This Day In Music: April 1
March 31 ~ Birthdays/All ~ April 2
 
April 1, 2022 ~ Fitzroy Simpson, commonly known as reggae singer Bunny Simpson, passed away ~ Formed roots reggae harmony group the Mighty Diamonds with Judge Ferguson and Tabby Shaw, best known for their 1976 Right Time debut album. Originally recorded Pass The Kouchie in 1981, notably covered by pop-reggae outfit Musical Youth as Pass The Dutchie ~ Simpson was born ca.1950
April 1, 2022 ~ William Dale Fries Jr, commonly known as singer CW McCall, passed away in Ouray, Colorado, USA ~ Best known for Convoy. Co-penned with Chip Davis for an advertising campaign for the Iowa bakery Old Home Bread company, the song would top both the Billboard Country and Billboard Hot 100 charts, and inspire the Sam Peckinpah-directed film of the same name starring Kris Kristofferson. Other well-known songs include Wolf Creek Pass, Round The World With The Rubber Duck, There Won't Be No Country Music (There Won't Be No Rock 'n Roll), Crispy Critters and Roses For Mama ~ Fries was born in 1928
April 1, 2022 ~ Bluegrass mandolinist Roland White passed away ~ Brother of Eric White and Clarence White. Worked with the Kentucky Colonels, Country Gazette, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Lester Flatt, Alan Munde, Butch Robins, Bobby Hicks, Joe Carr, Ricky Skaggs, and others ~ White was born in 1938
 
April 1, 2021 ~ Baritone singer Giorgio Gatti passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Debuted in 1971 at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples. Known for roles in operas composed by the likes Gioachino Rossini, Silvano Sardi, Bruno Nicolai, and Roberto Gianotti ~ Gatti was born in 1948
April 1, 2021 ~ Classical, concert pianist Michèle Boegner passed away in Argenteuil, France ~ Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert ~ Boegner was born in 1941
April 1, 2021 ~ Pop, rock drummer Oscar Kraal passed away ~ Session, touring drummer. Worked with Seven, Milow, Frank Boeijen, Babette van Veen, Anouk, Candy Dulfer, Keith Caputo, the Postmen, Niels Geusebroek, Van Dik Hout, and others ~ Kraal was born in 1970
April 1, 2021 ~ Singer, model, songwriter Patrick Juvet passed away in Barcelona, Spain ~ Best known for I Love America, a 1978 Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo-produced top 20 hit throughout Europe. Also known for representing Switzerland in the 1973 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 12th place with Je Bais Me Marler Marie ~ Juvet was born in 1950
April 1, 2021 ~ R&B, pop singer, songwriter, actor Quindon Tarver, full name Quindon Dan Tarver, passed away in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Best known for When Doves Cry and Everybody's Free, both covers respectively of Prince and Rozalla and both used on the soundtrack of the 1996 William Shakespeare's Rome & Juliet soundtrack. Released a sole album, Quindon, the same year ~ Tarver was born in 1982
 
April 1, 2020 ~ Singer, guitarist, producer, songwriter Adam Schlesinger, full name Adam Lyons Schlesinger, passed away in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy, and Tinted Windows. Key songwriter and producer for synth-pop duo Fever High. In-demand songwriter for film and TV, nominated for an Academy Award for writing the title track of the 1997 film That Thing You Do. Served as producer for acts such as Dashboard Confessional, Tahiti 80, Verve Pipe, Robert Plant, They Might Be Giants, Fastball, and others ~ Schlesinger was born in 1967
April 1, 2020 ~ John Paul Pizzarelli, commonly known as jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, passed away in Saddle River, New Jersey, USA ~ Father of guitarist John Pizzarelli and double bassist Martin Pizzarelli. Influenced by Django Reinhardt, Freddie Green, George van Eps. Staff musician with NBC, including on the Tonight Show Band. Has worked with Sarah Vaughan, Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Stéphane Grappelli, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Aretha Franklin, Judy Collins, Solomon Burke, New York Swing, the Soprano Summit, and others ~ Pizzarelli was born in 1926
April 1, 2020 ~ Pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr, full name Ellis Louis Marsalis Jr, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Patriarch of the Marsalis family, father of Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayao Marsalis and Jason Marsalis. Worked with Ed Blackwell, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Al Hirt, David Fathead Newman, Eddie Harris, Marcus Roberts, Courtney Pine, Irvin Mayfield, Kermit Ruffins, Dave Young, Steve Masakowski, Michael Caine, Rich Matteson, Cornell Dupree, Art Tatum, Harry Connick Jr, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Harold Battiste, Gerald Wilson, Wessell Anderson, Jimmy Cobb, Snooks Eaglin, David Benoit, Irma Thomas, Scotty Barnhart, and others ~ Marsalis was born in 1934
 
April 1, 2019 ~ Claude Vasori, commonly known as orchestra leader, composer, arranger Caravelli passed away in Cannet, France ~ Actively recording since the late 1950s. Has worked with Maurice Chevalier and Charles Trenet. Known for composing several soundtracks, notably El Satan Conduit Le Bal. Also co-wrote Laisse Moi Le Temps, translated to English by Paul Anka and recorded by Frank Sinatra as Let Me Try Again ~ Vasori was born in 1930
April 1, 2019 ~ Operatic soprano Ruth-Margret Pütz passed away in Stuttgart, Germany ~ Best known for her decades long association with the Staatsoper Stuttgart starting in the late 1950s. Also worked with the Vienna State Opera, the Cologne Opera, the Staatsopera Hannover, and others ~ Pütz was born in 1930
April 1, 2019 ~ Classical cellist Vladimir Orloff born in Ukraine ~ Worked with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the New Philharmonia Orchestra, and others ~ Orloff was born in 1928
 
April 1, 2018 ~ Jazz singer, pianist, songwriter Audrey Morris passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Specialized in ballads. Influenced by Billie Holiday, Lee Wiley, Mildred Bailey, Peggy Lee. Singing professionally since the early 1950s. Recorded two albums in the 1950s, 1955's Bistro Ballads Sung By Audrey Morris with backing from Johnny Pate and 1956's The Voice Of Audrey Morris ~ Morris was born in 1928
 
April 1, 2017 ~ Jazz bassist Bob Cunningham passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the 3B's, Bross Townsend, Bernard Pretty Purdie, Gary Bartz, Walt Dickerson, Frank Foster, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Hardman, Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef, Junior Mance, and others ~ Cunningham was born in 1934
April 1, 2017 ~ Lee Baker Jr, commonly known as guitarist Lonnie Brooks, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Father of blues singers Ronnie Baker Brooks and Wayne Baker Brooks. Debuted in 1969 with the album Broke And Hungry on Capitol. Mixed Chicago blues, Louisiana blues, swamp pop and rhythm & blues. Resurged in the late 1970s, picked up by Alligator Records ~ Brooks was born in 1933
 
April 1, 2015 ~ Guitarist Dave Ball passed away ~ Briefly a member of Procol Harum, joining the band in 1971 as replacement for Robin Trower and leaving in 1972 halfway through the sessions for the band's The Grand Hotel album. Present on the 1972 Procol Harum Live With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra live album. Has also worked with Cozy Powell in the shortlived rock group Bedlam. Backed Long John Baldry on Baldry's Good To Be Alive album ~ Ball was born in 1950
 
April 1, 2014 ~ Walter Fleming, commonly known as jazz pianist, bandleader King Fleming, passed away in Manteno, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Johnny Alston, Addison Farmer, King Oliver, Oliver Coleman, the Dozier Boys, Lorez Alexandria, John Neely, Muhal Richard Abrams, and others ~ Fleming was born in 1922
 
April 1, 2009 ~ Country, country rock, rock & roll singer, guitarist, songwriter Duane Jarvis passed away in Marina Del Rey, California, USA ~ Influenced by the Who, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones. Co-wrote Lucinda Williams' Still I Long For Your Kiss of Williams' acclaimed Car Wheels On A Gravel Road album. Actively recording as a solo artist since the 1990s. Has worked with Peter Case, Rosie Flores, John Prine, Amy Rigby, Dwight Yoakam, and others ~ Jarvis was born in 1957
 
April 1, 2007 ~ Jazz drummer Danny Barcelona passed away ~ Best known for his association with Louis Armstrong including on songs such as Hello Dolly and What A Wonderful World ~ Barcelona was born in 1929
 
April 1, 2006 ~ Motonari Takano, commonly known as anisong singer, drummer Ai Takano, passed away ~ Nicknamed Motchin. Best known as a solo artist, notably performing the theme songs for Galactic Whirlwind Sasuraiger, Pettonton and Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion. Drummer for Cama Beats, known best for the Zombies cover Suki Sa Suki Sa Suki Sa originally titled I Love You. Also drummed with the Golden Cups ~ Takano was born in 1951
 
April 1, 2005 ~ Heavy metal drummer Barry Stern passed away ~ Drummer, singer with Zoetrope frim 1976 through 1988, present on the albums Amnesty and A Life Of Crime. Member of Trouble from 1989 through 1993, appearing on the albums Trouble and Frustration. Has also worked with D-Connect, Cathedral, Septic Tank, and Debris Inc ~ Stern was born in 1960
April 1, 2005 ~ Songwriter Jack Keller, full name James Walter Keller, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Revered songwriter, often in collaboration with Howard Greenfield, Gerry Goffin, Noel Sherman and other staff writers at Aldon Music, responsible for 1950s and 1960s such as Everybody's Somebody's Fool, Breaking In A Brand New Heart and My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own for Connie Francis, Venus In Blue Jeans for Jimmy Clanton, Run To Him for Bobby Vee and Your Used To Be for Brenda Lee. One of the first songwriters, producers behind the Monkees. Others artists who recorded Keller's songs include Petula Clark, Barry Mann, the Four Coins, Johnny Tillotson, Paul Anka, the Lettermen, Carl Dobkins Jr, Gene Watson, Perry Como, Tony Orlando, the Poni-tails, Jimmy Beaumont, the Wilburn Brothers, Shirley Bassey, BB King, Ray Charles, the Jazz Guardians, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Willis Sisters, Joey Dee & the Starliters, the Everly Brothers, Patti Page, Kitty Wells, Nat King Cole, the Astronauts, Freda Payne, Damita Jo, the Chiffons, Robin Clark, Frankie Avalon, Ferlin Husky, Little Eva, the Springfields, Tommy Roe, Crystal Gayle, Hugo Montenegro, Georgia Gibbs, Helen Reddy, Bobby Rydell, Frank Sinatra, Clyde McPhatter, Ernest Tubb, Crystal Gayle, Eddy Arnold, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, and others ~ Keller was born in 1936
 
April 1, 2004 ~ Musicologist, conductor, radio producer Denis Stevens, full name Denis William Stevens, passed away ~ Co-founded the Ambrosian Singers with Denis Stevens, a choral group known best for their association with the BBC. The group would also serve as a training ground for artists such as Heather Harper, Dorothy Dorow, Margaret Price, Robert Tear, and John Shirley-Quirk ~ Stevens was born in 1922
April 1, 2004 ~ Guitarist, producer Paul Atkinson, full name Paul Ashley Warren Atkinson, passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Founding member of pop-rock band the Zombies, known for the late 1960s hits She's Not There, Tell Her No and Time Of The Season. Following the band's disbandement Atkinson would go to become an A&R executive and producer working with artists such as Elton John, ABBA, Bruce Hornsby, Mr Mister, Judas Priest, and others ~ Atkinson was born in 1946
 
April 1, 1999 ~ Jesse Abert Stone, commonly known as R&B pianist, arranger, producer, songwriter Charles Calhoun, passed away in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA ~ Best known for penning Shake Rattle & Roll, originally recorded by Big Joe Turner and covered by numerous others. The song stand as one of the songs that defined rock & roll ~ Stone was born in 1901
 
April 1, 1995 ~ Daniel Avila Roson, commonly known as DJ, remixer, producer Danny Avila, born in Marbella, Spain ~ Collaborated with Tiësto, Deniz Koyu, Fedde Le Grand
 
April 1, 1991 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist Bjarne Nerem passed away in Oslo, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Among the top soloists on Norway's jazz scene. Worked with Rowland Greenberg, Simon Brehm, Harry Arnold, Carl Henrik Norin, Ove Lind, Lasse Sjosten, Arne Domnerus, Monica Zetterlund, Thore Ehrling, Nils Lindberg, Benny Bailey, Ake Persson, Stan Getz, Roy Haynes, and Quincy Jones ~ Nerem was born in 1923
April 1, 1991 ~ Jazz trumpeter Jon Eardley passed away in Lambermont, Belgium ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Phil Woods, Gerry Mulligan, Hal McIntyre, Harald Banter, Chet Baker, Red Mitchell, Teddy Kotick, Art Themen, Zoot Sims, and others ~ Eardley was born in 1928
 
April 1, 1990 ~ Folk singer, songwriter, actress Bracha Zefira passed away in Tel Aviv, Israel ~ Married to violinist Ben Ami Zilber, the couple's son Ariel Zilber is also a musician. Credited with bringing Yemenite and other Middle Eastern influences into Israeli music ~ Zefira was born in 1910
 
April 1, 1986 ~ Country, country pop singer, songwriter Hillary Scott, full name Hillary Dawn Scott, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Daughter of country singer Linda Davis. Brother of pop singer Josh Kelley. Co-lead singer of Lady Antebellum, known for hits such as Need You Now, American Honey, Just A Kiss, Downtown, Bartender, Champagne Night. The band was renamed to Lady A following the George Floyd protest to avoid unwanted associations with slavery and the Antebellum South, the latter referring to the late 18th century period preceding the American Civil War
April 1, 1986 ~ Brian Todd Collins, commonly known as rapper, singer, producer, songwriter Kid Ink, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Debuted in 2012 with the album Up & Away. Best known for songs such as Show Me featuring Chris Brown, Be Real featuring Dej Loaf. Has also collaborated with Meek Mill, Tyga, Fetty Wap, Ty Dolla $ign, Aloe Blacc, Steve Aoki, and others
 
April 1, 1984 ~ Singer Marvin Gaye, full name Marvin Pentz Gay Jr, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Quintessential R&B singer helped shape Motown sound in the 1960s. Redefined R&B in the early 1970s incorporating social commentary, especially on the 1971 landmark album What's Going On. Influential on later subgenres such as quiet storm and neo-soul. Well-known songs include Pride & Joy, How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, I'll Be Doggone, Ain't That Peculiar, You're All I Need To Get By, What's Going On, Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), Let's Get It On and Sexual Healing. Shot to death by his father trying to intervene in a fight between his parents ~ Gay passed away in 1939
 
April 1, 1983 ~ Jazz pianist Ken Kersey, full name Kenneth Lyons Kersey, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Active from the mid-1930s through the late 1950s, retiring from music for health reasons. Replaced Mary Lou Williams as Andy Kirk's pianist in 1942. Has also worked with Lucky Millinder, the Clouds Of Joy, Billy Hicks, Frankie Newton, Billie Holiday, Roy Eldridge, Red Allen, Cootie Williams, and others ~ Kersey was born in 1916
April 1, 1983 ~ Singer, dancer, actor Sergey Lazarev born in Moscow, Russia ~ Member of pop group Smash until its disbandement in 2006. Internationally best known for representing Russia twice in the Eurovision Songfestival, first in 2016 with the song You Are The Only One and again in 2019 with Scream, reaching third place on both occasions
 
April 1, 1982 ~ Margaret Ann Borden, commonly known as pop, jazz singer Ann Richards, passed away in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Worked with Charlie Barnet, Stan Kenton, and others ~ Borden was born in 1935
 
April 1, 1981 ~ Actress, singer Hannah Spearritt, full name Hannah Louise Spearritt, born in Great Yarmouth, UK ~ Member of late 1990s club, dance-pop outfit S Club 7, known for a number of European hits such as Bringing It All Back, S Club Party, Two In A Million, Have You Ever, Say Goodbye and Never Had A Dream Come True, the latter also reaching the American top 10. The group was modeled after the Spice Girls by former Spice manager Simon Fuller. After the group's disbandement in the early 2000s Spearritt ventured into acting
 
April 1, 1980 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Kip Moore born in Tifton, Georgia, USA ~ Released his full-length Up All Night debut album in 2012, reaching Billboard Country top 10 and RIAA Platinum status. Has recorded to commercial succes since. Wrote songs for Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square, James Wesley. Known for songs such as Beer Money, Hey Pretty Girl, More Girls Like You and perhaps his best-known Somethin' 'Bout A Truck, the latter reaching top of the country charts in 2011
 
April 1, 1971 ~ Roosevelt Willette, commonly known as hard bop, soul-jazz organist Baby Face Willette, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with King Kolax, Joe Houston, Johnny Otis, Big Jay McNeely, Lou Donaldson, Grant Green, and others ~ Willette was born in 1933
April 1, 1971 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Joost Zweegers, also known as Novastar, born in Sittard, the Netherlands ~ Member of the Sideburns, known for the single I Can't Let Maggie Go. Briefly a member of Milk The Bishop. Best known as frontman and eponym of Novastar, winning the 1996 Humo's Rockrally with Ten Eleven. A full-length epoymous Novastar debut album followed in 2000, its Wrong single becoming a hit in Belgium and the Netherlands. With his backing unit would open for K's Choice, Robbie Williams and Neil Young as well as play Pinkpop. Zweegers has recorded steadily since to mixed succes
 
April 1, 1967 ~ Keyboardist, organist Dag Stokke born in Gjovik, Norway ~ Church organist best known for his association with hard rock, glam metal acts TNT, though never an official member present on all the band's recordings from 1992 until his death, and Vagabond ~ Stokke passed away in 2011
 
April 1, 1963 ~ Tenor saxophonist Antoine Roney born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Brother of trumpeter Wallace Roney. Leader and sideman. Influenced by Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Willie Bobo, and Mongo Santamaria. Worked with Donald Byrd, Jackie McLean, Clifford Jordan, Ted Curson, John Patton, Rashied Ali, Art Taylor, Jesse Davis, Ravi Coltrane, Michael Carvin, Geri Allen, Chick Corea, Elvin Jones, Cindy Blackman, Ricky Ford, and others
April 1, 1963 ~ Singer Hüner Coskuner born in Istanbul, Turkey ~ Well over a dozen albums to her name, starting with Dogus released in 1987. Also noted for duetting with Erol Büyükburç on the Iste Duet Sevenem collaborative album released in 1999 ~ Coskuner passed away in 2021
 
April 1, 1961 ~ New wave, synthpop keyboardist, guitarist, singer Mark White, full name Mark Andrew White, born in Sheffield, UK ~ Co-founding member of ABC, known for 1980s UK top 10 hits such as Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love and All Of My Heart
 
April 1, 1958 ~ Dennis Dale Boon, commonly known as singer, guitarist D Boon, born in San Pedro, California, USA ~ Guitarist, lead singer of punk rock outfit the Minutemen, known best for their critically acclaimed 1984 double album Double Nickels On The Dime. Boon was killed in a car crash at age 27. Shortly thereafter the band would be disbanded ~ Boon passed away in 1985
 
April 1, 1954 ~ Pop singer, pianist, songwriter Armanda Gama, full name Armando António Capelo Diniz da Gama, born in Luanda, Angola ~ Revered in his native Portugal, selling over some 5 million records. Internationally best known for Esta Balada Que Te Dou, Portugal's 1983 Eurovision Songfestival entry reaching 13th place ~ Gama passed away in 2022
April 1, 1954 ~ Rock, pop rock, jazz fusion drummer Jeff Porcaro, full name Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro, born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA ~ Son of jazz drummer Joe Porcaro. Member of Toto, which also included his brothers bassist Mike Porcaro and keyboardist Steve Porcaro. In-demand session drummer. Has worked with Seals & Crofts, Three Dog Night, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne (The Pretender), Leo Sayer, Steely Dan (Katy Lied), Boz Scaggs, Carly Simon, Eric Carmen, Valerie Carter, Lee Ritenour, Diana Ross, Warren Zevon, the Pointer Sisters, Rickie Lee Jones, Pink Floyd (The Wall), Brothers Johnson, Crosby Stills & Nash, Michael Jackson (Thriller), Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Randy Newman (Trouble In Paradise), Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Patti Austin, Céline Dion, Dire Straits, the B52's (Good Stuff), 10cc, Bruce Springsteen, and others ~ Porcaro passed away in 1992
April 1, 1954 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion, jazz rock guitarist, bandleader, composer Knut Værnes born in Trondheim, Norway ~ Jazz, jazz rock leader and sideman. Member of pop and rock bands such as Salt & Pepper, Shimmy, Vanessa. Worked with Morten Halle, Edvard Askeland, Danny Gottlieb, Nils Petter Molvær, Sidsel Endresen, Terje Gewelt, Jan Eggum, the Vertavo String Quartet, and others
April 1, 1954 ~ R&B, disco, soul, funk singer, songwriter, actor Russell Patterson born in New York, New York ~ Member of Black Ivory, known for 1970s Billboard R&B hits such as Don't Turn Around, You &I, I'll Find A Way, and Time Is Love
 
April 1, 1952 ~ Composer, bassist Rob Wasserman born in San Mateo ~ Played with artists such as Bob Weir, Elvis Costello, Jerry Garcia, Stéphane Grappelli, Van Morrison, Aaron Neville, Lou Reed, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, and Laurie Anderson ~ Wasserman passed away in 2016
 
April 1, 1951 ~ Singer, guitarist, percussionist, songwriter Henry Gross born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Co-founding mmeber, original lead guitarist of Sha Na Na, leaving the band in 1970 to pursue a solo career. Backed Jim Croce on the 1973 I Got A Name album. Debuted as a solo artist with the eponymous Henry Gross album in 1972 to little succes. His sophomore album, Henry Gross (The Yellow Album), released the following year would spawn the moderately successful hits Simone, Come On Say It and Skin King. Best known for his 1975 single Shannon, a global hit reaching top 10 in Canada, New Zealand, America and elsewhere
April 1, 1951 ~ Music journalist, author Richard Havers, full name Richard John Havers, born in Carshalton, UK ~ Airline industry manager turned music promoter and author of books and articles on jazz, blues, pop music. Co-authored Bill Wyman's Blues Oddesey with Bill Wyman. Co-authored several books on the Rolling Stones, starting with Rolling With The Stones published in 2003. Wrote books about the famed Blue Note and Verve record labels, the Woodstock Festival, and the Beatles. His articles have been published by the Daily Telegraph, The Times and Record Collector ~ Havers passed away in 2017
 
April 1, 1949 ~ Singer, songwriter Gil Scott-Heron born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by Richie Havens, John Coltrane, Otis Redding, José Feliciano, Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, Huey Newton, Nina Simone, and by longtime collaborator Brian Jackson. Hugely influential on rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and neo-soul. Debuted in 1970 with the album Small At 125th And Lenox. Known for songs such as The Bottle, Winter In America, and The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Worked with Ron Carter, Bernard Pretty Purdie, Hubert Laws, Jerry Jemmott, David Spinozza, Horace Ott, Ron Holloway, and others ~ Scott-Heron passed away in 2011
 
April 1, 1947 ~ Jazz double-bassist Frank Tua born ~ Worked with Paul Bley, Horace Arnold, Dave Holland, Collin Walcott, Dom Um Romao, Richard Beirach, Badal Roy, Barry Miles, Booker Ervin, Don Cherry, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, Harold Mabern, Art Blakey, Buddy Montgomery, Stan Getz, Pepper Adams, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie, and others
April 1, 1947 ~ Jazz trumpeter Freddie Webster passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Dizzy Gillespie is reportedly to have characterised Webster as having “the best sound on trumpet since the trumpet was invented” and Miles Davis cites Webster as an early influence. Webster worked with Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, Jimmie Lunceford, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, and others. Sonny Rollins's song Strode Rode, from the 1956 LP Saxophone Colossus, is reference to the Strode Hotel in Chicago where Webster died, suspectedly of a heroin overdose ~ Webster was born in 1916
April 1, 1947 ~ Composer, politician Vaclac Riedlbauch born in Dysina, Czechoslovakia ~ Director of the the National Theater Prague, director general of the the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Briefly served as Minister of Culture in the caretaker government of Jan Fischer in the late 2000s ~ Riedlbach passed away in 2017
 
April 1, 1946 ~ Rock singer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter Ronnie Lane, full name Ronald Frederick Lane, born in Plaistow, UK ~ Co-founding member of the Small Faces, staying on after the name change to the Faces remaining with the band through 1973. Would go on to record a number of solo albums and collaborate with Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood, Steve Marriott, most notably through the end of the decade ~ Lane passed away in 1997
 
April 1, 1945 ~ Jazz double-bassist, guitarist, banjoist Bjørnar Andresen born ~ Formed free jazz band the Finnerud Trio. Also worked with Terje Rypdal, Espen Rud, Nils Okland, Jon Eberson, Paal Nilssen-Love, Jon Klette, Thomas Stronen, and others
April 1, 1945 ~ Drummer Kenny Buttrey, full name Aaron Kenneth Buttrey, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Working professionally since his teens, touring with Chet Atkins at age 14. Closely associated with Charlie McCoy, Barefoot Jerry, and Area Code 615. In-demand session musician appearing on albums by Elvis Presley (He Touched Me), Joan Baez, Bob Dylan (Blonde On Blonde), Donovan, Dan Fogelberg, Neil Young (Harvest), Al Kooper, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Seger, and others ~ Buttrey passed away in 2004
 
April 1, 1942 ~ Guitarist, keyboardist, singer Alan Blakley, full name Alan David Blakley, born in Bromley, UK ~ Founding member of the Tremeloes, staying with the band from 1958 through 1972, the band's most successful period scoring UK hits such as Do You Love Me, Candy Man, I Want Candy, Silence Is Golden, Even The Bad Times Are Good, and others ~ Blakley passed away in 1996
April 1, 1942 ~ Singer Frank Gari born ~ Popular during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Best known for songs such as Utopia, Lullaby Of Love and Princess. Formed the duo City Surfers with the Byrds-guitarist Roger McGuinn. Would later become an in-demand composer for jingles and TV, especially known for composing themes for news shows
April 1, 1942 ~ Pop singer, drummer Phil Margo born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Member of vocal group the Tokens, which also included his brother Mitch Margo, best known for their 1961 Billboard Hot 100 hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Other well-known songs include Tonight I Fell In Love, Big Boat, and Ain't That Peculiar. Formed the short-lived Cross Country with bandmates Jay Siegel and his brother Mitch, known for their sole eponymous Cross Country album released in 1973. Margo also co-produced a number of singles for others including He's So Fine (the Chiffons), Denise (Randy & the Rainbows), I Got Rhythm (the Happenings), and Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree (Tony Orlando & Dawn) ~ Margo passed away in 2021
 
April 1, 1939 ~ Singer Rudolph Isley, full name Rudolph Bernard Isley, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Co-founding member of long-running and pivotal R&B outfit the Isley Brothers. Following the death of his brother O'Kelly Isley, Rudy retired from the band in 1989 to become a Christian minister
 
April 1, 1934 ~ Singer, songwriter Jim Ed Brown born in Sparkman, Arkansas, USA ~ Rose to fame in the 1950s as member of sibling outfit the Browns, known for hits such as The Three Bells, Scarlet Ribbons, and The Old Lamplighter. As a solo artist active since the 1970s, scoring hits with Morning, Sunday, Southern Loving, It's That Time Of The Night, as well as a streak of hit duets with Helen Cornelius including I Don't Want To Have To Marry You, I'll Never Be Free, If The World Ran Out Of Love Tonight, and Morning Comes Too Early ~ Brown passed away in 2015
 
April 1, 1932 ~ Singer, actress Debbie Reynolds born in El Paso, Texas, USA ~ Perhaps best known for her role in Singing In The Rain ~ Reynolds passed away in 2016
 
April 1, 1929 ~ Suzanne Lorraine Burce, commonly known as singer, dancer, actress Jane Powell, born in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Popular musical singer, dancer, actress during the 1940s and 1950s. Known for roles in musical films such as A Date With Judy, Royal Wedding and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers ~ Burce passed away in 2021
April 1, 1929 ~ Marcel Jean-Pierre Balthazar Miramon, commonly known as singer, actor Marcel Amont, born in Bordeaux, France ~ Hugely popular during the 1960s and 1970s. Some 30 albums to his name. Recorded about a 1,000 songs. Sold an approximate 300 million records. Fine interpreter of compositions by Georges Brassens, Leo Ferré, Georges Moustaki. Known for songs such as Blue Bland Blond, L'Amour Ça Fait Passer Le Temps, Ballade Pour L'Espagnol, Le Plus Beau Tango Du Monde and perhaps his best-known Le Mexicain
 
April 1, 1928 ~ Vibraphonist Harry Sheppard born ~ Worked with Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers, Ben Webster, Red Allen, Cozy Cole, Sol Yaged, Georgie Auld, Clark Terry, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Lana Cantrell, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Barbra Streisand, Doc Severinsen, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, the Free Radicals, Bobby Hackett, and others
 
April 1, 1927 ~ R&B, boogie-woogie, jump blues singer, pianist Amos Milburn, full name Joseph Amos Milburn, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Popular and influential 1940s, 1950s artist. Predated rock & roll. Major influence on Fats Domino. Known for songs such as Down The Road A-Piece, Hold Me Baby, Chicken Shack Boogy, Bad Bad Whiskey, Thinking And Drinking, and others ~ Milburn passed away in 1980
 
April 1, 1925 ~ Florence Kathleen Stobart, commonly known as jazz saxophonist Kathy Stobart, born in South Shields, UK ~ Worked with Denis Rose, Ted Heath, Jimmy Skidmore, Art Pepper, Peanuts Hucko, Art Thompson, Vic Lewis, Derek Humble, Dill Jones, Bert Courtley, Humphrey Lyttelton, Harry Beckett, John Burch, Lennie Best, Johnny Griffin, Al Haig, Earl Hines, Buddy Tate, Zoot Sims, Marian McPartland, Dick Hyman, and others ~ Stobart passed away in 2014
 
April 1, 1922 ~ Irving Sidney Jordan, commonly known as jazz pianist Duke Jordan, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Gene Ramey, Oscar Pettiford, Gigi Gryce, Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Reece, Stanley Turrentine, Reggie Workman, Cecil Payne, Mads Vinding, Ed Thigpen, Chuck Wayne, Wilbur Little, Billy Hart, Art Pepper, Gene Ammons, Ernestine Anderson, Chet Baker, Paul Bascomb, Eddie Bert, Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell, Joe Carroll, Coleman Hawkins, Howard McGhee, Charles McPherson, the Birdlanders, Barney Wilen, and others ~ Jordan passed away in 2006
 
April 1, 1921 ~ Guitarist Arthur Smith born in Clinton, South Carolina, USA ~ Best known for his 1948 instrumental guitar hit The Guitar Boogie. Also known for Banjo Boogie, Boomerang, and Dueling Banjos. As a songwriter had his work recorded by Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, the Statesmen Quartet, the Cathedrals, Al Hirt, Barbara Mandrell, Willie Nelson, the Gatlin Brothers, the Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Boots Randolph, George Beverly Shea, the Stamps, the Statler Brothers, Ricky Van Shelton, and others ~ Smith passed away in 2014
April 1, 1921 ~ Composer, pianist, radio and TV personality Steve Race born in Lincolnshire, UK ~ Best known for his association with the BBC, appearing as in-house musician and accompaniest and from the 1950s through the 1980s as a host for various musical TV shows. Credited with recording some of the first British bebop recordings with his the Steve Race Bop Group in 1949, working with musicians such as Leon Calvert, Johnny Dankworth, Jack Fulton and Freddy Gardner ~ Race passed away in 2009
 
April 1, 1917 ~ Evelyn Underhill, commonly known as jazz, traditional pop singer Bonnie Baker, born in Orange, Texas, USA ~ Best known for her 1939 hit Oh Johnny Oh Johnny backed by Orrin Tucker & his Orchestra ~ Underhill passed away in 1990
 
April 1, 1915 ~ Arthur London, commonly known as singer, actor Art Lund, born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA ~ Sang with big bands led by Benny Goodman and Harry James early on in his career. As a solo artist known for songs such as Mam'selle, Slow Boat To China, What I'll Do, You Call Everybody Darlin', Peg O' My Heart, and others. Played leading roles in several Broadway shows including The Most Happy Fella and Destry Rides Again ~ London passed away in 1990
 
April 1, 1910 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinettist Harry Carney, full name Harry Howell Carney, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known for spending over four decades as a member of the Duke Ellington orchestra. Also worked with Benny Goodman (The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert), with Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Hodges, Billy Taylor, and others ~ Carney passed away in 1974
 
April 1, 1909 ~ Bandleader, pianist Eddy Duchin born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA ~ Popular bandleader from the 1930s and 1940s and one of the first pianists to lead a successful big band. Duchin's 1938 rendition of the Louis Armstrong song Old Man Mose caused a scandal with the lyric “bucket’ being mistaken for “fuck it.” The scandalous lyrics cased the record to sell 170,000 copies when sales of 20,000 were considered a blockbuster. The song would be banned in England. ~ Duchin passed away in 1951
 
April 1, 1908 ~ Clarence Robert Nolan, commonly known as Western, country singer, songwriter, actor Bob Nolan, born in New Brunswick, Canada ~ Founding member of the Sons Of The Pioneers. Wrote Cool Water and Tumbling Tumbleweeds, both first recorded by the Sons and both regarded as classics in the Western genre and covered by numerous artists ~ Nolan passed away in 1980
 
April 1, 1898 ~ Songwriter, politician Jack Tenney, full name Jack Breckinridge Tenney, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Best remembered as a politician, especially for his role heading the Tenny Committee, researching “Un-American activities” for the California Senate in the 1940s and 1950s. As a songwriter best known for co-writing Mexicali Rose, recorded by Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, Jerry Lee Lewis, Slim Whitman, Vera Lynn, Jim Reeves, and others ~ Tenney passed away in 1970
 
April 1, 1897 ~ Lucille Anderson, commonly known as classic female blues singer, Lucille Bogan born in Amory, Mississippi, USA ~ Named as one of “the Big Three of Blues” alongside Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Known for her provocative lyrics. Known for originals such as Sloppy Drunk Blues, Tricks Ain't Walkin' No More, and Black Angel Blues. Through a series of covers and adaptions the latter would be eventually be recorded by BB King as Sweet Little Angel in 1956. Recorded under the alias Bessie Jackson since 1933 in an attempt to conceal her identity ~ Anderson passed away in 1948
 
April 1, 1895 ~ Jazz, blues singer, songwriter Alberta Hunter born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Popular from the 1920s through the 1950s. Worked with King Oliver, Perry Bradford, Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, and others . First recorded the standard Downhearted Blues, which she co-wrote with Lovie Austin ~ Hunter passed away in 1984