee that her other brother, Gerhart, was a major Communist agent. The Communist press denounced her as a "German Trotskyite." Among the works that Eisler composed for the Communist Party was the "Comintern March", "The Comintern calls you / Raise high Soviet banner / In steeled ranks to battle / Raise sickle and hammer". His supporters, including his friend Charlie Chaplin and the composers Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, organized benefit concerts to raise money for his defense fund, but he was deported early in 1948.
Folksinger Woody Guthrie protested the composer's deportation in his lyrics for "Eisler on the Go" (Hanns sadly died from a second heart attack) b. July 6th 1898.
1978: Tom Wilson (47)
erican record producer, best known for his work in the 1960s with Bob Dylan, Frank Zappa, Simon and Garfunkel and The Velvet Underground. He worked for Columbia Records, then went to Verve Records (heart attack) b. March 25th 1931.
1984: Ernest Dale Tubb (70)
American singer and songwriter, nicknamed the "Texas Troubadour", one of the pioneers of country music. His biggest career hit song "Walking the Floor Over You" in 1941 marked the rise of the honky-tonk style of music (sadly emphysema stole his breath away) b. February 9th 1914.
Johnny Desmond/Giovanni Alfredo De Simone (65) American singer; As a boy, he sang on a local radio station, before attending the Detroit Conservatory of Music briefly and playing the nightclub circuit, playing piano and singing.
In 1939 he formed his own singing group, the Downbeats, but after being hired to work with Bob Crosby's big band in 1940, it was renamed the Bob-O-Links. The group appeared on fifteen commercial recordings by the Crosby Orch, including two charted hits, "You Forgot About Me" and "Do You Care?". After the war he took a job on The Breakfast Club, a radio variety program out of Chicagoand had a string of hits: "C'est si bon", "Don't You Remember Me?", "Guilty", "Don't Cry, Joe", "Just Say I Love Her" , "The Picnic Song", "Because of You", and "Woman". In 1953 he joined with Don Cornell and Alan Dale to record "The Gang that Sang 'Heart of My Heart'". On Broadway, Johnny appeared in Say, Darling in 1958 and as Nicky Arnstein in Funny Girl, after Sydney Chaplin left the cast (cancer) b. November 14th 1919.
Little Brother Montgomery/Eurreal Wilford Montgomery (79) American jazz-blues pianist and singer born in Kentwood, Louisiana. Mainly self taught, he started playing piano at 4, and by age 11 he was playing at various barrelhouses in Louisiana. His musical influences were Jelly Roll Morton who used visit the Montgomery household.
Early on he played at African American lumber and turpentine camps in Louisiana and Mississippi, then with the bands of Clarence Desdunes and Buddy Petit. He first went to Chicago from 1928-31, where he made his first recordings. From 1931 through 1938 he led a band in Jackson. In 1942 he moved back to Chicago, which would be his base for the rest of his life, with various tours to other United States cities and Europe. His repertoire alternated between blues and traditional jazz. He played Carnegie Hall with Kid Ory's Dixieland band in 1949 and by the late 1950s he had been "discovered" by wider white audiences. He toured with Otis Rush in 1956. Eurreal formed his own record label, FM Records in 1969. He appeared at many blues and folk festivals and was considered a living legend, a link to the early days of blues and New Orleans. Among his original compositions are "Farrish Street Jive", "Shreveport Farewell", and "Vicksburg Blues". (?) b. April 18th 1906.
1990: Tom Fogerty (49) American guitarist, backing vocals and founder member of the rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Tom player on all but one fof their albums Creedence Clearwater Revival-1968,
Bayou Country-1969, Green River-1969, Willy and the Poor Boys-1969, Cosmo's Factory-1970, and Pendulum -1970, producing such hits as "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Down on the Corner", "Green River", "Fortunate Son", "Travelin' Band" and "Who'll Stop the Rain". Tom left the CCR in 1971, the year before the band split. He began a solo career and worked with the likes of Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders, and old band mates Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. Tom's 1974 solo album Zephyr National was the last to feature the four original band members of CCR. A few of the songs sound much in the Creedence style, particularly the aptly-titled "Joyful Resurrection". All four members did play on the song, but John recorded his part to the mix separately. (complications from AIDS acquired during a blood transfusion) b. November 9th 1941.
1994: Nicky Hopkins (50)
English pianist and organist born in NE London; Nicky recorded and performed on noted British and American popular music recordings of the 60s and 70s as a session musician. At the start of the 60s started out as the pianist with Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages, after which he joined The Cyril Davies R&B All Stars. Due to suffering from Crohn's disease he mainly focused on studio work in London. He worked extensively for leading UK independent producers Shel Talmy and Mickie Most and performed on albums and singles by The Kinks, The Move, Alun Davies, Jon Mark, The Who,
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Donovan, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck, Art Garfunkel, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Carly Simon, McGuinness Flint, Bill Wyman and Peter Frampton.and many others. In 1967 he joined The Jeff Beck Group, formed by former Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck, with vocalist Rod Stewart, bassist Ronnie Wood and drummer Micky Waller, playing on their influential LPs Truth and Beck-Ola. He also helped define the "San Francisco sound", playing on albums by Jefferson Airplane, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Steve Miller Band. He briefly joined Quicksilver Messenger Service and performed with Jefferson Airplane at the Woodstock Festival. In 1968 he played piano with the Swedish psychedelic group Tages on the single "Halcyon Days", produced in Abbey Road Studio. Nicky joined the Rolling Stones live line-up on the 1971 Good-Bye Britain tour, as well as their 1972 North American Tour and the early '73 Winter Tour of Australia and New Zealand. He recorded a few solo albums but remained one of the most important rock 'n' roll session musicians of his time (Nicky sadly died in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications from intestinal surgery) b. February 24th 1944.
1994: Max Kaminsky (85)
American jazz trumpeter and bandleader of his own orchestra, The Max Kaminsky Orchestra. He started his career in Boston in 1924 and by 1928 worked in Chicago with George Wettling and Frank Teschemacher at the Cinderella Ballroom and in New York for a brief period in 1929 with Red Nichols. He was primarily known for Dixieland. At one time he played for the Original Dixieland Jass Band.
For the next five years he worked in commercially oriented dance bands, at the same time recording with Eddie Condon and Benny Carter's Chocolate Dandies in 1933 and with Mezz Mezzrow 1933–34. He played with Tommy Dorsey 1936-38 and Artie Shaw in 1938, performed and recorded with Bud Freeman 1939–40 and worked again with Shaw 1941–43, who led a navy band with which Max toured the South Pacific. He also worked in the 1940s with Sidney Bechet, George Brunis, Art Hodes, Joe Marsala, Willie "The Lion" Smith, and Jack Teagarden. He went on to work in television, and led Jackie Gleason's personal band for several seasons, toured Europe with Teagarden's and Earl Hines' All Stars, and performed at the Metropole and Ryan's in New York, at intervals from the late 1960s to 1983. In 1963 he published My Life in Jazz with V. E. Hughes. In 1975-76 he made recordings as a leader that well illustrate his style (?) b. September 7th 1908.
1996: Esther Soré (81)
Chilean singer and the main singer of Chilean melodies and folk of the 20th century. She recorded the successful Pretty Chile, of Clara Solovera. Ester was popular in the radio, as a recording artist, on tour and in the movies. (?) May 27th 1915.
2001: Carl Crack/Carl Böhm (30) German musician born in Swaziland; he later became a member of a the Berlin based digital hardcore band Atari. He also appeared on Cobra Killer's 2002 album, The Third Armpit and also was part of Firewire and Whatever (found dead in his apartment due to a drug overdose) b. May 5th 1971.
Eric Roche (37) Irish fingerstyle guitarist, born in New York City, but his family soon moved to Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. He studied classical guitar in 1992 at the London Musician's Institute. Eric went on to play many genres on solo guitar such as classical, Celtic, folk, jazz, blues, rock and pop, also gifted guitarist-composer, and well known for his solo guitar arrangements of other artists' tunes. Some of these solo arrangements include:
'Jump' by Van Halen, 'Higher Ground' by Stevie Wonder, 'Killer' by Seal, 'Blue in Green' by Miles Davis, 'She Drives Me Crazy' by the Fine Young Cannibals, 'Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)' and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' by the Beatles,'Take Five' by Dave Brubeck, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana and many more (throat cancer) b. December 4th 1967.
2007: Luciano Pavarotti (71)
Italian Opera singer;
He was probably the most successful post-war classical performer bridging the worlds of opera and pop culture, through his association with fellow singers Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras as the Three Tenors, as well as charity work with such pop icons as U2. "Nessun dorma", from Puccini's opera Tosca, is now forever associated with soccer's World Cup, thanks to Pavarotti's grand appearance at the 1990 Games >>> READ MORE <<< (pancreatic cancer) b. October 12th 1935.
2011: Wardell Quezergue (81)
American singer, guitarist, bandleader, music arrange and producer, known among New Orleans musicians as the “Creole Beethoven”. Born into a musical family in New Orleans he took up music at a very early age. After playing with Dave Bartholomew’s band from the late 1940s and serving as an army musician in Korea, he emerged as a bandleader in his own right in the mid-1950s with his Royal Dukes of Rhythm who became a welcome fixture on the New Orleans music scene. With the drummer Smokey Johnson, he wrote the 1964 instrumental “It Ain’t My Fault,” a New Orleans song later sampled by Mariah Carey, the rapper Silkk the Shocker and others. As well as his band and songwriting career, Wardell worked mainly as a producer and arranger with the cream of New Orleans musicians, such as Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, which included the songs “Big Chief” by Professor Longhair, “Iko Iko” by the Dixie Cups, “Groove Me” by King Floyd, “Barefootin’ ” by Robert Parker, “Mr. Big Stuff” by Jean Knight and “Misty Blue” by Dorothy Moore. He later worked as an arranger on the albums “Fiyo on the Bayou” for the Neville Brothers; “Orchid in the Storm” for Aaron Neville; “Goin’ Back to New Orleans” for Dr. John; “Deacon John’s Jump Blues” for Deacon John Moore; and two albums for the blues singer Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown, “Gate Swings” and “American Music, Texas Style” among so many others. In 2009 he released his own album, “Music for Children Ages 3 to 103: The St. Agnes Sessions” (sadly Wardell died from heart failure) b. March 12th 1930.
2014: Yoko Yamaguchi (77) Japanese songwriter and novelist; originally from Nagoya, she opened a high-class bar in Tokyo’s Ginza district and started writing lyrics while managing the establishment. “Yokohama Tasogare” / “Yokohama Twilight Time”, sung by Hiroshi Itsuki in 1971, was a huge enka hit. She also wrote the lyrics for another enka classic, “Brandy Glass” sung by the late singer and movie star Yujiro Ishihara. She also started he started writing novels in the 1980s and received the Naoki Prize in 1985 for “Enka no Mushi”/“Japanese Ballad Lover” and “Robai”/“Old Japanese Plum”
(sadly died from respiratory failure) b. 1937 ?

September 7th
1929: Frederic Weatherly (80)
English lawyer, author, and lyricist, born in Portishead, Somerset. He is estimated to have written the lyrics to at least 3,000 popular songs, among the best-known of which are the sentimental ballad "Danny Boy", the religious "The Holy City", and the wartime song "Roses of Picardy". Others include "Three for Jack"; "Bhoy I Love"; "The Blue Dragoons"; "The Midshipmite"; "Our Little Home"; "They all love Jack"; "Polly"; "When Noah Went-a-sailing"; "Time to go"; "Chumleigh Fair"; "Douglas Gordon"; "Sleeping Tide"; "The Star of Bethlehem"; "Beauty’s Eyes"; and "In Sweet September". He also worked in opera, making English translations of Pagliacci and Cavalleria rusticana, for Covent Garden and writing the lyrics for the 1894 premiere of Mirette at the Savoy Theatre
(sadly died after a short illness) b. October 4th 1848.
1957: Raul Sanchez Reinoso (48)
Argentinian guitarist, banjo, bandleader (?) b. Dec 18th 1908
1978: Cecil Aronowitz (62)
British viola player; born in King William's Town, South Africa he was a founding member of the Melos Ensemble, a leading chamber musician and an influential teacher at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music (Cecil suffered a stroke in a performance of Mozart's String Quintet in C major and
sadly died in Ipswich, England, the following morning) b. March 4th 1916.
1978: Keith Moon (32) Legendary UK drummer; he gained notoriety for exuberant drumming and his destructive lifestyle. He joined The Who in 1964, playing on all albums from their debut, 1965's My Generation, to 1978's Who Are You, which was released two weeks before his death. He is known for innovative, dramatic drumming, often eschewing basic back beats for a fluid, busy technique focused on fast, cascading rolls across the toms and cymbal crashes. He was one of the first to play drums as a lead instrument in an era when drums were supposed only to keep the back beat. (overdose of heminevrin prescribed to combat alcoholism. A post-mortem confirmed there were 32 tablets in his system, 26 of which were undissolved)
b. August 23rd 1946.
1989: Mikhail Goldstein aka Mikhailo Mykhailovsky (71)
Soviet violinist, composer and autor, born in Odessa. He was the author of the celebrated musical hoax "Ovsianiko-Kulikovsky's Symphony No. 21" as well as several others, notably "Expromt", "Albumblatt" etc. He concentrated on composition after his career as a violinist was curtailed by a hand injury.
He was a winner of three prizes at the 1963 All-Union Composers' Competition, apparently he submitted his entries under pseudonyms. He took a teaching position in East Berlin in 1964. He moved to Vienna and Jerusalem in 1967, moved to London in 1968, and finally to Hamburg, Germany in 1969, where he died. He gave concerts with Galina Kowal and Michael Minsky. His musical and civic activities were recognized in Germany with the Bundesverdienstkreuz medal (?) b. November 8th 1917.
Lefty Dizz/Walter Williams (56) American powerful blues guitarist born in Arkansas, the nickname was given him by Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers. Dizz started playing guitar at age 19 entirely self-taught, he played a standard right-handed model flipped upside down, without reversing the strings. His sound was raw and distorted and his style owed more to the older bluesmen than to the hipper West Side players like Otis Rush and Buddy Guy working in the B.B. King mode. Dizz graduated from Southern Illinois University and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After which he moved to Chicago, where in 1964 he became a member of Junior Wells's band, recording and touring Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia with him until the late '60s. At various times during the '60s and early '70s, he'd also moonlight as a guitarist with Chicago stalwarts J.B. Lenoir and Hound Dog Taylor, while sitting in everywhere and playing with seemingly everyone, Dizz was always welcome on anyone's bandstand. He also fronted his band own band Shock Treatment, playing and singing with an unbridled enthusiasm, and flamboyant of blues men (sadly we lost him to cancer) b. April 29th 1937
2001: Igor Buketoff (86)
American conductor born in Hartford, CT; he was educated at the University of Kansas 1931-32, the Juilliard School in New York 1935-41, and from 1941-47 he was Music Director of the Chautauqua Opera Association and taught at Columbia University 1941-47. In 1941 he won the first Ditson Conductor's Award. In the early part of his career he conducted a range of orchestras in the US, which included the New York Philharmonic in the Young People's Concerts 1948-53, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra 1948-66. He taught at Butler University 1953-63 and was later associated with the Festival of Neglected Romantic Music held there. He taught at the University of Houston 1977-79 and conducted the Texas Chamber Orchestra 1980-81. At the request of Sophie Satin, Rachmaninoff's sister-in-law, Igor orchestrated Act I of Rachmaninoff's unfinished opera Monna Vanna, which was premiered in a concert performance at Saratoga, New York in 1984, with the Philadelphia Orchestra (?)
b. May 29th 1915
2002: Erma Franklin (64)
American soul, RnB and pop singer born in Shelby, Mississippi and was reared in Detroit; her best known record is the original version of "Piece of My Heart" since been covered by many top artists. When sister Aretha became a recording artist, Erma provided backing vocals and toured with Aretha. Among her most notable back up performances for her sister was on Aretha's signature tune, "'Respect". (sadly died while fighting throat cancer) b. March 13th 1938
2003: Warren William Zevon (56)
American Grammy Award-winning rock singer-songwriter and multi-musician, born in Chicago, is noted for his offbeat, sardonic view of life which was reflected in his dark, often humorous songs, which sometimes incorporated political or historical themes. Worked with a huge list of mega artists. His best-known compositions include "Werewolves of London", "Lawyers, Guns and Money", "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" and "Johnny Strikes Up The Band", all of which are featured on his 1978 sophomore release, Excitable Boy. Other well-known songs written by Warren have been recorded by other artists, including "Carmelita", "Accidentally Like a Martyr", "Mohammed's Radio", and "Hasten Down the Wind".
He was a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman later performed guest vocals on "Hit Somebody! (The Hockey Song)" with Paul Shaffer and members of the CBS Orchestra. (sadly lost his battle with lung cancer) b. January 24th 1947.
2005: Sergio Endrigo (72)
Italian singer-songwriter, born in Pola, Istria, Italy, now Pula, Croatia; he won the Sanremo Music Festival in 1968 with the song "Canzone per te," sung with Roberto Carlos. The same year he represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 with the song "Marianne." (?) b. June 15th 1933.
2008: Witchhunter/Chris Dudek (42) German drummer;
an early member of the thrash metal band Sodom, formed in Gelsenkirchen, in 1981, Chris took over on drums from Bloody Monster as the band was forming, before any recordings. He can be heard on their first 5 albums "Obsessed by Cruelty", "Persecution Mania", "Agent Orange", "Better Off Dead", and 1992's "Tapping the Vein". Unfortunately by this time Chris was suffering badly from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. But he was the special guest drummer on Sodom's 2007 album, "The Final Sign of Evil". (sadly died unexpectedly from the functional deterioration of his organic system) b.1966
2008: Dino Dvornik (44) Croatian singer, songwriter, music producer, actor and reality television star; born in Split, he and his brother Dean founded Kineski zid, a pop band named after the building in which he lived at that time in Split. It was the first domestic funk record released in Croatia. His popularity was built on a combination of intelligent song lyrics and energetic, wild stage performances. At Zagreb Fest in 1988 Dino first made a name for himself when he received the award for best debutant for his song "Tebi pripadam" (I Belong To You). He had been a perfectionist by reputation, who would lock himself in the studio for months and would rearrange parts on his tracks until everything was the way he thought was well enough to be shared with his fans. His most notable collaborations with other music artists in his country include those with Croatian music diva Josipa Lisac, and his Montenegrin counterpart and close friend, Rambo Amadeus. In his last years, Dino would often get behind the turntables and deejay in various clubs (tragically he overdosed on tablets for Hepatitis C which he was suffering from. He was also severely depressed)
b. August 20th 1964.
2008: Nagi Noda (35) Japanese pop artist and director; among her works are the short film Mariko Takahashi's Fitness Video for Being Appraised as an "Ex-fat Girl", the half-panda-half-something-else Hanpanda life-sized figures, and the video for Japanese singer Yuki's song "Sentimental Journey". Other works include direction of a television advertisement for Coca-Cola (with music by Jack White), collaboration with Medicom Toy to produce Nagi Noda Be@rbrick, the video for the Scissor Sisters song "She's My Man", and the video for "Hearts On Fire" by Cut Copy, was the last music video she made
(tragically she died after surgical complications from injuries sustained in a traffic accident the previous year) b. 1973
2009: Fred Mills (70) Canadian musician and music professor born in Guelph, Canada
; while studying at the Juilliard School of Music he was invited to join the Houston Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet and in 1961 he was a founding member of the American Symphony Orchestra in New York City. While living in NYC, Fred played with the Symphony of the Air, Musica Aeterna Orchestra, NYC Ballet Orchestra, Marlboro Festival Orchestra and Casals Festival Orchestra and recorded with Morton Gould, Robert Shaw, Igor Stravinsky, Steinberg and Stokowski. For six years Fred was principal trumpet with the New York City Opera. In 1968 Fred returned to Canada to play with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In 1972 he joined the Canadian Brass and for 24 years Fred played over 3500 concerts in Asia, Europe, and North America with the CB. As a member of the renowned Canadians, Fred made over 40 CDs for RCA, Sony, Philips and BMG. During this time Fred contributed more than 50 transcriptions and arrangements to the Brass repertoire. While with the CB, Fred made numerous TV apperances on PBS, CBC, NHK, BBC and American Networks and was a Grammy award nominee in 1992. In 1996 he joined University of Georgia music professor, which he continued the reast of his life. Besides teaching trumpet, he coached a graduate brass quintet, The Bulldog
(He died in a car crash in Walton County between Atlanta and Athens as he returned home from a trip overseas to perform) b. ????
2011: Eddie Marshall (73) American jazz drummer born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he played in his father's swing group and in R&B bands while in high school and moved to New York City in 1956. Two years later he played in the quartet of Charlie Mariano and with Toshiko Akiyoshi; after two years' service in the Army, he returned to play with Akiyoshi again in 1965. He worked with Mike Nock for a year in the house band of the New York nightclub The Dom, and also worked with Stan Getz and Sam Rivers, and accompanied Dionne Warwick on tours.
In '67 Eddie joined fusion group The Fourth Way, then worked with Jon Hendricks and The Pointer Sisters in the early 70s, before joining the group Almanac, releasing one album in 1977. He also recorded with Art Pepper that same year. In the 1980s he worked in the project Bebop & Beyond, who recorded tribute albums to Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. In the 2000s he worked on the San Francisco Arts Commission (sadly Eddie died from a heart attack) b. April 13th 1938.
2012: Dorothy McGuire (84) American singer born in Middletown, Ohio and grew up in Miamisburg, she is famed for being the middle sister of the trio, The McGuire Sisters. They performed for five Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and for Queen Elizabeth II. In 1958, their mother appeared as a guest challenger on the television game show To Tell the Truth. The sisters maintained a busy television schedule, making frequent appearances on popular variety hours hosted by Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin, Danny Kaye, Milton Berle, Andy Williams, Perry Como and Red Skelton. The trio was dressed and coiffed identically and performed their synchronized body movements and hand gestures with military precision. Their recordings of "Sincerely," "Picnic," and 1958's "Sugartime" all sold more than one million copies. (
sadly Dorothy died of Parkinson's disease and dementia) b. February 13th 1928.
2012: Maestro Reverendo/Ángel Muñoz-Alonso (57) Spanish pianist and composer, born in Madrid. He started playing the piano at the school of Escolapios; he earned the nickname Reverendo when he worked as an organist in the church of San Antón. He began his rock career in the 1970s in the band Desmadre 75, famous for its song Saca el güiski, cheli; later, with the group Paracelso, he won the first two editions of the Rock Villa de Madrid Awards in 1978 and 1979. During the 1980s he collaborated with bands like Siniestro Total or Los Ronaldos and played with Miguel Ríos.
He composed themes and soundtracks in Galician for Televisión de Galicia. His artistic career was linked from the late 1970s to El Gran Wyoming, including his time in the satirical program Caiga quien caiga. (sadly he died while fighting cancer) b. 1955.
2012: Rollin "Oscar" Sullivan (93) American country music entertainer and mandolin player born in Edmonton, Kentucky; he and his
brother Johnny Sullivan toured together in the 1930s; they made their professional debut on WTJS-AM in Jackson, in 1939. In 1942, Rollin joined Paul Howard’s Arkansas Cotton Pickers playing an electric mandolin, where he received the nickname Oscar. In the summer of 1944, Rollin, with WSM-AM’s Grand Ole Opry, played tent shows with Eddy Arnold. By 1945, the Sullivan brothers joined George with Arnold's show. They played a comedy act called Cicero and Oscar, opening shows for Arnold and His Tennessee Plowboys. He went to star on the “Grand Ole Opry” as one half of the duo Lonzo & Oscar where his brother became Lonzo, for 38 years. (sadly died in hospice care in Madison) b. January 9th 1919.
2013: Susan Fuentes/Susan Toyogan
(58) Filipino singer born in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte; she was dubbed the "Queen of Visayan Songs" after scoring a string of hits including "Matud Nila", "Usahay", "Miss Kita Kung Christmas" and "Gimingaw Ako" from her seven gold-status albums. Susan underwent a kidney transplant in 2002, but continued to perform until 2010, after which her health went into decline (sadly Susan passed away at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City) b. 1955.
2013: Ilja Hurník (90) Czech composer and essayist
born in Poruba, now part of Ostrava. He studied at the Prague Conservatory, then went on to the Prague Academy of Arts. His 1953 sonata da camera, for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord, has been recorded on Cedille Records. A 2008 Supraphon CD has two of his instrumental compositions, the colorful Ondráš. Ballet Music, from 1951, and his Four Seasons Chamber Suite, from 1952. Both are performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra led by Karel Ancerl (?) b. November 25th 1922.
2013: Fred Katz (94) American jazz cellist and composer born in New York City; he was classically trained and performed with several symphony orchestras, however, he was among the earliest jazz musicians to establish the cello as a viable improvising solo instrument and he is best known as a member of drummer Chico Hamilton's quintet, one of the most important West Coast jazz groups of the 1950s, and with who he appeared in the film noir The Sweet Smell of Success in 1957. He also recorded several albums as a leader. Another high point in his career was writing and conducting the arrangements for singer Carmen McRae's 1958 album Carmen For Cool Ones. One of his most recognizable pieces of music was his score for the film A Bucket of Blood, directed by Roger Corman, as the music appeared in a total of seven Corman films, including The Wasp Woman and Creature from the Haunted Sea (?) b. February 25th 1919.
2014: RiSe/Kwon Ri-se (23) South Korean singer born in Fukushima and completed her university education at Seikei University and participated in Miss Korea 2009 and was crowned as "Miss Korea Japan Jin".
In 2012 she became a founder member of the K-pop girl group Ladies' Code, they released their debut album, Code#1 Bad Girl, in March 2013 (tragically RiSe died from injuries sustained in a traffic collision when the group was returning to Seoul after attending the recording of “KBS Open Concert”) b. August 16th 1991.
2015: Susan Allen (64) American harpist born in Monrovia, California; she commissioned, premiered, recorded and performed numerous works for harp by James Tenney, Ruth Lomon, Earl Kim, William Thomas McKinley and other artists. As a jazz artist, she is known for free improvisation as well as work in world music genres, having appeared internationally with such artists as Swapan Chaudhuri, Yusef Lateef, L. Subramaniam, Adam Rudolph, Ed Sarath and Roman Stolyar. (sadly died fighting brain cancer) b. May 10th 1951.
2015: Guillermo Rubalcaba/Guillermo González Camejo (88) Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and orchestrator specialising in danzón and cha-cha-cha music genres, born in Pinar del Río. After moving to Havana, he worked as pianist accompanist for Elena Burke, Blanca Rosa Gil and Omara Portuondo, among other singers. In 1973 he founded the Charanga Rubalcaba, which was created to preserve the finest traditions of popular Cuban music. In the 1990s, he became a member of several touring groups of veteran musicians who emerged in the wake of the success of the Buena Vista Social Club and Afro-Cuban All Stars groups. In between, he collaborated with Jane Bunnett in her recording project Cuban Odyssey (?) b. January 10th 1927.
2015: Augusta Lee Collins (69) American blues musician; he first made a name for himself as a session drummer with numerous bands coming through the Bay Area, including sitting in with jazz greats Herbie Hancock, “Cannonball” Adderley, Sun Ra and Bobby Hutcherson. Over the last 30 years, he reinvented himself as a blues singer and guitarist and was a fixture at farmers’ markets and blues jams in the region. While he never achieved great fame, his long career left an impact on local musicians who remember him as influential and inspiring and in 2010, he was inducted into the West Coast Blues Hall ofFame.
.(tragically Augusta killed when he was hit by a car while crossing Constitution Way near Marina Village Parkway in Alameda) b. 1946

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1974: Wolfgang Windgassen (60) German operatic tenor internationally known for his performances in Wagner operas. He made his début at Pforzheim as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. He sang at all the important opera houses all over the world. He was invited to perform at the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951 and continued to appear there till 1970, singing all the great Wagner tenor roles: Erik, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Loge, Tristan, Walter, Siegmund, both Siegfrieds and Parsifal, his debut role in 1951 (?) b. June 26th 1914
1989: Keith 'Cowboy' Wiggins (29)
American rapper, hip hop artist and original member and Emcee of the Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, an influential American hip-hop group formed in the South Bronx of New York City in 1978. In 2007, they became the first rap group ever to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It wasn’t called Emceeing back then , but Cowboy was the first to get on mic and do the crowd response. Keith Cowboy laid the foundation for the call & response tactics that we have seen almost every Emcee use since the 70s. Everytime you hear “throw your hands in the air” , “Say hoooo” etc. etc. you are listening to the creations of Cowboy. Also Cowboy has been credited with coining the term hip hop in 1978 while teasing a friend who had just joined the US Army, he joked with them saying “Hip-Hop-Hip-Hop" and “Hip Hip Hop bop bop ya don’t stop” in a way that mimicked the rhythmic cadence of marching soldiers, phrases which he brought into his crowd excitement act (so sadly died from a heart attack as result of his crack addiction just days before his 30th birthday) b. September 20th 1960.
1989: Barry Sadler (48) American author and singer; born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Barry served as a Green Beret medic and Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Most of his works have military themes, and he billed himself under his military rank as SSgt Barry Sadler. He recorded his famous No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, "The Ballad Of The Green Berets," a patriotic song in ballad style which sold a million copies in the first five weeks of its release. In 1966 he also released the hit "The A-Team". Soon after he took up writing books and moved to Guatemala City in the mid 1980s (It was in Guatemala City that he was shot in the head while in a taxi cab. He was airlifted to the States by friends from the Soldier of Fortune Magazine, where he was hospitalized and remained in a coma for several months. He died little more than a year later in his mother's home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee) b. November 1st 1940.
1991: Alex North/Isadore Soifer (80) American composer born in Chester, Pennsylvania, who wrote the first jazz-based film score "A Streetcar Named Desire" and one of the first modernist scores written in Hollywood "Viva Zapata!". Nominated for 14 Oscars but unsuccessful each time, Alex and Ennio Morricone are the only film composers to receive the Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award for his score for the 1976 television miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. He won the 1968 Golden Globe award for his music to The Shoes of the Fisherman. He composed the much covered "Unchained Melody" for the theme to the prison film Unchained in 1955. Other well known film scores include The Rainmaker-1956, Spartacus-1960, The Misfits-1961,The Children's Hour-1961, Cleopatra-1963, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?-1966, The Devil's Brigade-1968, and Dragonslayer-1981, just a few of many. His classical works include a Rhapsody for Piano, Trumpet obbligato and Orchestra (?) b. December 4th 1910.
1995: Erich Kunz (86) Austrian operatic bass-baritone, particularly associated with the roles of Papageno and Beckmesser. He studied in Vienna with Lierhammer and Duhan, and made his stage debut in Opava, as Osmin, in 1933. He then sang in Plauen 1936–37, Breslau 1937–41. He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1940, where he quickly established himself as a specialist of Mozart roles such as Papageno, Leporello, Guglielmo and Figaro roles, he also sang at the Salzburg Festival and Aix-en-Provence Festival. He was also renowned for his portrayal of Beckmesser, which he sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 1943 and 1951. He made guest appearances at the Paris Opéra, and sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York 1952–54. He can be seen as Faninal in Herbert von Karajan's movie of Der Rosenkavalier with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (?) b. May 20th 1909
1997: Derek Taylor (67) UK journalist, author; publicist for The Beatles; he first met the band after reviewing their stage performance. Instead of the anticipated negative review of a rock-n-roll group, Derek gave their act the highest praises. Invited to become acquainted with the Beatles camp, he soon became a confidant, and gained his share of exclusives on them. As the Beatles gained national attention in Britain, Derek's editors conceived of a running column by a Beatle to boost circulation, under their byline but to be ghostwritten by Taylor. George Harrison was the member chosen. Initially given only the right to approve or disapprove of the content, Harrison's dissection of the first draft turned the column into an ongoing collaboration between him and Derek, with Harrison providing the stories and Derek giving them polish. Brian Epstein hired Derek away from his newspaper job, putting him in charge of Beatles press releases and playing media liaison to himself and the band. He also became Epstein's personal assistant. In 1964 Derek co-wrote A Cellarful of Noise, Epstein's autobiography, then departed, moving to California. In 1965 he started his own public relations company, managing the PR for bands like Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Byrds and The Beach Boys. He was a co-creator and producer of the historic Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. In 1968, he returned to England to work for the Beatles again, as the press officer for the newly created Apple Corps. As a VIP at Apple, he had a major role in the company's ups and downs, making or enforcing many crucial business and personal decisions, for the Beatles and Apple's staff, and witnessing many key moments in the latter days of both. In 1980, he collaborated again with George Harrison, helping to complete I Me Mine, Harrison's autobiography as he did with many other books about The Beatles. He worked at Apple until his death (cancer) b.
May 7th 1935.
1999: Moondog/Louis Thomas Hardin (83) American composer, musician, cosmologist, poet, and inventor of several musical instruments. Born in Marysville and bought up in Wyoming, where he would sit on Chief Yellow Calf's lap and played the buffalo skin tomtom as a child. He played drums in Hurley High School in 1929 and there he lost his sight in his early teens when a dynamite cap exploded. He studied music and finished high school at the Iowa School for the Blind, where he studied counterpoint and harmony and learnt how to play the piano, pipe organ, violin and viola. After he graduated he studied privately with Burnet Tuthill at the Memphis Conservatory of Music. In 1933 he studied braille at the Missouri School for the Blind in St. Louis.
Then, in 1943, he took a bus to New York City, which he made his beloved home for the next three decades. In 1947, after he wrote his earliest pieces and he announced that he was now "Moondog," and soon became a fixture in the city's cultural life. He got his musical inspiration from the sounds of New Your, the tube, the river, the boats, the traffic, the hussle and bussle. Moondog removed himself from society by making his home on the streets of New York for approximately twenty of the thirty years he spent in the city. Only in the final decades of Moondog's life did the public begin to appreciate the extent of this man's talents, mainly because of his stubborn refusal to wear anything other than his own home-made clothes, all based on his own interpretation of the Norse god Thor. He was known for much of his life as 'The Viking of 6th Avenue'. In a search for new sounds, he invented several musical instruments, including a small triangular-shaped harp known as the "Oo", another which he named the "Ooo-ya-tsu", and the "Trimba", a triangular percussion instrument. Moondog had an idealised view of Germany "The Holy Land with the Holy River", the Rhine, where he settled in 1974. A German student, Ilona Goebel helped him set up a primary holding company for his artistic endeavors and hosted him, first in Oer-Erkenschwick, and later on in Münster in Westphalia, Germany, where he spent the remainder of his life. Moondog visited America briefly in 1989, for a tribute in which Phillip Glass asked him to conduct the Brooklyn Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, at the New Music America Festival in Brooklyn, stimulating a renewed interest in his music. He recorded many albums, and toured in the U.S. France, Germany and Sweden. His work has influenced many musicians over the decades from Jimmy McGriff to Elvis Costello and among the covers, the UK pop group Prefab Sprout included the song "Moondog" on their album "Jordan: The Comeback" released in 1990 and Janis Joplin covered his song "All Is Loneliness" on the '67 album Big Brother and the Holding Company (?) b. May 26th 1916.
Bheki Mseleku (53) South African-born British jazz musician; he was a saxophonist, pianist, composer, and arranger. His 1991 album, Celebration, which featured Courtney Pine among a number of British players as guests, was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. After this he was taken up by the major Verve label for several albums. The first of these featured a number of American players including Joe Henderson, Abbey Lincoln and Elvin Jones. (diabetes) b. 1955
2010: Jenny Alpha (100)
Martinique-born French actress and singer, born in Fort de France, Martinique, and moved to Paris in 1929 to pursue a career in teaching but followed her passion for the theatre. As well as appearing in theatre, Jenny soon found herself performing as a successful singer, appearing alongside the likes of Duke Ellington and Joséphine Baker. During the war she played an active role in the French Resistance before meeting her husband Noël Villard, a prominent French poet. Late in life, in 2005, she appeared in the film Monsieur Étienne, and in 2008 aged 98, she recorded a final album, La sérénade du muguet. On January 1, 2009 she was granted the title of chevalier de la légion d'honneur by the French government (?) b. April 22nd 1910.
2010: Hadley Caliman (78) American jazz tenor saxophonist After studying at the Jefferson High School in L.A. with trumpeter Art Farmer and fellow saxophonist Dexter Gordon, he went on to perform, record and tour with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Gerald Wilson, Carlos Santana, Dexter Gordon, Elvin Jones, Don Ellis, Flora Purim, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Pass, The Grateful Dead, Joe Henderson, Phoebe Snow, Bobby Hutcherson and many others. Hadley remained active on the jazz scene until late-August this year (2010), performing regularly in the Northwest in the busy music scene around his home in Seattle, in support of his recent releases 'Reunion' and 'Straight Ahead' (sadly lost his 2 year battle with liver cancer) b. January 12th 1932.
2010: Rich Cronin (35)
American singer and songwriter, raised in Kingston, Massachusetts, he attended Sacred Heart High School, class of 1993. He formed a pop group Kwadwo, before founding Lyte Funky Ones aka LFO the pop/rap group with Brian Gillis (replaced by Devin Lima), and Brad Fischetti in 1995. Their debut hit "Summer Girls", written by Rich in 1999, reached No.3 on Billboard's Hot 100 and No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart for six weeks. The single also went platinum in the US with sales of over 1,000,000 units. The members of LFO broke up in 2002 to pursue other projects. In 2007, Rich was a cast member for the VH1 Reality Show Mission: Man Band. The show also starred Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees and Bryan Abrams of Color Me Badd. The four came together in Orlando, Florida recording with producer Brian Michael Cox, VH1 chronicled their month long endeavor in 8 episodes. In 2006 Rich formed a rap duo with Doug Ray called Loose Cannons, releasing one album "Life Goes On". They performed shows together until 2008. Also in 2008, Rich released his first solo album 'Billion Dollar Sound', and made an appearance on the Howard Stern Show in January 2009
(sadly died from a stroke, related to acute myelogenous leukemia) b. August 30th 1975.
2014: Magda Olivero (104) Italian operatic soprano born in in Saluzzo, she made her operatic debut in 1932 on radio in Turin radio singing Nino Cattozzo's oratorio, I misteri dolorosi. She went on to perform in opera houses around the world. Among her most renowned interpretations were the leading parts in Adriana Lecouvreur, Iris, Fedora, La bohème, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, La Wally, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Mefistofele, and Turandot. At the age of 86, Magda performed Adriana's monologue in Jan Schmidt-Garre's film Opera Fanatic and made occasional singing appearances well into her nineties. (?) b. March 25th 1910.
2014: Gerald Wilson (96) American jazz trumpeter, big band bandleader, composer/arranger, and educator born in Shelby, Mississippi, moved to Detroit at 12, then based in LA since the early 1940s. After learning piano at an early age, he took up the trumpet at aged 11. He joined the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra in 1939 and performed for a brief time with the U.S. Navy, during WW2, after which he rebuilt his own orchestra, which at various times included lead trumpeter Snooky Young, trumpet soloist Carmell Jones and saxophonists Bud Shank, Joe Maini, Harold Land, Teddy Edwards, and Don Raffell. The rhythm section included guitarist Joe Pass, organist Richard Holmes, vibists Roy Ayers and Bobby Hutcherson, and drummers Mel Lewis and Mel Lee. "Hi Spook," his first original composition for big band was quickly added to the Lunceford repertoire and since then over his long career, from the swing of the 30s to the jazz sounds of the 21st century, he has written arrangements for many prominent artists including Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Benny Carter, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and many more, as well as from various other genres such as Bobby Darin, B.B. King Harry Belafonte and Les McCann and he has recorded dozens of albums with his band and guests (sadly died from pneumonia) b. September 4th 1918.
2015: Habil Aliyev (88) Azerbaijani musician, a prominent kamancheh player, born in Agdash. His music is widely appreciated in the Middle East and Europe. His first international performance was in the United Kingdom when he was accompanying Rashid Behbudov and Tamara Sinyavskaya. This performances created great resonance and British press quoting Major of Glasgow called Aliyev "Paganini of Azerbaijan". He inspired Israeli Mizrahi musician Mark Eliyahu to play kamancheh.
In 2009, suffering from poor health, he made a symbolic "last concert" at Tehran Roudaki-Wahdat concert hall. (?) b. May 28th 1929
2015: Teri Harangozó (72) Hungarian singer born in Bátya; she was one of the most influential female artists in Hungary in her time, whose independent album would influence many Hungarian singers after her such as Kati Kovács, Zsuzsa Koncz and Sarolta Zalatnay, among others. Teri was the first aritist in Hungary to recieve a gold disc for "Every man wants to be happy" in 1966 and recorded around a 100 songs as either singles or on her four albums. She also participated in the Táncdalfesztivál, where in 1968 and 1969 she reached the second place with the songs "Sose fájjon a fejed" and "Szeretném bejárni a földet". Teri's biggest hit, "Mindenkinek van egy álma," was released in 1968. (sadly Teri died while fighting a lung disease) b. August 8th 1943.

September 9th
1960: Johan Jonatan "Jussi" Björling (49)
Swedish tenor born in Borlänge, Dalarna. One of the leading operatic singers of the 20th Century, appearing frequently at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as well as most other leading opera houses around the world. Jussi was won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance in 1960 (On March 15, 1960, Björling suffered a heart attack before a performance at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. However, he still performed that night. He died of heart-related causes six months later in Siarö, Sweden) b. September 9th 1960.
1965: Julián Carrillo Trujillo (90)
Mexican composer, conductor, violinist and music theorist; born in Ahualulco, of Indian descent he grew up mainly in Mexico City. He showed considerable musical talent very early and in his early 20s, after studying violin and composition in Mexico City, he began to study in Europe. Throughout his life he toured extensively in both western Europe and the USA. From 1905 on, he held many important music positions in Mexico as composer, conductor, teacher, writer on music. He was famous for developing a theory of microtonal music which he dubbed "The Thirteenth Sound" (?) b. January 28th 1875.
1981: Helen Humes (68)
American jazz and blues singer born in Louisville, Kentucky;
she was spotted by the guitarist Sylvester Weaver and made her first recordings in 1927, her young voice consorting oddly with bizarre material like "Garlic Blues". She moved to New York City in 1937 and became a recording vocalist with Harry James' big band. Her swing recordings with James included "Jubilee", "I Can Dream Can't I", "It's The Dreamer In Me", and "Song of the Wanderer". Helen joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1938, replacing Billie Holliday as lead female vocalist. Her vocals with Basie's band included "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and "Moonlight Serenade". During the 1940s and 1950s, she became a solo performer and worked with different bands and other vocalists including Nat King Cole. In 1950 she recorded Benny Carter's "Rock Me to Sleep". She managed to bridge the gap between big band jazz swing and rhythm and blues and appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1960. She moved to Hawaii and then to Australia in 1964, returning to the US in 1967 to take care of her ailing mother. She was out of the music industry for several years but made a full comeback in 1973 at the Newport Jazz Festival, and stayed busy up until her death, performing all over Europe, including at the prestigious Nice Jazz Festival in the mid-70s. Helen received the Music Industry of France Award in 1973, and the key to the city of Louisville in 1975 (Sadly Helen died fighting cancer) b. June 23rd 1913.
1993: Helen O'Connell (73)
American singer, actress, and dancer, b
orn in Lima, Ohio; she joined the Jimmy Dorsey band in 1939 and achieved her best selling records in the early 1940s with "Green Eyes", "Amapola," "Tangerine" and "Yours". She was selected by Down Beat readers as best female singer in 1940 and 1941 and won the 1940 Metronome magazine poll for best female vocalist. Helen retired from show business in 1943 until 1951, achieving some chart success and appearances on television. She was one of the first "girls" on NBC's The Today Show, and at one point had her own NBC program, Here's Hollywood. Helen sang duets with Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and Dean Martin. Her 1942 recording of Brazil with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra was a 2009 addition to the Grammy Hall of Fame (sadly died following a brave battle with cancer) b. May 23rd 1920.
1996: William Smith "Bill" Monroe (84)
American musician, The Father of Bluegrass, who helped develop the style of music known as bluegrass, which takes its name from his band, the "Blue Grass Boys". Born in Rosine, Kentucky, his performing career spanned 60 years as a singer, instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. Bill tended to recruit promising young musicians who served an apprenticeship with him before becoming accomplished artists in their own right, including singer/guitarists Clyde Moody, Lester Flatt, Jack Cook, Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Martin, Carter Stanley, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Roland White, Roland Dunn and Doug Green; banjo players Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, Sonny Osborne, and Bill Keith; and fiddlers Tommy Magness, Chubby Wise, Vassar Clements, Byron Berline, Kenny Baker, Bobby Hicks, Gordon Terry, and Glen Duncan. Bill was made an honorary Kentucky colonel in 1966. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as an "early influence") in 1997. As the "father of bluegrass," he was also an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1991. In 1993, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1995. He kept up with a hectic working schedule well into the 90s. (Bill suffered a stroke in April 1996, ending his touring and playing career, he died 5 months later) b. September 13th 1911.
1998: Lucio Battisti (55) Italian singer-songwriter; he is considered to be one of the most influential musicians and authors in Italian pop/rock music history. He wrote many, many, songs for other artists such as "Il Paradiso", become a No.1 hit in the UK for Amen Corner as "If Paradise Is Half as Nice", and The Hollies recorded a Lucio's song "Non prego per me" in Italian.
From 1969 to 1994 he released 18 albums. His first great hit was "Acqua azzurra, acqua chiara", in 1969, which won the Festivalbar. That same year, he released his self-titled debut album. A significant part of his work was translated into Spanish and one album Images in 1977 was translated into English. He found he was becoming extremley stage shy and in 1976 announced he would only be heard through his studio albums, completely disappearing from the public scene. He recorded his last album "Hegel" in 1994 (lost his life to cancer) b. March 5th 1943
2004: Ernie Ball/Roland Sherwood Ball (74) American entrepreneur, musician, and innovator, widely acclaimed as a revolutionary in the development of guitar-related products. He began playing professionally in Los Angeles beer bars. By age 19 he joined the Tommy Duncan Band playing pedal steel guitar. He went on to become a local television musician and small business entrepreneur, eventually building an international business in guitars and accessories that would gross US$40 million a year. He also developed the guitar strings called ‘Slinkys’ specifically designed for rock and roll electric guitar. (died after a long illness) b. August 30th 1930
2006: Richard S. Burmer (59)
American composer, engineer, sound designer and musician. His work with electronic music combined with musical styles and instruments from around the world he had formed his own unique and distinct sound. Born in Owosso, Michigan, as a youth, he was introduced to the music of India, the Middle East, contemporary orchestral composers, and electronic music. Influences also came from The Moody Blues, King Crimson, and Pink Floyd.
After spending time in college studying music theory and composition, Richard moved to Los Angeles where he became a sound designer for E-mu Systems in Santa Cruz and engineer/synth programmer for EFX systems in Burbank. He worked with the likes of Eleanor Academia, Kevin Braheny, Paul Delph, Bob Gaudio, Dan Hill, Michael Hoppe, Diana Hubbard, Hank Medress, Steve Roach, Jimmie Spheeris, Don Swanson and Tim Wheater among others and many of his compositions are featured on his solo albums "Mosaic", "Bhakti Point", "On the Third Extreme", "Invention" and "Treasures in the Blood of Saints". One of his contributions to American Gramaphone's/Chip Davis' "Day Parts" series became one of his most sought after tracks, "Across the View." A 2007 Hearts of Space radio show episode entitled "Across the View" was dedicated to his memory (Richard sadly died from heart disease) b. September 19th 1955.
2007: Hughie Thomasson (55) American guitarist and singer best known for his work with Southern rock band The Outlaws, which he founded in '67. He wrote most of the songs for the Outlaws, including "Hurry Sundown", "There Goes Another Love Song," and "Green Grass and High Tides". After They disbanded he joined Lynyrd Skynyrd as a third guitarist from 1996 until 2005, when he left to reform The Outlaws. Hughie contributed to writing of many of Lynyrd Skynyrd's songs on their 2009 album God & Guns, including the single "Still Unbroken." (sadly died of a heart attack) b. August 13th 1952
2008: Richard "Popcorn" Wylie (69)
American pianist, producer, band director, songwriter. Worked on Motown's early '60 hits as sessionist and as Popcorn & the Mohawks with James Jamerson. Had his own record labels Pameline and Soulhawk. He wrote and produced dozens of hits in his long career >>> READ MORE <<< (Popcorn sadly died after suffering 5 years from congestive heart problems) b. June 6th 1939

2012: Roberto Silva (92)
Brazilian singer and composer of samba, born in Copacabana, but raised in Inhaúma, he came from a long line of noble singers. He began singing as a boy inspired initially by the great Orlando Silva. He worked on Radio National, before he migrated to Tupi, where he spent 17 years, soon earning the name "Prince of Samba", a name he became known as throughout his life. His great successes include "Maria Teresa", "Notícia" and "Samba rubro-nebro" He dedicated nearly 75 years to music and in 2002, he joined the cast of the show "The samba is my nobility" in which he stood alongside new sambistas such as Pedro Miranda and Pedro Paulo Malta, gaining a new generation of fans (sadly died from multiple organ failure) b. April 9th 1920
1913: Forrest/Forrest M. Thomas Jr (60)
American singer, born in Galveston, Texas, where, as a child he sang in church. He later moved to LA, California as a teen and won several contests there as a singer. Following this he moved to the Netherlands, where he had a hit in 1982 with the song, "Rock the Boat", a cover of the Hues Corporation's 1974 No.1 hit. His version peaked at No.4 in the UK Singles Chart and No.9 in the US Hot Dance Chart. This was followed by a Detroit Emeralds cover
, "Feel the Need in Me" and a third single, "One Lover (Don't Stop The Show)", both of which charted in the UK. In 2001 he sang in R.E.S.P.E.C.T., a theatre show dedicated to 1960s soul music. He was asked by DJ Roog to front the band Planet Hardsoul, who had a minor hit with their cover of "Where Did Our Love Go" (sadly died from a stroke) b. April 21st 1953.
Firoza Begum (84) Bangladeshi singer, born in Faridpur and first sang in All India Radio while studying in sixth grade. She went on to record around 20 albums and honoured with over a dozen awards including the Best Nazrul Sangeet Singer Award, Independence Day Award, Churulia Gold Medal, Ekushey Padak and the Lifetime Honorary Award from Meril-Prothom Alo (sadly died from heart and kidney problems) b. July 28th 1930.
1914: Robert "Throb" Young (49)
Scottish guitarist, born in Glasgow; he founded Primal Scream with his old school friend and singer Bobby Gillespie in 1984. As a member of Primal Scream, he performed on all of the group's records up to 2006's Riot City Blues, and including their most famous album, Screamadelica. Robert left the band to deal with "problems in his personal life". He was originally Primal Scream's bass player, but after thier debut album, Sonic Flower Groove, was released in 1987, thier lead guitarist Jim Beattie left the band and Robert took over that role (?) b. March 24th 1965.
2015: Kool DJ AJ (??)
American pioneering hip-hop DJ working since the late 1970s.
AJ worked with Kurtis & Blow and Busy Bee throughout the '80s and DJ'd in to the '90s, retiring from hip-hop in 2010. (?) b. ????

September 10th
1986: Pepper Adams (55)
American jazz baritone saxophone player born in Highland Park, Michigan. His family moved to Rochester, New York when he was young, but when he was sixteen he moved back to Detroit, Michigan, where he met several musicians who would later be important to his career, including trumpeter Donald Byrd. He also spent time in a United States Army band, and briefly had a tour of duty in Korea.
He later moved to New York City, where he played on the album Dakar by John Coltrane, played with Lee Morgan on The Cooker, and briefly worked with Benny Goodman's band in 1958. During this time, he also began working with Charles Mingus, performing on one of Mingus's finest albums from this period, Blues & Roots. Thereafter he recorded with Mingus sporadically until the latter's death in 1979. He later became a significant member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band from 1965 to 1978, and continued to record Jones's compositions on many of his own albums. Pepper also co-led a quintet with trumpeter Donald Byrd, with whom he recorded a live date, 10 to 4 at the 5 Spot, featuring Elvin Jones. He has prominently influenced nearly every jazz baritone sax player of note (lung cancer) b. October 8th 1930.
1996: Ray Coleman (59)
British music journalist, editor of the UK music weekly Melody Maker. He also wrote for other music magazines including Disc, Black Music, and Musicians Only, and was a contributor to magazines such as Billboard. He was the first journalist to be awarded a Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for services to British music. He wrote many biographies including Lennon, The Definitive Biography; McCartney, Yesterday and Today;
Frank Sinatra, A Celebration; The Carpenters: The Untold Story; Clapton, The Authorised Biography of Eric Clapton; Stone Alone , The Definitive Story of the Rolling Stones (co-written with Bill Wyman); Brian Epstein, The Man Who Made The Beatles; Rod Stewart, The Biography; Gary Numan, The Authorised Biography; I'll Never Walk Alone (co-written with Gerry Marsden); and Phil Collins, The Definitive Biography (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. June 15th 1937.
1999: Alfredo Kraus Trujillo (71) Spanish tenor of partly Austrian descent, born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands of Spain. He made his professional operatic debut in Cairo during 1956 as the Duke in Rigoletto, which became one of his signature roles and went on to perform at most of the major opera houses. He Alfredo was particularly known for the artistry he brought to opera's bel canto roles. He was also considered an outstanding interpreter of the title role in Massenet's opera Werther, and especially of its famous aria, "Pourquoi me réveiller?" (died in Madrd after a long illness) b. November 24th 1927.
2001: "DJ Uncle Al/
Albert Moss (31) American DJ, born in Miami, Florida;
known for his trend setting and innovative abilities in music producing and broadcasting as well as his philosophy of "peace in the hood" and non-violence in the community. The "DJ Uncle Al "Peace in the Hood" Festival" is an annual festival that is held in the Liberty City area of Miami, in honor of Al and promote his philosophy of "Peace In The Hood." (tragically he was murdered) b. August 14th 1969.
2005: Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown (81)
American blues artist and multi musician born Vinton, Louisiana; he played an impressive array of instruments such as guitar, fiddle, mandolin, viola as well as harmonica and drums. His professional musical career began in 1945, playing drums in San Antonio, Texas. He was nicknamed the "Gatemouth" handle by a high school instructor who accused him of having a "voice like a gate". During his long career, he recorded over 30 records, winning a Grammy Award for Traditional Blues Album in 1982 for his album, Alright Again! >>>READ MORE<<<(he sadly died from lung cancer at his brother's home in Orange, Texas, just after his home in Slidell, Louisiana was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina) b. April 18th 1924.

Vernon "Tod" Handley (77)
UK conductor; he attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he read English philology and the Guildhall School of Music, where his performing instrument was the double bass. He was inspired and learned some of his conducting technique by watching Sir Adrian Boult. In 1962 he was appointed the musical director of the newly formed Guildford Philharmonic Orch, he also directed the Tonbridge Philharmonic orchestra. In 1983 he was appointed associate conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He was Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orch from 1985 to 1989, and had the title of Conductor Laureate from 2003 until his death. From 1986 to 1988, he was chief conductor of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. He was Conductor Emeritus of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted a number of others in concert, for broadcast and for recording and was appointed Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orch in January 2007. Vernon was honoured with many awards, such as The Gramophone magazine's Special Achievement Award in 2003; and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Classical BRIT Awards on 3 May 2007 at the Royal Albert Hall. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours and held an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Surrey and was a Fellow of the Royal College of Music (Vernon died at his home in Monmouthshire) b. November 11th 1930
2011: Graham Collier (74) English jazz bassist, bandleader, composer, arranger and producer, born in in Tynemouth, Northumberland. In 1963 he was the first British graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston where he studied after winning a Down Beat magazine scholarship at a time when in the UK there was no formal major conservatoire study of jazz. After which he was commissioned by festivals, groups and broadcasters across Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East. He produced 19 albums including Deep Dark Blue Centre, Darius and Songs For My Father, and CDs of his music and also worked in a wide range of other media: on stage plays and musicals, on documentary and fiction film, and on a variety of radio drama productions. In 1986 Graham established the jazz degree course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and was also involved in workshops that led to the formation of the influential Loose Tubes big band by a young collective of musicians whose members included Django Bates and Iain Ballamy. He stayed at the Academy until his retirement in 1999 when he moved to Spain and later Greece.
Graham was awarded an OBE in 1987 (?) b. February 21st 1937.
2012: Steven Springer (60) American guitarist and songwriter, he grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad and attended St. Mary's College. He started a band while in high school, and quickly became a popular and sought after guitarist, and was a regular fixture at local dances and parties. He left Trinidad to attend college at the Mayfield College, Sussex, England. He became best known for being a member of the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band and for playing with Sir Lancelot Pinard, Arizona-based band Sanctuary, also, for his charitable works, as well as founding the musical project Tropicooljazz (sadly died while fighting lung cancer) b. September 23rd 1951.
2015: Gert Wilden/Gert Wychodil (98) German film composer, born in Mährisch Trübau. From 1956 through his retirement, he scored music for 50 feature films in numerous genres, noted for his music for erotic films in the 1970s, especially the Schoolgirl Report/Schulmädchen Report) series (?) b. April 15th 1917.

September 11th

1971: Curtis Jones (65)
American blues pianist, born in Naples, Texas; the origins of the blues standard "Tin Pan Alley" can be traced directly back to pianist Curtis Jones. Curtis played guitar as a boy, but switched to piano after a move to Dallas. In 1936 he relocated to Chicago, where he recorded between 1937 and 1941 on Vocalion Records, Bluebird Records, and Okeh Records. Among his best-known tunes from these recordings were the hit "Lonesome Bedoom Blues" and the song "Tin Pan Alley". World War II interrupted his recording career, until 1953, when Al Benson released a single of his, "Wrong Blues"/"Cool Playing Blues", on Parrot Records, featuring L. C. McKinley on guitar.
Curtis's first full-length appeared in 1960, by which time he had become a noted performer on the Chicago folk music scene. A solo album appeared in 1962, but by that time he had moved to Europe, where he spent the rest of his life, apart from a couple of years living in Morocco. He made further albums in the UK, the last in 1968 (?) b. August 18th 1906.
1987: Peter Tosh/Stepping Razor/Winston Hubert McIntosh (42)
Jamaican guitarist and singer in the original Wailing Wailers and Bob Marley & the Wailers; born in Petersfield, he was a pioneer reggae musician, as the original guitarist for The Wailers, he is considered as one of the originators of the choppy, syncopated reggae guitar style, and as trailblazer for the Rastafari movement and fight to legalise cannabis, he was a target for the police and underwent many beatings. In the early 60s Winston met Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer through his vocal teacher, Joe Higgs. While perfecting their sound, the trio would often play together on street corners in a slum called Trenchtown. In '62, he was the driving force behind the formation of The Wailing Wailers with Junior Braithwaite and backup singers Beverley Kelso and Cherry Smith. They recorded several successful singles, including a huge ska hit single, "Simmer Down". In 1967 Winston, Bob Marley and Bunny became heavily involved in the Rastafari movement and formed The Wailers, but left The Wailers in '74 not long after a horrific car accident and started a solo career under the name of Peter Tosh. He released his solo debut, Legalize It, in 1976 which became an anthem for supporters of cannabis legalization. Tosh put together a backing band, Word, Sound and Power, who accompanied him on tour over the next few years. He also performed in the international opposition to South African apartheid by appearing at Anti-Apartheid concerts and by reflecting his stance in various songs like "Apartheid" in 1977, re-recorded 1987, "Equal Rights" in 1977, "Fight On" in 1979, and 1983's "Not Gonna Give It Up". In 1991 Stepping Razor - Red X was released, a film - documentary based upon a series of spoken-word recordings of Tosh himself, which chronicled the story of the artist's life, music and untimely death. (He had been awarded a Grammy for Best Reggae Performance in 1987 for No Nuclear War. On his return to Jamaica, Winston was brutally shot dead in his home at Kingston, by armed robbers who had demanded money from him) b. October 19th 1944.
1987: Lorne Greene/Lyon Himan Green (72)
Canadian actor and singer born in Ottawa, Ontario; as well as his vast career in films and television, in the 1960s, Lorne capitalized on his Bonanza, Ben Cartwright image, by recording several albums of country-western/folk songs, which he performed in a mixture of spoken word and singing. In 1964, he had a No.1 hit with his ballad, "Ringo" (prostate cancer) b. February 12th 1915
1985: William Alwyn
[Smith] CBE (79) English composer, conductor, and music teacher born in Northampton and as a child began to learn to play the piccolo. He went on to be a virtuoso flautist and for a time was a flautist with the London Symphony Orchestra. William served as professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music from 1926 to 1955 and wrote over 70 film scores from 1941 to 1962. His classic film scores included Odd Man Out, Desert Victory, Fires Were Started, The History of Mr Polly, The Fallen Idol, The Black Tent and Crimson Pirate. (died in Southwold, Suffolk) b. November 7th 1905.
Erich Leinsdorf (81)
Austrian-American conductor in Vienna, and was studying music at a local school by the age of 5. He studied conducting at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and later at the University of Vienna and the Vienna Academy of Music. From 1934 to 1937 he worked as an assistant to the noted conductors Bruno Walter and Arturo Toscanini at the Salzburg Festival. In November 1937, he travelled to America to take up a position as assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He went on to work with the Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1947 to 1955, New York City Opera, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and also served from 1978 to 1980 as principal conductor of the (West) Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. February 4th 1912.
2004: Fred Ebb (71)
American musical theatre lyricist born in Manhattan, he had dozens of very successful collaborations with composer John Kander. The Kander and Ebb team frequently wrote for such performers as Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera and musicals such as Cabaret, which won eight of the 11 Tony Awards for which it was nominated. The team also had two works produced outside New York. Over & Over, an adaptation of the Thornton Wilder play The Skin of Our Teeth, was performed at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in 1999 and has been revamped for a 2007 staging by the Westport Country Playhouse under the title All of Us. The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and John McMartin , was presented by the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The team’s last original work to reach Broadway during Fred's life opened in 1997. Steel Pier. Fred himself wrote the book for Shirley MacLaine’s Broadway solo revue in 1976. (heart attack) b. April 8th 1928.
2005: Albert "Al" Casey (89)
African American swing guitarist
born in Louisville, Kentucky, but grew up in New York City. He joined Thomas Fats Waller's band in the early 1930s, and worked with Waller until he died in 1943 and can be heard on hundreds of recordings. Al also composed the well known tune Buck Jumpin recorded by Waller. In 1944, he briefly recorded with Louis Armstrong. He also worked with Clarence Profit's band that same year. In 1959 he contributed to an album called 'Paul Curry Presents The Friends Of Fats' on the Golden Crest label. Between stints with Waller, Al worked with Teddy Wilson from 1939 to 1940. He recorded with Billie Holiday, Frankie Newton, and Chuck Berry, and even led his own a trio for a short time. Al freelanced over decades working with King Curtis from 1957 to 1961, where he played Rhythm and Blues. He continued playing into his late 80's with The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band which he joined in 1981 (sadly died 5 days before his 90th birthday of colon cancer) b. September 15th 1915.
2007: Willie Tee/Wilson Turbinton (63) American singer, songwriter and producer with the band The Wild Magnolias . He secured his place as a New Orleans music legend by arranging, co-writing and leading the band on the Wild Magnolias' self-titled 1974 debut album. He made his first recordings for the local AFO Records in 1962 while still a teenager. Three years later, he cut "Teasin' You", a soulful, mid-tempo composition for Atlantic Records. His "Walking Up a One-Way Street" and "Thank You John" were also popular hits.
In the late 1960s, Willie Tee & the Souls performed everywhere from the Apollo Theater in Harlem to the Ivanhoe on Bourbon Street. After hearing the band at the Ivanhoe in 1968, jazz musician Cannonball Adderley encouraged Tee to record an instrumental album. The album was never released, but the master tapes were recently rediscovered in the vaults of Capitol Records. In April 2007, The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame honored Willie Tee for his contributions to Louisiana music with an induction. (colon cancer) b. February 6th 1944.
2007: Joe Zawinul (75)
Austrian jazz keyboardist, composer and founder of Weather Report; born in Vienna, First coming to prominence with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, Zawinul went on to play with trumpeter Miles Davis, and to become one of the creators of jazz fusion, an innovative musical genre that combined jazz with elements of rock and world music >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died of cancer) b. July 7th 1932.
2010: Kei Tani/Yasuo Watanabe (78)
Japanese jazz trombonist and comedian, born in Tokyo; Kei made his name in the entertainment industry in the 1950s as a trombonist in the comic-jazz band Crazy Cats. The band found fame with appearances in popular TV shows through the early 1970s. (tragically died after injuring his head in an accident at his home) b. ????
2010: Gunnar Hoffsten (86)
Swedish composer, bandleader and jazz musician playing both trumpet and piano. Gunner is the father of the singer Louise Hoffsten, the artist Lars Hoffsten and also brother of the actress Rut Hoffsten (?) b. December 7th 1923.
2010: King Coleman/Carlton Coleman (78)
American rhythm and blues singer, born in Tamper, Florida, known for providing the vocals for the 1959 hit single, "(Do The) Mashed Potatoes", recorded with James Brown's band. Over the course of his singing career, he released numerous singles including "Mashed Potato Man" and "The Boo Boo Song" that have been re-released on compilation albums, as well as the 2003's "It's Dance Time". He performed with many other rhythm and blues legends, such as B.B. King and Jackie Wilson, performing at venues all over the country, including the legendary Apollo Theater in New York. He performed on stage as recently as 2005 at the age of 73 on a tour of the U.S. East Coast.
King also worked as a radio disc jockey, first at Tampa's WTMP, then Miami's WFEC and eventually WMBM, where he was one of the city's most popular DJs in the late 1950s. In more recent years, he hosted a six-hour nightly radio show entitled "Nothing But Love", also on WMBM, now a gospel station (sadly died of heart failure at a Miami hospice) b. January 20th 1932.
2012: Homer Joy (67)
American songwriter; he was originally signed with Buck Owens Enterprises and Blue Book Music in 1970 as a singer/songwriter. During the first 2 years with Blue Book Music, Homer's songs were recorded by major artists Suzan Raye, Buck Owens, Tony Booth and Freddie Hart and sold 3 million records and, Blue Book Music won the CMA "Publisher of the Year" Award in 1973. Homer wrote what has become one of the longest running hit songs in Country Music history, "Streets of Bakersfield", originally recorded by Homer himself in 1972, on Capitol Records. Buck Owens followed by including "Streets of Bakersfield" >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Homer died of complications from heart transplant) b. April 12th 1945.
2012: Johnny Perez (69)
songwriter, drummer and founder member of the rock band Sir Douglas Quintet which came out of San Antonio, Texas. However, once their career was more established, the band relocated to the West Coast. Perhaps their best known hit was their 1965 single "She's About a Mover", which was followed this with "The Rains Came". After the group disbanded during the early 1970s, he went onto become the proprietor of a recording studio in the Topanga, northwest of L.A. Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and T-Bone Burnett, just to name a few, all recorded there over the years (sadly Johnny died from complications of cirrhosis of the liver) b. 1943.
2013: Jimmy Fontana/Enrico Sbriccoli (78)
Italian singer-songwriter, composer and actor, born in Camerino. His hits include "Non te ne andare" in 1963, his No.1 hit "Il mondo" in 1965 and "La mia serenata" which won the Disco per l'estate Festival in 1967. At the 1969 Cantagiro summer festival, he sang a cover version of the Tom Jones' hit "Delilah", titled "La nostra favola"; the song peaked at No.2 on the Italian hit parade. One of the most famous songs which he wrote was "Che sarà", recorded by many artists including José Feliciano, Ricchi e Poveri as well as himelf (?) b. November 13th 1934
2013: Paul Despiegelaere aka Paul Mellow (70)
Belgian singer, guitarist and music producer born in Hai Phong, Vietnam. He was the frontman of the band The Machines with whom in 1980 he won the Humo's Rock Rally, afterwhich, the group scored hits with "Don't Be Cruel" in 1981 and "The Lies In Your Eyes" in 1982. Paul had a great admiration for The Beatles and was also the singer in the Beatles' cover band The Apples. He was active as an arranger, studio musician and record producer and when the Machines disbanded he worked with groups and singers such as Man, Man X, Kamiel Kafka & Co, The Romans, Pitti Polak, Derek & The Dirt, Red Zebra, North Cape, X! nk, Eden and Mama's Jacket (?) b. October 15th 1942
2013: Prince Jazzbo/Linval Roy Carter (
Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay and producer, born in Clarendon. He began recording with Coxsone Dodd's Studio One label in the early 1970s under the name Prince Jazzbo and had several hits including: "School", "Fool For Love" and "I Imperial". He went on to work on his own releases with Bunny Lee, producing as well in collaboration with many artists as a vocalist and producer for labels including his own, Ujama. His best work was probably done in collaboration with legendary producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. The seminal recording Super Ape featured Jazzbo toasting on "Croaking Lizard", one of the most distinctive reggae songs made. The murky sounds coming from Black Ark studio and the Upsetters were unlike anything else being done on the island
(sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. September 3rd 1951.
2014: Cosimo Matassa (88) American recording engineer and studio owner born in New Orleans. At aged 18, he opened the J&M Recording Studio at the back of his family’s shop on Rampart Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, until 1955, when he moved to the larger Cosimo Recording Studio. As an engineer and proprietor, he was crucial to the development of the R&B, rock and soul sound of the 1950s and 1960s and recorded many hits - including Fats Domino’s "The Fat Man", Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti", and records by Jimmy Clanton, Ray Charles, Dr John, Lee Dorsey, Smiley Lewis, Bobby Mitchell, Tommy Ridgley, the Spiders and many others. He was responsible for developing what became known as the "New Orleans Sound", with strong drums, heavy guitar and bass, heavy piano, light horn sound and a strong vocal lead. Cosimo was honoured with inductions into five different Halls Of Fames and a Grammy Trustees Award. (?) b. April 13th 1926.
2014: Antoine Duhamel (89) French composer and conductor born in Valmondois and studied music at the Sorbonne. He wrote the score for his first film in 1960, going on to work with many of Europe's most outstanding film directors.
He scored several of Jean-Luc Godard's films, including Pierrot le Fou and Week End. In 2002 he was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his music for the Bertrand Tavernier directed film, Laissez-passer (?)
b. July 30th 1925
Bob Crewe/Stanley Robert Crewe (83) American songwriter, dancer, singer, manager, record producer and fine artist. Born in Newark and raised in Belleville, New Jersey, was known for producing and co-writing with Bob Gaudio a string of Top 10 singles for the Four Seasons and was intucted in to the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 1985. He took tap dance lessons as a boy, but as a student in the forties he gave up studying to be an architect to become a singer, and became a teen idol. By the end of the fifties, early 60s he found his true niche in writing. As a prolifiic songwriter, his most successful songs included "Silhouettes" (co-written with Frank Slay); "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like a Man", "Rag Doll", "Silence Is Golden", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)", "Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby, Goodbye)", the much covered "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (all co-written with Gaudio); "Let's Hang On!" and he is responsible for one of the most memorable French choruses in pop – Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir in his "Lady Marmalade" >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Bob's health had been declining for a few years following a fall and being diagnosed with dementia) b. November 12th 1930.
2015: Ray Smolover/Itzchok Reev Smolover (94) American vocal pedagogist, voice teacher, tenor, opera librettist, opera director, and hazzan. He is the author of several publications on the art of singing, including The Singer’s Handbook, Vocal Behavior Analysis and Modification, and Sing Your Best. Ray founded and directed the Opera Theatre of Westchester, which in the late 1950s and early 60s commissioned and produced six chamber operas on Jewish themes and performed them throughout the Midwest and East Coast of the United States and he wrote the libretti and performed leading roles for all six operas. He also served as cantor for more than 40 years at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, New York and the executive vice president of the American Conference of Cantors for over three decades (?) b. January 15th 1921.

September 12th

1970: Ottilie Sutro (98)
American pianist born in Baltimore, she was one half of a piano duo with her sister Rose Sutro. They both studied in Berlin at the Royal Hochschule für Musik under Karl Heinrich Barth, and made their debut in London in July 1894. Their American debut was with the Seidl Society in Boston on 13 November of the same year, in a Bach concerto. They toured in the United States and Europe (?) b. January 4th 1872.
Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal (41)
Indian music composer duo with Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi in the Hindi film industry, working together from 1949–71. S-J wrote among may others "everlasting" and "immortal melodies" in 50's and 60's. Their best work was noted for being "raga-based and having both lilt and sonority". During their career, S-J won Filmfare Best Music Director Awards for a record nine times. The last three awards were won in three successive years, thereby making S-J the first composers to score a hat trick of these awards. S-J also came out tops in Binaca Geetmala, the legendary countdown radio program on Hindi film music, where their compositions were declared the most popular on six occasions. a record later equaled by Laxmikant Pyarelal. These songs were Mera joota hai japani in '55, Teri pyari pyari surat ko in '61, Ehsaan tera hoga mujh par in '62, Bol radha bol in '64, Baharon phool barsaao in '66, and Zindagi ek safar hai suhana in '71. In 1968 S-J was honoured with the Padmashri by the Government of India (cirrhosis of liver) b. November 4th 1929.
1982: Federico Moreno Torroba (91)
Spanish composer, born in Madrid; he is often associated with the zarzuela, a traditional Spanish musical form. Directing several opera companies, he helped introduce the zarzuela to international audiences. He also composed several operas, of which La Virgen de Mayo and El Poeta are his best known. However, he is probably best known for his compositions for the classical guitar, many of which were dedicated to either Maria Angélica Funes or Andrés Segovia. He achieved his greatest success in the 1930s with the zarzuelas Luisa Fernanda-1932 and La Chulapona-1934 (?) b. March 3rd 1891.
1997: Stig 'Stikkan' Erik Leopold Anderson (66)
Swedish manager-producer of Abba, and founder of Polar Music record label. Born in Hova, Sweden, before ABBA Stig had a huge number of hits on the Swedish lists with the biggest Swedish artists at that time. So much so that he had the nickname "The Business" since he most often had several artists in the Top 10 with whom he had both written, published and recorded the songs. During the 1960s he was also one of Sweden's most prolific songwriters, producing more than 3,000 published titles. Stig also founded Sweden Music in 1960, as well as several other companies before Polar Music record label. In the early stages of ABBA, Stig co-wrote a large part of the songs' lyrics, among them some of the band's biggest hits, such as "Ring Ring"-1973, "Waterloo"-1974, "Honey, Honey"-1974, "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"-1975, "Mamma Mia"-1975, "S.O.S"-1975, "Fernando"-1976, "Dancing Queen"-1976, "Knowing Me, Knowing You"-1977 and "The Name of the Game"-1977 (heart attack) b. January 25th 1931.
2000: Stanley William Turrentine (66)
American jazz tenor saxophonist also known as "Mr. T" or "The Sugar Man", was born in Pittsburgh's Hill District. He began his prolific career with blues and rhythm and blues bands, and was at first greatly influenced by Illinois Jacquet. In the 1950s he went on to play with the groups of Lowell Fulson, Earl Bostic, and at the turn of the decade, Max Roach.
He married the organist Shirley Scott in 1960 and played frequently with her. In the 1960s he started working with organist Jimmy Smith, and made many soul jazz recordings both with Smith and as a leader. In the 1970s, after his professional split and divorce from Shirley, he turned to jazz fusion. He worked with Milt Jackson, Bob James, Richard Tee, Idris Muhammad, Ron Carter, and Eric Gale, to name a few. He returned to soul jazz in the 1980s and into the 1990s. (sadly died of a stroke in New York City) b. April 5th 1934.
2003: Johnny Cash/J. R. Cash (71) American singer songwriter; one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, baritone and spare, percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. Born in Kingsland, Arkansas, he was given the name "J.R." because his parents could not agree on a name, only on initials. When he enlisted in the US Air Force, the military would not accept initials as his name, so he adopted John R. Cash as his legal name. In a career that spanned almost 5 decades John received multiple Country Music Association Awards, Grammys, and other awards, in categories ranging from vocal and spoken performances to album notes and videos. His diversity is evidenced by his presence in three major music halls of fame: the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1977, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, only Hank Williams Sr., Jimmie Rodgers, and Bill Monroe share the honor being in all three. His signature songs include "I Walk the Line", "Folsom Prison Blues", "Ring of Fire", "Get Rhythm" and "Man in Black". He also recorded humorous numbers, such as "One Piece at a Time" and "A Boy Named Sue", a duet with future wife June Carter called "Jackson", as well as railroad songs including "Hey Porter" and "Rock Island Line" (complications from diabetes and respiratory failure) b. February 26th 1932
2004: Kenny Buttrey (59)
American influential session drummer born in Nashville, Tennessee. He became a professional musician at the age of 11 working with Charlie McCoy and went on his first world tour at the age of 14 with Chet Atkins. He went on to play with two of his own groups, Barefoot Jerry and Area Code 615, best known for its song "Stone Fox Chase," which was the theme song for the BBC music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test in the 1970s. His is noted for his work with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Jimmy Buffett and was quoted as saying he is most proud of his drumming on Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay".
He appears on Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, Nashville Skyline, and John Wesley Harding albums; Niel Young's albums Tonight's the Night, Harvest, and Harvest Moon; and Jimmy Buffett's Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, including the iconic "Margaritaville". He also worked with Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot, Elvis Presley, Donovan, George Harrison, Joan Baez, Dan Fogelberg and Kris Kristofferson. In 1979, Kenny provided the drumming for Chuck Berry's final studio album Rock It. In addition to studio work, he was a member of Neil Young's touring band, the Stray Gators and played in the group Rig. Also in 1979, Kenny played drums on contemporary Christian singer Don Francisco's "Got to Tell Somebody" album. (Sadly died in Nashville after a battle with cancer) b. April 1st 1945.
2007: Bobby Byrd (73)
US soul/funk singer and songwrier, best known as James Brown's long time sideman and co-vocalist. Born in Toccoa, Georgia, Bobby was the original leader and founder of both The Avons and The Famous Flames, the vocal group with which James Brown first found fame. Bobby Byrd is actually the man who discovered James Brown. James Brown and the Famous Flames, with Byrd as a member, recorded many hit singles, including "Please, Please, Please","Try Me", "Think", "Bewildered", "Oh Baby, Don't You Weep", "I Don't Mind","Shout and Shimmy" , " I'll Go Crazy", and many more. He also recorded many solo funk tracks, most famously "I Know You Got Soul" in 1971 (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. August 15th 1934.
2007: Ross Kettle (64)
Australian country singer, songwriter, guitarist with the highly acclaimed Singing Kettles. He was born and raised in the small town of Lilydale, Tasmania and started his singing career at church socials and school functions with his brothers Bill and Max, eventually calling themselves The Singing Kettles. Their first recording "Judy" was released in 1961, it was not only the first recording but it was also the first release for the brand new Hadley record label. Max tragically died from a massive asthma attack in 1971. Bill and Ross continued as duo that toured Australia for the next 17 years and inducted into "Hands of Fame" in Tamworth in 1978. After the duo split in 1988, Ross continued a solo career (cancer) b. April 24th 1943.
2008: Charlie Walker (81)
American country music singer; his 1958 classic "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down" reached No.2 in the charts. His other hits include "Only You, Only You", "Who Will Buy the Wine", "Wild as a Wildcat", "Don't Squeeze My Sharmon", and "I Wouldn't Take Her To A Dog Fight Even If I Thought That She Could Win". A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1967, he was inducted into the Country Radio DJ Hall of Fame in 1981 and portrayed country singer Hawkshaw Hawkins in the 1985 Patsy Cline biographical film 'Sweet Dreams (colon cancer) b. Nov 2nd 1926.
2010: Big John Russell (67)
Dutch soul singer (?) b. 1933.
2010: Swarnalatha (37)
Indian playback singer, born in Chittur, Palakkad; she had been singing since 1989 with many music directors and has rendered songs in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Badaga.
She won the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her rendition of the famous song "Porale Ponnuthayi" from the film Karuththamma. The song was composed by A. R. Rahman, with whom she had given lot of memorable songs (lung infection) b. 1973.
2011: Wade Mainer (104) American bluegrass singer and banjoist, originally from North Carolina, and his main influences came from the mountain music of his family. In a career that began in 1934 and spanned almost six decades, with his band, the Sons of the Mountaineers, he is credited with bridging the gap between old-time mountain music and Bluegrass and is sometimes called the "Grandfather of Bluegrass"
. In addition, he innovated a two-finger banjo fingerpicking style, which was a precursor to modern three-finger bluegrass styles. In 1942, he and his band were invited to the White House by Eleanor Roosevelt, they played tunes, including "Down in the Willow Garden", a song personally requested by President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1987, president Ronald Reagan bestowed upon him a National Heritage Fellowship for his contributions to American music. In 1996 he received the Michigan Heritage Award and the Michigan Country Music Association and Services' Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1998 both he and his wife were inducted into the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame, while Wade received North Carolina’s Surry Arts Council Lifetime Achievement (sadly died of heart failure) b. April 21st 1907.
2011: Don Wayne (78) American songwriter from Nashville, Tennesse, he got his songwriting break when George Morgan cut ‘Lonesome Waltz’ in 1953. His songwriting career was punctuated by a stint in the Army, when he was drafted in 1954 and posted to Germany, where he was stationed for 17 months. In 1963 he signed with Tree Publishing where his tune ‘Saginaw, Michigan’ recorded by Lefty Frizzell topped the country charts. His biggest hit, ‘Country Bumpkin, became
the CMA and ACM ‘Song of the Year’ when it was released back in 1973. Wayne, was inducted in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 1978 (?) b. May 30th 1933.
2013: Joan Regan (85) English pop singer, born in Romford, Essex. She began her singing career in 1953 when she signed with Decca Records and recorded hits including "Ricochet", "Till I Waltz Again with You", "Jilted", "If I Give My Heart to You", "Cleo and Me-O", "Love Me to Pieces", "Happy Anniversary" and "Papa Loves Mama". She became the resident singer on BBC's producer Richard Afton's television series, Quite Contrary and appeared on the Six-Five Special, after which she had her own BBC television series, Be My Guest, during the 1950s and early 1960s.
From the mid 60s to the early 90s Joan lived in the USA where she recorded "Don't Talk To Me About Love", which became a Northern soul classic. Returning to the UK she recorded for Nectar from '92-96, including two albums, The Joan Regan Collection and Remember I Love You (?) b. January 19th 1928
2014: Andrea Marongiu (??) British-Italian session drummer; a self-taught drummer, he started playing drums at aged of 11 and began performing in his home town in Sardinia aged 14 and soon after started collaborating with some of the best musicians in Italy. He studied at the European Music Institute in Milan and the Jazz University in Cagliari, Sardinia, after which he left Italy and travelled the world settling in the UK in 2008. Over his career, he performed at many legendary venues, festivals and television programs worldwide including: O2 Arena, Brixton Academy, Ronnie Scott’s, Webster Hall, Glastonbury, Lovebox, Benicassim, Paleo, Sziget, Lowland, Latitude, Later with Jools Holland, Live from Abbey Road, just to name a few. He collaborated with international Jazz, Pop, Rock and R&B singers, producers, record labels, musicians and DJs in both recording studios and live sessions around the globe. In 2010
the UK alternative dance band Crystal Fighters invited Andrea to join them as their drummer at the Isle of Wight's Bestivaland from then on continued as a permanent member (?) b. ????
2014: Salah El Mahdi (89) Tunisian musicologist, conductor, composer, flautist, music critic and judge, born in Tunis. In 1958 he
won the Tunisian national anthem contest with his musical composition, "Ala Khallidi", which was used by his country until 1987. Among many other achievments, he helped establish the National Folk Arts Troupe in 1962, the Tunisian Symphony Orchestra in 1969, the National Society of Preservation of the Quran and the National School of Chanting the Koran. In 1982, he became general manager of the national cultural activities until his retirement and served as director of the Tunisian Conservatory for many years. By 1987 he was said to be "director of all of the country's musical organizations". Over his career he composed around 600 compositions, blending classical and folk songs, east and western instrumental music, chamber music, piano pieces, violins and harps and four symphonies (?) b. February 9th 1925.
2014: Tom Skeeter (82) American music executive,
owner and along with Joe Gottfried, co-founder of Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California in 1969. Many iconic acts recorded at Sun City including Neil Young, Rick Springfield, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Ronnie James Dio, Weezer, Foreigner, The Black Crowes, Nirvana, Jimmy Eat World, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Slipknot, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica, and Noah and the Whale among many others. In 2012, Sound City became the subject of a documentary, "Sound City," directed by former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl.
(?) b. 1932
2014: John "Gus" Gustafson (72) English singer and bassist, born in Liverpool, known for his work with 1960s bands The Big Three, The Merseybeats, his own band Quatermass, and for singing on the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar as Simon Zealotes. In the early 70s after a spint with Hard Stuff, he made an appearance on Roger Glover's The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast album track, "Watch Out for the Bat Now", as a vocalist and worked with Shawn Phillips band on two albums. For the next 4 years, he was a member of Roxy Music performing on four albums, Stranded, Country Life, Siren, and Viva!; Siren included their only American hit single, "Love Is the Drug". He is probably better known for playing bass guitar for several re-incarnations of the Ian Gillan Band. He also recorded with the Gordon Giltrap band, re-formed The Pirates, originally the backing band for Johnny Kidd, and released one solo album Goose Grease Angel Air (?) b. August 8th 1942.
2014: Joe Sample (75) American pianist, singer-songwriter, keyboard player and composer. Born in Houston he was a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders in 1952, shortened to The Crusaders in 1971; Joe remained with the group until its final album in 1991. In the 1970s, Joe also became known as a Los Angeles studio musician, appearing on recordings by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, B. B. King, Joe Cocker, Minnie Riperton and Anita Baker. Beginning in the early 1980s, he also enjoyed a successful solo career and guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, and The Supremes. Some of his works were featured on The Weather Channel's "Local on the 8s" segments and his song "Rainbow Seeker" is included in their 2008 compilation release, The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II. Nicole Kidman sang his song "One Day I'll Fly Away" in the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge! The very popular "In All My Wildest Dreams", also from the 1978 album "Rainbow Seeker", was sampled on Tupac's "Dear Mama", De la Soul's "WRMS's Dedication to the Bitty" and Arrested Development's "Africa's Inside Me". (sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. February 1st 1939.
2015: Bryn Merrick (56) Welsh bassist norn in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan; he started out performing in local bands including the Cardiff-based punk band Victimize. In 1983 he joined the English punk band The Damned, replacing Paul Gray, who had left for UFO. Bryn's first release with The Damned was the single "Thanks for the Night" b/w "Nasty", He was The Damned's bassist on its albums, Phantasmagoria and Anything, which together produced 7 singles which all charted and can also be heard on their 1986 single release "Eloise". Bryn left the band in 1989. He later played with The Shamones, a Ramones tribute band that toured the UK for five years until splitting in August 2015. (sadly Bryn died fighting cancer) b. October 12th 1958.

September 13th
1977: Leopold Stokowski/Antoni Stanislaw Boleslawowicz (95)
British-born American orchestral conductor, known for his free-hand performing style that spurned the traditional baton and he obtained a characteristically sumptuous sound from many of the great orchestras he conducted.
In America, he performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony of the Air. He was also the founder of the All-American Youth Orchestra, the New York City Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and The American Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the music for and appeared in Disney's Fantasia along with being portrayed by Bugs Bunny in the 1949 Looney Tunes episode Long-Haired Hare (heart attack) b. April 18th 1882.
1994: John William Stevens (54)
English drummer in Brentford, Middlesex; he was one of the most significant figures in early free improvisation, and a founding member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble (SME). John played alongside a large number of prominent free improvisors in the SME, including Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald and Julie Tippetts, but from the 1970s, the make-up of the SME began to settle down to a regular group of himself, Nigel Coombes playing violin, and Roger Smith playing guitar.From 1983, John was involved with Community Music (CM), an organisation through which he took his form of music making to youth clubs, mental health institutions and other unusual places. Notes taken during these sessions were later turned into a book for the Open University called Search and Reflect (1985). In the late 70s and early 80s John was a regular performer at the Bracknell Jazz Festival
(?) b. June 10th 1940
1996: 2Pac/Makaveli /Tupac Amaru Shakur
(25) American hip hop artist, poet and actor, born in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York . He is is one of the best-selling music artists in the world with 37.5 million albums sold in the United States and over 75 milion albums worldwide. In addition to his status as a top-selling rap artist, 2Pac was a promising actor and a social activist. Most of 2Pac's songs are about growing up amid violence and hardship in ghetto's, racism, problems in the society and conflicts with other rappers. 2Pac's work is known by many for often advocating egalitarianism. 2Pac was initially a roadie and backup dancer for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground. (died six days after being shot while driving through Las Vegas in part of East and West Coast Gang wars. 13 bullets were fired into his BMW) b. June 16th 1971.
2010: Jaroslaw Kukulski (66)
Polish composer (lost his long battle with cancer) b. May 26th 1944.
2010: Gus Williams (73)
Australian country music singer and Aboriginal leader, from Hermannsburg in Central Australia. He was an Arrernte man, who was born in Alice Springs, famed for songs such as Storm In My Heart, I'm Not Trying To Forget, My Kind Of Heaven, Southern Cross, Straight From The Heart, and Through The Years.
In 1983 he was given a Medal of the Order of Australia for services to country music and Aboriginal people. In 2000 he was an inductee into the Country Music Hands Of Fame in Tamworth. He was given a Deadly in 2001 for Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal Music. Gus Williams was in 2004 presented with a Country Music Centenary Medal from CMAA for service to Australian society through Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music. In 2005 Williams was inducted into the hall of fame at Music NT's Indigenous Music Awards
() b. June 20th 1937.
2011: Wilma Lee Cooper nee Leary (90) American bluegrass based country music singer and guitarist; born in Valley Head, West Virgini
a, she sang from a young age with her family's gospel music group, The Leary Family. In 1939, she married fiddler-vocalist Stoney Cooper, and they formed their bluegrass group, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper and the Clinch Mountain Clan. For ten years they were regulars on Wheeling, West Virginia's WWVA-AM's beginning in 1947 before joining the Opry in 1957. They scored seven hit records between 1956 and 1961, with four top ten hits on Billboard charts, notably "Big Midnight Special" and "There's a Big Wheel" as well as recording popular gospel songs like "The Tramp on the Street" and "Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill". She had been a member of the Opry since 1957, her last solo performance on the Opry was at the Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 24th 2001 and she joined the Opry cast at the grand re-opening of the Opry House on Sept 28th 2010 for a group sing-along (Wilma died from natural causes) b. February 7th 1921.
2011: DJ Mehdi/Mehdi Favéris-Essadi (34) French hip hop and electro musician and producer, born in Hauts-de-Seine, Paris. He was a former disc jockey of the groups Different Teep, ex-group of Manu Key & Lil Jahson, Ideal J and former member of the collective the Mafia K'1 Fry. After having been recognized for his efforts and budding into one of the French underground hip hop music scene’s premier producers, DJ Mehdi henceforth pushed boundaries by mixing hip hop and electronic music. He collaborated with such notable artists as Daft Punk, Cassius, MC Solaar, Futura 2000, Asian Dub Foundation and Chromeo among others. He released his first full-length LP in 2002 The Story of Espion, followed by his second album, Lucky Boy, in August 2006. His single "I Am Somebody" was used in a 2007 American commercial for XM radio (Mehdi was on the roof of his home in Paris with a group of friends celebrating the birthday of his friend Riton. Mehdi was tragically killed after the roof collapsed. Three others were hospitalized) b. January 20th 1977.
2012: Obo Addy (76) Ghanaian drummer and dancer who was one of the first native African musicians to bring the fusion of traditional folk music and Western pop music known as worldbeat to Europe and then to the Pacific Northwest of the United States in the late 1970s. He taught music at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He founded the Homowo African Arts and Cultures organization, which sponsors the annual Homowo Festival of African Arts in Oregon. He was awarded a Master's Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Oregon Governors Award for the Arts. In 1996, he became the first native African to win a National Heritage Fellowship Award from Federal government of the United States' National Endowment for the Arts.
(sadly Obo died of liver cancer) b. January 15th 1936.
2012: William Duckworth (69) American composer who also was an author, educator and Internet pioneer. He wrote more than 200 pieces of music and is credited with the composition of the first postminimal piece of music, The Time Curve Preludes 1977-78, for piano. His other notable compositions include Thirty-One Days 1987, for alto saxophone, and Southern Harmony 1980-81, a choral work which uses certain features of shape note singing. (sadly died while battling pancreatic cancer) b. January 13rth 1943.
2013: Patti Webster (49) American entertainment publicist, author and minister, born in Somerville, New Jersey. In 1988 she he moved to New York, where she worked at Jive, after which she was hired by Rogers & Cowan; during her three-year tenure at the company, she worked with Quincy Jones’ Qwest Records, Stevie Wonder, Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross and Celine Dion. In 1992, Patti founded W&W, a public relations agency where she represented notable
athletes, actors and recording artists including Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Usher, Chris Paul, Holly Robinson Peete, Patti LaBelle, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Dwight Howard, Halle Berry and Steve Harvey, as well as organizations including Creflo Dollar Ministries and BMI. Despite her huge success as a a publicist, Patti said that her real job was to spread the word of Jesus Christ and served as a Deaconess at Shiloh Pentecostal Church in Somerville, New Jersey, where she grew up (sadly Patti died while bravely battling brain cancer) b. June 20th 1964.
2015: Gary Richrath (65) American guitarist and songwriter born in Peoria, Illinois; he played the saxophone at high school, switching to the guitar at the age of 14. He taught himself the guitar by listening to his idols, Jeff Beck and the Yardbirds, watching other bands and playing gigs at school dances with a group called Mach Four. Then built up a local fan base with his next band, Suburban 9 to 5. But he best known as the lead guitarist and a songwriter in his next band, REO Speedwagon. He was invited into the band in 1970, performing with them until 1989. His songwriting skills and on-stage presence... >>> READ MORE <<< (Gary had abdominal surgery a few days before his death and was still in hospital recovering from the operation) b. October 18th 1949.

September 14th
1951: Fritz Busch (61)
German conductor
born in Siegen; he held posts conducting opera at Aachen, Stuttgart and Dresden. In '33 he was dismissed from his post at Dresden because of his opposition to the Nazi government of Germany. He went on to work in Sth America and Scandinavia before becoming the music director of the Glyndebourne summer festival in England. He remained at Glyndebourne until the outbreak of WW II. After this he focused on work in Sth America and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. From 1934-1951 Fritz was principal guest conductor of Danish National Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen (died in London, UK) b. March 13th 1890
1981: Walter 'Furry' Lewis (88)
American blues guitarist, a recognized giant in the world of blues, first to play with a bottleneck. He was also one of the first of the old-time blues musicians of the 1920s to be brought out of retirement and given a whole new lease of recording life by the folk blues revival of the 60s and 70s, as well as opening twice for the Rolling Stones, appearing on Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, having a part in a Burt Reynolds movie, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings in 1975, and had a profile in Playboy magazine. Walter was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, but moved to Memphis aged 7. By 1908, he was playing solo for parties, in taverns, and on the street. He also was invited to play several dates with W. C. Handy's Orchestra.
His travels exposed him to a wide variety of performers including Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Alger "Texas" Alexander. In 1927, Lewis cut his first records in Chicago for the Vocalion label. A year later he recorded for the Victor label at the Memphis Auditorium in a session with by the Memphis Jug Band, Jim Jackson, Frank Stokes, and others. He again recorded for Vocalion in Memphis in 1929. The tracks were mostly blues but included two-part versions of "Casey Jones" and "John Henry". He sometimes fingerpicked, sometimes played with a slide. He recorded many successful records in the late 1920s including "Kassie Jones", "Billy Lyons & Stack-O-Lee" and "Judge Harsh Blues" later called "Good Morning Judge"). Like his contemporary Frank Stokes, he tired of the road and Walter took a permanent job, as a street sweeper for the City of Memphis, which allowed him to remain active in the Memphis music scene, until his huge global success later in life (Walter sadly contracted pneumonia in 1981, which led to his death from heart failure) b. March 6th 1893.
Christian Ferras (48) French violinist born at Le Touquet.
He entered the Conservatoire de Nice as a student of Charles Bistesi in 1941, and in 1943 obtained the First Prize. In 1944 he went to the Conservatoire de Paris. In 1946 he won the First Prize in both disciplines (violin and chamber music), and started his performing career with the Pasdeloup Orchestra under Albert Wolff, and later Paul Paray. He worked with Romanian violinist and composer George Enescu, who also acted as an instructor. Ferras premiered the Violin Concerto by Federico Elizalde, under the direction of Gaston Poulet. In 1948 Ferras won First Prize at the international Scheveningen Festival; Yehudi Menuhin was among the judges. He premiered Arthur Honegger's Sonata for Solo Violin in the Salle Gaveau on November 16, 1948. In 1949, Ferras won the second prize (the first prize was not awarded) in the international Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud Competition. He went on touring, performing and recording worldwide and gave his last concert in Vichy on August 25th 1982 (Christian struggled with severe lifelong depression, sadly he committed suicide) b. June 17th 1933.
1989: Perez Prado (72)
Cuban-Mexican bandleader, singer, organist, pianist, and composer, commonly referred to as the "King of the Mambo" and the single most important musician involved in the hugely popular Latin dance craze. Born in Matanzas, Cuba, he studied classical piano in his early childhood, and later played organ and piano in local clubs. Later he worked with casino orchestras in Havana for most of the 1940s, and gained a reputation for being an imaginative and loud player, his solo playing style predated bebop by at least five years. In 1948, he moved to Mexico to form his own band specializing in mambos, an upbeat adaptation of the Cuban danzón. Pérez mambos stood out among the competition, with their fiery brass riffs and strong sax counterpoints, and most of all, his trademark grunts, actually saying "¡Dilo!", or "Say it!",mostly. In 1950, Sonny Burke heard "Que rico mambo" while on vacation in Mexico and recorded it back in the US as "Mambo Jambo". The single was a hit and led to a tour the U.S, his appearances in 1951 were sell-outs. He went on to have many global hits with tracks such as "Mambo No. 5","Mambo No. 8", the cha-cha version of "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" and exciting the world with albums including "The Voodoo Suite", "Havana 3 A.M" and "Prez".
In the world of Mambo, Perez's orchestra was always on the top, the most popular; his son, Perez Prado, Jr., continues to direct the Pérez Prado Orchestra in Mexico City (sadly died from a stroke in Mexico City) b. December 11th 1916.
1998: Johnny Adams (66)
American blues singer from New Orleans,
known for the amazing range of his singing voice and his gospel influenced style. He began his career singing gospel, changing over to secular music in 1959, and scored the hit single "I Won't Cry", followed by a string of regional hits in the 1960s which included "Release Me" and "Reconsider Me". As a veteran R&B vocalist he tackled an exceptionally wide variety of material in his later years and in the 1980s and 1990s, Johnny recorded several award-winning albums for Rounder Records. (died in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after a long battle with stomach cancer) b. January 5th 1932.
2001: Stylianos "Stelios" Kazantzidis (70) Greek singer, a leading singer of Greek popular music, or Laïkó, he collaborated with many of Greece's foremost composers. Born in Athens he made his first public appearance at a Kifissia night club in the early 1950s and soon after, in July 1952, made his first studio recording with a song entitled "I'm going for a swim". He went on to t collaborate with some of the biggest names in Greek music, among them Manolis Chiotis, Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, and Stavros Xarhakos. He and Marinella became a legendary duo. In 1965, in the peak of his career, decided to stop public appearances. He didn't sing in public again for the rest of his life. For the next ten years, he only released studio albums. The following year he divorced Marinella, and they recorded their last duets "Mh Mou Lete Gia Authn", "Apopse Se Eho Stin Agalia Mou," "I Kardia Tis Manas" (died of a brain tumor) b.
August 29th 1931.
2003: John Serry Sr/Giovanni Serrapica (88) American accordionist virtuoso, arranger, composer, organist and educator born in Brooklyn, New York.
He started his musical career in the 30s and over the next 70 years he performed in thearte, films, on the CBS Radio and CBS Television networks appearing on the likes of The Jackie Gleason Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Frank Sinatra Show; he appeared in musicals including Cabaret (musical);La Grosse Valise; The Happy Time at The Broadway Theatre and Fiddler On The Roof. As a concert artist and soloist he elevated the use of the accordion within a full range of professional orchestral ensembles. His concerts featured classical and contemporary works by such composers as: Johann Sebastian Bach, Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, John Denver, Charles Gounod, Handel, Felix Mendelssohn, Jean-Joseph Mouret, Mozart, Johann Pachelbel, Henry Purcell, Rachmaninoff, Franz Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Eric Satie, Antonio Vivaldi, Richard Wagner, Charles Widor, and Andrew Lloyd Webber (died after a brief illness) b. January 29th 1915.
2002: Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams (87) American blues and rhythm and blues saxophone player and band leader famous for "The Hucklebuck"; after performing with Clarence Dorsey and King Porter he formed his own band in 1947, having his 1949 hit "The Hucklebuck", a twelve-bar blues that also spawned a dance craze. The single went to No.1 on the R&B chart, after which he used Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers as his billing name. In his Honkers and Shouters, Arnold Shaw credits Paul as one of the first to employ the honking tenor sax solo that became the hallmark of rhythm and blues and rock and roll in the 1950s and early 1960s. Along with Tiny Grimes, he co-headlined the first "Moondog Coronation Ball", promoted by Alan Freed in Cleveland on March 21st 1952, often claimed as the first rock and roll concert, where he saw crazed fans crash through the ticket gates. The show was halted, but not before Paul had a chance to perform. Later he worked in the Atlantic Records house band and was musical director for Lloyd Price and James Brown (?) b. July 13th 1915.
2006: Norman Brook
s/Norman Joseph Arie (78) Canadian singer, born in Montreal, best known for his ability to sound like Al Jolson.
He played Jolson in the 1956 film, The Best Things in Life Are Free. He also performed in nightclubs and on television in the US and Canada during the 1950s and 1960s. He played himself in the 1960 film Ocean's Eleven. His records "Hello Sunshine" and "You Shouldn't Have Kissed Me The First Time" for the Zodiac label were national hits in 1953 (?) b. August 19th 1928.
2009: Bobby Graham/Robert Francis Neate (69) British session drummer;
born in Edmonton, North London, as a boy he took lessons with Ronnie Verrell, a veteran drummer with Ted Heath's band. As a teenager in the mid '50s to late '60s he played in various amateur and semi-professional bands and played a summer season at Butlins with Billy Gray and the Stormers. Through the 60s he was one of the busiest session drummers in England, he was chosen by the top producers of the day to record hit after hit for the big name groups such as The Kinks, The Animals and Dave Clark. He was Brian Epstein's choice to replace Pete Best in The Beatles, but Bobby declined the offer. He has played on over 15,000 titles and is said to be the most recorded drummer in the UK. By the '70s Bobby was on a downward spiral, he was suffering the effects of the rock 'n' roll life style. He battled through it and went on to teaching and lecturing schoolchildren about the skiffle boom, rock and roll and the swinging sixties (stomach cancer) b. March 11th 1940.
2013: Jorge Pedreros/Jorge Arnaldo Pedreros Avilés (71) Chilean comedian, composer,
actor, accordianist and record producer, born in Santiago. Throughout the 60s he played in bands such as Lyons and the popular band Twisters, before composing music for other artists and for TV. In 1978, he is one of the creators of the iconic comedy show Jappening with Ja.
(sadly died fighting a severe pneumonia) b. August 8th 1942.
2014: Peter Gutteridge (53) New Zealand singer-songwriter and guitarist born in Dunedin, he co-founded the band The Clean, alongside Hamish and David Kilgour, while still in high school, before co-founding The Chills in 1980. In 1982–83 Peter was a member of The Cartilege Family band, alongside Shayne CarterHe after which he formed the band Snapper, in 1986. Other bands in which he has been involved include the Alpaca Brothers and The Puddle. Peter also released one solo album, Pure, in 1989 () b. 1961.
2015: Kiddie Kearns/Martin Kearns (38) English drummer, born in Coventry; from the age of 14 he performed in several local bands, playing anything from metal to reggae, before joining up with the death metal band, Bolt Thrower, when he was 17. He left the band, due to personal reasons in 1998, but soon returned to Bolt Thrower in 2000. He recorded drums on two of their albums, 'Honour-Valour-Pride' and 'Those Once Loyal'. (After the first rehearsal for the bands upcoming tour of Australia, Kiddie suddenly felt unwell, which continued throughout the night, and the next day he passed away peacefully in his sleep) b. March 7th 1977.

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1842: Pierre Baillot (70) French violinist, composer, teacher; born in Passy and studied the violin under Giovanni Battista Viotti. He taught violin at the Paris Conservatoire and together with Pierre Rode and Rodolphe Kreutzer wrote the conservatoire's official violin method, published in the early 1800s. He was sole author of the instructional L'art du violon. Pierre's teachings had a profound influence on technical and musical development in an age in which virtuosity was openly encouraged. He was leader of the Paris Opéra, gave solo recitals and was a notable performer of chamber music. (He died in Paris) b. October 1st 1771.
1965: Steve Brown (75)
American jazz string bassist born in New Orleans, Louisiana; he first went north to Chicago in 1915 with his brother Tom in the first wave of jazz musicians to go to the city. He was a member of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings in the early 1920s, where his early slap-style string bass playing attracted attention. Steve was one of the important pioneers of the slap-style.
In 1924 he joined Jean Goldkette's Orchestra, with whom he remained until 1927 after which he joined one of the top-paying band of the era in the America, Paul Whiteman's Orchestra. Around 1930 he settled in Detroit, Michigan, which would be his home for the rest of his life. He led his own band there for a while, and continued playing with traditional jazz and Dixieland bands well in to the late 1950s (?) b. January 13th 1890.
1973: Víctor Jara (40) Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, political activist and member of the Communist Party of Chile. He devoted himself to the development of Chilean theatre, directing a broad array of works from locally produced Chilean plays, to the classics of the world stage, to the experimental work of Ann Jellicoe. Simultaneously he developed in the field of music and played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric artists who established the Nueva Canción Chilena/New Chilean Song, movement which led to a revolution in the popular music of his country under the Salvador Allende government. (Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, he was arrested, horrifically tortured and ultimately shot to death by machine gun fire. His body was later thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago. The contrast between the themes of his songs, on love, peace and social justice and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Victor into a symbol of struggle for human rights and justice across Latin America) b. September 28th 1932.
1980: Bill Evans (51) American bandleader, one of the most famous of the 20th century post-bop pianists, influencing pianists such as Herbie Hancock, John Taylor, Steve Kuhn, Denny Zeitlin, Bobo Stenson and Keith Jarrett, and guitarists Lenny Breau and Pat Metheny. Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, his started learning classical piano at age six, he also became proficient at the flute and violin. At 12, Bill filled in for his older brother Harry in Buddy Valentino's band. In the late 1940s, he played boogie woogie in various New York City clubs. He went on to receive a music scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University, where he co-founded the Delta Omega Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. After his time in the U.S. Army, he returned to New York and worked at nightclubs with jazz clarinetist Tony Scott. In the 1950s he went on to appear on albums by Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Tony Scott, and Art Farmer. In 1956, he made his debut album, New Jazz Conceptions, featuring the original version of "Waltz for Debby". In 1958, Bill was hired by Miles Davis, for eight months becoming the only white member of his famed sextet. After which, in December of 1958 he came back as leader of his band with the album 'Everybody Digs Bill Evans', which included the famous haunting "Peace Piece". Through his working trios would pass such players as bassists LaFaro, Israels, Gary Peacock, Teddy Kotick, Eddie Gomez, and Marc Johnson; and drummers Motian, Larry Bunker, Arnie Wise, Joe Hunt, Philly Joe Jones, Joe La Barbera, Jack DeJohnette, John Dentz, Eliot Zigmund, and Marty Morell. Bill won 6 grammy awards and was nominated 31 times (His body finally gave up after years of drug addiction, with a perforated liver and a lifelong battle with hepatitis, he died of a bleeding ulcer, cirrhosis of the liver and bronchial pneumonia) b. August 16th 1929.
1981: Rafael Méndez (75) Mexican virtuoso solo trumpeter, born in Michoacan,
as a youngster he was the cornetist for Pancho Villa. His most famous recording, "Moto Perpetuo," by Paganini for violin and features Rafael double tonguing continuously for over 4 minutes while circular breathing to give the illusion that he is not taking a natural breath while playing. From 1950 to 1975, he was a full time soloist, performing as many as 125 concerts per year. He was also very active as a recording artist. Many of his recordings are now available on compact disc. His repertoire was a mixture of classical, popular, Mexican folk music and jazz. Méndez contributed many arrangements and original compositions to the trumpet repertoire. His Scherzo in D Minor is often heard in recitals, and has been recorded by David Hickman. (?) b. March 26th 1906
1983: Prince Far I/Michael James Williams (39) Jamaican reggae toaster, record producer and a Rastafarian, born in Spanish Town, his first job in the music industry was as a deejay on the Sir Mike the Musical Dragon sound system, but after recording "The Great Booga Wooga" for Bunny Lee in 1969, under the name King Cry Cry, he got the chance in 1970 to record for Coxsone Dodd when King Stitt failed to turn up for a session. He became a popular reggae musician, styling himself "The Voice of Thunder". His first album, Psalms For I, featuring the Lord's Prayer and various psalms, was dedicated to the illiterate who could not read the Bible for themselves. He then worked with Joe Gibbs on the second album, Under Heavy Manners, before being signed by Virgin Records for their Frontline label. Twelve albums followed between 1978 and 1981. He spent a lot of lis last years in the UK. (Michael was recording the album Umkhonto We Sizwe/Spear of the Nation, but before the album was finished he was shot at his home during a robbery, and sadly died later in hospital.) b. 1944.

1985: Cootie Williams/Charles Melvin Williams (74) American jazz, R 'n' B trumpeter, born in Mobile, Alabama. He began his career at 14 years of age, with the Young Family band, which included saxophonist Lester Young. In 1928, he made his first recordings with pianist James P. Johnson in New York, where he also worked in the bands of Fletcher Henderson and Chick Webb. Cootie rose to prominence as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, with which he performed from 1929 to 40. He also recorded his own sessions during this time, both with other Ellington sidemen and freelance. In 1940 he joined Benny Goodman's orchestra, then in 1941 formed his own orchestra, in which over the years he employed Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Eddie Vinson, and other important young players.
He began to play more R&B in the late 40s. In the 50s he toured with small groups and fell into obscurity. In 1962 he rejoined Ellington and stayed with the orchestra until 1974. In 1975, he performed during the Super Bowl IX halftime show (?) b. July 10th 1911.
1998: Barrett Deems (80) American drummer born Springfield, Illinois. Among others he was with the Joe Venuti big band in 1937 until 1944, Red Norvo in 1948, Charlie Barnet in 1951, and Muggsy Spanier from 1951-1954, during that era he was billed almost accurately as "the world's fastest drummer". He also worked with Louis Armstrong during 1954-1958, performing as part of Satchmo's band in the 1956 musical High Society and with Jack Teagarden from 1960-64. Up until just before his death Barrett still performed with his own excellent Barrett Deems 18-piece Big Band including trumpeters Brad Goode and Mike McLaughlin, trombonist Audrey Morrison, and reedmen Barry Winograd and Richie Corpolongo (pneumonia) b. March 1st 1914.
2003: Jack Brymer (88)
British clarinetist, born in South Shields; in 1947, Sir Thomas Beecham invited him to audition as principal clarinetist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to succeed Reginald Kell, he held the post until 1963. Then together with Gwydion Brooke, Gerald Jackson and Terence MacDonagh , became part of the celebrated "Royal Family" of principal woodwind players with the RPO. When he left the RPO, he become a co-principal in the BBC Symphony Orchestra '63-'71 and principal in the London Symphony Orchestra '71-'86.
He was an important session musician, which included playing bass clarinet on the sound-tracks of the Hammer horror movies featuring actors Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
Jack took over leadership of the London Saxophone Quartet after the death of its founder Michael Krein and went on to teach music worldwide, become professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Military School of Music, he also became president of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain and was appointed an Officer (OBE) of the Order of the British Empire in 1960 (?) b. January 27th 1915.
2004: Johnny Ramone/Cummings (55)
American guitarist; a rebel in a rebel's world, Johnny was raised Queens, N.Y.,
where as a teenager, he played in a band called the Tangerine Puppets with future Ramones drummer Tamás Erdélyi aka Tommy Ramone. Influenced by the likes of the Stooges and MC5, in 1974 he co-founded "The Ramones", often regarded as the first punk rock group, with Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone. They went on to performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years. The Ramones were a major influence on the punk rock movement in the US and the UK, though they achieved only minor commercial success. Their only record with enough U.S. sales to be certified gold was the compilation album Ramones Mania. Recognition of the band's importance has built over the years, and they are now cited in many assessments of all-time great rock music, such as the Rolling Stone lists of the 50 Greatest Artists of All Time and 25 Greatest Live Albums of All Time, VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, and Mojo's 100 Greatest Albums and in 2002, the Ramones were ranked the second greatest band of all time by Spin magazine. Alongside his music career, Johnny appeared in nearly a dozen movies including Rock 'n' Roll High School and documentaries. He also made television appearances on such shows as The Simpsons - 1F01 "Rosebud" in 1993 and Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Episode 5 "Bobcat". In 2003 he was named the 16th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine and in 2009, Time Magazine named named Johnny on its list of the 10 best electric guitarists of all-time (died after a long battle with prostate cancer) b. October 8th 1948
Gordon 'Specs' Powell (85) American pioneering jazz drummer; born in New York City, he worked with a number of jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker Billie Holiday, Erroll Garner, Teddy Wilson's trio and Red Norvo.
In 1943, he was hired by CBS, becoming one of the first black musicians to play for a national network. He stayed with CBS until 1972, playing for "The Jackie Gleason Show," "Candid Camera" and other programs as well as being lead drummer for the Ed Sullivan show in the early 1960s . He was versatile percussionist who carried a kit filled with castanets, clickers and other noisemakers he referred to as his "bag of tricks". Gordon was honored by the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 2004. (kidney disease) b. June 5th 1922.
2007: Aldemaro Romero (79)
Venezuelan composer, pianist and conductor born in Valencia, Carabobo State. He was a prolific composer, creating a wide range of music, such as Caribbean, Jazz, Venezuelan waltzes, including works for orchestra, orchestra and soloist, orchestra and choir, chamber music, up to symphonic works of great dimensions. Aldemaro collaborated with popular orchestras and singers, such as Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stan Kenton, Machito and Tito Puente. He also toured extensively, performing in numerous countries: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, France, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Russia, Egypt and Japan. Over his long career he was honored with many awards, in 1969 he recieved the Peace Prize of the Soviet Intellectuals, in the Moscow Cinema Festival for his soundtrack music for the Simón Bolivar epic film. He also obtained the first prize as composer and conductor at Majorca Palms Festival, the Olympic Games Musical Festival in Greece; and in the Latin Song Festival of Mexico. For his extensive work, he received numerous recognitions in his country, being awarded with the Andrés Bello, Diego de Losada, Francisco de Miranda and the Work Merit orders, all in their first class, granted by the Venezuelan Government to political, artistic and social outstanding individuals. Then, in 2000 obtained the National Music Prize, and in 2006 the Honoris Causa degrees from the University of Carabobo and Lisandro Alvarado University of Barquisimeto. (complications of intestinal blockage) b. March 12th 1928.
2008: Richard Wright (65)
British pianist and keyboardist, he grew up in Hatch End, North London and is best known for his long career with Pink Floyd. Although he wasn't really credited as a singer, he frequently sang background and occasionally lead vocals onstage and in the studio with Pink Floyd most notably on "Time", "Echoes", "Matilda Mother", and "Astronomy Domine", as well as notable harmonies on"Chapter 24" and "The Scarecrow". Examples of his early compositions include "Remember a Day", "See-Saw", "Paint Box" and "It Would Be So Nice".
He also wrote significant parts of the music for classic albums such as Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, as well as for Pink Floyd's final studio album The Division Bell. His instrumental compositions include "Cirrus Minor", "Interstellar Overdrive", "A Saucerful of Secrets", "Careful with That Axe, Eugene", "One of These Days" and to musical themes for film scores. During 1984, he formed a new duo with Dave Harris >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly Richard died fighting cancer) b. July 28th 1943.
2010: Arrow/Alphonsus Cassell (60) Montserrat, West Indies soul calypso aka soca singer-songwriter and music pioneer; he began singing calypso in 1967 and took the Junior Monarch title that year.
He began singing calypso in 1967 and took the Junior Monarch title that same year. Influenced by the Trinidadian musician the Mighty Sparrow, long the international king of calypso, Arrow took up singing professionally in 1969, and in that year he was runner up in the Montserrat Calypso King competition, going on to win the title the following year and would go on to take the title a total of four times. Arrow released his first single, "Dance with Me, Woman" in 1972, and set up his own Arrow record label in 1973. Then 1974 saw the release of his debut album "The Mighty Arrow on Target", followed in 1975 with "Arrow Strikes Again". He won the Road March competition at the 1975 St. Kitts festival with "Rummy Song". Arrow began to fuse calypso with other genres such as reggae, soul, R&B, Zouk and salsa, hip-hop, African music and American rock and country, then in 1982, he recorded his 5th album, Hot Hot Hot, from which the title track, "Hot Hot Hot", became his first pan-Caribbean hit and the biggest selling soca hit of all time, it became an international party favourite and was used as the theme song for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico ..READ MORE.. (After battling cancer for nearly two years, sadly Arrow died of pneumonia caused by complication from cerebral cancer) b. November 16th 1949.
2011: Regina Smendzianka (86) Polish pianist born in Torun, and began her public performances at the age of only eight. In 1949 she was awarded the just resumed Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition's 11th prize soon after graduating from the Kraków State Music Academy with the highest marks. She was a disciple of Zbigniew Drzewiecki from 1950–55, and went on to have an international career. She also held a professorship at the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy until 1996, briefly serving as the institution's rector. She was a juror at the 1970, 1980, 1995 and 2000 editions of the Chopin Competition (?) b. October 9th 1924.
2012: James "Sugar Boy" Crawford (77) American R&B singer, musician and songwriter born in New Orleans. He started out on trombone, and formed a band which local DJ Doctor Daddy-O named "The Chapaka Shawee" (Creole for "We Aren't Raccoons"), the title of an instrumental that they played. He was the author of "Jock-A-Mo" in 1954, a hit later recreated as "Iko Iko", by The Dixie Cups and recorded by many artists including Belle Stars, Dr. John, The Grateful Dead and Cyndi Lauper. Although his song became a standard at the New Orleans Mardi Gras, he himself disappeared from public view. In 1969, James decided to limit his singing to in church only, until he appeared on his grandson Davell Crawford's 1995 album, Let Them Talk. James also made some stage appearances with Davell including one at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 1996, and more recently at the seventh annual Ponderosa Stomp in April 2008
(?) b. October 12th 1934.
2013: Jackie Lomax/John Richard Lomax (69) English guitarist and singer-songwriter born in Wallasey, Cheshire, he later in the mid 1970s, moved to California, USA, with his wife. Throughout his long career
was a member of Dee and the Dynamites, The Undertakers, The Lomax Alliance, Heavy Jelly and Badger. He was a much in demand sessionist and worked with The Tea Bags, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Gene Clark, John Stewart, P. F. Sloan, Lucinda Williams, Jeff Beck, Leon Russell and Nicky Hopkins (?) b. May 10th 1944.
2014: Jackie Cain (86) American jazz vocalist born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, known for her partnership with her husband Roy Kral, as the team Jackie and Roy. They first joined forces in 1946, and in 1996 they celebrated their 50th anniversary as a vocal duo. They got there big break when working with Charlie Ventura's band in 1948 and 1949., after which they had their own television show in Chicago in the early 1950s, worked in Las Vegas from 1957 to 1960, then settled in New York in 1963. They continued to work and record until Roy's death in 2002 (sadly Jackie died from complications from a stroke) b. May 22nd 1928. .

September 16th
1973: Al Sherman (76)
Russian-American Tin Pan Alley songwriter; his composing career began in 1918 when he became a staff pianist for the Remick Music Company. There, he worked alongside George Gershwin and Vincent Youmans. Artists who recorded Al Sherman songs include Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Eddie Cantor, Rudy Vallée, Ozzie Nelson, Lawrence Welk, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra among many others. (?) b. Sept 7th 1897.
1977: Marc Bolan/Toby Tyler/Mark Feld (29)
British singer and guitarist born in London; at aged 9, he was given his first guitar and began a skiffle band shortly after. Then influenced by the rock and roll of Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Arthur Crudup and Chuck Berry, while still at school, he played guitar in 'Susie and the Hoops', a trio whose vocalist was a 12-year old Helen Shapiro. Next he became a Mod, and appeared as an extra in an episode of the TV show Orlando, as a Mod. In the early to mid 60's Mark had changed his name to Toby Tyler and recorded some demo tapes,
this Toby Tyler recording session vanished from thought and mind for over 25 years before resurfacing in 1991 and selling for nearly 8,000 dollars. Their eventual release on CD in 1993 made available the earliest of Mark's known recordings. Changing his name again to Marc Bolan, via Mark Bowland, while with Decca Records he released his first single "The Wizard." In early 1967, manager Simon Napier Bell added him to the Pop-Art/mod band John's Children, which achieved some success as a live band but sold few records. In August of 1967 Marc formed the mystical folk-rock band Tyrannosaurus Rex, their debut album "My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair... But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows" in 1968 reached No.15 in the UK. Then in the 1970s, they achieved massive success as a glam rock band, with Marc's display and glam rock gaining popularity in the UK and Europe during 1971–72. T. Rex's move to electric guitars coincided with his more overtly sexual lyrical style and image, although the group's new image and unique sound outraged some of their older hippie fans. They had huge hits including "Get It On", "Ride a White Swan", "20th Century Boy", "Children of the Revolution", "Hot Love", "Telegram Sam" and "Metal Guru". Marc Bolan and T-Rex have influenced many bands over the years and still do (Marc was tragically killed when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, South West London) b. September 30th 1947.
Maria Callas (53)
American-born Greek soprano, born in New York, received her musical education in Greece and established her career in Italy. She was one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century. She combined an impressive bel canto technique with great dramatic gifts. An very versatile singer, her repertoire ranged from classical opera seria to the bel canto operas of Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini; further, to the works of Verdi and Puccini; and earlier the music dramas of Wagner. Her remarkable musical and dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina. (heart attack) b. December 2nd 1923.
2003: Shelby F. "Sheb" Wooley (82)
American character actor and singer, best known for his 1958 novelty hit "Purple People Eater". Born in Erick, Oklahoma, and was raised on a farm, he learned to ride horses at an early age, and before WW2 he was a working cowboy and rodeo rider. After which he played in a country-western band. Sheb appeared in dozens of western films from the '50s through 70s, most notably High Noon. He also had a string of country hits, his "That's My Pa" reaching No.1 of Billboard magazine's Hot C&W Sides chart in March 1962. Other hits included 'Almost Persuaded', "I Remember Loving You" and "Fifteen Beers Ago". A recording of his scream has been used by sound effects teams in over 130 films. (sadly died of leukemia) b. April 10th 1921.
2004: Izora Armstead (62)
American singer, born in Houston, Texas, she linked up with Sylvester and Patrick Cowley in San Francisco in the late 1970s as a backup singer, along with Martha Wash. At that time they were called Two Tons O' Fun or simply Two Tons.
Later, in 1979, she and Martha formed The Weather Girls. Their hit single "It's Raining Men" was one of the most successful songs of the Hi-NRG music genre, hitting No.1 on the club chart. After she and Wash parted company in the late 1980s, Izora moved to Germany and formed and managed the German version of the Weather Girls with her daughter, Dynell. In 2002 the group entered the German Final to Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with the song "Get Up", finishing 13th (sadly died of heart failure at a hospital in San Leandro) b. July 6th 1942.
2008: Norman Whitfield (65)
American songwriter and producer, best known for his work with the Motown label. He is credited as being one of the creators of the Motown Sound, as well as one of the major instrumental figures in the late-60s sub-genre of psychedelic soul. The first Temptations single to feature his new "psychedelic soul" style was "Cloud Nine" in late 1968, it earned Motown its first Grammy award for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance by a Duo or Group. He established Whitfield Records... read more (long battle with diabetes) b. May 12th 1940
2009: Johnny Mullins (86) American singer-songwriter and guitarist; born and raised in a little town near Cassville and Exeter, Missouri. in his late teens he moved to Oregon where he worked at a lumber yard and
at the local radio station where they called him “The Yodelin’ Cowboy from the Ozarks” before moving to Springfield. This is where he met country singer Porter Wagoner who became his life long friend. Johnny wrote Porter’s first song “Company’s Comin". Among the many other songs he wrote was Emmy Lou Harris’ hit song “Blue Kentucky Girl,” which was nominated for a Grammy in 1980. In the early '80's he met Mike Smith of KSMU FM Radio where for many years he played on the Saturday Night Live show (Alzheimer's disease) b. ????
2009: Filip Nikolitch (35) French singer and actor, born in Saint Ouen, France, although his parents are of Yugoslavian origin. He grew up in Longjumeau, a suburban town outside of Paris, France. Filip's talents range from gymnastics, he was a champion in France; acting, he starred with Dennis Rodman in Simon Sez in 1999, but most notably, his singing... Filip was part of '2Be3', a popular boys band.
Inspired by English bands like Take That and Worlds Apart, the band was formed in 1996, by three childhood friends, Filip, Adel Kachermi and Frank Delay. Their debut album 'Partir un jour' reached No.2 in 1998 and they achieved 6 singles in the French charts. During year 2000, they toured in France, Germany, England, Switzerland, Belgium, and Yugoslavia. The group recorded 2 more charting studio albums and various compilations before they disbanded in 2001. Filip continued with his acting career and reportedly, he was preparing a solo album at the time of his untimely death (alleged drug overdose) b. September 1st 1974
2009: Mary Travers (72) American folk singer; born in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 2, her family moved to Greenwich Village in New York City, where she attended the Little Red School House there, but left in the eleventh grade to pursue her singing career. While still in high school, she joined The Song Swappers, a group who sang backup for Pete Seeger when he recorded the album Talking Union, in 1955. The Song Swappers recorded four albums in 1955, all with with Peter Seeger. Mary was also cast in the Broadway-theatre show, The Next President. Unlike most folk musicians who were a part of that early 1960s Greenwich Village music scene, Mary actually grew up there. The group Peter, Paul and Mary which included Mary, Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey
was formed in 1961 by their manager, Albert Grossman. Their 1962 debut album, Peter, Paul and Mary, included "500 Miles", "Lemon Tree", and the Pete Seeger hit tunes "If I Had a Hammer" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?". The album was listed >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died from leukemia) b. November 9th 1936
2011: Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (75) American Grammy Award-winning electric blues vocalist, harmonica player, and multi-award winning drummer. Born in Helena, Arkansas he was inspired by Muddy Water's blues playing and by Henry Strong's harp playing. He took up the harp and in 1956, he formed a trio, which he led the on harp, Bobby Lee Burns played guitar, and Clifton James on drums. As "Little Willie" Smith he played and recorded with the Rocket Four, led by blues guitarist Arthur "Big Boy" Spires. In 1955 he played harmonica on Bo Diddley's recording of "Diddy Wah Diddy". Drummers were in more demand than harp players, so Willie switched to drums and starting playing with Muddy Waters, recording on Muddy Waters 1960 album Sings Big Bill Broonzy. By 1968 Willie was a permanent member and he stayed drumming with Muddy for the next 12 years. All of Muddy's Grammy Award winning albums:- Hard Again, I'm Ready, They Call Me Muddy Waters, Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live, The London Muddy Waters Session, and The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album were released between 1971 and 1979, during Willie's time with the band and is estimated he participated in twelve sessions yielding eighty-four tracks. He left Muddy
in 1980, and along with other members of Muddy Waters' band formed The Legendary Blues Band, later that year, Willie and the Legendary Blues Band appeared backing John Lee Hooker in the movie The Blues Brothers. Willie recorded a series of albums with the LBB, and the group toured with the Stones, Clapton and Dylan. In 1999, Smith recorded with Muddy Waters son Big Bill Morganfield on his album Rising Son. Beginning in the mid '90s, he recorded as a leader, showing off his prowess as a singer and he went back to his original instrument, the harmonica. He won a string of Blues Foundation Awards and on February 13, 2011, he won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album for Joined at the Hip, an album he recorded with Pinetop Perkins. His son Kenny aka Willie Beedy Eyes Smith plays drums and is carrying on the family tradition (sadly Willie died from a stroke) b. January 19th 1936
2013: Ratiba El-Hefny (82) Egyptian international opera soprano, born into a musical family in Cairo, she has performed in more than 500 opera performances. She was the dean of the Higher Institute of Arabic Music in Cairo and became the director of the Cairo Opera House in 1988. Ratiba was honoured with the Egypt State Incentive Prize in Arts and Letters of the Supreme Council of Culture in 2004 (?) b. 1931.
2013: Mac Curtis/Wesley Erwin Curtis, Jr (74) American rockabilly singer, born in Fort Worth, Texas. He began playing guitar at the age of 12, entering local talent competitions. He moved to Weatherford in 1954 where he formed a band with two classmates, Jim and Ken Galbraith. In 1955 they were offered a deal with King Records, who released their debut single, "If I Had Me a Woman". They played th Alan Freed
Christmas radio special in 1956. He then became a disc jockey in Seoul, Korea after joining the military and in 1960 on his return he continued working as a DJ in the South and released a few albums, including "The Sunshine Man" in 1968. As rockabilly grew in popularity in the 1970s, he began recording with Ray Campi and signed to Ronnie Weiser's Rollin' Rock Records; his career took off again in the 1980s and 1990s and he was later elected to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (tragically died from injuries received in a traffic collision) b. January 16th 1939.
2015: Guy Béart/Guy Béhar-Hasson (85) French singer-songwriter, born in Cairo, Egypt; in addition to Egypt he spent his childhood spent in France, Greece, Mexico and Lebanon. At aged 18 he left for Paris to study at the "École nationale de musique" studying violin and mandolin, and in his spare time wrote songs and worked the Paris cabaret circuit, where he played guitar and sang under the stage name "Guy Béart". His biggest hit came when he wrote the soundtrack of the 1960 motion picture, L'Eau vive/Girl and the River. The title song of the film is considered a classic of what is known as French chanson. In the early 60's he hosted a television show featuring musical stars from a variety of genres. He was the co-composer of the 1977 Luxembourg entry at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1994, Guy was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Académie française in recognition of his achievements over his long career. He continued to perform at a variety of venues around the country and in 1999 did a five-week run at Bobino in Montparnasse. (sadly died from a heart attack) b. July 30th 1930.
2015: Lady Bo/Peggy Jones (75) American guitarist, born in Harlem and attended the High School of Performing Arts where she studied tap and ballet dance and trained in opera. She bought her first guitar at the age of 15 and was briefly in a local doo-wop group, the Bop Chords, which disbanded in 1957. A chance meeting that same year, with Bo Diddley, who was impressed to see a girl with a guitar case, led to an invitation to join Diddley's band as a guitarist and singer. She recorded with him for about 6 years appearing on singles including "Hey! Bo Diddley", "Road Runner", "Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger", and the instrumental "Aztec" which she wrote and played all the guitar parts on. She maintained the separate career she had begun independently as a songwriter, session musician,
playing guitar on Les Cooper's instrumental "Wiggle Wobble" and percussion on the 1967 hit "San Franciscan Nights" by Eric Burdon and The Animals, and backed James Brown and Sam & Dave to mention a few. She led her own band, the Jewels aka the Fabulous Jewels, or Lady Bo and the Family Jewels, which became a top R&B band on the New York – Boston east coast club scene the 1960s and 1970s. She remained musically active well into the 21st century. (?) b. July 19th 1940

September 17th
1951: Jimmy Yancey (53)
American pianist born in Chicago; he started performing as a singer in traveling shows during his childhood. He was a noted pianist by 1915, and influenced younger musicians, such as Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons. He popularized a left hand figure which became known as the 'Yancey bass', and was later used in Pee Wee Crayton's "Blues After Hours", Guitar Slim's "The Things That I Used to Know" and many other songs. Part of Jimmy's distinctive style was that he played in a variety of keys but always ended every song in E flat. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. (Jimmy sadly died from the effects of a stroke) b. February 20th 1898.
1966: Friedrich "Fritz" Karl Otto Wunderlich (35)
German tenor, born in Kusel, he obtained a scholarship in order to pursue his studies at the Freiburg College of Music where he studied French horn and voidce. He
was soon noted as a brilliant young tenor, especially in Mozartian roles, but he later expanded his reach to the full range of the lyric tenor repertoire.
Most of his recordings of the standard operatic repertoire are sung in German, including Verdi's Rigoletto and Don Carlo. He achieved the highest distinction within the German repertory, special importance is a recording of Mozart's Magic Flute in which Fritz stars as Prince Tamino opposite baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the role of Papageno. At the time of his death, he had been recording Haydn's The Creation, with the Berlin Philharmonic. In the BBC Music Magazine of April 2008, Wunderlich was voted the fourth greatest tenor of all time (his career was cut short when he fell from a stairway in a friend's country house in Oberderdingen, he died in the University Clinic of Heidelberg) b. September 26th 1930.
1973: Hugo Winterhalter (64)
American violinist, reed instruments and an easy listening arranger and composer; born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania he graduated from Mount St. Mary's, Maryland in 1931, where he played saxophone for the orchestra and sang in tow of the choirs. He later studied violin and reed instruments at the New England Conservatory of Music. After graduating, he taught school for several years before turning professional in the mid 1930s, serving as a sideman and arranger for Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Raymond Scott, Claude Thornhill and others.
Hugo also arranged and conducted sessions for singers including Dinah Shore and Billy Eckstine, and in 1948 he was named musical director at MGM Records. After which he moved to Columbia Records, where he scored a hit with his orchestral reading of "Blue Christmas." He then in 1950 moved to RCA Victor, where he arranged sessions for artists including Perry Como, Eddie Fisher and the Ames Brothers; he also recorded several instrumental albums, among them 1952's Great Music Themes of Television, one of the first collections of TV theme songs ever recorded. Winterhalter also notched a series of chart hits, including "Blue Tango," "Vanessa," "The Little Shoemaker" and "Song of The Barefoot Contessa"; with pianist Eddie Heywood, he reached the number two spot with 1956's "Canadian Sunset." He remained with RCA until 1963, at which time he moved to Kapp; that same year, he penned the main title theme for the film, Diamond Head. At Kapp he recorded a handful of albums including The Best of '64 and its follow-up, The Big Hits of 1965, before leaving the label to work on Broadway. He later worked in television and continued recording the occasional LP for various budget labels (cancer) b. August 15th 1909.
1982: Manos Loïzos (44)
Greek composer born in Cyprus, he moved to Athens at the age of 17 intending to study pharmacology but soon gave up his studies in order to concentrate on his musical career. He was a self taught musician, with no formal musical arts training. His first recordings were made in 1963 but he started gaining a larger audience after 1967. By 1975 Loizos had become one of the most popular artists in Greek music and he is considered to be one of the most important Greek music composers of the 20th century. Some of his famous songs include "S' Akoloutho', 'Che' Lyrics, he wrote the lyrics to both, 'Ola se thymizoun' lyrics by Manolis Rassoulis, 'To Akordeon' lyrics by Yannis Negrepontis, and 'Jamaica', 'De tha xanagapiso', 'Paporaki tou Burnova', 'Ah Helidoni mu' and 'O Koutalianos' all lyrics by Lefteris Papadopoulos. (he sadly died in a hospital in Moscow, Soviet Union after suffering several strokes) b. October 22nd 1937.
1991: Rob Tyner
/Robert Derminer (46) American lead singer for the punk rock band MC5. It was Rob who issued the infamous rallying cry of "kick out the jams, motherfuckers" at the MC5's live concerts. He had originally auditioned as the bass player, but the band felt his talents would be best used as a lead vocalist. After which he launched "the New MC5" which later operated as the Rob Tyner Band and laid the seeds for "Rob Tyner & the National Rock Group" (died from the affects of a heart attack) b. December 12th 1944.
1992: Roger Wagner (78) American choral musician, administrator and educator
, born in Le Puy, France, but at aged 7 he and his family emigrated to America in 1921. For over five decades he championed and refined the art of choral music and propelled it around the world. In 1937, Roger joined the MGM chorus in Hollywood and was later appointed Music Director of St. Joseph's Church in Los Angeles where he established an outstanding choir of men and boys, including young Paul Salamunovich. In 1945, Roger Wagner became the supervisor of young choruses for the City of Los Angeles, most notably the "Los Angeles Concert Youth Chorus." It was from a madrigal group of twelve of these singers that the Roger Wagner Chorale was born in 1946. The Roger Wagner Chorale became recognized the world over through its numerous radio, concert, and television appearances, motion picture soundtracks, and more than eighty recordings, they were also famous for singing the theme song and "score" for I Married Joan. The Virtuoso recording won a Grammy Award and the popular carol recording Joy to the World was a Gold Record Album. The Chorale toured all over the world and included such outstanding singers as Marilyn Horne, Marni Nixon, Claudine Carlson, Harve Presnell, Salli Terri, on several recordings as well as researching for several of the LP liner notes) Earl Wrightson and Carol Neblett (?) b. January 16th 1914.
1999: Frankie Vaughan CBE, DL /Frank Abelson (71) English singer, actor, pioneer in the pop culture born in Oxford, UK; a singer of traditional pop music, he issued more than 80 recordings over nearly five decades. He was known as "Mr. Moonlight" after one of his early hits.
Frankie's career began in the late 1940s in the theatre doing variety song and dance acts. He was known as a fancy dresser, wearing top hat, bow tie, tails, and cane. In the 1950s he worked for a few years with the Nat Temple band, after which he pursued a solo xareer. In 1955, he recorded what was to become his trademark song, "Give Me the Moonlight, Give Me the Girl". In early 1957 his cover of "The Green Door" reached No.1 in the UK Singles Chart. The same year he was voted 'Showbusiness Personality of the Year'. He went to the US in 1960 to make a movie with Marilyn Monroe, Let's Make Love, and was an actor in several other movies, and in 1961 Frankie was on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre. He was created an OBE in 1965, a CBE in 1996. Frank was a longtime member of the Grand Order of Water Rats, he became King Rat in 1968, a feat he followed up in 1998. He sang the traditional hymn, "Abide With Me", at the 1973 FA Cup Final, won by Sunderland. Later in life, he worked in some memorable stage musicals, most notably 42nd Street. Also during the 1960s, Frankie became involved with youth social problems in Easterhouse, a large housing estate in the outskirts of Glasgow and was influential in attracting new resources and inward investment to the area. (heart failure) b. February 3rd 1928.
2000: Paula Yates (41)
Welsh television host, singer, music journalist and music presenter Colwyn Bay, North Wales,; after an unsettled childhood, she became a fan of the Boomtown Rats and their lead singer, Bob Geldof, with whom she became involved and who fathered her first three daughters. She posed naked for Penthouse in 1978, just before she became a music journalist, writing a column called "Natural Blonde" in the Record Mirror. She first came to prominence in the 1980s, as co-presenter with Jools Holland of the Channel 4 pop music programme The Tube. She also appeared alongside friend Jennifer Saunders in 1987 for a spoof 'mockumentary' on Bananarama and i
n 1982, she released a version of the Nancy Sinatra hit song "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". (found dead at her home from an accidental heroin overdose; the coroner ruled that it was not a suicide, but a result of "foolish and incautious" behaviour) b. April 24th 1959.
2006: Alvin W. Casey (69)
American guitarist; mainly noted for his work as a session musician, but also released records and scored three Billboard Hot 100 hits in the US. His contribution to the Rockabilly genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
He began working at the age of 6 as a steel guitar player and had a longstanding association with Lee Hazlewood while living in Phoenix. His guitar is prominent on Sanford Clark's hit 1956 version of Hazlewood's song "The Fool", featuring a lick borrowed from the song "Smokestack Lightning", and on many other recordings by Clark. He was also part of the backup for Duane Eddy's recordings, playing bass, piano, and rhythm guitar. Alvin wrote one of Eddy's earliest hits, "Ramrod" in 1958, as well as co-writing another Eddy hit, "Forty Miles of Bad Road" in 1959. As a member of The Wrecking Crew, he worked as a session musician for artists such as The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, The Association, The Monkees, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Simon & Garfunkel, The 5th Dimension, Harry Nilsson, The Partridge Family, Frank Sinatra, and Nancy Sinatra on "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". He also owned a music store in Hollywood in the late 1960s, and played as a member of the band on The Dean Martin Show. He continued recording into the 1990s, including an LP release, Sidewinder, in that decade. In 2001, he played guitar, dobro, mandolin, and banjo on Al Beasley's A Rainbow in the Clouds album (?) b. October 26th 1936.
2010: Gifford Noel/DJ Trend/TNT (32)
English DJ, drum and bass specialist, from East London. He has worked with the likes of Dizzie Rascal, Sugababes, The Streets and was responsible for the launch of the artist J2K. Trend had been working at Tenerife's Oasis nightspot in the busy resort of Playa de las Americas in the months leading up to his death. (Sadly found dead in his Tenerife apartment, it is thought that he has died of heart failure) b. September 17th 1978
2011: Kurt Sanderling (98) German conductor, born in Arys, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire, now Orzysz, Poland. After early work at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, he left for the Soviet Union in 1936, where he worked with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 1942-60 he was joint principal conductor with Yevgeny Mravinsky of the Leningrad Philharmonic. As a German refugee with a broad cultural outlook, he grew very close to Dmitri Shostakovich.
He returned to East Germany where he led the Dresden Staatskapelle and Berlin Symphony Orchestra. He made his British debut in 1970. He later became particularly associated with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London starting in January 1980, with a series of performances of the complete Beethoven symphonies at Wembley. The Philharmonia later appointed Kurt their Conductor Emeritus. He was also Emeritus Conductor of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra (died peacefully in his sleep) b. September 19th 1912.
2013: Kristian Gidlund (29) Swedish musician, writer and journalist
from Borlänge. He played the drums in the rock band Sugarplum Fairy who signed onto EMI Records in 2004 releasing their EP Stay Young. Later that year released their first single, "Sweet Jackie", from their debut full length album "Young & Armed". The band toured heavily in Sweden, Japan and Germany and released the debut album in different editions in both Japan and Germany in early 2005. This was followed by "First Round First Minute" in 2006 and a third album "The Wild One" in 2008
(sadly Kristian died fighting cancer) b. September 21st 1983.
2013: Bernie McGann (76) Australian jazz alto saxophonist,
born in Granville, NSW; he began his career in the late 50s and first came to prominence as part of an alliance of modern jazz musicians who performed at the El Rocco Jazz Cellar in Kings Cross, Sydney in the late 1950s and early 1960s. During the 1960s onwards he worked as a session musician as well as performing with different rock and pop groups including the Sydney rock-soul band Southern Comfort. Throughout his long career he led the Bernie McGann Trio and Bernie McGann Quartet and was active as a performer, composer and recording artist until near the end of his life (sadly Bernie died from complications after heart surgery) b. June 22nd 1937 .
2013: Marvin Rainwater (88) American country and rockabilly singer
born in Wichita, Kansas; he was 25% Cherokee and known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage. As a child, he took classical piano lessons, which ended after he lost part of his right thumb to a work accident as a teenager. He originally trained to be a veterinarian, but after some time in the USA Navy during WWII took up the guitar. After his naval discharge he started playing and writing songs and with his brothers, he played concerts around Virginia. He got his big break in the music business after winning 1st place on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts on May 9th 1955, after which he was given >>> READ MORE <<< (sadly died after a short illness) b. July 2nd 1925.
2014: George Hamilton IV (77) American country music singer, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; as a a 19-year-old student at the University of North Carolina he recorded "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" which climbed to No.6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and attained gold record status. In late 1959, Hamilton moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee to further his work as a country musician and officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in February 1960. He hosted several successful television programs in the UK and Canada during the 1970s, and in the 1990s he played himself in the West End musical Patsy, based on the life of Patsy Cline.Until recently, he was a regular at the Grand Ole Opry and in country shows throughout the U.S. and the UK. He was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010 and released his final album, In The Heart Of Texas, in 2011 (sadly George died from complications from a heart attack) b. July 19th 1937.
2015: Daniel Keighley (62) New Zealand champion of Kiwi music, born in Hamilton; he one of the founders of bothe the Sweetwaters and Parihaka International Peace festivals, and band manager of The Mutton Birds, Coconut Rough, Screaming Meemees. He was a director of five of the Sweetwaters music festivals, which were held at Ngaruawahia and Pukekawa between 1980 and 1984. But an attempt to bring the festival back in 1999 failed financially. It was billed as the biggest of its kind ever held in New Zealand and featured world renowned artists such as Elvis Costello, Amazing Rythym Aces, Men at Work, the Stranglers, UB40, and Donovan. It was reportedly extremely well organised and an attempt at a more sophisticated, less alcohol-soaked festival, aimed at an older demographic. But in the end the numbers didn't stack up and many creditors were left out of pocket. Daniel shouldered the responsibilities, despite being fleeced financially by many front line staff and it left Daniel bankrupt owing about $2.7 million which unfortunately left him with a prison sentence. Even his prison sentence was embraced as a plus, he was seen as someone who understood the plight of many of Parihaka's young people. After he was released, he landed a job as an event manager for the South Taranaki District Council. He helped organise the 2006 festival and in 2010, he and his wife Alessandra, started up Access Radio Taranaki, with the first broadcast on June 10th 2010. (sadly Daniel died while fighting cancer) b. May 10th 1953.
2015: Sir David Willcocks (95) British choral conductor, organist, composer and music administrator. He is particularly well known for his association with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, which he directed from 1957 to 1974, making frequent broadcasts and recordings. Several of the descants and carol arrangements he wrote for the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols were published in the series of books Carols for Choirs which he edited along with Reginald Jacques and John Rutter. He was also director of the Royal College of Music in London. (?) b. December 30th 1919.

September 18th
1970: Jimi Hendrix/Johnny Allen Hendrix (27)
American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music by other musicians and commentators in the industry, and one of the most important and influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. After initial success in Europe, he achieved fame in the United States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. He headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Jimi often favoured raw overdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and helped develop the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifier feedback. He was one of the musicians who popularized the wah-wah pedal in mainstream rock which he often used to deliver an exaggerated pitch in his solos, particularly with high bends and use of legato based around the pentatonic scale. He was influenced by blues artists such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Albert King, and Elmore James, rhythm and blues and soul guitarists Curtis Mayfield, Steve Cropper, as well as by some >>>Read More<<< (Jimi was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital London after choking on his own vomit. Hendrix left the message 'I need help, bad man', on his managers answer phone earlier that night) b. November 27th 1942
1987: Spink/Jeff Graboski (34)
American drummer; a founder member of Little Hans with his brother Jay and Mark O’Connor in 1971, recording Bedlam that same year. All 3 along with Joe O'Sullivan were founding members of the band OHO, releasing singles such as "Vitamin OHO" and "Dream Of The Ridiculous Band" before splitting at the end of the 70s. Jeff, Jay and Mark continued to play through the new wave in the bands Dark Side, Trixy & The Testones and Food For Worms before the reunion of
OHO in 1984 recording and releasing "Rocktronics" (overdose of antidepressant) b. June 7th 1953.
1991: Robin Tyner/Robert Derminer (46)
American singer, frontman for MC5. His adopted surname was in tribute to the jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.
The MC5 is an American rock band formed in Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1964 and active until 1972. They played hard rock music that also included blues-rock, psychedelic rock, rock & roll and garage rock and it was Rob who issued the infamous rally cry of "kick out the jams, motherfuckers" at the MC5's live concerts. Its brute force and noise made it a huge influence on punk-rock from the mid-1970's onward.
Their manager, John Sinclair, was also the leader of the radical White Panther Party. After the group's performance during the turbulent 1968 Democratic Party convention in Chicago, it was signed by Elektra Records. It released its first album, a live recording called "Kick Out the Jams," in 1969. The album's use of profanity caused problems with record stores, although an expurgated version was released, and the group was dropped by Elektra. Group members were also arrested repeatedly on various charges, including obscenity. The group released 2 subsequent albums, "Back in the U.S.A." and "High Time," before disbanding in 1972. Afterward, Rob worked with local bands in Detroit, and in 1990 he with his Rob Tyner Band released the album "Bloodbrothers" on the local R&A label (heart attack) b. December 12th 1944.
1997: Jimmy Witherspoon (74)
American blues singer born in Gurdon, Arkansas;
he first attracted attention singing with Teddy Weatherford's band in Calcutta, India, which made regular radio broadcasts over the U. S. Armed Forces Radio Service during World War II. In 1950 he had hits "No Rollin' Blues", "Big Fine Girl", "Failing By Degrees" and "New Orleans Woman". His style of blues, "blues shouter", became unfashionable in the mid-1950s, but he returned to popularity with his 1959 album, Jimmy Witherspoon at the Monterey Jazz Festival, which featured Roy Eldridge, Woody Herman, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Earl Hines and Mel Lewis, among others. He later recorded with Gerry Mulligan, Leroy Vinnegar, Richard "Groove" Holmes and T-Bone Walker. Other performers with whom Witherspoon recorded include Jimmy Rowles, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Vernon Alley, Mel Lewis, Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wiggins, John Clayton, Paul Humphrey, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jimmy Smith, Long John Baldry, Junior Mance, Ellington bassist Jimmy Woode, Kenny Clarke, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Mullen, Count Basie, Gene Gilbeaux and others (sadly died of throat cancer) b. August 8th 1920.
1998: Charlie Foxx (58)
US guitar, vocalists; he and his sister Inez Foxx were an African-American rhythm and blues and soul duo from Greensboro, North Carolina. Inez sang lead vocal, while Charlie sang back-up and played guitar.
Their most successful record was with their novelty composition, "Mockingbird", released in 1963, it made the Top 10 on both the rhythm and blues and pop charts; Other recordings included "I stand Accused", "Hurt by Love," "Ask Me," and "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days" (leukemia) b. October 23rd 1939.
2005: Joel Hirschhorn (67) US songwriter, composer; he shared the Academy Award for Best Song on two occasions for theme songs in The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno. The first score he wrote was for Who Killed Teddy Bear? in 1965. His songs sold more than 90 million records, were featured in 20 movies and were recorded by various artists including Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison. He and his song-writing partner Al Kasha continued to work together until the late 1990s, their final collaboration being Rescue Me in 1998. The pair also worked together on a number of Broadway musicals, receiving Tony Award for Best Original Score nominations for both Copperfield and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (heart attack) b. December 18th 1937.
2007: Pepsi Tate/Justin Smith (42) Long term Welsh bassist with the glam metal band Tigertailz, he became a television producer after the bands early success, going on to become the producer of BBC Wales flagship political program "Dragons Eye."
(lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer) b. ?????
2008: Opal Courtney Jr (71) American singer with The Spaniels, who have been called the first successful Midwestern R&B group, as they pioneered the technique of having the main singer solo at his own microphone, while the rest of the group shared a second microphone. They were on the fatal Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper tour. Their hits included "Baby It's You", "Fairy Tales", and aslo "Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite", the later which was featured in the blockbuster movie, American Graffiti (heart attack) b. November 11th 1936.
Mauricio Kagel (76) German-Argentine composer, born into a Jewish family which fled from Russia in the 1920s. He studied music, history of literature, and philosophy in Buenos Aires. In 1957 Mauricio relocated to Cologne, Germany, where he lived until his death. Mauricio was notable for his interest in developing the theatrical side of musical performance. Many of his pieces give specific theatrical instructions to the performers, such as to adopt certain facial expressions while playing, to make their stage entrances in a particular way, to physically interact with other performers and so on. His work comparable to the Theatre of the Absurd. "
Staatstheater" from 1971 is probably the piece that most clearly shows his absurdist tendency. From 1960–66 and 1972–76 he taught at the International Summer School at Darmstadt, as well as at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1964 to 1965 as Slee Professor of music theory and at the Berlin Film and Television Academy as a visiting lecturer. He served as director of courses for new music in Gothenburg and Cologne and professor for new music theatre at the Cologne Conservatory from 1974 to 1997. Among his students were Maria de Alvear, Carola Bauckholt, Branimir Krstic, David Sawer, Rickard Scheffer, Juan Maria Solare and Chao-Ming Tung (died in Cologne after a long illness) b. December 24th 1931.
2005: Michael "Bea" Lilly (83)
American bluegrass guitarist and along with his brother Everett, performed as the Lilly Brothers. Born in Clear Creek, WV, they made their radio debut on the Old Farm Hour show at WCHS in Charleston in 1938. In 1948, the brothers signed with the WWVA Jamboree as members of "Red Belcher's Kentucky Ridge Runners", but quit two years later because of a financial dispute and the brothers retired temporarily.In 1952, Tex Logan, persuaded them to reunite. The personnel of the Lilly Brothers: Bea, Everett, Don Stover and Tex Logan, didn't change between 1952 and 1970 and is considered one of bluegrass music's most stable lineups. The death of Everett’s son, Giles, in a car crash in 1970 brought a start of an end to the brothers. For the remainder of the 1970s, the brothers did reunite on several occasions before Bea retired in the early 1980s (?) b. July 1st 1924.
2000: Paddy Chambers (56) English lead guitarist and vocalist , born in Liverpool
. With an early 1960s band of his, Steve Bennett and the Syndicate, he appeared at The 2i's Coffee Bar in 1961. He was also member of The Big Three, Faron's Flamingos, The Krew, The Eyes with Gibson Kemp and Lewis Collins that evolved to Paddy, Klaus and Gibson when Klaus Voormann replaced Collins. They were managed by Brian Epstein. After they split in May 1966, Paddy joined The Escorts (sadly died of cancer) b. April 30th 1944.
2012: Luís Goes (79)
Portuguese fado singer born in Coimbra; considered a child prodigy, by adolescence he accompanied Artur Paredes, a major Portuguese guitarist. At age 19 he recorded his first album at the invitation of Antonio Brojo. He graduated in Medicine in Coimbra in 1958, and at the end of the 50s he formed the Quintet Coimbra, with instrumentalists António Jorge Godinho, Manuel Pepe and Levy Baptist. The hard Serenata de Coimbra is one of the best selling albums of Portuguese music in Portugal and abroad. Others include stand out albums Coimbra and sea life; Songs of Love and Hope both in 1969 and Songs for almost all in 1983. Songs include "Only Man", "My Brother", "Ballad of the Sea", "You must believe", "Song of Return", "Rag Doll Song", "Song for almost everyone" "Pagan Song" and "Cantiga for those who dream"
(?) b. January 5th 1933.
Haim Hefer (86)
Israeli songwriter, poet and writer, born in Sosnowiec, but his family immigrated to Palestine in 1936 and settled in Raanana. He wrote for dozens of composers, including Sasha Argov, Moshe Wilensky and Dubi Seltzer. Artists who performed his songs include Arik Lavie, Yehoram Gaon, Shoshana Damari and Yafa Yarkoni, as well as The High Windows and most Israeli military bands. He wrote lyrics for musicals, including Kazablan and I Like Mike. Many of his songs, such as "Hafinjan" (The Billy Kettle), "Hayu Zmanim" (In Those Days) and "Hamilkhama Ha'achrona" (The Last War) are considered Israeli classics. Shortly before the 1948 war, he wrote a song titled "Between the Borders", about immigration. It included the words "We are here, a defensive shield". In 2002, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched an operation in the West Bank and named it Operation Defensive Shield. (?) b. October 29th 1925.
2013: Lisa Otto (93)
German operatic soprano born in Dresden and is best known for soubrette roles such as Blondchen, Susanna, Zerlina, Despina, and Papagena in Mozart's operas. Other notables roles included Marzelline, Annchen, Zerline, etc. She took part in the creation of Giselher Klebe's Alkmene and Hans Werner Henze's Der junge Lord and made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, La Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (?) b. November 14th 1919
2013: Pavlos Fyssas aka Killah P (34)
Greek anti-fascist rapper (Pavlos was tragically stabbed to death, a 45 year old Golden Dawn supporter has confessed to the killing) b. 1978/1979
2013: Johnny Laboriel (71)
Mexican rock 'n' roll singer born into a show biz family in Mexico City; he was the son of actor and composer Juan José Laboriel and actress Francisca López de Laboriel. In 1958 at the age of 16, he joined the Rock n' Roll group Los Rebeldes del Rock, before launching his long and successful solo career. In 2004, he was invited by Alex Lora to participate in the 36th anniversary of his band El Tri and in 2006 he was invited by Luis Álvarez "El Haragán" to participate in the 16th anniversary of his band El Haragán y Compañía (sadly Johnny died while bravely prostate cancer) b. July 9th 1942.
2013: Lindsay Cooper (62)
British rock and jazz bassoonist, oboist, fluteist and composer born in Hornsey, London. She played bassoon in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and became a member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Towards the end of the 60s she lived in NYC for a year, where she became involved in music projects outside classical music. Back in Britain she did a stint with the progressive rock band Comus, she added oboe and flute to her instrument repertoire and started doing session work for other musicians including Mike Oldfield. Lindsay is best known for her work with the band Henry Cow, but was also a member of David Thomas and the Pedestrians, National Health, News from Babel and was also co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group. She wrote scores for film and TV and a song cycle "Oh Moscow" that reflects on the Cold War that divided Europe at the time, which she performed live around the world in 1987. She also recorded a number of solo albums, including Rags, The Gold Diggers and Music For Other Occasions (Lindsay was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late 1970s, but did not retire until the late 1990s when her illness prevented her from performing live. Sadly she died from the illness 15 years after her retirement) b. March 3rd 1951.
2014: Kenny Wheeler (84)
Canadian composer, arranger, trumpet and flugelhorn player, born in Toronto, but based in the UK from the 1950s onwards. He began playing cornet at aged 12, and spent a year studying composition at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto in 1950, before moving to Britain in 1952, where he found his way into the London jazz scene, playing in groups led by Tommy Whittle, Tubby Hayes, and Ronnie Scott. In the late 50s he was a member of Buddy Featherstonhaugh's quintet and throughout the 60s, he worked with John Dankworth, and also formed part of (Eric Burdon and) the Animals' Big Band that made its only public appearance at the 5th Annual British Jazz & Blues Festival in Richmond in 1965. He was a member of the British jazz trio, Azimuth, from 1977 to 2000 with who he released 6 albums. Kenny also recorded 23 albums as a leader, the last being Six To Six in 2013 and he appears on numerous albums as a guest and sideman with artists such as John Dankworth, Maynard Ferguson, John Taylor, Sonny Greenwich, Rainer Brüninghaus, Antony Braxton, Joni Mitchell, David Sylvian and so many more (sadly died after a short period of frail health) b. January 14th 1930.
2015: Daniel Kyre (21) American singer, guitarist, internet personality and co-founders of comedy trio Cyndago, born in Columbia, South Carolina. He started Cyndago in 2012 along with his childhood friend Ryan Magee, after several years of unpublished collaborations. Initially working out of their home state of South Carolina, they moved to L.A, California in early 2015. The duo became known for their comedy sketches, vlogs and humorous songs. As of September 2015, the Cyndago channel had over 200,000 subscribers. In addition to creating content for Cyndago, he was an aspiring songwriter and guitarist, frequently posting music on SoundCloud, with much of the music also used for sketches and videos. He also wrote and recorded most of the music used in the comedy videos. (following an apparent suicide attempt on Sept 16th, he was rushed to hospital and placed in intensive care. Doctors concluded that he had suffered irreversible brain damage, he died two days later after being taken off life support)
b. July 6th 1994.

September 19th
1949: Nikos Skalkottas (45)
Greek composer born in Chalcis on the island of Euboea, he was one of the most important Greek composers of 20th-century music. In 1923 he gave up his career as a violinist and become a composer, he studied composition in Berlin with Robert Kahn, Paul Juon, Kurt Weill and Philipp Jarnach. A member of the Second Viennese School, he drew his influences from both the classical repertoire and the Greek tradition.
(Sadly, he died of the rupture of a neglected common hernia, leaving some symphonic works with incomplete orchestration, and many completed works that were given posthumous premieres) b. 21 March 1904.
1968: Red Foley/
Clyde Julian Foley (58)
American singer, musician, and radio and TV personality who made a major contribution to the growth of country music after World War II.
Born on a 24-acre farm in Blue Lick, Kentucky, he grew up in nearby Berea, and gained the nickname Red for his hair color. For more than two decades, he was one of the biggest stars of the genre, selling more than 25 million records. His 1951 hit, "Peace in the Valley", was among the first million-selling gospel records. A Grand Ole Opry veteran until his death, Red also hosted the first popular country music series on network television, Ozark Jubilee. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, which called him "one of the most versatile and moving performers of all time" and "a giant influence during the formative years of contemporary Country music". He recorded seven top five hits with the group between '47 and '49, including a number one single, "New Jolie Blonde (New Pretty Blonde)" and the country boogie anthem "Tennessee Saturday Night", a chart-topper in 1948. In 1950, he had three million-sellers: "Just a Closer Walk with Thee", "Steal Away" and a solo version of the song that became his trademark, "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy". Featuring guitarist Grady Martin, it stayed at number one on Billboard's country chart for 13 weeks and hit the pop chart as well (He sadly died in his sleep when he suffered respiratory failure after returning from an Opry performances in Fort Wayne, Indiana) b. June 17th 1910.
1972: Robert Casadesus (73)
French pianist and composer born in Paris and studied there at the Conservatoire with Louis Diémer, taking a Premier Prix (First Prize) in 1913 and the Prix Diémer in 1920. Beginning in 1922, Robert collaborated with the composer Maurice Ravel on a project to create piano rolls of a number of his works. They also shared the concert platform in France, Spain and England. He is especially noted as an interpreter of Mozart and
toured widely as a piano soloist. He was joined by his wife Gaby, and their son Jean in performances of Mozart's concertos for 2 and 3 pianos, with the Columbia Symphony and Cleveland Orchestras conducted by George Szell as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy from 1935 Robert also taught at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau (?) b. April 7th 1899.
1973: Gram Parsons/Cecil Ingram Connor III (26)
American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist; in his early teens he played in rock and roll cover bands such as the Pacers and the Legends, at 16 he turned to folk music, and in 1963 he teamed with his first professional outfit, the Shilos. Heavily influenced by the Kingston Trio and the Journeymen, the band played hootenannies, coffee houses and high school auditoriums. He went on to be a member of the International Submarine Band, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers and was later a solo artist who recorded and performed duets with Emmylou Harris.
Since his death, he has been credited with helping to found both country rock and alt-country and in 2004 Rolling Stone ranked him No.87 on their list of the 100 Most Influential Artists of All Time (He died of morphine and alcohol overdose in a hotel room in Joshua Tree, California) b. November 5th 1946.
1979: John Simmons (61)
American jazz bassist and respected session musician, born in Haskell, Oklahoma.
Early on he played with Nat King Cole and Teddy Wilson in 1937, before moving to Chicago, where he played with Jimmy Bell, King Kolax, Floyd Campbell, and Johnny Letman. He played with Roy Eldridge in 1940 and spent 1941-42 variously in the employs of Benny Goodman, Cootie Williams, and Louis Armstrong. In 1942-43 he worked in the CBS Blue Network Orchestra, then played with Duke Ellington in 1943, Eddie Heywood in 1945, and Illinois Jacquet in 1946, in addition to so much studio work. He continued to work as a studio musician for much of the 1950s, and also played with Erroll Garner from 1950-52, Harry "Sweets" Edison in 1955, Art Tatum in 1955, the Rolf Ericson/Duke Jordan band in 1956. John also recorded with Lester Young, James P. Johnson, Hot Lips Page, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday, Sidney DeParis, Sid Catlett, Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, Benny Carter, Bill DeArango, Al Casey, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Thompson, Thelonious Monk, and Erroll Garner. One of his last associations was with Phineas Newborn in 1960; sadly ill health forced his retirement not long afterwards (?) b. June 14th 1918.
1997: Rich Mullins (41) American Contemporary Christian Music singer and songwriter born in Richmond, Indiana. He is best known for his worship songs "Awesome God" and "Step by Step", both of which have been embraced as modern classics by many. Some of his albums are also considered among Christian music's best, such as Winds of Heaven, Stuff of Earth; The World As Best As I Remember It, Volume One; and A Liturgy, A Legacy, & A Ragamuffin Band. His music has been covered by artists including Caedmon's Call, Five Iron Frenzy, Amy Grant, Carolyn Arends, Jars of Clay, Michael W. Smith, John Tesh, Rebecca St. James, and Third Day.
He was heavily influenced by St. Francis of Assisi and in 1997, he composed a musical called Canticle of the Plains, a retelling of the life of St. Francis set in the Old West (tragically died in car accident) b. October 21st 1955.
1999: Edward Cobb (61)
American singer with the 50s, 60s and 70s group The Four Preps. They amassed eight gold singles and three gold albums. Their million-selling signature tunes include "26 Miles," "Big Man," "Lazy Summer Night," and "Down by the Station". Edward went on to become a music producer and sound engineer, involved with acts such as The Standells, The Lettermen, The Chocolate Watchband, The Piltdown Men, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, and Pink Floyd. He also wrote the song "Tainted Love" for Gloria Jones, which became a worldwide hit for Soft Cell in 1982. (died of leukemia in Honolulu, Hawaii) b.????
Chuck Rio/Daniel Flores (77)
American singer and saxophonist born in Santa Paula, California of Mexican parents. He was the singer on his self-penned song, "Tequila", an American Billboard number one hit in 1958 for The Champs
(sadly died of pneumonia) b. July 11th 1929.
2004: Skeeter Davis/Mary Frances Penick (72)
US country singer/songwriter; a member of the Grand Ole Opry radio show for more than 40 years. She was best known for her hit song "The End of the World (song)" in 1963, one of the most popular American records of the 1960's (cancer) b. December 30th 1931... Read More
2005: Willie Hutch/Willie McKinley Hutchinson (60)
American vocalist, guitarist, songwriter; born in LA and raised in Dallas, Texas, as a teenager while attending Booker T. Washington High, he joined a doo-wop group, The Ambassadors and in 1964 he released "Love Has Put Me Down" on the Soul City label. After moving back to LA, his music caught the eye of The 5th Dimension and Willie was soon writing, producing and arranging songs for the group. In 1969, he signed with RCA Records and put out two albums before he was spotted by Motown producer Hal Davis, after which Berry Gordy signed him to be a staff writer, arranger, producer and musician. He worked with the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, the Miracles and Marvin Gaye. In 1973, he started recording albums for Motown releasing the Fully Exposed album that year. Willie had several R&B hits during this period including "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" and "Slick" and he also recorded the soundtrack for Foxy Brown. He recorded around six albums for Motown peaking with 1975's "Love Power", before leaving the label in 1977 for Norman Whitfield's Whitfield Records. But returned to Motown in 1982 where he scored the disco hit, "In and Out", that same year and also recorded a song for the film, The Last Dragon in 1985. Willie moved back to Dallas in the mid 90s where he continued to record and perform while living comfortably on royalties from old hits and new samples (?) b.
December 6th 1944.
2007: Mike Osborne (65) English jazz alto saxophonist, pianist and clarinetist born in Hereford, he attended Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire and the Guildhall School of Music. Mike is perhaps most noteworthy for his contributions as a member to the Chris McGregor band, Brotherhood of Breath, in the 1960s and 1970s.
From 1962-1972, he belonged to the Mike Westbrook band. During this period he also did other work with musicians such as Michael Gibbs, Mike Cooper, Stan Tracey, Kenny Wheeler, Humphrey Lyttelton, Alan Skidmore and John Surman. During 1974-75 Mike was part of the saxophone trio S.O.S. with John Surman and Alan Skidmore. They recorded an LP plus BBC radio and television sessions and toured extensively in much of Europe (sadly he lost his battle with lung cancer) b. September 28th 1941.
2008: Earl Palmer (83)
American first-call drummer on the New Orleans R&B recording scene, playing on countless sessions by many of the greats including: Little Richard, Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Dave Bartholomew, Randy Newman, Frank Sinatra, Mamas and the Papas, The Monkees, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Buckley, Little Feat and Elvis Costello to mention just a few. In 1982, he was elected treasurer of the Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians. He served until he was defeated in 1984 and was re-elected in 1990.
His biography, Backbeat: the Earl Palmer Story, written by Tony Scherman, was published in 1999. In 2000, he became one of the first session musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In more recent years, he played with a jazz trio in Los Angeles (after long illness) b. October 25th 1925.
2008: Dick Sudhalter (69)
American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, scholar, and critic, born in Boston, Mass. He began playing the cornet at 12 and within a few years was performing professionally. After graduating from Oberlin College, he moved to Europe in 1960, later becoming a United Press International correspondent. In 1968 he covered the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia from Prague for UPI. He wrote jazz criticism for the New York Post from '78 to '84.
In 1983 he co-founded the Classic Jazz Quartet, in addition to recording with the Classic Jazz Quartet and the New Paul Whiteman Band, plus he made several solo albums. His music career continued to flourish in the 80's, winning Grammy Awards for his annotations as well as producing and playing on many albums through the 90's and releasing books in 1999 and 2001 (pneumonia) b. December 28th 1938.
Roc Raida/Anthony Williams (37)
American DJ, hip hop turntablist, producer; he learnt his trade in New York city and won the 1995 DMC World DJ Championship. Since 1989 Roc had been a member of the DJ group The X-Ecutioners, working on there debut 1997's "X-Pressions", and their following 5 albums. The last of Roc's being "General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners" in 2005. Along side his work with The X-Ecutioners, he also had a succesful solo career, releasing his debut solo album "The Adventures of Roc Raida... One Too Many!" in 1997, followed by "Crossfaderz", "We Them Niggas", "Champion Sounds", "Rock Phenomenon" and his last solo album "Beats, Cuts and Skits" in 2007 (died from complications arising from spinal injuries related to a car accident some months earlier) b. May 18th 1972.
2009: Arthur Ferrante (88) American piano player, born in New York City and by the time he was 6, he was enrolled at Juilliard; this is where he met fellow pianist and future professional partner, Louis Teicher. They began performing together as Ferrante & Teicher in 1947, initially as a classical duo. They went on to become famous for their renditions of movie soundtracks, and show tunes and between 1950-80, they were a major American easy listening act, and scored four big U.S. hits: "Theme From The Apartment", "Theme From Exodus", "Tonight", and "Midnight Cowboy". They performed and recorded regularly with pops orchestras popular standards by George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and others. Both men were initiated as honorary members of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Central State University/University of Central Oklahoma while on tour. In 1989 they retired to Longboat Key and Siesta Key, respectively, close to each other on the west coast of Florida and continued to play together occasionally at a local piano store. (Artur died from natural causes, he had once said he wanted to live one year for each piano key) b. September 7th 1921
José Antonio Labordeta (75) Spanish singer-songwriter, guitarist, professor, writer, presenter and politician. The most important Aragonese singer-songwriter, began singing in an attempt to give more relevance to his poetry. His songs are anthems, not only in Aragón, but all around Spain. Poetic songs like “Aragón”, “Canto a la Libertad”/Song for Freedom and , “Me dicen que no quieres”/They tell me you don’t want to, are known all around the Iberian Peninsula.
He was also the founder of the Andalán newspaper, which was very influential during the 1970s. From 2000 until retiring in 2008, he represented Zaragoza in the Spanish Congress for Chunta Aragonesista (Aragonese Council), an Aragonese political party (?) b. March 10th 1935.
2010: László Polgár (63) Hungarian opera singer, born in Budapest, he studied with Eva Kutrucz at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, 1967–72, and made his debut at the Hungarian State Opera in 1971, as Count Ceprano in Rigoletto. His other roles there included: Osmin, Sarastro, Leporello, Basilio, Gurnemanz, among others. His international career took off in 1981, when he sang Rodolfo in La sonnambula at the Royal Opera House in London and became a regular guest at the Vienna, Munich State Opera and Paris. László is perhaps best known for his interpretation of the title role in Bartók 's Bluebeard's Castle (sadly he died in Zürich) b. January 1st 1947.
2010: William "Buddy" Collette (89) American jazz saxophonist tenor saxophonist, clarinetist,
flautist, and advocate for the rights of African American musicians, born in Los Angeles. At aged 12 he took up the alto saxophone and led his first group which included Britt Woodman on trombone and his life long friend, Charles Mingus on bass. At 17 years old he started playing professionally and after serving as a U.S. Navy band leader, he played with the Stars of Swing, featuring Woodman, Mingus and Lucky Thompson. Along with Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, and Chico Hamilton, he helped keep bebop alive in LA's historic Central Avenue neighborhood. In the early 1950s he worked as a studio musician, also becoming the first African American musician to perform on television, on Groucho Marx's program, You Bet Your Life.
In 1955 >>>READ MORE<<< (sadly died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering shortness of breath a day earlier) b. August 6th 1921.
2011: Johnny Raducanu (79) Romanian jazz pianist, born in Braila and started playing the double bass at the age of 19 before switching to piano. During his musical career, some of his countless collaborations outside Romania were those with Art Farmer-trumpet, Slide Hampton-trombone, and pianist Friedrich Gulda. In 1987, he received an honorary membership in the Louis Armstrong Academy in New Orleans. He was the founder of the Romanian Jazz school, and during a musical career spanning over half a century, he discovered, nurtured and trained several generations of Romanian jazz musicians. Leonard Feather called him "Mr. Jazz of Romania". He was also the President of the Romanian Jazz Federation (?) b. December 1st 1931.
2012: Mat Domber (84) American jazz producer and co-founder of Arbors Records, an independent American jazz record label based in Clearwater, Florida, founded by the family team of Mat and Rachel Domber in 1989, initially devoted to the recordings of their friend Rick Fay. Their first release was titled Rick Fay's Hot Five: Live at Lone Pine; other artists included Chris Flory, Kenny Davern, George Masso, Bob Haggart, Walt Levinsky, Joe Ascione, Tommy Newsom, Michael Moore, Derek Smith, Carol Sloane, Wycliffe Gordon, James Chirillo, Dan Barrett, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Evan Christopher, Ralph Sutton, Scott Robinson, Johnny Frigo, Ruby Braff and Skitch Henderson just to mention a few. Mat, Rachel and Arbors Records also produces the yearly March of Jazz weekends in Florida held every March in commemoration of selected musicians. (?) b. April 29th 1928.
2014: U. Srinivas/Uppalapu Srinivas (45) Indian mandolin player, composer, child prodigyand multable award winner born in Palakol in Andhra Pradesh. He made his debut public Carnatic concert performance in 1978 at the Thyagaraja Aradhana festival at Gudivada, then in 1981, at aged 12, he gave his first public concert in Chennai during the December music season of the Indian Fine Arts Society. Over the years, he recorded over 40 albums, in diverse genre from Carnatic music solos to jugalbandis with Hindustani musicians, to jazz, country and world music, performing with Western artists such as John McLaughlin, Michael Brook, Trey Gunn, Nigel Kennedy, Nana Vasconcelos and Michael Nyman, as well as with Hindustani music artists such as Hariprasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain, besides Carnatic artists like Vikku Vinayakram and V. Selvaganesh. (he was recovering from a liver transplant when complications arose; sadly Uppalapu died from liver failure) b. February 28th 1969.
2014: Francisco Feliciano (73) Filipino composer and conductor born in Morong and is regarded as one of the Philippines' most important composers. He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Masters in Music Composition. He went to the Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin, to obtain a diploma in Music Composition. He later attended Yale University School of Music and graduated with a Master of Musical Arts and a Doctorate in Musical Arts, Composition. He created more than 30 major works that include operas and music dramas - LaLoba Negra, Ashen Wings, Sikhay Sa Kabila ng Paalam (Beyond the Farewell), and the life of wartime Filipino hero, Jose Abad Santos. Among his large works are The Transfiguration and Missa Mysterium for orchestra and large chorus; the ballet Yerma; and several prize winningncompositions such as Pokpok Alimpako, which became favourite piece of choirs in intemational choral competitions; and Salimbayan. His latest choral works, Pamugun and Restless, have been performed by Filipino choirs in various choral festivals in Europe. In 1977, Francisco was given a John D. Rockefeller III Award in Music Composition. In 2014 he was honored with the National Artists of the Philippines Award/Pambansang Alagad ng Sining ng Pilipinas Award, in recognition of his musical composition, direction, and performance (?) b. February 19th 1941.
2014: Milton Cardona (69) Puerto Rican jazz percussionist, vocalist and conga player born in Mayagüez. He studied violin during his childhood in Puerto Rico and played bass professionally in New York City as a youth before going on to full percussion. Over his career Milton made over 500 recordings and has collaborated with the likes of Kip Hanrahan, Spike Lee, Paul Simon, Willie Colón, David Byrne, Cachao, Larry Harlow, Eddie Palmieri, Don Byron, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ned Rothenberg, Rabih Abou-Khalil and Jack Bruce from the rock band Cream to mention a few (sadly died of a heart attack) b. November 21st 1945.

September 20th
1973: Jim Croce (30)
Italian American guitarist, singer-songwriter, born in South Philadelphia; in the early to mid 60s he was a member of the Villanova Singers and Villanova Spires as well as a student disc jockey at WXVU. Between 1960 and 1973, Jim released six studio albums and eleven singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" were both number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The album "I Got A Name" released on December 1st 1973, which Jim had only finished recording eight days before his death, included three hits: the title song, "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues", and "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song" (Jim tragically died when his small commercial aircraft hit a tree on take off in Louisiana) b. January 10th 1943.
1973: Maury Muehleisen (24)
American singer-songwriter and guitarist in Trenton, New Jersey. He received classical piano training at the age of nine, and began playing guitar when he was 17. He is best known for his studio work, live accompaniment, and impact on the music of Jim Croce. Maury and Croce were introduced by a mutual friend and developed an immediate and lasting rapport, and together got steady gigs and a growing fan base. Maury's music and songwriting began to have a significant impact—commercial success of their music launched Croce and Maury on 18 months of heavy touring, both in the United States and abroad; seven national television appearances, including The Tonight Show, American Bandstand, The Dick Cavett Show, and the Helen Reddy Show; as an opening act for Randy Newman, Woody Allen, and Loggins and Messina; and numerous radio interviews. A typical concert venue featured him and Croce in a two-guitar acoustic duet, playing to audiences sometimes as large as 10,000 people. With constant touring becoming a grind, and a No. 1 record on the charts with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown", he and Croce returned to New York's The Hit Factory in the summer of 1973. Croce's last recordings was a song written by Maury, titled "Salon and Saloon" before they went on tour again, which ended fatally. (tragically died in a plane crash with Jim Croce) b. January 14th 1949
1973: Benjamin Francis Webster (64)
American influential jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Kansas City, he was considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with Hawkins and Young. Known as "The Brute", he had a tough, raspy tone on stomps, with his own distinctive growls, yet on ballads he played with warmth and sentiment. He spent time with quite a few orchestras in the 1930s, including Andy Kirk, the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in 1934, then Benny Carter, Willie Bryant, Cab Calloway, the short-lived Teddy Wilson big band, and Duke Ellington. After leaving The Duke in 1943, he worked on 52nd Street in New York City; recorded frequently as both a leader and a sideman; had short periods with Raymond Scott, John Kirby, and Sid Catlett, as well as with Jay McShann's band, which also featured blues shouter Jimmy Witherspoon. In 1948 he returned briefly to the Ellington orchestra for a few months. In 1964 he moved permanently to join other American jazz musicians in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he played when he pleased during his last decade. In 1971 Webster reunited with Duke Ellington and his big band for a couple of shows at the Tivoli Gardens in Denmark and he recorded "live" in France with Earl Hines
(?) b. March 27th 1909.
1982: Karel Krautgartner (60)
Czech jazz and classical clarinetist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, conductor and teacher. Born in Mikulov, Moravia, he moved to Brno in 1935 where he found an interest mainly in the radio broadcasting and specially in jazz, began to study clarinet and founded the student orchestra Quick band in 1936. In 1943 he created Dixie Club and started to arrange in the Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller style. The core of the Dixie Club moved to Prague during 1945-55 and became part of Karel Vlach orchestra, where he led the saxophone section and started to contribute with his own compositions. In 1956 he founded Karel Krautgartner Quintet, together with Karel Velebný. The group played in various line-ups modern jazz, swing, dixieland and accompanied popular singers as well. During 1958-1960 he performed with All star band, the orchestra playing in west-coast style, with Studio 5. Allen's band, won the 1st place in the category of small orchestras at 7th Youth Festival in Wienna, 1959. Between 1960 - 1968 he became the head of Dance Orchestra of Czechoslovakia Radio in 1967 the orchestra was renamed to Karel Krautgartner Orchestra. He moved to Vienna, Austria in 1968, right after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and became the chief conductor of 0RF Bigband. Later he moved to Cologne, Germany
(?) b. July 20th 1922.
1984: Steve Goodman (36)
American folk music singer and songwriter from Chicago. He, Ron Banyon, and Steve Hartmann formed a popular rock cover band, "The Juicy Fruits". He left college after one year to pursue his musical career. In 1968 he began performing at the Earl of Old Town in Chicago. By 1969, after a brief sojourn in New York City's Washington Square, he was a regular performer in Chicago. During this time he supported himself by singing advertising jingles. Steve is the writer of "City of New Orleans", made popular by Arlo Guthrie, which won two Grammy Awards. His songs were covered by such musicians as Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Chet Atkins and Willie Nelson. (sadly died from leukemia)
b. July 25th 1948.
Jule Styne/Julius Kerwin Stein (88)
British-born American songwriter, composer, born in London but moved to Chicago when he was aged 8. A
s a young teenager, an also young Mike Todd commissioned Jule to write a song for a musical act that he was creating, the first of over 1,500 published songs Jule would compose in his career. He attended Chicago Musical College, after which he formed
his own dance band, bringing him to the notice of Hollywood, where he began a collaboration with lyricist Sammy Cahn, with whom he wrote many songs for the movies, including "It's Been a Long, Long Time," "Five Minutes More," and the Oscar-winning "Three Coins in the Fountain." He collaborated on the score for the 1955 musical film My Sister Eileen with Leo Robin. Ten of his songs were nominated for the Oscar, many written with Cahn, including "It Seems I Heard That Song Before", "I'll Walk Alone", "It's Magic", and "I Fall in Love Too Easily." In 1947 he wrote his first score for a Broadway musical, High Button Shoes, with Cahn, and over the next several decades wrote the scores for many Broadway shows, most notably Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Peter Pan, Bells Are Ringing, Gypsy, Do Re Mi, Funny Girl, Sugar, and the Tony-winning Hallelujah, Baby!. His collaborators included, among others, Sammy Cahn, Leo Robin, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Stephen Sondheim, and Bob Merrill. Jule was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981, and he was a recipient of a Drama Desk Special Award and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1990 (heart failure) b. December 31st 1905.
1996: Paul Weston/Paul Wetstein (84)
American pianist, arranger, composer and conductor, born in Springfield, Massachusetts. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1933, he became an arranger for Rudy Vallee's Fleischmann's Hour on radio. In 1936 he joined the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as chief arranger, holding the position until 1940. He then became Dinah Shore's arranger/conductor and also worked freelance for the Bob Crosby Orchestra. His association with the Crosby unit took him to Hollywood and into film work, starting with Holiday Inn in 1941. Subsequent films as musical director include Holiday Inn, Belle of the Yukon and Road To Utopia. He arranged Ella Fitzgerald's album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Songbook. In 1942, he became musical director for Capitol Records and began working on radio with singer Jo Stafford.
Weston had a long career as a musical director for television, including The Danny Kaye Show. (?) b. March 12th 1912
1997: Nick Traina (19)
American singer; the son of the famous romance writer Danielle Steel. He started his first band at aged 13 and joined ska punk band Link 80 at age sixteen after meeting bassist Adam Pereria at a show in San Francisco's Mission District. Nick's passion and voice combined with the band to make them different from most ska bands and gave L80 the "against the rest" attitude. The band toured extensively and he recorded on albums 17 Reasons and Killing Katie, before leaving to form a new band, Knowledge and immediately began playing shows and recording. Because of the many problems he exhibited from childhood, his life included a number of psychiatric hospitalizations for drug abuse and for treatment of bipolar disorder (tragically Nick committed suicide) b. May 1st 1978.
2002: Nils Stevenson (49)
Britiash manager of Siouxsie and the Banshees and Sex Pistols tour manager; he helped mastermind the launch the most influential British punk rock group of the Seventies. He went on to manage the Goth pioneers Siouxsie and the Banshees and later worked with Malcolm McLaren on a succession of wide-ranging projects. He also wrote the book "Vacant: A Diary of the Punk Years 1976-1979" (diad from undisclosed causes) b. February 23rd 1953.
2006: Armin Jordan (74)
Swiss conductor known for his interpretations of French music, Mozart and Wagner, most his career he stayed in Switzerland and France. After leading a number of Swiss orchestras he became principal conductor of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Geneva in 1985, a position he held until 1997. He first conducted in America in 1985, in Seattle and New York. (Armin died in Zürich 5 days after he collapsed while conducting Prokofiev’s opera The Love for Three Oranges at the opera house in Basel)
b. April 9th 1932.
2006: John W. Peterson (84)
American songwriter, born in Lindsborg, Kansas, he had a major influence on evangelical Christian music in the '50s through the '70s. He wrote over 1000 songs, and 35 cantatas. In 1953, he graduated from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, after which he moved to Pennsylvania, then to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where for over ten years he was President and Editor-in-Chief of Singspiration, a sacred music publishing company. While there, he compiled and edited a hymnal called "Great Hymns of the Faith", 1961. He also served on the board of Gospel Films, Inc. of Muskegon, Michigan. Some of his more popular song titles include "It Took a Miracle", "Over the Sunset Mountains", "Heaven Came Down", "So Send I You", "Springs of Living Water", "Jesus is Coming Again", "Surely Goodness and Mercy" and "This is the day that the Lord hath made". His cantatas include Night of Miracles and Down From His Glory. In 1986, Armin was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. (prostate cancer)
b. November 1st 1921.
2008: Nappy Brown/Napoleon Brown Culp (78) American gospel-influenced blues singer born in Charlotte, North Carolina; his hits include the 1955 Billboard Chart No 2, 'Don't Be Angry' and 'Night Time Is the Right Time'. He frequently toured with the revues of Alan FreedHis and his style is instantly recognizable, Nappy used a wide vibrato, melisma, and distinctive extra syllables, in particular, "li-li-li-li-li." (following the performance at Crawfish Festival in Augusta, New Jersey, June 1, 2008, he fell ill, due to series of ailments he was hospitalized. Nappy died in his sleep) b. October 12th 1929.
2010: Leonard Skinner (77) American school teacher from Jackson. In the summer of 1964, teenage friends Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, and Gary Rossington, formed the band "The Noble Five", which changed names to "My Backyard" in 1965, when Larry Junstrom and Bob Burns joined the band. In 1970, Ronnie Van Zant sought a new name. "One Percent" and "The Noble Five" were each considered before the group settled on "Leonard Skinnerd", a mocking tribute to a physical-education teacher at Robert E. Lee High School, Leonard Skinner, who was notorious for strictly enforcing the school's policy against boys having long hair. The more distinctive spelling of Lynyrd Skynyrd was adopted before they released their first album. The New York Times called him "arguably the most influential high school gym teacher in American popular culture" and in January 2009, the people of Jacksonville held an event called "A Tribute to Coach Leonard Skinner & Southern Rock" at the National Guard Armory (sadly died with alzheimer's disease) b. January 11th 1933.
2011: Frank Driggs (81) American Grammy Award-winning jazz producer, musician and archivist; a 1952 Princeton University graduate he moved to Manhattan where he he joined with Marshall Stearns, founder of the Institute of Jazz Studies, and others in documenting jazz history. In the late 1950s, the record producer John Hammond hired Frank to assist him at Columbia Records. Soon he was producing records, organizing recording sessions and putting out important re-issues of 78 rpm recordings by Fletcher Henderson, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Gene Krupa. His work at Columbia included Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings, for which he received a Grammy in 1991. He later produced recordings for Epic, Okeh, MCA, Stash, and Time-Life Records, before reviving the Bluebird label for RCA in the early 1970s. Also soon after Frank moved to Manhattan, he began gathering and saving posters flies, ticket stubs recordings and amateur photographs. Much of his collection are publicity stills of Jazz artists. By 2005 his collection had included over 100,000 images. In 1977 he retired from the music industry and afterwards made most of his income from reproduction fees from his collection.
(sadly died from natural causes) b. 1930.
2014: Polly Bergen/Nellie Paulina Burgin (84) American singer, actress and business woman, born in Knoxville, Tennessee She appeared in many film roles, most notably in the original Cape Fear in 1962 opposite Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. She had roles in three Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy films in the early 1950s: At War with the Army, That's My Boy and The Stooge. Her later roles included Mrs. Vernon-Williams in Cry-Baby, a John Waters film. She received an Emmy award for her portrayal of singer Helen Morgan in the episode The Helen Morgan Story of the 1950s television series Playhouse 90. Signed to Columbia Records, she enjoyed a successful recording career during this era, as well. From 1955 to 1963 Polly released 10 albums and in 1958 she had a minor Billboard Hot 100 hit with her single "Come Prima". Also In the 1950s she was known as "The Pepsi Cola Girl", having done a series of commercials for that product. As well as dozens of films she has been in many TV shows and productions including Desperate Housewives, The Sopranos, Murder, She Wrote, Fantasy Island just to mention a few. (died from natural causes) b. July 14th 1930.
2015: Radhika Thilak (45) Indian playback singer in Malayalam language and has sung nearly 70 songs for Malayalam films. Some of her noted songs in Malayalam film industry are "Arunakirana deepam" and "Deva sangeetham" both from the film Guru, "Maya manchalil" from Ottayal Pattalam,
"Ente ulludukkum kotti" and "Ninte kannil" from Deepasthambham Mahascharyam, "Kaithapoo manam" from Sneham, and "Thiruvathira thira nokkiya" from Kanmadam.
Apart from film songs, Radhika has also sung several devotional songs and became a noted TV anchor. (sadly Radhika died fighting cancer) b. 1970 ?
2015: Franz Surges (57) German composer and organist, born in Remagen, Germany. He studied at the Episcopal School for Church Music, Aachen, and at the Cologne Conservatoire, Department Aachen. From 1981 Franz was church musician, composer, choir director and music teacher at St. Antony, Eschweiler-Roeheand and church musician at St. Michael, Eschweilersince since 2006 also. He composed works in various genres: choral (male chorus, female chorus, mixed chorus), orchestral, chamber (strings, woodwinds, brass, piano, organ), instrumental and vocal. (?) b. October 11th 1958.

September 21st
1836: John Stafford Smith (86)
British composer, church organist, and early musicologist born in Gloucester. He was one of the first serious collectors of manuscripts of works by Johann Sebastian Bach. He
is best known for writing the music for "The Anacreontic Song", which became the tune for the American patriotic song The Star-Spangled Banner following the War of 1812, and in 1931 was adopted as the national anthem of the United States of America (allegedly choked by a grape-pip lodged in his windpipe) b. March 30th 1750.
1987: Jaco Pastorius/John Francis Anthony Pastorius III (36)
American bass virtuoso and vocalist; born in Pennsylvania, Jaco grew up in Fort Lauderdale, where he played with visiting R&B and pop acts while still a teenager and built a reputation as a local legend, with his strutting, flamboyant performing style. His mastery of his fretless electric bass brought the rhythm section into the front line, demanding attention. His self titled debut solo album for Epic in 1976 is hailed by many to be the finest bass album ever recorded and his back up band included Herbie Hancock, Don Alias, Wayne Shorter, David Sanborn, Lenny White, and Michael Brecker among others, plus R&B singers Sam & Dave reunited to appear on the track "Come On, Come Over". Also by 1976, Jaco had been invited to join Weather Report, gradually becoming a third lead voice along with Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter. As well as all this he was in constant demand as a sessionman and producer, playing on Ian Hunter, Joni Mitchell, Blood Sweat and Tears, Paul Bley, Bireli Lagrene and Ira Sullivan albums. After Weather Report parted ways in early 1981 he toured and recorded with his own band. Among many honours and tributes, Jaco had two Grammy Award nominations for his self-titled debut album and won the readers poll for induction into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988, one of only four bassists to be so honored, the others being Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton, and Ray Brown, and is the only electric bassist to receive this distinction. Very tragically Jaco was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in late 1982 following his Word of Mouth tour of Japan, this along with alcohol abuse resulted in a deterioration in his health, leading to increasingly erratic and sometimes anti-social behavior (On Sept 11th, after sneaking onstage at a Carlos Santana concert, he went to the Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manors, FA, after being refused entrance to the club, he was engaged in a violent confrontation with the club bouncer, Luc Havan. Jaco was hospitalized with multiple facial fractures, damage to his right eye, right arm, and had sustained irreversible brain damage. He fell into a coma and was put on life support; he died 10 days later. The club bouncer was arrested and sentenced to 22 months in jail with five years probation, but released after four months for good behavior) b. December 1st 1951.
Jo Ann Kelly (46) English blues singer and guitarist born in Streatham, South 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, shw stayed the UK's nightclub scene, and performed on the European circuit, with the guitarist Pete Emery or in bands. In the early 1980s, she was a member of 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, but sadly died the following year) b. January 5th 1944.
1998: Paul "Oz" Bach (59) American bassist, vocalist in Spanky And Our Gang, their many hits include, "Sunday Will Never Be The Same Again", "Everybody's Talkin'", "It Ain't Necessarily Bird Avenue", "Sunday Morning", "Three Ways To Tomorrow","Yesterday's Rain", "Making Every Minute Count", "Commercial", "And She's Mine", "Lazy Day", "Give A Damn" and "Like To Get To Know You". After leaving Spanky he became an accomplished music aranger and worked in film, theatre, directing variety shows on stage and was the director of the award-winning short film, "Froggy Went A-Courtin" (sadly lost his battle with cancer) b. June 24th 1939.
Boz/Raymond Burrell (60)
English singer and bassist; born in Lincoln, he formed The Boz People band and in the mid-1960s, he was selected to replace Roger Daltrey in The Who when the band was on the verge of firing Daltrey, but this did not happen. The early 70's, sees Boz with King Crimson as a vocalist, also, as the band needed a bassist, he was taught bass by guitarist Robert Fripp. Next Boz co-founded Bad Company in '73 as bassist, touring and recording with them into the 1990s. While in Bad Company, he co-wrote songs such as, "Rhythm Machine" with Simon Kirke and "Gone Gone Gone" considered one of the band's best compositions, from Desolation Angels, "Nuthin' on the TV" and "Ballad of the Band". More recently, he worked with Tam White and appeared with Zoot Money's Big Roll Band.
(Boz sadly died of a heart attack) b. August 1st 1946.
2009: Parviz Meshkatian (54) Persian musician, composer and university lecturer; one of the founding members of the Aref ensemble, founded in 1977, and the Sheyda ensemble. He was also one of the founding members of the Chavosh Artistic and Cultural Foundation. The Chavosh foundation has played a major role in the development of Iranian music for a few decades. Parviz toured Europe and Asia and regularly performed in countries such as France, Germany, England, Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark. In 1982 he published the book Twenty Pieces for Santour. In 1992 he and the Aref Ensemble won the 1st prize of the Spirit of the Earth Festival in England. Parviz's collaboration with Mohammad Reza Shajarian produced some of the most beautiful recordings of contemporary Persian traditional music. While continuing his work as a composer and a researcher, he was also teaching music at Tehran University (daied of a heart attack) b.
May 15th 1955
2010: Geoffrey Burgon (69) British composer born in Hampshire and he taught himself the trumpet in order to join his Pewley Grammar School, jazz band. He entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the intention of becoming a trumpet player, however, he found that he was more interested in composition. At the age of 30 he sold all his trumpets and devoted himself to composing.
The critical success of his Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival in 1976 sealed his reputation as a composer and led to many commissions from major organisations. Continuing the tradition established by Benjamin Britten, his fluent and effortless language is particularly well suited to the voice and he has had a long-standing collaboration with counter-tenor James Bowman. Geoffrey also had considerable success writing for film and TV and has twice received both BAFTA and Ivor Novello Awards. (?) b. July 15th 1941.
2011: John Du Cann (65-66) English guitarist primarily known through his work in the 1970s band, Atomic Rooster. His early bands included the UK Wiltshire-based The Sonics and London-based The Attack, which released "Hi Ho Silver Lining" a few days prior to Jeff Beck. He went on to lead a psychedelic, progressive, hard rock band called Andromeda, before being asked to join Atomic Rooster. He recorded their second album, Death Walks Behind You, released in September 1970 which produced the single, "Tomorrow Night"-No.11 in the UK Singles Chart; the album reachied No.12 in the Albums Chart. Atomic Rooster made an appearance on the Top of the Pops, and toured to support the album. Thay had a No.4 with "Devils Answer" before recording the album 'In Hearing of Atomic Rooster', after which John left the band to form the hard rock, guitar driven band, Hard Stuff. They released 2 albums, "Bulletproof" and "Bolex Dementia" and toured heavily across Europe, often as support to Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. Their career was curtailed by a car crash in which John and Paul Hammond were badly injured. He went on to work with Francis Rossi, do a stint with Thin Lizzy and have a solo career having a hit with "Don't Be A Dummy" in 1979. In the ensuing years, he grew increasingly frustrated by the plethora of unofficial, poorly-mastered and badly-packaged Atomic Rooster compilations, largely consisting of latter-era Du Cann-penned material, and for which he received no royalties. In the late 1990s, he was introduced to the Angel Air record label; he was later active cataloguing and remastering his personal tape archive and compiling reissues for the label, for which he received full credit and royalties
(sadly died of an unexpected heart attack) b. 1945
2013: Roman Vlad (93) Romanian-born Italian composer, pianist and musicologist; born in Cernauti, he moved to Rome in 1938 to study at the University of Rome, then later the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and eventually became an Italian citizen in 1951. He won the Enescu Prize in 1942 for his Sinfonietta and the Silver Ribbon Award for his film music. His film music, included the score for René Clair's The Beauty of the Devil. He was the artistic director of Accademia Filarmonica Romana from 1955–58 and again from 1966-69. He was the president of the Italian Society for Contemporary Music in 1960 and musical consultant for the third RAI national radio and television network. He was later a member of the Directory Council of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia and artistic consultant for the Ravenna Festival and the Spoleto Festival (?) December 29th 1919.
2014: Pete Shutler (68) British folk accordionist, born in Mudford, near Yeovil, Somerset, but brought up in the village of Ryme Intrinseca. He was a founding member of the Dorset folk group, The Yetties, who since turning professional in 1967 their music has taken them far beyond the villages of the southwest. They have performed extensively in Europe and under the auspices of the British Council, have performed successfully in many countries, including Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, the Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia and Canada. Over the years they have recorded over 48 albums and had a regular series on BBC Radio 2 called 'Cider & Song'. The Yetties announced their retirement in early 2010, their final performance was a ceilidh and concert at Sherborne in April 2011. Pete's accordion can also be heard on an album of folk songs recorded by Bob Arnold aka Tom Forrest in The Archers, and on a 1977 recording of Laurie Lee reading Cider with Rosie. (?) b. October 6th 1945.
2015: Ben Cauley (67) American trumpet player, vocalist, and founding member of the Stax recording group, The Bar-Kays. He was the sole survivor of the 1967 plane crash that claimed the lives of soul singer Otis Redding and four members of the six Bar-Kays. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he learned to play trumpet when at school, and formed a band with guitarist Jimmy King, saxophonist Phalon Jones, drummer Carl Cunningham, keyboardist Ronnie Caldwell, and bassist James Alexander. The group was originally named the Imperials, and later changed to the Bar-Kays in the mid-1960s. He started attending LeMoyne College in 1965, before becoming a professional musician.The Bar-Kays joined the Stax studio by 1966, and were signed on to Stax's subsidiary Volt Records in the beginning of 1967. Al Jackson, Jr. groomed >>> READ MORE <<< (?) b. October 3rd 1947.
2015: Victor Démé (53) Burkinabé singer-songwriter, born in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Following in his mother's footsteps he began singing in local nightclubs. Then in 1988 benefiting from a renewed artistic freedom in the country and at age 26 he gained fame, when he appearanced in a special contest by the Bobo-Dioulasso French Cultural Centre rebroadcast by Radio France International in 1989 and winning the 1st prize at the National Culture Week in Burkina Faso in 1990 solidified his fame. In the 1990s, he was nominated for the prize on several occasions. He played with renowned orchestras including l'Echo de l'Africa and with Suprême Comenba famous in Ouagadougou. Soundicate activists Romain Germa and Nicolas Maslowski, founded an independent record label, Chapa Blues Records, signing Victor Démé as the first main artist with sales of his self titled album passing 40,000 copies. The British magazine Songlines chose it the "best album of the year 2008". (sadly Victor died from a bout of malaria) b. 1962.
2015: Ray Warleigh (76) Australian-born British saxophonist and flautist, born in Sydney and migrated to the UK in 1960, where he quickly established himself as an in-demand session musician. He played and recorded with major figures and bands of the UK jazz and blues scene, including Alexis Korner, Tubby Hayes, Terry Smith, Long John Baldry, Humphrey Lyttelton, Ronnie Scott, John Mayall, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Westbrook, Soft Machine, Georgie Fame, Dusty Springfield, Dick Morrissey and Kenny Wheeler, as well as Mike Oldfield, Marianne Faithfull, Nick Drake, Scott Walker, Stevie Wonder and Charlie Watts among many others. He accompanied visiting artists such as Champion Jack Dupree. (sadly died while fighting cancer) b. September 28th 1938.

September 22nd
1981: Harry Warren (88)
American composer and lyricist, he was the first major US songwriter to write primarily for film. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song eleven times and won three Oscars for composing "Lullaby of Broadway", "You'll Never Know" and "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe". He wrote the music for the first blockbuster film musical, 42nd Street, directed and choreographed by Busby Berkeley, with whom he would collaborate on many musical films. Over a career spanning four decades, Harry wrote over 800 songs. Other well-known hits included "I Only Have Eyes for You", "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby", "Jeepers Creepers", "That's Amore" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" (the last of which was the first gold record in history). One of America's most prolific film composers, his songs have been featured in over 300 films
(died in Los Angeles, California) b. December 24th 1893.
1989: Irving Berlin/Israel Baline (101) American composer and lyricist, born in Tyumen, Russian Empire, is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in history. He wrote hundreds of songs, many becoming major hits, which made him "a legend" before he turned thirty. He became his own song publisher and in 1921 he built his own Broadway theatre, the Music Box. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards. Many songs became popular themes and anthems, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Easter Parade", "Blue Skies, "Always", "White Christmas", "Happy Holiday", "This is the Army, Mr. Jones", and "There's No Business Like Show Business". His Broadway musical and 1942 film, This is the Army, with Ronald Reagan, had Kate Smith singing Berlin's "God Bless America" which was first performed in 1938. After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Celine Dion recorded it as a tribute, making it No.1 on the charts. His songs have reached the top of the charts 25 times and have been re-recorded countless times by singers including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Diana Ross, Bing Crosby, Rita Reys, Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, Al Jolson, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. (heart attack) b. April 11th 1888.
Maurice Abravanel (90) Greek-born conductor, in 1909 his family moved to Lausanne, Switzerland and he lived in Germany from 1922-33 as a student of the composer Kurt Weill and heavily involved himself in the music scene. He lived in Paris from 1933-36, while there spent nearly a year in Australia as a guest conductor; he conducted a 13-week season in Melbourne and a two-month season in Sydney with Verdi's Aida as the opener in both cities and a balanced selection of the standard repertoire, including Puccini, Wagner and Bizet. In mid-spring of 1936, he received an offer from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to come and conduct the German and French repertoire. In 1946 he went to work as conductor with the Utah State Symphony Orchestra. He lobbied for years for a permanent home for the orchestra, which then performed in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. He saw his dream come true when Salt Lake's Symphony Hall opened in September 1979, just after he had retired. In May 1993, a few months before his death, Symphony Hall was renamed Abravanel Hall in his honor. Maurice also directed the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, and taught conducting at Tanglewood, where he was appointed artist-in-residence for life (?) b. January 6th 1903.
1994: Teddy Buckner (85) American Dixieland trumpet player, sideman and bandleader, born in Sherman, Texas. Early in his career he played with Sonny Clay and worked with Buck Clayton in Shanghai in 1934 and later worked with the likes of Benny Carter, T-Bone Walker and others. Then from 1949 to 1954 he worked in Kid Ory's band, and in the late 1950s his work with Sidney Bechet in France made him popular there. From 1965 to 1981 he performed traditional jazz at Disneyland's New Orleans Square
(?) b. July 16th 1909.
2001: Gunnar Jökull Hákonarsson (52) Icelandic drummer and a legend for musicians of Iceland. At 14, he was playing with the band Tónar, which was one of the most popular bands of Iceland at the time and at the age of 16, he was playing with the band The Syn which later evolved into the band Yes, but he declined the offer to became the drummer for Yes. Tragically Gunnar went heavily into drugs and suffered from Schizophrenia most of his life. He released a solo album just prior to his death but it almost broke him because he released it on his own (sadly Gunnar died fighting aids) b. May 13th 1949.
2001: Isaac Stern (81) Ukrainian-born violinist, renowned for his recordings and for discovering new musical talent. Of his many recordings, Isaac recorded concertos by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and modern works by Barber, Bartók, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Dutilleux. His discoveries include cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Jian Wang, and violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman to mention a few. He has been honored with 4 Grammy Awards for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with orchestra in 1962, 1963, 1965 and 1982; 2 Grammy Awards for Best Chamber Music Performance in 1971 and 1992; and received the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987
(sadly died of congestive heart failure) July 21st 1920.
2008: Connie Haines/Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais (87) American singer, She began performing at age 4, and by age 9 had a regular radio show performing as Baby Yvonne Marie, the Little Princess of the Air. After a number of regional successes and winning the Major Bowes contest, she was hired by Harry James, who asked her to change her name. She later joined Tommy Dorsey, and Haines credited Dorsey with developing her style further. Haines performed in a number of films, including Duchess of Idaho. She later did a television show with Frankie Laine.
(sadly died from myasthenia gravis) b. January 20th 1921.
2009: Wess/Wesley Johnson (64) American-born Italian singer; he came from North Carolina, but he moved to Italy in the early '60s to better his music career. After some experiences as a bass player, he had his major break in 1968 with "I miei giorni felici"/"Chapel of dreams". Later he represented Italy along with Dori Ghezzi in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden, finishing in third place. He formed a successful duo with Dori achieving some big hits in Italy, such as "Voglio stare con te", "Come stai? Con chi sei?" and "Un corpo e un'anima". (Wess died in New York during his US tour when a breathing crisis led to his death) b. 1945
2010: Eddie Fisher (82) American singer and entertainer,
born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Russian born Jewish immigrants. At the age of 15 he made his radio debut on WFIL, a local Philadelphia radio station and not long after moving to New York City, in 1949 he was heard on the Eddie Cantor radio show which gave him nationwide exposure; this led to him to be signed to the RCA Victor label. Eddie was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951, after training he served a year in Korea. From 1952 to 1953, he was the official vocal soloist for The United States Army Band, Pershing's Own, and a tenor section member in the United States Army Band Chorus. After his discharge, his popularity grew more, singing in top clubs and stages around >>>READ MORE<<< (sadly died from complications after hip surgery) b. August 10th 1928.
2011: Vesta Williams (53) American R&B singer known for her four-octave vocal range. Born in Coshocton, Ohio, she moved to LA in the 60s where she became a member of Ron Townson's his band Wild Honey. Following that stint, she found work as a backup singer, working with artists such as Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Sting, Stephanie Mills,
the group Klique and Gordon Lightfoot. She sang on the original version of Joe Sample's "The Survivor". Vesta landed a recording contract with A&M Records and her self titled debut album, was released in 1986. She scored six Top 10 hits on the US Billboard R&B chart from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. Her hits included "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", "Sweet Sweet Love", "Special", and her 1989 #1 hit and signature song, "Congratulations". She went on to co-host a morning show on KRNB, a radio station based in Dallas/Fort Worth. Her final performance was on September 17th 2011 in Portsmouth, Virginia, performing at the Autumn Jazz Explosion" (Tragically Vesta was found dead in a hotel room in El Segundo, California. A Los Angeles County Coroner's Office spokesperson has stated that her death was likely due to a drug overdose. The autopsy did not stated a cause of death and the toxicology results could take four to six weeks) b. December 1st 1957.
2012: Grigory Frid (97) Russian composer, artist and writer, b
orn in Petrograd, now St. Petersburg, and studied in the Moscow. He was a prolific composer, but his most notable works are his two chamber operas, both to his own libretti. The Diary of Anne Frank is a monodrama in 21 scenes for soprano and chamber orchestra, lasting about one hour. He composed it in 1968 and it premiered with piano accompaniment at the All-Union House of Composers in Moscow on either 17 or 18 May 1972. The Letters of Van Gogh is a mono-opera in two parts for baritone and chamber ensemble, based on the letters of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo. The opera was composed in 1975 and given its premiere in concert form at the same venue, on 29 November 1976. He was known as having been a music propagandist and organiser of a series of lectures-concerts for young people at the "Moscow House of Composers" that were popular in 1970s. He was also a visual artist, having had a series of exhibitions of his paintings. He also authored a few volumes of recollections, two of which first were published in Moscow in 1987 and 1991 (?) b. September 22nd 1915.
2014: Erik van der Wurff (69) Dutch pianist, composer, arranger, producer and conductor; he studied piano, bass and flute at the Conservatory in Utrecht, where he
met Herman van Veen. They became constant companions for half a century and Erik composed a significant part of his repertoire. He also composed the music for musicals Dutch Children's Theatre and the symphonic Christmas show "Santa" and arranged the music for the feature films The Cool Lakes of Death and Ciske the Rat. His honors include the Louis David Price, a Golden Harp, Golden Nutcracker and in 2009, he was honored into the Order of the Dutch Lion. (sadly Erik died while bravely fighting cancer) b. July 9th 1945.
2015: Brooklyn/Jamie Prefontaine (30) Canadian hip-hop artist, MC and a founder member of the band, Winnipeg's Most. They debuted in the summer of 2010, won three of Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, including for best new artist, and were featured in Maclean's magazine.
They followed that up with six more APCMAs in 2011. Their hits include "Bang Bang", "Don't Stop" and two chart toppers "On These Streets" and "What You In It For" (sadly Jamie took his own life) b. 1985.

September 23rd
1970: Bourvil/André Robert Raimbourg (53) French actor and singer best known for his roles in comedy films, most notably in his collaboration with Louis de Funès in the films Le Corniaud in 1965 and La Grande Vadrouille in 1966. For his performance in Le Corniaud, he won a Special Diploma at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival. He recorded around 300 songs, including "La tendresse", "Salade de fruits", "Les crayons", "La Tactique du gendarme" (from the film Le roi Pandore), "Ballade irlandaise","Un clair de lune à Maubeuge" and "Petit bal perdu" (C'était bien)
(?) b. July 27th 1917
1974: Robbie McIntosh (24) Scottish drummer; born in Dundee, Robbie was member of the late-1960s band The Senate, with Alex Ligertwood, after which he joined up with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, appearing on the band's early albums, 'Oblivion Express' and 'Better Land' in 1971, and 'Second Wind' in 1972. It was at this time he began to co-founded the Average White Band. Their breakthrough was a support slot at Eric Clapton's comeback concert in 1973 and MCA Records released their debut album, 'Show Your Hand'. They relocated to New York, signed to Atlantic and released their follow-up, AWB, better known as "The White Album". which reached No.1 in the U.S. Hot 100 chart, sadly this was Robbie's last album (heroin overdose) b. May 6th 1960.
2004: André Hazes (53) Dutch singer in a genre called levenslied - song about life, which is a form of emotional folk music about everyday life sung in the Dutch language. He was one of the most successful singers in this genre and recorded 31 studio and live albums and he released 54 singles including "Eenzame Kerst", "Een Vriend" ("A Friend"), "Een Beetje Verliefd" ("A Little In Love)", "Wij houden van Oranje" ("We love Orange"), "De Gokker" ("The Gambler"), "Jammer" ("Crying Time") "Blijf Bij Mij" ("Stay With Me"), Zij Gelooft In Mij ("She Believes In Me") and "Zij Gelooft In Mij" (sadly died of a cardiac arrest)
b. June 30th 1951

Ronnie Dawson (64) American rockabilly vocalist, guitarist, bass fiddler; born in Dallas, Texas. As a studio musician, he can be heard playing drums on the hit records "Hey! Baby" by Bruce Channel and "Hey Paula" by Paul and Paula. Throughout the 60's Ronnie performed with a Dallas based group called "The Levee Singers", touring nationally and appearing on such notable TV shows as: "The Danny Kaye Show," "The Jimmy Dean Show," "Hootenanny," and "Hollywood Palace." During the 70's and 80's he formed a country-rock band called "Steelrail ". In 1986 Ronnie received a call from British record collector Barney Koumis telling him that some of his old recordings had become legendary and were collectors items in England and asking if he had any other material that he might be willing to release on Koumis' indie label, "No Hit Records". Subsequently, No Hit put out "Rockin' Bones", a compilation album of early hits, followed by "Monkey Beat" and "Rockinitis", and "Just Rocin' and Rollin", recorded in England and issued in the US. He continued to tour, do commercial jingles for radio and TV, including Hungry Jack Pancakes, Jax Beer and just recently, CiCi's Pizza. (sadly died after battling with throat cancer) b. August 11th 1939.
2006: Etta Baker (93) American singer and guitarist, born in Caldwell County, North Carolina. She first recorded in the summer of 1956 when she and her father met folk singer Paul Clayton while visiting Cone Mansion in Blowing Rock, NC. Her father asked Clayton to listen Etta playing "One Dime Blues". Clayton was impressed and arrived at the Baker house with his tape recorder the next day, recording several songs. Over the years, she has shared her knowledge with many well known musical artists including Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. She received the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award from the North Carolina Arts Council in 1989, the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship in 1991, and the North Carolina Award in 2003. Along with her sister, Cora Phillips, she received the North Carolina Folklore Society's Brown-Hudson Folklore Award in 1982 (?) b. March 31st 1913.
2006: Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold CBE (84) English composer and symphonist born in Northampton;
Malcolm began his career playing trumpet professionally. As a rebellious teenager, he was attracted to the creative freedom of jazz. and after seeing Louis Armstrong play in Bournemouth, he took up the trumpet at the age of 12 and 5 years later won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, were he studied composition. In 1941 he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra as second trumpet and became principal trumpet in 1943. By the age thirty his life was devoted to composition. He was bracketed with Benjamin Britten and William Walton as one of the most sought after composers in Britain. His natural melodic gift earned him a reputation as a composer of light music in works such as his sets of Welsh, English, Scottish, Irish and Cornish Dances, and his scores to the St Trinian's films and Hobson's Choice. He was ranked with Benjamin Britten as one of the most sought-after composers in Britain and was knighted for services to music in 1993. (Arnold died at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, after suffering from a chest infection) b. October 21st 1921.
2007: Gary Primich (49) American blues harmonica player, vocalist, and songwriter; one of the world's most technically proficient harmonica players. He learnt his trade in Chicago performing in Chicago’s historic Maxwell Street open air market where many of America’s greatest blues artists got their start and playing along with greats like Big Walter Horton, Johnny Littlejohn, Sunnyland Slim, and John Henry Davis, a true first-hand blues education. He relocated to Austin, Texas in the mid 80s. In addition to his solo efforts, Gary was an in-demand sideman, gigging and recording with notables such as Omar & The Howlers, Tish Hinojosa, Steve James and Libbi Bosworth. A very sort after guest, solo and touring blues harp player who played upwards of 200 dates a year across North America and throughout Europe. Over the years he also taught many aspiring harmonica players in workshops across the country (?) b.????
2008: Roy Michaels aka Loy Bones (66) American bassist, singer and co-founder of the country rock band, Cat Mother and The All Night Newsboys, formed in New York and later moved to California. The band was notable for thier hit in the summer of 1969, No.21 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Chart, with the R'n'R medley "Good Old Rock 'n' Roll". The medley included their renditions of "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Long Tall Sally", "Chantilly Lace", "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Party Doll". The single and the band's first album, The Street Giveth and the Street Taketh Away, were produced by Jimi Hendrix and recorded at his Electric Ladyland Studio. Cat Mother opened for Hendrix on several occasions. Other early appearances included playing at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival, the historic concert headlined by The Doors, where John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band appeared in a surprise performance. They relocated to Mendocino, California in 1970. After the band split up in 977, Roy went to live in Pattaya, Thailand where he adopted the name Loy Bones, ran a bar called the Blue Dot on beach road, and also did recordings with Carabao, Thai folk-rock band. In the mid 2000s he returned to the US formed a duo Loy Bones with Bob Schmidt aka Doppler Bo. They played in Austin, Texas and area in 2006 and 2007, until Roy became too sick to play. The duo released one independent album, Stories From Joe's (sadly Roy died while fighting cancer
) b. February 15th 1942.
2011: Micky Correa (97) Indian jazz clarinetist and big band leader; his career was legendary, with a longevity that is cherished both by his fans in Bombay, and those who got to know him from visits to the Taj Hotel, where he was resident for 25 years. He made his mark in 1936 in India's jazz history by deputizing for King Oliver's clarinetist, Rudy Jackson, in Teddy Weatherford's orchestra at the Taj Hotel, Bombay, in. His musicianship continued well into his life, maintaining a loyal student following through the last months of his life (?) b. ????

2013: Paul Kuhn (85) German jazz pianist, singer and band leader, born in Wiesbaden and as a schoolboy he played on the accordion in the Wiesbaden wine bar "Buckets". In the 1950s, he sang pop songs, his biggest successes in pop were "The Man At The Piano" in 1954 and "There Is No Beer in Hawaii in 1963. In 1957 he entered with the song "On the piano" in the German Euro Vision Song Contest and reached the third place. His most important work was as the band leader of the SFB Big Band, the orchestra of the Sender Freies Berlin, the TV-Station of West Berlin, part of ARD. From the mid-1990s he was again active in jazz, The Paul Kuhn Trio consisted of himself, Willy Ketzer on drums, Martin Gjakonovski or Gary Todd on bass and at times reinforced by Benny Bailey on the trumpet, Gustl Mayer on saxophone and the Dutch singer Greetje and since the summer of 2000, he was with Max Greger, Hugo Strasser and the SWR Big Band (?) b. March 12th 1928.
2013: Gia Maione (72) American jazz singer, born in Roebling, New Jersey; she first gained notice in 1962, when she was signed to sing lead female vocals for Louis Prima [who she married in 1963] and his band and in 1965, the couple recorded Let's Fly With Mary Poppins, a popular album containing jazz versions of songs from the popular Disney film. They remained popular and performed together until Prima's illness when in 1975 while undergoing an operation to remove a benign brain tumor, Prima lapsed into a coma and never regained consciousness and died 3 years later on August 24th 1978. The Prima estate was tied up in litigation for almost 15 years, then in 1994, Gia assumed control of the Prima archives, at which time she set about managing his vast musical legacy and dedicated herself to remastering and re-releasing Prima's work. Gia was inducted into the Toms River Schools Hall of Fame
in 2004 (?) b. May 20th 1941.
2013: Rex Hobcroft AM (88) Australian pianist, conductor, composer and music administrator in Renmark, South Australia and was the first Australian pianist to play the complete cycle of Beethoven's piano sonatas in public. Rex directed both the Tasmanian and New South Wales State Conservatoria of Music and he also co-founded the Sydney International Piano Competition. In 1977 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal and in the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 1990, he was named a Member of the Order of Australia.
Also the University of Tasmania awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in December 2004 and in 2007 Griffith University honoured him as a Doctor of the University (?) b. May 12th 1925.
2014: Kresimir Sipusch (84)
Yugoslavian-born composer and conductor; he studied in Paris, Salzburg and in Monte Carlo and went on to be a prolific composer and conductor of the Zagreb opera 1964 to `1965, chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Cannes 1964 to 1972, chief conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of RTV Zagreb Zagreb 1968-74 and general secretary of the Music Biennale Zagreb 1974-75. He also performed with renowned orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic , Staatskapelle Dresden , Berlin and Paris Radio National Orchestra , and has appeared in many opera houses. From 1976 until his retirement he served as artistic director and professor of the National Academy of Opera in Oslo. His numerous awards include the Milka Trnina in 1969 and the Academy in 2004 (?) b. June 26th 1930.

September 24th
1961: Art Christmas (55) Canadian alto sax player, multi-instrumentalist; one of UK's and Europe's best known and sought after instrumentalist during the 1930s and 1940s. For many years during the dance band and jazz era of the 1920s, 1930's and 1940's, Art was often said to be Britain's leading saxophone player and multi-instrumentalist. In the 1930s and 1940's, young musicians in their teens and early twenties would follow Art all over Britain listening to him play and trying to copy his style, especially on alto saxophone. Art left Canada to play trumpet with the Dumbells Orchestra, touring all over the US and then on to Britain, where he was given the opportunity to play trumpet with Paul Specht's Canadian Club Orchestra and Prince's Toronto Orchestra. Art's big break came when he joined the Roy Fox Band in February of 1933, staying with this band until 1938. It was while he was with The Roy Fox Band, that Art Christmas became a household name around the music scene in both Britain and Europe. From 1940 until late 1946, Art played with Jack Payne, working on radio and touring all the UK with the very successful variety show called "For The Fun Of It", with Donald Peers, Frankie Howerd and Max Bygraves along with many other entertainers. After which Art did some ice shows and some Pantomimes and also led his own "Foulharmonic Orchestra" for the show "Ignorance Is Bliss". One of Art's fondest memories was the performance of "Cinderella" for King GeorgeVI and Queen Elizabeth at the Palladium in London. In 1952, Art retire from show business and become a publican. He bought "The Warburton Arms" (now known as London Fields) an east end pub in Hackney, London. At the death of his father he returned to Canada after 30 years. He performed a around Kingston and Toronto with his own band from 1955 to 1958 when he decided to teach music at the high school level. He moved to Blind River, Ontario, and taught until his death in 1961 in both Blind River, Ontario and Elliot Lake, Ontario (massive heart attack) b. December 22nd 1901.
1991: Peter Franklyn Bellamy (47) English folk singer and guitarist; he studied at Norwich School of Art and later at Maidenhead Art College, but dropped out of college in 1965 and became a founding member of The Young Tradition. They recorded three albums together plus a collaboration with Shirley Collins called The Holly Bears The Crown, although recorded in 1969 it was not released in full until the 90s.
The Young Tradition's final concert was at Cecil Sharp House in October 1969. Peter's first solo album "Mainly Norfolk" in 1968 indicated his desire to promote the folk music of his native part of England. It drew heavily on the repertoire of Harry Cox, still alive at that time, who was the most famous traditional singer of Norfolk songs. It wasn't until Bellamy's eighth album in 1975 that he recorded any of his own compositions. In the same year he recorded a collection of Rudyard Kipling's Barrack Room Ballads. He also wrote a ballad-opera: The Transports in 1973 and it took him 4 years to find a company willing to produce. It then became the folk record of the year for 1977 vindicating his long wait and many efforts to get it released. Many prominent names in the folk scene collaborated on the project Dolly Collins, Martin Carthy, Mike Waterson, Norma Waterson, June Tabor, Nic Jones, A.L. Lloyd, Cyril Tawney and Dave Swarbrick. It told the true story of the first transport ship to land in Australia and the first couple to marry on Australian soil. Based on a story Peter found in the local newspaper in Norfolk and followed by his research into the details at the city museum and library. He did numerous tours abroad including Australia and America (committed suicide) b. September 8th 1991
1993: Ian Stuart Donaldson (36) British singer, musician and songwriter, born in Lancashire, England and raised in Poulton-le-Fylde. He most known as the frontman of Skrewdriver, a British punk rock band that later became a white power rock band. Ian also became leader of two other bands, The Klansmen, a rockabilly band, and White Diamond, a hard rock/heavy metal band. He also released several solo albums. Along with Skrewdriver guitarist Stigger, he recorded the albums Patriotic Ballads volumes 1 and 2, which included covers of traditional folk songs such as "The Green Fields of France". His s voice also appeared in the song "The Invisible Empire" on the 1989 album See you in Valhalla by neo-Nazi rock band No Remorse (died of injuries resulting from a car crash in Derbyshire) b. August 11th 1957.
1996: Zeki Müren (64) Turkish actor, singer, and composer; famous for his compelling voice and precise articulation in his singing of both established Turkish classical music and contemporary songs. In his fortyfive year professional career Müren composed more than one hundred songs and made more than two hundred recordings. He was celebrated as the "Sun" of classical Turkish music and was affectionately called "Pasha". For many years he reigned as "Artist of the Year" in his home country. Many of his records were also published in Greece, where he also enjoyed popularity, along with the U.S., Germany, and several other countries during the 1960s and 1970s (heart attack during a performance in the city of Izmir) b. December 6th 1931.
2003: Rosalie Allen/Julie Marlene Bedra
(79) American singer and deejay, born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania; inspired by the singing cowboys of the 1930s, she taught herself to sing and play her brother's guitar, then began working on the radio in Wilkes-Barre, PA and later performed on Denver Darling's Swing Billies pseudo-western radio show in New York City. Her first hit came in 1946 with RCA Victor with a yodeling update of Patsy Montana's "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart.". Her final hits paired her with yodeler Elton Britt. Their first single, "Beyond the Sunset," hit No.7 in 1950. They also recorded "The Yodel Blues" and "Quicksilver". In 1999, her work in radio was recognized and she was the first woman inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame (sadly died of congestive heart failure) b. June 27th 1924.
2007: Natasha Pivovarova (44) Russian singer; a founder member of the girl band a Kolibri, a Soviet/Russian experimental pop/rock group formed in 1988 in Saint-Petersburg playing a highly eclectic brand of baroque pop blended with elements of post-punk, cabaret, chanson and dominated by vocal harmony. Soon after, in December of 1988 Natasha left the band to pursue a solo career and also sang duets with Alexandr Lushin and his band. More recently she been working as a producer for Molochny Skake, another all-girl group, in a simular vein to a Kolibri, which she formed in January 2000 named Sous, The Sauce (car accident) b. July 17th 1963.
2008: Vice Vukov (72) Croatian singer and politician; one of the most popular singers in Yugoslavia, appearing at the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 with the song "Brodovi" and at the Eurovision Song Contest 1965 with the song "Cežnja". In the 70s he was branded a Croatian nationalist by Yugoslav authorities, blacklisting his songs, he went to live in France for a while. In 1989 an album of new songs, without his name on the cover, appeared in Croatian music stores, signalling the political change. Soon after, Vice made a public comeback with a series of 14 sold-out concerts at Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall. He performed some of the greatest patriotic songs, including "Zvona moga grada" and "Tvoja zemlja" (died as a result of a fall; in 2006 he tripped and fell sustaining a serious head injury, he underwent surgery, but fell into a coma shortly afterwards) b. August 3rd 1936.
2009: Sir Howard Morrison (74) New Zealand singer; born in Rotorua of Maori, he came to fame singing with his group the Howard Morrison Quartet. He began performing live and recording with his group in 1956 and continued until 1964 when the quartet disbanded. From 1964 until his death, Howard was one of New Zealand's leading TV and concert performers. His single "How Great Thou Art" released in 1981, reached No.1 in New Zealand and became his most successful song. He was knighted in 1990 for his services to entertainment (sadly died of a heart attack) b. August 18th 1935.
2010: Dick Griffey (66) American record executive, born in Nashville, he moved to LA in the early '60s where he ran a nightclub and became an important promoter, booking world tours for the likes of the Jacksons and Stevie Wonder. After being involved with Don Cornelius and Soul Train in '77, he formed Solar Records, acronym for Sound of Los Angeles Records. The company's No.1 R&B chart hits included the Whispers' "And the Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady"; Shalamar's "The Second Time Around"; Lakeside's "Fantastic Voyage"; Babyface's "It's No Crime" - "Tender Lover"; and Midnight Star's "Operator". Others successes included Dynasty, Klymaxx, Calloway, Carrie Lucas, Collage and the The Deele (complications from heart surgery) b. November 16th 1943.
2013: Pat Fear/William "Bill" Bartell (52) American punk rock singer, guitarist and a founding member of the punk band White Flag. The band started in the early '80s performing Blue Öyster Cult covers before taking on the LA punk scene. In 1982 they debuted with a self-produced album "S Is for Space" which was followed by "R is for Rocket" that same year. They went on to record their most popular LP "Wild Kingdom"; the song "Face Down" from this LP proved to be the bands most popular song. They toured Europe for their first time in 1986 and over the three decades Bill recorded more than a dozen albums with White Flag. Bill also gave his support and even championed other up-and-coming musicians and bands, including Os Mutantes and Shonen Knife, both of whom he helped bring to the United States for their first American tours. During breaks from White Flag, Bill worked as a police reservist and bull rider (sadly Bill has died of natural causes) b. 1961.
2013: Sverre Tonning Olsen Bruland (90) Norwegian trumpet player and conductor, born in Stavanger and studied at the Juilliard School in NY between 1949-50 and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He played with the Second Division Ensemble in Oslo, between 1945-46, and with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra from 1946 until 1966. He made his debut as an orchestra conductor with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1954. In 1966 he was hired as kapellmeister by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and from 1976 to 1988 he was chief conductor of Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra. Sverre won the 1st prize in the international conducting competition in Liverpool in 1958 and the conducting prize in Tanglewood, USA in 1959 (?) b. February 2nd 1923.

September 25th
1980: John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham (32) British legendary drummer with Led Zeppelin; born in Redditch, UK, he started to learn drumming at the age of 5 and in 1964, he joined his first semi-professional band, Terry Webb and the Spiders. He also played in other Birmingham bands, The Nicky James Movement and The Senators, who released a fairly successful single "She's a Mod," in 1964. John then took up drumming full-time. Two years later, he joined A Way of Life, before he joined a blues group called Crawling King Snakes, whose lead singer was a young Robert Plant. He returned to A Way of Life, but soon rejoined Robert Plant's new group, Band of Joy. Then in 1968 he and Robert, along with guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones formed the legendary hard rock band Led Zeppelin. The band have sold over 300 million records worldwide, including 111.5 million certified units in the United States, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the second best selling band of all time in the United States. John was esteemed for his speed, power, fast right foot, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music by many drummers, other musicians, and commentators in the industry. (John was found dead at guitarist’s Jimmy Page's house, having died of asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, 40 shots in 4 hours) b. May 31st 1948.
Hélène Baillargeon CM (81) Canadian singer, actor and folklorist; b
orn in Saint-Martin, Quebec, she studied singing at Quebec City and New York and then at Montreal with Alfred La Liberté. She went on to work as a researcher with Marius Barbeau at the National Museum of Canada in Ottawa (later the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau). She performed and hosted shows on CBC radio and television such as Le réveil rural, Songs de chez nous and Cap aux sorciers and her own show Chez Hélène from 1959 to 1973. She recorded a number of collections of French-Canadian folk songs. Hélène was named to the Order of Canada in 1973. In 1974, she was appointed a Canadian Citizenship Court judge (died in Montreal) b. August 28th 1916.
1997: Jean René Désiré Françaix (85) French neoclassical composer, pianist, and orchestrator, known for his prolific output and vibrant style. Born in Le Mans a virtuoso pianist from an early age, earning a First Prize in Piano at the Paris Conservatory, but he was also a prolific composer, writing over 200 pieces in a wide variety of styles and a skilled orchestrator, which was reflected in his use of tone colors. He wrote pieces in many of the major large musical forms, including concerti, symphonies, opera, theatre, ballet, and works drawing on traditions falling out of favor in the 20th century, such as the cantata
(?) b. May 23rd 1912.
1999: Stephen Canaday (55) American vocalist, drummer, guitarist, and bass player born in Springfield, Missouri. He was a member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, they are widely known for their singles "If You Wanna Get To Heaven" in 1974 and "Jackie Blue" in 1975. Stephen was also tour manager for country musician Lee Roy Parnell, and Marshall Chapman, a Nashville folk-rocker. (tragically died in a plane crash) b.????
2003: Matthew Jay (24) British singer, songwriter born in Plymouth, England. His debut album Draw, produced three singles "Let Your Shoulder Fall", "Please Don't Send Me Away", and "Call My Name Out" (Matthew tragically fell from a seventh-storey window in London) b. October 10th 1978.
2005: Steve Marcus (66) American jazz saxophonist born in the Bronx, New York; from 1959 to 1962 Steve attended the Berklee school of music, and he formed his "Count’s Rock Band" with Steve Gadd, Will Lee and Steve Khan, before also joining Stan Kenton's avant-swing band the year after he graduated. His first album as a leader with his "Count’s Rock Band" , Tomorrow Never Knows, was in 1967 with musicians Larry Coryell, Mike Nock and Bob Moses which featured ground-breaking music. Steve had had the idea of joining the Beatles and the Byrds' infectious song-hooks to the transcendental energy and virtuosity of his hero, Coltrane. This was one of the very first ever rock-jazz fusion recordings. He continued this trend for a number of years. Also from 1967 to 1970 Steve regularly worked with Herbie Mann and later became known for more orthodox jazz playing with drummer Buddy Rich. He was Buddy's featured soloist for the last 12 years of Rich's life. Steve took over the band as the de facto leader after Buddy died in 1987, renaming it "Buddy's Buddies" and touring the world with alumni of Rich's many groups.(died suddenly and unexpectedly in New Hope, PA) b.September 18th 1939
2007: Patrick Bourque (29) Canadian bass guitarist and was a founder member of the band Emerson Drive, formed in Grande Prairie, Altanta in 1995. Originally called 12 Gauge, they changed their name when they relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. The band charted several hits on both the U.S. and Canadian country music charts. In 2005, they signed to Midas Records Nashville, and resumed their streak of hit singles, including their first No.1 single in "Moments". In 2007 they won three Canadian Country Music Awards, Group of the Year, Single of the Year and CMT Video of the Year, the latter two for "Moments". Patrick resigned from the band in August, 2007 and returned to work and live in Canada (died suddenly at his home) b. September 27th 1977.
2008: Horatiu Radulescu (66) Romanian composer, spectral music pioneer: among many acheivements, in 1983 he founded the ensemble European Lucero in Paris to perform own his works, a variable ensemble consisting of soloists specialising in the techniques required for his music. In 1991 he founded the Lucero Festival (died in Paris) b. January 7th 1942.
2009: Alicia de Larrocha (86) Spanish pianist born in Barcelona, she was one of the great piano legends of the 20th century. She won multiple Grammy Awards and a Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. In 1995, she became the first Spanish artist to win the UNESCO Prize. Alicia is best known for her recordings of the music of Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados and Isaac Albéniz, as well as her 1967 recordings of Antonio Soler's keyboard sonatas. She recorded for Hispavox, CBS/Columbia/Epic, BMG/RCA and London/Decca, winning her first Grammy Award in 1975 and again, as recently as 1992, at the age of almost seventy. She received the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 1994 (?) b. May 23rd 1923.
2012: Neset Ertas (74) Turkish folk music singer, lyricist, and virtuoso of the traditional Turkish instrument the baglama. Born in Kirtillar, his profession in Turkish is known as halk ozani, which literally means "folk bard". He released his first record in 1957 and during his long career, he recorded more than 30 albums. In 1978, his fingers became paralysed, he soon became penniless and had no means of paying for treatment, since he had no other skills. So in 1979 he went to Germany, where his brother was living. There, he recovered from his paralysis and started again to perform music in Germany. During this time, Neset was almost forgotten in his country, but pirates continued to profit from playing his music and lyrics in Turkey. In the beginning of 2000, he protested openly against the TRT, which had stated that he was dead. He decided to return home and was welcomed by crowds. The audience at his first concert, which took place at the Harbiye Open-Air Theatre in Istanbul, gave him a standing ovation to his great surprise, a great success after 30 years of absence. In 2006, the Turkish Grand National Assembly rewarded him the State Medal of Distinguished Service, in 2010, Neset was honoured with the UNESCO "National Living Human Treasure" award and in 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Istanbul Technical University (sadly Neset died from cancer) b. 1938.
2012: Billy Barnes (85) American composer and lyricist; born in LA, he started writing musical comedy sketches while in high school and started collaborating in college with Bob Rodgers and their first professional revue, a Cabaret Concert Show, was staged in 1956 in LA. His hit songs include "(Have I Stayed) Too Long at the Fair" recorded by Patti Page and Barbra Streisand and "Something Cool", recorded by June Christy.
An assertive composer and skillful pianist, Billy is affectionately known as the "Revue Master of Hollywood" and is best known for his theatrical revues, including The Billy Barnes Revue, Billy Barnes' People, Billy Barnes' Party, Billy Barnes' L.A., and Billy Barnes' Hollywood. Other productions with Billy's songs include Movie Star, and Blame It on the Movies. He also wrote special material and original musical production numbers for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Danny Kaye Show, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Cher & the Carol Burnett Show. He wrote opening production numbers for several Academy Awards telecasts and has composed comedic and topical songs for many of show business's greatest personalities including Lucille Ball, Bette Davis and Angela Lansbury (sadly Billy died with complications from Alzheimer's disease)
b. January 27th 1927.
2012: Andy Williams (84) American singer born Howard Andrew Williams in Wall Lake, Iowa, made his first performance in a children's choir at the local Presbyterian church. He and his brothers Bob, Don and Dick, formed the Williams Brothers quartet in late 1938; they performed on radio in the Midwest, first at WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, and later at WLS in Chicago and WLW in Cincinnati. The Williams Brothers appeared with Bing Crosby on the hit record "Swinging on a Star" in 1944. They appeared in four musical films: Janie in 1944, Kansas City Kitty, in 1944, Something in the Wind in 1947 and Ladies' Man in 1947. This led to a nightclub act with entertainer Kay Thompson from 1947 to 1951. They stayed together until 1954, after which Andy launched his solo career. In 1956 he signed a recording contract with Cadence, and the following year had a No 1 hit in both the US and Britain with Butterfly >>> READ MORE <<< (sady died while fighting cancer) b. December 3rd 1927.
2013: Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (84) German choral conductor, tenor and academic, born in Leipzig. In 1949 he began to study church music at University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy", Leipzig, learning organ with Günther Ramin. He went on to conduct the Thomanerchor from 1972 until 1991 as the fifthteenth Thomaskantor since Johann Sebastian Bach. In 1992 he became a guest professor for Protestant church music at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, where he taught until 2000 (?) b. April 25th 1929.

2013: Billy Mure (97) American guitarist born in New York and played violin before making guitar his primary instrument. He recorded several albums in the 1950s and 1960s in a variety of styles, including surf, Hawaiian music, swing, pop, and lounge. In 1959, he released the single "A String of Trumpets", credited to Billy Mure and the Trumpeteers. In addition to his solo recordings, he worked as a session musician, performing on hits such as Paul Anka- "Diana", Frankie Laine- "Rawhide", Brian Hyland- "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", Perry Como- "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes", Kay Starr- "Wheel of Fortune", Johnny Ray- "Cry", Perez Prado- "Patricia", Eddie Fisher- "Oh My Papa", Bobby Darin-"Splish Splash", Guy Mitchell- "Heartaches by the Number", Rosemary Clooney-"Come on-a My House", Tony Bennett-"Because of You", Johnny Mathis-"Chances Are", Patti Page-"How Much is that Doggie in the Window?" just to mention a few. For the past seven years Billy had been performing with his band at Squid Lips in Sebastian, Florida (?) b. November 4th 1915.
2014: Jaak Joala aka Kremlin's Nightingale (64) Estonian Soviet legendary singer; born in Viljandi, he began his musical career in 1967 with the band Kristalllid / The Crystals, before joining the band Virmalised / Northern Lights the following year. With Virmalised, he sang hits including "Taas on päev" / "Once again the day", "Naer" / "Laughter", "Ainult sul" / "Only you have", "Ma ei tea miks"/"I don't know why", and "Üksinda"/"Alone". In addition, he introduced Western music to Estonian and Soviet audiences by singing them in Estonian. In the 90s Jaak gave up singing, devoting his time to being a teacher, producer and tv and radio host, but retired from public life in the mid 2000s living the life of a reclusive (?) June 26th 1950.
2015: Manuel Oltra (93) Spanish composer born in Valencia, known for composing music about harmony and counterpoint music. He led the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu from 1959 until its end in 1987. Manuel was awarded the 1994 National Music Prize of Catalonia (sadly died from pneumonia) b. February 8th 1922
2015: Christopher Donald Jackson (67)
Canadian organist, keyboardist, harpsichordist and choral conductor.
Born in Halifax, he was a graduate of the École de musique Vincent-d'Indy and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. He co-founded both the Société des Concerts d'orgue de Montréal and the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal in 1974 and served as the artistic director of the latter institutions since 1988, notably conducting the ensemble in several recordings. The group's 1998 recording, "Heavenly Spheres", was awarded a Félix Award from the ADISQ and the Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Vocal or Choral Performance in 2000. He also taught at both the Concordia University and McGill University.(sadly died fighting lung cancer) b. July 27th 1948.

September 26th
1937: Bessie Smith (43)
American jazz singer born in Chattanooga, Tennessee; she was sometimes called "The Empress of the Blues", and was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as the greatest singers of her era, and, along with Louis Armstrong, she was a major influence on subsequent jazz vocalists. She began singing for money on street corners and eventually rose to become the largest-selling recording artist of her day. Her early career was influenced by Ma Rainey, and she went on to record more than 160 songs between 1923 and 1933 recording with such jazz legends as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Coleman Hawkins. She traveled with her own tent show or with the Theater Owners' Booking Association aka TOBA shows, commanding an amazing weekly salary that peaked at $2,000. Her hits include "Downhearted Blues" and "Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out". Bessie also appeared in the 1929 movie St. Louis Blues. Three of her recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, her "Downhearted Blues", "St. Louis Blues", and her hit from 1928 "Empty Bed Blues" (Tragically Bessie sadly died in a car accident on U.S. Route 61 while traveling from a Memphis concert to Clarksdale, Mississippi. Bessie was taken to Clarksdale's segregated Afro-Hospital and her arm was amputated, but she never regained consciousness and died that morning) b. April 15th 1894.
Béla Viktor János Bartók (64) Hungarian composer and pianist born in Nagyszentmiklós in the Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary, now Romania. He gave his first public recital at age eleven, among the pieces he played was his own first composition, written two years previously, called "The Course of the Danube". From 1899 to 1903, he studied piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest. Up to 1902, he wrote in total 74 works which can be considered in Romantic style. In 1907, Béla began teaching as a piano professor at the Royal Academy. In 1908, he traveled into the countryside to collect and research old Magyar folk melodies. The first piece to show clear signs of this new interest is the String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, that same year, which contains folk-like elements. In 1911, he wrote his only opera, Bluebeard's Castle, dedicated to Márta, his first wife. He had a life-long dedication to folk music. Béla went on to become one of the most important composers of the 20th century and is regarded, along with Liszt, as Hungary's greatest composer and through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of ethnomusicology. During WW2 he emigrated to America for the final three years of his life (sadly died in New York City from complications of leukemia, where only 10 people attended his funeral.He was buried in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. During the final year of communist Hungary in the late 1980s, the Hungarian government, along with his two sons, Béla III and Péter, requested his remains be exhumed and transferred back to Budapest for burial, where Hungary arranged a grand state funeral for him on July 7th 1988) b. March 25th 1881.
Helen Kane/Helen Clare Schroeder (62) American popular singer born in Queens NY; her signature song was "I Wanna Be Loved By You". Her voice and appearance were a likely source for Fleischer Studios animator Grim Natwick when creating Betty Boop. Her career break came in 1927, when she appeared in the musical A Night in Spain for a total of 174 performances, at the 44th Street Theatre in NYC. after which she performed at the Paramount Theater in Times Square. She was singing "That's My Weakness Now", when she interpolated the scat lyrics “boop-boop-a-doop”. This resonated with the flapper culture, and four days later, Helen’s name went up in lights. Oscar Hammerstein’s 1928 show Good Boy, was where she first introduced the hit "I Wanna Be Loved by You". Then it was back to the Palace, as a headliner for $5,000 a week. She had excellent diction, intonation and timing, learned during her apprenticeship in vaudeville. Her songs have a strong word focus, and capitalize on her coquettish voice. She blended several fashionable styles of the late 1920s. These included scat singing, a kind of vocal improvisation, and also blending singing and speech. Helen recorded 22 songs between 1928 and 1930. After 1930 and up to 1951, she recorded four sides for Columbia in addition to the "Three Little Words" soundtrack single recording of "I Wanna Be Loved by You". She also recorded four songs that comprise a 1954 MGM 45EP entitled, "The Boop Boop a Doop Girl" (Helen sadly died after a ten year brave battle with breast cancer) b.
August 4th 1904.
1980: Auburn "Pat" Hare (49) American blues guitarist; one of the first guitarists to purposely use the effects of distortion in his playing. He recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, serving as a sideman for Howlin' Wolf, James Cotton, Muddy Waters, and other artists. He recorded a version of the early '40s Doctor Clayton song "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" on May 14, 1954, which has since been released on the 1990 Rhino Records compilation Blue Flames: A Sun Blues Collection and other collections. According to the album liner notes, "I'm Gonna Murder My Baby" "is doubly morbid because he did just that in 1962 and spent the last 16 years of his life in prison" He also murdered a policeman sent to investigate (lung cancer) b. December 20th 1930.
1983: Tino Rossi (76) French singer and film actor born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France, he became a tenor of French cabaret and one of the great romantic idols of his time. Gifted with an operatic voice, a "Latin Lover" persona made him a movie star as well. Over his career, he made hundreds of records and appeared in more than 25 films, the most notable of which was the 1953 production, Si Versailles m'était conté directed by Sacha Guitry. In 1946, his song "Petit Papa Noël" sold more than thirty million copies worldwide. His romantic ballads had women swooning and his art-songs by Jules Massenet, Reynaldo Hahn, and other composers helped draw sold out audiences wherever he performed (Toni sadly died of pancreatic cancer) b. April 29th 1907.
1984: Shelly Manne (64) American jazz drummer, born in New York City, most frequently associated with West Coast jazz, he was known for his versatility and also played in a number of other styles, including Dixieland, swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and fusion, as well as contributing to the musical background of hundreds of Hollywood films and television programs. When the bebop movement began to change jazz in the 1940s, Shelly adapted to the style rapidly, performing with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Around this time he also worked with rising stars like Flip Phillips, Charlie Ventura, Lennie Tristano, and Lee Konitz. He rose to stardom when he became part of the working bands of Woody Herman and, especially, Stan Kenton in the late 1940s and early 1950s, winning awards and developing a following at a time when jazz was the most popular music in the United States. From 1974 to 1977 he joined guitarist Laurindo Almeida, saxophonist and flutist Bud Shank, and bassist Ray Brown to perform as the group The L.A. Four, which recorded four albums before he left the ensemble. In the 1980s, Manne recorded with such stars as trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, saxophonist Zoot Sims, guitarists Joe Pass and Herb Ellis, and pianist John Lewis (sadly died of a heart attack) b. June 11th 1920.
1991: Richard "Billy" Vaughn (72)
American singer, multi-instrumentalist, orchestra leader; after serving in the army in WW2, he attended Western Kentucky State College, majoring in music composition, after which he joined The Hilltoppers as a singer and their pianist. As a member of the group, he also wrote their first hit song, "Trying," which charted in 1952. He left the group in 1954 to join Dot Records, Tennessee, as music director as well as forming his own orchestra, which had a big hit in that same year with "Melody of Love." He went on to have many more hits over the next decade and a half, and based purely on chart successes, was the most successful orchestra leader of all time charting over 30 hit singles and had numerous sell-out tours throughout the USA, Japan, Brazil and Korea (sadly died of mesothelioma) b.
April 12th 1919.
1998: Betty Carter/Lillie Mae Jones (69) American jazz singer, a leading figure in the world of modern jazz renowned for her improvisational technique and idiosyncratic vocal style. Born in Flint, Michigan and grew up in Detroit, she studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory. She won a talent contest and became a regular on the local club circuit, singing and playing piano. When she was 16, she sang with Charlie Parker, and later performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles and Miles Davis in the late 1940s. She did a series of duets with Ray Charles in 1961, including the R&B-chart-topping "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and in 1963 she toured in Japan with Sonny Rollins. In 1988 she won a Grammy for her album Look What I Got!. In 1993 Betty helped launch the Jazz Ahead program for young musicians at the Kennedy Center and devoted much of her time and energy in her last few decades touring colleges and grade-schools across the country. In 1994 she performed at the White House and was a headliner at Verve's 50th anniversary celebration in Carnegie Hall. Betty was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1997, also that year she was honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and remained active in jazz music until her death. In 1999 she was posthumously inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame (sadly Betty died fighting pancreatic cancer) b. May 16th 1929
2000: Baden Powell de Aquino (63) Brazilian guitarist, one of the greatest Brazilian guitarists. He explored the instrument to its utmost limits, playing it in a distinctive, unique manner, incorporating virtuoso classical techniques together with popular harmony and swing. He performed in many styles, including Bossa nova, Samba, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz and Música Popular Brasileira. He often performed on stage during most of his lifetime, and recorded an extensive discography comprised by LP and CD albums produced in Brazil and Europe, particularly in France and Germany.
Baden also composed many fine pieces for guitar, such as Xangô, Horizon, Simplesmente, Braziliense, Abração em Madrid, Tristeza e solidão, Consolação, Samba, Casa Velha, Lotus, Imagem, and Canto de Ossanha (sadly died of pneumonia triggered by diabetes) b. August 6th 1937.
2003: Robert Palmer (54) English Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, born in Batley, Yorkshire. He was known for his distinctive voice and the eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, Reggae and blues. He found success both in his solo career and in the supergroup Power Station, and had Top 10 songs in both the US and the UK. His iconic music videos for the hits "Simply Irresistible" and "Addicted to Love", featured identically dressed dancing women with pale faces, dark eye makeup and bright red lipstick. Sharp-suited, his involvement in the music industry commenced in the 1960s, covered five decades and included a spell with Vinegar Joe. among other awards he a two time Grammy Award winner with "Addicted To Love" and for "Simply Irresistible". In 1985, side project Power Station, saw Robert team up with John and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran. The group scored three US Top 10 hits with Some Like It Hot, Communications and Get It On. (died of a sudden heart attack) b. January 19th 1949.
2003: Shawn Lane (40) American guitarist, pianist and songwriter born in Memphis, Tennessee. Although piano is his first instrument, he did not play guitar seriously until he was ten, he quickly became a noted player in underground guitar circles, he is very well known for his ability to play very fast. He joined Black Oak Arkansas when he was just fourteen years old, and toured with them for the next four years, after which over the followng eight years he studied music and composing on his own, and mainly worked on playing piano. He quickly developed his technique on keyboards as well, taking influence from pianists like Liszt, Tatum and Cziffra. He is probably best known to many for his solo album Powers of Ten and his long stint with former John McLaughlin bassist Jonas Hellborg. Lane (Shawn died in a hospital in Memphis, shortly after being told that he would have to remain on medical oxygen the rest of his life) b. March 21st 1963
2007: Dorothy Cohen Schwartz (94) American violinist, born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, but moved to Cheyenne in 1917. She began her violin studies at catholic convant school with
Mother St. Theckla. Dorothy went on to play thirty years with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra in Cheyenne, Wyoming (?) b. July 15th 1913.
2008: Bernadette Greevy (68) Irish mezzo-soprano; she made her professional operatic debut as Maddalena in the Dublin Grand Opera Society's production of Verdi's Rigoletto in 1961. She was founder and artistic director of the Anna Livia Dublin International Opera Festival. Bermadette was the first artist-in-residence at the Dublin Institute of Technology's Faculty of Applied Arts. (died after a short illness) b. July 3rd 1940.
2008: Marc Moulin (66) Belgian jazz keyboardist and journalist in print, radio & TV. He was a member of the avant-garde rock band Aksak Maboul in 1977 and formed the pop group Telex in 1978, becoming one of Belgium's great jazz legends, making jazz-influenced records for over 30 years. He was also a successful producer, working with Lio, four albums for French crooner Alain Chamfort; the band Sparks; jazz guitarist Philip Catherine and left-field artists such as Anna Domino and Kid Montana (sadly died fighting throat cancer) b. September 1st 1942.
2011: Jessy Dixon (73) American gospel singer, songwriter, and pianist, with success among audiences across racial lines. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he sang and played his first song at the age of five. As a youngster he moved to Chicago. He he went on to win seven Grammy nominations during his career.
Musicians with whom he worked include Paul Simon, Andrae Crouch, DeGarmo & Key and most recently Bill Gaither in the Homecoming series of concerts. He also wrote songs for Amy Grant, Natalie Cole, Cher, and Diana Ross. Jessy was also an ordained minister with Calvary Ministries International of Fort Wayne, Indiana (?) b. March 12th 1938.
2011: Harry "Cuby" Muskee (70) Dutch blues singer and musician born in Assen; while still at high school he together with Henk and Jaap Hilbrandie founded the band The Mixtures, which later became the Old Fashioned Jazz Group, who mostly played at school dances in Assen. In 1964 he formed Cuby + Blizzards with guitarist Eelco Gelling, recording their hit "Stumble and Fall" in 1965. In 1976, Harry and Gelling left, Harry to form the Harry Muskee Band, with who he toured both sides of the Atlantic. A statue of Harry was placed in Grolloo, in 1997 (sadly Harry died while fighting cancer) b. June 10th 1941.

September 27th

1919: Adelina Patti (76) Spanish soprano, born in Madrid to tenor Salvatore Patti and soprano Caterina Barilli. She went on to become a highly acclaimed 19th-century opera singer, earning huge fees, of $5000 a night, in gold, at the height of her career in the music capitals of Europe and America. She first sang in public as a child in 1851 and gave her last performance before an audience in 1914 taking part in a Red Cross concert at London's Royal Albert Hall that had been organized to aid victims of World War I. Along with her near contemporaries Jenny Lind and Thérèse Tietjens, she remains one of the most famous sopranos in history due to the purity and beauty of her lyrical voice and the unmatched quality of her bel canto technique. Adelina cut more than 30 gramophone recordings of songs and operatic arias, plus one spoken voice recording, a New Year's greeting to her 3rd husband. In her retirement, Adelina, now officially Baroness Cederström, settled in the Swansea valley in south Wales, where she purchased the beautiful Craig-y-Nos Castle. There she had her own private theatre, a miniature version of the one at Bayreuth, and made her gramophone recordings. In 1918, she presented the Winter Garden building from her Craig-y-Nos estate to the city of Swansea. It was re-erected and renamed the Patti Pavilion. (?) b. February 19th 1843.

1956: Gerald Raphael Finzi (55) British composer born in London, he is best-known as a song-writer, but also wrote in other genres. Large-scale compositions by Finzi include the cantata Dies natalis for solo voice and string orchestra, and his two orchestral concertos for cello and clarinet (?) b. July 14th 1901.
1979: Jimmy McCullough (26)
Scottish guitarist; from the age of 11 he played in a band called The Jaygars which later changed it's name to One in a Million, the Glasgow psychedelic band. He also did some work with Thunderclap Newman. In 1972 at 18, Jimmy joined the blues rock band Stone the Crows, replacing Les Harvey who died from being electrocuted on stage. He helped the band to complete their Ontinuous Performance album, playing on the tracks, "Sunset Cowboy" and "Good Time Girl". Then in 1973, he breifly worked in Blue and played guitar on Brian Joseph Friel's first album, under the pseudonym 'The Phantom', after which in 1974, he joined Paul McCartney's Wings playing lead guitar. He was also the composer of the anti-drug song "Medicine Jar" on the Wings album Venus and Mars, and the similar "Wino Junko" on Wings at the Speed of Sound album. At this time he also formed his own band, White Line, which included his brother Jack on drums and Dave Clarke on bass, keyboards and vocals. He left Wings to join the reformed Small Faces but soon left to form the band Wild Horses with Brian Robertson, Jimmy Bain and Kenney Jones.
Jimmy's last band was yet another super group The Dukes, with singer Miller Anderson, Ronnie Leahy on keyboards and bassist Charles Tumahai.. His last recorded song, "Heartbreaker", appeared on their only album, The Dukes (died of a heroin overdose) b. June 4th 1953.
1979: Dame Gracie Fields/Grace Stansfield, DBE (81) English-born, later Italian-based singer, comedienne, actress and star of both cinema and music hall, born over a fish and chip shop in Rochdale, Lancashire.
Her professional debut in variety took place at the Rochdale Hippodrome theatre in 1910. Her first revue with Archie Pitt was in 1915 called 'Yes I Think So' and the two continued to tour Britain together until 1924 in the revue Mr Tower of London. One of her most successful productions was at the Alhambra Theatre in 1925. The show, was a major success and toured for ten years, throughout the UK and she made her first of ten appearances in Royal Variety Performances in 1928. Her most famous song, which became her theme, "Sally," was worked into the title of her first film, Sally in Our Alley-1931, which was a major box office hit. After marrying Italian-born film director Monty Banks in March 1940, the couple lived in America during WW2, but Grace still helped the war effort and performed many times for Allied troops, travelling as far as New Guinea, where she received an enthusiastic response from Australian personnel. Late 1945 saw her tour the South Pacific Islands. After the war, Gracie and her husband lived ion the Isle of Capri and began performing in Britain again, the BBC gave her her own Radio Show in 1947 dubbed Our Gracie's Working Party and in 1948 headlining the London Palladium over Eartha Kitt who was also on the bill. In 1956, she played Miss Marple in a US TV production of Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced. The production featured Jessica Tandy and Roger Moore. She continued to live on Capri were she lived until her death. She continued to tour, record and make many TV appearances. Her final TV appearance came in January 1979 when she appeared in a special octogenarian edition of The Merv Griffin Show in America, in which she sang the song she popularised in America, "The Biggest Aspidistra In The World". In February 1979, Grace was invested as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, but her health declined in July 1979, when she contracted pneumonia after performing an open air concert on the Royal Yacht which was docked in Capri's harbour (sadly died Gracie from pneumonia) b. January 9th 1898.
1986: Cliff Burton (24) American bassist born in Castro Valley, California; best known for his time with thrash metal band Metallica. He is widely considered to have been one of the most influential metal bassists of all time. He made heavy use of distortion and effects, heard on his signature piece, "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth". He began playing bass at age 13, practicing up to six hours per day, even after he joined Metallica. Cliff formed his first band "EZ-Street", taking its name from a Bay Area topless bar. Other members of EZ Street included future Faith No More guitarist "Big" Jim Martin and future Faith No More and Ozzy Osbourne drummer Mike Bordin. Cliff and Martin continued their musical collaboration after becoming students at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. Their second band, "Agents of Misfortune", entered the Hayward Area Recreation Department's "Battle of the Bands" contest in 1981. Their audition was recorded on video and features some of the earliest footage of Cliff's trademark playing style. The video also shows his playing some parts of what would soon be two Metallica songs: his signature bass solo, "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth", and the chromatic intro to "For Whom the Bell Tolls". He joined his first major band, Trauma, in 1982, after which he was invited to join Metallica, his first recording with Metallica was the Megaforce Demo. He recorded Metallica's first 3 albums Kill 'Em All-1983, Ride the Lightning-1984, and Master of Puppets-1986, before his tragic untimely death. Cliff's final performance was in Stockholm, Sweden on September 26th 1986 (tragically Cliff was crushed to death after the band's tour bus crashed on the road between Stockholm and Copenhagen) b. February 10th 1962.
1997: Walter Trampler (72) German musician and teacher of the viola and viola d'amore, b
orn at Munich, he began to study violin at the age of 6. In his youth, he toured Europe performing as the violist of the Strub String Quartet. Later, he served as the principal violist in the Berlin Radio Orchestra. He went to the United States in 1939, served in the United States Army during World War II, and then returned to a life of music teaching, performing, and recording. He was a founding member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre, and was violist in the Yale. In addition to performing extensively in Europe and the United states as a soloist and a chamber musician, he also taught many students at Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Yale School of Music and Boston University (He died in Port Joli, Nova Scotia, Canada) b. August 25th 1915.
2003: Donald O’Connor (78) American dancer, singer, and actor born to vaudeville entertainers; he began performing in movies in 1937, appearing opposite Bing Crosby in Sing, You Sinners at age 12. In 1940, when he had outgrown child roles, he returned to vaudeville. He came to fame in a series of movies in which he co-starred alternately with Gloria Jean, Peggy Ryan, and Francis the Talking Mule, but is best known today for his role as Gene Kelly's friend and colleague in Singin' in the Rain-1952, his role as Cosmo the piano player earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical (sadly Donald died from congestive heart failure) b. August 28th 1925.
2004: Louis Satterfield (67) American bassist/tombonist, Earth Wind & Fire fame was just a small part of this great musicians life. Other bands included The Pharaohs and The Jazzmen. He played bass on many great classics from Chess Records, recording with Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Muddy Rich, Little Milton and many others. Not forgetting his greatest bass line >>> READ MORE <<< (died in Chicago) b. April 3rd 1937.
2008: Sanny Day (87)
Dutch singer with The Millers (?) b. ????
John Fisher (47) English drummer and vocalist born in Buxton, Derbyshire; he replaced Tony Connor in the British art rock band Audience. He toured Europe with the band and recorded on their live album Alive & Kickin' & Screamin' & Shoutin'
(sadly died while fighting pancreatic cancer) b. December 8th 1960.
2008: George "Wydell" Jones (71) American doo-wop singer-songwriter; lead vocalist with The Edsels, an American doo-wop group active during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The name of the group was originally The Essos, after the oil company, but was changed to match the then-new Ford automobile, the Edsel. They recorded over 25 songs and had multiple performances on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Before their national hit "Rama Lama Ding Dong," songs like "What Brought Us Together," "Bone Shaker Joe," and "Do You Love Me" helped the group land a major recording contract with Capitol Records in 1961. (cancer) b. 1936
2008: Mahendra Kapoor (74) Indian playback singer born in Amritsar; in a career spanning five decades, his repertoire extended to 25,000 songs in various regional languages, including memorable hits like ‘Chalo ek baar phir se Ajnabi ban jayen hum dono’ (Gumrah), ‘Neele gagan ke taale’ (Hamraaz), but he became synonymous with patriotic songs, with Mere Desh Ki Dharthi', in Manoj Kumar’s film Upkaar (heart attack) b. January 9th 1934
2009: Brian Redman (31)
American bass player and singer born in Tacoma, Washington; Brian was a founder member of the political straight edge hardcore punk band "Trial". Based in Seattle they were active from 1995 until 2000, recording three albums "Through the Darkest Days", "Foundation", and "Are These Our Lives". They reunited for three reunion shows in Seattle, London and Budapest in the autumn of 2005. In 2004 Brian joined up with the Canadian thrash-metal band 3 Inches of Blood for a 2 year stint, featuring on their album "Advance and Vanquish". More recently he fronted Tacoma's hard-rock band, Dirty Knockers. (Sadly he died in scooter accident when he was thrown from his scooter after apparently striking a curb) b. June 8th 1978.
2009: Beau Velasco (??)
Australian guitarist, vocalist and songwriter brought up on the Gold Coast in Australia where he founded the electro-punk band The Death Set with his friend Johnny Siera. They moved to Sydney before relocating to Baltimore, America. They went on to tour the US, Australia, Japan, Europe, Scandinavia, China and the UK numerous times including spots at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the United Kingdom, Dour Festival in Belgium, Oya Festival in Norway, North by Northeast music conference in Canada and three years showcasing at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. Their debut album "Worldwide" of which Beau co-wrote, was released July 4th, 2008 on Counter Records. Beau was also a talented artist, tattoo artist and jewelry designer, his artwork has been exhibited in Australia and America (passed away in New York, the details have not been released) b. ????

2010: Tomáš dAsK (25)
Slovak vocalist, guitarist, pianist, songwriter and a founder member of the alterative rock band The Bridgeheads. The band started out in Slovakia but relocated to
UK's London in 2006 and in 2007 and 2008 they played several UK and European shows, however, since August 2008, the band focused only on recording of their forthcoming debut LP and completely abandoned touring until 2010. They spent nearly 3 years making their debut album called ‘Foreigners’, which was recorded at several different places including The Hours Studios and Gravity Shack Studios in London, and a studio of Middlesex University in London. Tomas made the original framed oil painting, drawings and handwritten lyrics for the album cover; and he also decided to make 11 videos entirely on his own to give each song on the album an equal value. All the videos are said to be gradually published on The Bridgeheads official website
(Tragically he died after falling from a window) b. April 2nd 1985
2011: Johnnie Wright (97) American country music singer-songwriter and husband of Kitty Well. Born in Mount Juliet, TE, he spent much of his early career working with Jack Anglin as the popular duo Johnnie & Jack. In 1952, Johnnie & Jack’s "Poison Love" took them to the Grand Ole Opry, where the duo, along with Kitty, were invited to join and remained for 15 years. Following Jack's death in 1963, Johnny continued performing and releasing records,
with hits including "Walkin', Talkin', Cryin', Barely Beatin' Broken Heart." and his No.1 hit "Hello Vietnam". In 1968, he and Kitty recorded an autobiographical duet, "We'll Stick Together", and continued playing live shows together through the early 1980s. In 1983, they opened the Family Country Junction Museum and Studio in their hometown of Madison, Tennessee. They closed the museum in October 2000, but their grandson, John Sturdivant, Jr. kept the Junction Recording Studio operating.
(?) b. May 13th 1914.
2011: Johnny "Country" Mathis (77) American singer-songwriter, born in Maud, Texas; he played on Louisiana Hayride from 1951 to 1960, as a solo artist and as a member of the hitmaking duo Jimmy & Johnny, with Jimmy Lee Fautheree. Johnny left the group to go solo in the middle of the 1950s, but returned to the group from 1959 to 1961.
As a solo artist, he released several singles, his final charting single "Please Talk to My Heart," was released in 1963. He is credited with penning more than 500 tunes over the course of his long career and encountered significant success writing songs for Johnny Paycheck, George Jones and Webb Pierce, among others. After suffering a stroke in 1999 he spent his time singing gaspel music and focusing on his family (sadly died one day prior to his 78th birthday) b. September 28th 1933.
2012: Uldis Stabulnieks (66) Latvian composer, pianist and singer
(?) b. October 8th 1945.
2013: Oscar Castro-Neves (73) Brazilian guitarist, arranger, and composer who is considered a founding figure in Bossa nova. Born in Rio de Janeiro he had his first
national hit with Chora Tua Tristeza at the age of 16. In 1962 he was in a Bossa Nova concert at Carnegie Hall, later he toured with Stan Getz and Sérgio Mendes. He went on to work with a diverse array of musicians including Yo Yo Ma, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, João Gilberto, Eliane Elias, Lee Ritenour, Airto Moreira, Toots Thielemans, John Klemmer, Carol Welsman and Diane Schuur. Also during the 1970s and early 1980s he was member of the Paul Winter Consort. He went to live in Los Angeles, California where he worked as an orchestrator for several films including Blame it on Rio and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
(sadly Oscar died fighting cancer) b. May 15th 1940.
2013: Lorne Black (?) American bassist
and a former member of the hard rock band Great White with vocalist Jack Russell and guitarist Mark Kendall in 1982 when it was still known as Dante Fox; they changed their name later in the year to Great White. Lorne was featured on the band’s debut EP and self-titled album as well as the follow-ups "Shot in the Dark" and "Once Bitten….", after which he left the band in 1987 (?) b. ????
2015: Denise Lor (86) American singer ("If I Give My Heart to You") and actress () b.
2015: Wilton Felder (75)
American saxophonist and session bass player born in Houston, Texas, and best known to many as a founding member of The Jazz Crusaders, later known as The Crusaders. () b. August 31st 1940

September 28th

1964: Nacio Herb Brown (68)
American writer of popular songs, movie scores and theatre music from the 1920s to the 50s. Born in Deming, New Mexico, he
moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1901 he has his first hit "Coral Sea" in 1920, followed by "When Buddha Smiles" in 1921. After joining The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1927 he was hired to work in Hollywood by MGM the following year to write movie music for the new medium of sound film. His collaborations with lyricist Arthur Freed produced Singin' in the Rain. He also worked with Richard A. Whiting and Buddy De Sylva on Broadway Musicals such as Take a Chance and with L. Wolfe Gilbert wrote the music for the children's TV Western, Hopalong Cassidy which first aired in 1949. Nacio was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. (?) b. February 22nd 1896.
1968: Dewey Phillips (42) American disc jockey from Memphis; one of rock 'n' roll's pioneering disk jockeys, along the lines of Cleveland's Alan Freed, but before Alan Freed. Starting his radio career in 1948 on WHBQ/560 in Memphis, he was the city's leading radio personality for nine years and was the first to simulcast his "Red, Hot & Blue" show on radio and television. He was the first DJ to play all styles of music, embracing Black and White music, blues, hillbilly, pop, and jazz, and appeal to all races; and he was doing it in the South in 1948. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to broadcast the young Elvis Presley's debut record, "That's All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky", and got Presley to reveal his race in an interview by asking which high school the 19-year-old singer attended knowing that, because of segregation, his audience would readily know what race attended which schools. He ruled the Memphis airwaves for ten years until changing tastes ended up banishing him from the marketplace. He was fired in late 1958 when the station adopted a Top 40 format, phasing out his freeform style. He spent the last decade of his life working at smaller radio stations (heart failure) b. May 13th 1926.
1972: Rory Storm/Alan Caldwell (34) English singer born in Liverpool, he was the singer and leader of Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, a Liverpudlian band who were contemporaries of The Beatles in the late 1950s, and early 1960s. Ringo Starr was their drummer before joining The Beatles in August '62. The Hurricanes were one of the most popular acts on the Liverpool and Hamburg club scenes during their existence, although their attempt at a recording career was not successful. They released only two singles, the second one being a version of the West Side Story song "America", which was produced by The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. (after the death of his father, Rory had developed a chest infection and could not sleep properly, so he took sleeping pills. The next day he and his mother were both found dead. A post mortem revealed that Storm had not taken enough pills to kill himself, but it was suspected that his mother had, after finding her son's body) b. September 21st 1939.

1991: Eugène Joseph Bozza (86) French composer and
studied composition, conducting, and violin at the Paris Conservatoire. His work includes five symphonies, operas, ballets, and many pieces for brass ensemble. His larger works are rarely performed outside his native France. His ''La légende de Roukmani'', a cantata based on an Indian legend, won him the Prix de Rome in 1934. Eugène was also career coach and director of the Ecole Nationale de Musique, in Valenciennes, from 1951 until his retirement in 1975
(?) b. April 4th 1905.
1991: Miles "Dewey" Davis 111 (65) American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer; widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles was, with his many musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of his ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Horace Silver, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett; guitarists John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Dave Holland, Marcus Miller and Darryl Jones ; and drummers Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, and Al Foster. On October 7th 2008, his album Kind of Blue, released in 1959, received its fourth platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of 4 million copies. Miles was honoured with many awards including 10 Grammy awards, 3 Down Beat magazine awards, Sonning Music Award for lifetime achievement and an Australian Film Institute Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and St. Louis Walk of Fame. (sadly died stroke and pneumonia) b. May 26th 1926.
1994: Urmas Alender (40)
Estonian singer, best known as the vocalist of popular Estonian bands Ruja and Propeller. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, he began his musical career in the rock band Shades in 1969 but quit the following year to become the vocalist for Andromeeda. In 1971, he fronted the progressive rock band Ruja with pianist Rein Rannap. They were influenced by such acts as Genesis, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer and King Crimson and often incorporated the poetry of Estonian writers Juhan Viiding and Ott Arder into the lyrics. The band were one of the first nationally commercially successful rock bands to perform in their own Estonian language. Urmas stayed with the band until its demise in 1988. From 1979 until 1980, Urmas also fronted the Estonian punk rock band Propeller. Other bands he performed with were Teravik, Dat, and in 1983, he briefly played in the band Kaseke
(Urmas tragically died when his ship, the cruise ferry MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea) b. November 22nd 1953.
"Bob" Samuel Robert Gibson (64) American folk singer who led a folk music revival in the late 50s and early 60s. He was known for playing both the banjo and the 12-string guitar. He introduced a then largely unknown Joan Baez at the Newport Folk Festival of 1959, and produced a number of LPs from 1956 to 1965. His best known album, Gibson & Camp at the Gate of Horn, was released in 1961. His songs have been recorded by, among others, Peter, Paul and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, the Byrds, the Smothers Brothers and the Kingston Trio. His career was interrupted by his addiction to drugs. After getting sober in 1978, he attempted a comeback, but the musical scene had changed and his traditional style of folk music was out of favor with young audiences. He did, however, continue his artistic career with albums, musicals, plays, and TV performances. Sadly in 1993 he was diagnosed with PSP. (He died from supranuclear palsy, PSP, in Portland, Oregon) b. November 16th 1931.
Scott Muni/Donald Allen Muñoz (74) American radio DJ, born in Wichita, Kansas; after leaving the Marines, he began working as a disc jockey; in 1955 he replaced rock radio pioneer Alan Freed at station WAKR in Akron, Ohio, and worked in Kankakee, Illinois. After which Scott spent almost 50 years at stations in New York City. He became a Top 40 broadcaster at WMCA in the late 1950s, just before the start of their "Good Guys" era, and did a number of record hops in the New York area. In 1960, he moved to rival Top 40 station WABC. There he did an early evening show called "Scottland's Yard" and was the first WABC DJ to capture the attention of the teenage audience the station would become famous for. He also participated in the competition to cover The Beatles on their first visits to the United States, and thus began a long association with them. Muni's last gig was an hour-long afternoon show on New York classic rock station Q104.3, where he landed in 1998. He also hosted many nationally syndicated programs during his career, including Scott Muni's World of Rock and the Beatles-oriented Ticket to Ride. He was included in an exhibit on radio personalities at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and introduced the group Chicago on their "At Carnegie Hall" four record set now available on cd.
(died in New York City) b. May 10th 1930.
2010: Dolores Mae Wilson (82)
American coloratura soprano who had an active international opera career from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. Beginning her career with major theatres in Europe, she performed in six seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City during the 1950s. She is perhaps best known for originating the title role in the world premiere of Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe at the Central City Opera in 1956. After leaving her opera career, she embarked on a second career as a musical theatre actress; making several appearances on Broadway in the following decades including 'Cry for Us All', 'I Remember Mama' and 'Annie' (Dolores died from natural causes in the Lillian Booth Actors Fund Home in New Jersey) b.
August 9th 1928.
2011: Leonard Dillon aka Jack Sparrow (68)
Jamaican singer, who, in the early 1960s, began his career using the stage name, Jack Sparrow. He recorded a series of ska songs, including Bull Whip, which featured a young Bob Marley on backing vocals. After which, in 1966, he founded the pioneering reggae group, The Ethiopians whose best known hits were Train to Skaville and Everything Crash. In 1991, Leonard recorded a solo album 'On the Road Again'. Toward the end of the 1990s, he formed a new Ethiopians lineup with female backing vocalists Jennifer Lara and Merlene Webber, who appeared on the 1999 album, Tuffer Than Stone
(sadly died from lung and prostate cancer) b. December 9th 1942.
2012: Eddie Bert (90) American jazz trombonist born in Yonkers, New York. His first job as a musician came in 1940 when he joined the Sam Donahue Orchestra, and then joined Red Norvo in 1941. He performed continually with leading musicians including Stan Kenton , Benny Goodman', Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Illinois Jacquet, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Woody Herman, and Charlie Barnett. Eddie
is featured in hundreds of recordings and recorded extensively as a leader on various labels, including Savoy Records, Blue Note Trans-World, Jazztone, and Discovery Records and continued to play sold-out shows until his death (?) b. May 16th 1922.
2013: George Amon Webster (67) American Southern Gospel singer and pianist; born in Osceola, Arkansas, he was the baritone vocalist and the pianist with the Cathedral Quartet from 1969 through 1971, their pianist from 1973 through 1974, and their baritone vocalist and bassist from 1974 through 1979. George wrote "Thanks For Loving Me" and the critically acclaimed song, "He Loves Me", during his second stint with the Cathedral Quartet. He has also been a member of The Templeaires Quartet, The Salvation Singing Society, The Calvarymen Quartet, The Brothers, Destiny, The Frontiersmen, The Heartland Boys, George Amon Webster Trio, Selah, and the Toney Brothers (sadly George died while fighting cancer) b. December 10th 1945.
2014:Petr Skoumal (76) Czech musician and composer () b.
2014: George Roberts (86) American trombonist () b.
2015: Alexander Faris (94) Northern Irish composer.() b.
2015: Michael Burgess (70) Canadian tenor, (sadly died while fighting cancer) b.
2015: Frankie Ford (76) American singer () b.

September 29th
1958: Aarre Merikanto (65)
Finnish composer, born in Helsinki and spent h
is childhood in Vilppula; he is regarded as one of the most notable Finnish composers, along with Einojuhani Rautavaara and Jean Sibelius. He studied music in Helsinki 1911, Leipzig 1912-1914 and Moscow 1916-1917. His work includes Konzertstuck for Cello & Chamber Orchestra; Fantasia; the opera - Juha; Symphonic Study; Symphonic poems - Lemminkäinen, Pan, and Notturno; The Abduction of Kyllikki; various Concertos for Piano, Violin and Cello among many other works (sadly died after his battle with lung cancer) b. 29 June 1893.
1977: Alexander Nikolayevich Tcherepnin (78) Russian-born composer and pianist, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and played the piano and composed prolifically from a very early age. After the 1917 Russian Revolution, the family fled St. Petersburg and settled for some time in Tbilisi, Georgia. In young Tcherepnin's luggage were some two hundred short piano pieces, quite a number of which eventually reached print, notably in his Bagatelles, Op. 5. In 1925 he won the Schott Prize with his Concerto da Camera, Op. 33. He began yearly visits to America in 1926 and later went to the Far East, making several extended visits to China and Japan between 1934 and 1937. He promoted composers in Japan - Akira Ifukube, Bunya Koh, and others and
in China - He Lüting and others, even founding his own publishing house in Tokyo for the purpose. He later lived in Paris and evenually settled in Chicago, America where he performed with many major orchestras. In later life spent his life working between the US and Europe
(he died in Paris) b. January 21st 1899.
1981: Tommy Moore (50)
English drummer who played with The Silver Beetles, who later became The Beatles, from May to June 1960.
Born in Liverpool, he worked as a fork-lift truck driver and part-time musician. He first played drums with the Silver Beetles in May 1960, at the suggestion of Allan Williams, and later that month travelled to Scotland with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Stuart Sutcliffe, when they acted as a backing band for singer Johnny Gentle. During the tour, he was injured and lost his front teeth when the band's van, driven by Johnny Gentle, had a minor accident. However, Lennon and the Scottish organiser of the tour took him out of hospital and insisted that he perform with the rest of the group. After they returned to Liverpool, Tommy undertook one further performance with the group, before they left for Germany with Pete Best as their drummer in August 1960 (sadly died of a brain haemorrhage) b. September 12th 1931.
1992: Paul Jabara (44)
American actor, singer, and songwriter of Lebanese, ancestry. Paul was in the original cast of the stage musicals Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar and took over the role of Frank-N-Furter in the LA Production of The Rocky Horror Show. He released his first album, Shut Out in 1977. His solo albums on the disco label Casablanca Records include three duets with Donna Summer; "Shut Out", "Something's Missing" and "Never Lose Your Sense Of Humor" and i
n 1979, he won both Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song performed by Donna Summer, with his self penned "Last Dance", just two of many awards for his work throughout his lifetime. He wrote a lot songs including Barbra Streisand's "The Main Event/Fight", "Two Lovers" for Julio Iglesias, "Work That Body" for Diana Ross' and co-wrote the Weather Girls hit, "It's Raining Men" among many others (sadly died from lymphoma related to AIDS) b. January 31st 1948.
2002: Mickey Newbury (62)
American singer-songwriter and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, born in Houston, Texas. As a teenager, he sang tenor in a vocal group called The Embers. The group opened for several famous performers, such as Sam Cooke and Johnny Cash. After a stint in the airforce, then the army he relocated to Nashville. For a time, he was one of the most influential creative minds in Nashville and it's arguable that he was the first real "outlaw" of the outlaw country movement of the 70s. It was Mickey who convinced Roger Miller to record Kristofferson's "Me & Bobby McGee", which went on to launch Kristofferson as country music's top songwriter. He is also responsible for getting Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark to move to Nashville and pursue careers as songwriters. He wrote many songs that were recorded by singers such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bill Monroe, Johnny Rodriguez, Hank Snow, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Don Gibson, Brenda Lee, Charlie Rich, David Allan Coe, Sammi Smith, Joan Baez, Tom Jones, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Steve Von Till, BB King, Linda Ronstadt, and Bobby Bland, among many others.
Although his songs have been recorded by 100s of performers from a wide variety of musical genres, he is most remembered for his creation of "An American Trilogy", a medley that was recorded by many, including symphony orchestras, and Elvis Presley (?) b. May 19th 1940.
2008: Stan Kann (83)
American organist and TV's Tonight Show regular; born in St. Louis, he began playing the organ at age 4 and majored in classical organ at Washington University in St. Louis before he became official house organist at the St. Louis Fox in 1952. Stan served as the theater's resident organist until 1974, four years before the Fox closed. Kann also played the organ in the St. Louis restaurant owned by Stan Musial. Stans first appearance on The Tonight Show was June 8th 1966, when he had been booked to discuss some of the prized carpet sweepers from his 150-item collection. He also made 89 appearances on The Mike Douglas Show and was a guest on talk shows hosted by Merv Griffin and Gypsy Rose Lee (sadly died at Saint Louis University Hospital of complications from open heart surgery) b. December 9th 1924.
2010: Voki Kostic (79) Serbian composer born in Belgrade. He composed 93 pieces of classical music, as well as music for 107 feature and TV films, 310 theatre shows and 20 TV series. He was a long-time secretary of Union of Serbian composers, and published 35 papers, essays and studies. He was also noted for his culinary abilities, publishing several cookbooks and hosted popular TV shows on cooking (?) b. September 21st 1931.
2011: Sylvia Robinson/Sylvia Vanterpool (75) American singer, music producer and record label executive, most notably known for her work as a founder/CEO of the hip hop label, Sugar Hill Records. She is credited as the driving force behind two landmark singles in the genre. The first was "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang, which was the first rap song to be released by a hip hop act. The second was "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five. Born in New York City, her first successful record was the 1956 hit, "Love Is Strange", and went on to record songs such as "Pillow Talk". In the 70s, the Robinsons founded Sugar Hill Records named after the culturally rich Sugar Hill area of Harlem, in Manhattan, known as a hub for artists and performers in the early and mid 1900s
(sadly Sylviadie from heart failure) b. March 6th 1936.
2015: Phil Woods (83) American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Juilliard Schooland in the mid-'50s, began to front his own bands. The first album under his name, Woodlore, was released in 1955 to great critical acclaim. He got major exposure after Quincy Jones invited him to accompany a 1956 State Department sponsored world tour with the big band of Dizzy Gillespie. In 1959 he traveled Europe with Jones’ band; in 1962 he participated in Benny Goodman’s Russian tour; he also worked with Clark Terry. Phil moved to Paris in 1968 were he formed the successful Rhythm Machine band. On his return to America in 1972 he settled in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. This was when he launched the quartet, later quintet, which was to be his preferred medium for the rest of his long career. Altogether, Phil Woods has more than 100 albums under his own name, many more as a member of other people’s bands and yet others to which his contribution is fleeting, and often uncredited. In later years Phil suffered increasingly from emphysema, until he had to carry an oxygen tank with him. His last concert took place at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, on September 4th 2015 (sadly Phil died fighting emphysema) b. November 2nd 1931.
2015: Jean Ter-Merguerian (79) French-Armenian virtuoso violinist and violin pedagogue, born in Marseille. He got the first prize for violin at the Marseille Conservatoire at the age of 11. In the same year, his first recital took place, where he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto A minor and Mendelssohn’s Concerto E minor. He continued his musical studies in Yerevan and then in the Moscow Conservatory. Jean is a prizewinner of international violin competitions, such as Prague Spring in 1956, the first Grand Prix at the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris in 1961, and Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, plus Queen Elisabeth in Bruxelles in 1963.
He served a long-term teaching position at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. In 1975, he toured the USA, when touring his solo performances were nearly always accompanied by orchestras of different countries and conducted by famous conductors. (sadly died fighting cancer) b. October 5th 1935.
2015: Benjamin Hutto (67) American organist, choirmaster and academic

September 30th
1969: Christine Hinton (?)
David Crosby's longtime girlfriend (tragically she was killed in a head-on collision car crash near San Francisco while taking their pet cat to the vets) b.????
1977: Mary Ford/Iris Colleen Summers (53) American singer and wife of the great Les Paul; in the early '40s she found work as a country performer with Gene Autry and Jimmy Wakely. She appeared with Jimmy in the PRC film I'm from Arkansas in 1944 as a member of the Sunshine Girls trio. In 1945, Autry introduced her to guitarist Les Paul, and the two teamed in 1946. Between 1950-54, the couple had 16 top-ten hits. In 1951 alone they sold six million records. Their hits include "Tiger Rag", "Vaya con Dios"-11 weeks at No.1, "How High the Moon"-9 weeks at No.1, "Bye Bye Blues" and "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise". In '53, they began their television series, The Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home Show. In 1955, they gave a concert at Carnegie Hall, and the following year they performed for President Dwight Eisenhower at the White House and in 1961, they appeared on NBC's Five Star Jubilee. After splitting up with Les in 1962, she sometimes performed with her sisters, Carol, Eva and Esther (sadly died from cancer after being in a diabetic coma for 54 days) b. July 7th 1924.
1986: Tommy Reynolds (69) American clarinetist and band leader;he formed his band in 1940, its more celebrated members included the sax player Serge Chaloff and the vocalist Hal Linden, known in later for his portrayal of the title character in ''Barney Miller'' on television. Tommy appeared in 10 movies and led the orchestra on several tours with Bob Hope. During the 50s, he was the music director of WOR Radio, later studio manager of WOR-TV and the first general manager of WOR-FM, now WRKS-FM. At the time of his death he was director of broadcast standards for RKO General Inc (sadly died after a long illness) b. January 17th 1916.
1989: Virgil Thomson (92) American composer and music critic from Kansas City, Missouri. He was instrumental in the development of the "American Sound" in classical music. He has been described as a modernist , a neoclassicist, a composer of "an Olympian blend of humanity and detachment" whose, "expressive voice was always carefully muted," until his late opera Lord Byron which, in contrast to all his previous work, exhibited an emotional content that rises to, "moments of real passion," [8], and a neoromantic (?) b. November 25th 1896
2008: Henry Adler (93) American drummer, percussionist, music teacher, author, publisher, instrument manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and authority on drumset technique. He is best known for having been a teacher to Buddy Rich, and for co-authoring, with Buddy, the classic instructional book Buddy Rich's Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments. First published in 1942, the book is widely regarded as one of the most important snare-drum rudimental books ever written (?) b. June 28th 1915.
2010: Doukissa Fotara (69) Greek singer, popularly known as just Doukissa; by 1954, she was a singing "wunderkind". She developed into a popular Laika singer, and became a favourite of Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Her hits included 'We're only human',
'I want my "opa!"', 'Where are you going without Love?', and 'The young Men'. Between 1966 to 1970 she also appeared in around ten (Sadly, Doukissa lost her long and brave battle with cancer) b. February 8th 1941.
2010: Aaron-Carl Ragland (37) American DJ, electronic dance musician and techno composer from Detroit City; he started out in 1996, when his demo landed into the hands of Underground Resistance's “Mad” Mike Banks. Shortly after, he was signed to the UR sub-label, Soul City. His first two records “Wash It” (featuring “Down”) and “Crucified” were released which instantly earning him a local and international following. Aaron-Carl has released on many labels throughout the world and his music has been showcased in various feature films, most notably Maestro, a house music documentary by Josell Ramos, which featured original tracks “Sky” and “Oasis”. He also appears in The Godfather Chronicles, The Ghetto Tech Sound of Detroit. His remix of rapper Johnny Dangerous’ “Topsy Turvy”, in which he makes a cameo appearance, is featured in Pick Up the Mic, a documentary by Alex Hinton. Aaron-Carl is the founder and CEO of W.A.R.M.T.H. International Inc. He was about to embark on a European tour.
(sadlyunexpe and ctedly he died from lymphoma) b. August 19th 1973.
2011: Marv Tarplin (70) American guitarist and songwriter who began his career accompanying a teenage Detroit, Michigan girl group known as The Primettes, later The Supremes. The Primettes sought an audition with Motown Records, and Marv played guitar as they performed for Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson. Robinson was impressed by Tarplin's guitar playing, and lured him away from the Primettes to join The Miracles and co-wrote several of their hits, including the million-selling Grammy Hall of Fame winner "The Tracks of My Tears". He and Smokey continued to collaborate as writers on Robinson's solo recordings, including the Top 10 hits "Cruisin'" in 1978 and "Being with You" in 1981. Marv also continued to play guitar on record and in concert for Robinson, and also continued to tour
until 2008 (?) b. June 13th 1941.
2011: Raylene Rankin (52) Canadian singer and a member
musical family group, The Rankin Family, a Celtic-country band from Mabou, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The Rankins come from a family of 12, the first Rankin Family band formed in the 1970s when siblings Raylene, Geraldine, John Morris, Genevieve and David began performing at local weddings and dances in Cape Breton. At intervals between 1989-2009 they released seven albums and the group has won many Canadian music awards, including 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four SOCAN Awards, three Canadian Country Music Awards and two Big Country Music Awards (sadly Raylene died after a long brave with battle cancer) b. September 15th 1960.
2014: Sheila Tracy née Lugg (80) British broadcaster, author and musician born in Helston, Cornwall. She studied piano, violin and trombone at the Royal Academy of Music, then was a member of the Ivy Benson All Girls Band between 1956-58. Subsequently, she formed a vocal/trombone duo, The Tracy Sisters, who appeared in variety, on radio and television, as well as in cabaret all over the world. When the act broke up, she joined BBC Television as an announcer and worked mostly in TV until 1974 when she became the first female newsreader on BBC Radio 4's on July
16th. On BBC Radio 2 Sheila devised and presented the Truckers Hour and introduced Big Band Special featuring performances by the BBC Big Band. Among her books are Bands, Booze & Broads in 1995, a collection of her interviews with the American sidemen who played with the top bands in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s; and Talking Swing in 1997, on British musicians of the same era. In 1997, she was made a Freeman of the City of London (?) b. 1934.

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