This Day In Music: April 10
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April 10, 2021 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer, label executive Quinton Claunch, full name Quinton Mavis Claunch, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Befriended Sam Phillips in the late 1940s and sessioned on several of early Sun Records recordings, backing artists such as Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers and Wanda Jackson. Co-wrote Daydreamin' for Bud Deckelman, later a hit for country singer Jimmy C Newman. Co-founded Hi-Records in the 1950s. Co-founded Goldwax Records in the 1960s, specializing in Southern soul and gospel ~ Claunch was born in 1921
 
April 10, 2020 ~ Jazz bassist Jymie Merritt passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as member of Art Blakey's pivotal unit the Jazz Messengers from 1957 through 1962. Formed and fronted his own ensemble the Forerunners in the early 1960s. Has backed artists such as Bull Moose Jackson, BB King, Chet Baker, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan. Merritt's son Mike Merritt is also a bassist, playing jazz and blues ~ Merritt was born in 1926
April 10, 2020 ~ Arnold Ludwig van Dijk, commonly known as jazz, concert pianist Louis van Dijk, passed away in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ One third of de Gevleugelde Vrienden, alongside Pim Jacobs and Pieter van Vollenhoven. Also worked with Ramses Shaffy, Liesbeth List, and others ~ Van Dijk was born in 1941
 
April 10, 2019 ~ Singer, songwriter Earl Thomas Conley passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ One of the most popular country artists of the 1980s, scoring more hits than Alabama or Ronnie Milsap. Throughout the 1970s Conley recorded but to little success. Did write hits for others though, including Conway Twitty and Mel Street. Conley scored his first Country Top 40 single, Dreamin's All I Do, in 1979 and would start entering the Top 10 within two years, starting with Silent Treatmen in 1980 and Fire & Smoke in 1981. For the remainder of the decade nearly every Conley single would top the US Country charts. All but one, namely Too Many Times, a duet with the Pointer Sisters member Anita Pointer which peaked at No.2. Over the course of his career Conley worked extensively with producer Nelson Larkin, songwriter Randy Scruggs, and has collaborated with Emmylou Harris, Keith Whitley and Blake Shelton ~ Conley was born in 1941
 
April 10, 2018 ~ Singer Yvonne Staples passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Occassional member of the Staple Singers, replacing her brother Mavis Staples during his time in the Army and again, briefly, in 1970. Present on the band's best-known album, Be Altitude (Respect Yourself), which included the band's biggest hitsingles Respect Yourself and I'll Take You There. The latter would reach the No.1 spot on both the Billboard R&B and all-genre Billboard Hot 100 charts ~ Staples was born in 1937
 
April 10, 2017 ~ Melinda Helen Mattthews, commonly known as blues, gospel singer Linda Hopkins, passed away in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Discovered at age 11 by Mahalia Jackson. Influenced by Bessie Smith. Worked with Johnny Otis, Esther Phillips, Louis Armstrong, Jackie Wilson, and others ~ Matthews was born in 1925
 
April 10, 2013 ~ James Henry Dawkins, commonly known as Chicago blues, electric blues guitarist, singer Jimmy Dawkins, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Debuted in 1969 with Fast Fingers and has released albums steadily since. Backed on tour and record by musicians such as Andrew Odom, Otis Rush, Jon Preizler, James Solberg, Jimi Schutte, Sylvester Boines, Rich Kirch, Billy Flynn, and others ~ Dawkins was born in 1936
 
April 10, 2010 ~ Actress, singer Dixie Carter, full name Dixie Vriginia Carter, passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Made her stage debut in a 1960 production of Carousel, her Broadway debut in the 1974 musical Sextet. Best known for her roles on TV, notably the sitcom Designing Women, the drame series Family Law and as guest actress on Desperate Housewives, receiving a 2007 Emmy Award for the latter ~ Carter was born in 1939
 
April 10, 2007 ~ Jazz singer Dakota Staton passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for her single The Late Late Show, a hit in 1957 and title track of her acclaimed debut album of the same name. Staton recorded prolifically into the late 1960s, sporadically into the 2000s. She recorded her most acclaimed albums during the late 1950s and early 1960s, notably In The Night and Dynamic both released in 1958, and the live album Dakota At Storyville released in 1962 ~ Staton was born in 1930
 
April 10, 2005 ~ Singer, songwriter Wally Tax, full name Wladimir Tax, passed away in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Best known as founder and frontman of Nederbeat group the Outsiders and of rock outfit Tax Free ~ Tax was born in 1948
 
April 10, 2003 ~ Eva Narcissus Boyd, commonly known as singer Little Eva, passed away in Kinston, North Carolina, USA ~ Babysitter for Gerry Goffin and Carole King, known for her 1962 novelty hit The Loco-motion. Boyd would then be given lesser material and only scored a handful of modest follow-up hits including Keep Your Hands Off My Baby, Let's Turey Trot and Swinging On A Star ~ Boyd was born in 1943
 
April 10, 1991 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter AJ Michalka, full name Alyson Renae Michalka, born in Torrance, California, USA ~ Half of sibling duo Aly & AJ, the other half being Aly Michalka
 
April 10, 1990 ~ Country, country pop singer, songwriter Maren Morris, full name Maren Larae Morris, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Member of Highwomen, which also includes Brandi Carlisle, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby. As a solo artist known for her 2016 Hero major label debut. Well-known songs include My Church, 80s Mercedes and Rich
 
April 10, 1989 ~ Arlette Broil, commonly known as gospel singer Bessie Griffin, passed away ~ Briefly worked with Albertina Walker as a member of Walker's backing unit the Caravans. Also worked with the Gospel Consolators, Robert Bumps Blackwell, the Gospel Pearls, and others ~ Broil was born in 1922
 
April 10, 1986 ~ Songwriter Linda Creed, full name Linda Diane Creed, passed away in Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Frequent songwriting partner of Thom Bell, penning some of the finest soul songs of the 1970s. Artists who have recorded their songs include George Benson (The Greatest Love Of All), Johnny Mathis, the Stylistics (You Make Me Feel Brand New), the Spinners (Ghetto Child), Teddy Pendergrass (Hold Me), Phyllis Hyman, Johnny Gill, Little Anthony & the Imperials, and others ~ Creed was born in 1948
 
April 10, 1984 ~ Drone, noise, experimental, ambient, synthpop singer, songwriter Anders Brørby born in Jevnaker, Norway ~ Influential sound artist in Norway's experimental scene. Co-founding member of progressive, psychedelic rock band Radiant Frequency
April 10, 1984 ~ Amanda Leigh Moore, commonly kknown as pop, dance-pop, folk rock, country singer, songwriter, actress Mandy Moore, born in Nasha, New Hampshire, USA ~ Debuted in 1999 with the album So Real and has recorded steadily since. As a singer best known for I Wanna Be With You, a modest hit in 2000
 
April 10, 1983 ~ Indie pop, indie rock, baroque pop singer Andrew Dost, full name Andrew Paul Dost, born in Cass City, Michigan, USA ~ Member of Anathallo from 2003 through 2007. Rose to prominence as member of indie rock band .fun, known best for the hits We Are Young featuring Janelle Monáe, Some Nights and Carry On all taken of the band's 2012 Some Nights sophomore album
 
April 10, 1982 ~ Bart Zeilstra, commonly known as rapper, singer Baas B, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Half of Lange Frans & Baas B, the other half being Lange Frans, scoring the hit Het Land Van
 
April 10, 1981 ~ Actress, singer Laura Bell Bundy, full name Laura Ashley Bell Bundy, born in Euclid, Ohio, USA ~ Active as a stage actress, singer since the early 1990s. Made her Broadway debut at age 21 in the musical Hairspray. Debuted as a recording artist with the country album Longing For A Place Already Gone in 2007
 
April 10, 1980 ~ Alternative rock bassist, singer Bryce Soderberg, full name Bryce Dane Soderberg, born in Victoria, Canada ~ Member of Lifehouse, joining the band in 2004 as replacement for original bassist Sergio Andrade. First appeared on the band's eponymopus Lifehouse, their 3rd studio album which included the moderate hit You And Me. Co-wrote and sings lead on Wrecking Ball of their 2010 Smoke & Mirrors album
April 10, 1980 ~ Joseph Rosenberg, commonly known as gypsy jazz guitarist Jimmy Rosenberg, born in Helmond, the Netherlands ~ Child prodigy. Guitar virtuoso. Worked with the Gypsy Kids, Johnny Rosenberg, Rinus Steinbach, the Hot Club de Norvege, Ola Kvernberg, Stian Carstensen, Romane, Jon Larsen, Andreas Oberg, Biréli Lagrène, Angelo Debarre, Frank Vignola, Willie Nelson, and others
 
April 10, 1979 ~ Gustave De Clercq, commonly known as jazz pianist Gus Clark, passed away in Antwerp, Belgium ~ Worked with Harry Pohl, Maurice Pinto, Jack Hoedemaeker, Coleman Hawkins, Lauderic Caton, Jean Omer, Jean Robert, Gus Deloof, and others ~ De Clercq was born in 1913
April 10, 1979 ~ Electric blues singer Shemekia Copeland born in New York, New York, USA ~ Daughter of blues guitarist, singer Johnny Copeland, for whom she has also opened. Debuted in 1998 with the album Turn The Heat Up. Acclaimed for her 2000 sophomore album Wicked. Has built a steady following since with subsequent albums produced by Dr John and Steve Cropper
April 10, 1979 ~ Singer, model, songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor born in London, UK ~ First gained attention as lead singer of late 1990s indie rock band Theaudience. Would reach mainstream succes as a solo artist in the early 2000s, drawing from pop, disco, nu-disco and dance-pop, debuting in 2001 with the Read My Lips album. Best known for hits such as Murder On The Dancefloor, Get Over You, Mixed Up World and Catch You
 
April 10, 1977 ~ Songwriter, singer, TV personality Billy Reid born in Victoria, Canada ~ Best known for his musical children's Pancake Manor series, with Youtube views exceeding 1 billion
 
April 10, 1976 ~ Jan Werner Danielsen, commonly known as pop singer Jan Werner, born in Nord Odal, Norway ~ Known for his impressive vocal range of four and a half octaves. At the time of his death one of the most popular singers in Norway. Represented Norway twice in the Eurovision Songfestival contest, with Elisabeth Andreassen in 1994 with the song Duet reaching 6th place, and as a solo artist in 2000 performing One More Time reaching 2nd place. Over the course of his career Werner has sung pop, rock and classical songs and collaborated with Karin Krog, Benedicte Adrian, the Secret Garden, Sølvguttene, Tommy Körberg, Øivind Blunck, and others ~ Danielsen passed away in 2006
 
April 10, 1973 ~ Singer Aidan Moffat, full name Aidan John Moffat, born in Falkirk, UK ~ Formed Arab Strap with Malcolm Middleton. Released his solo debut album, Hypnogogia, in 2002 going by the moniker Lucky Pierre. Has also worked with the Reindeer Section, the Angry Buddhists, Bill Wells, and guested on the Mogwai song R U Still In 2 It
 
April 10, 1971 ~ Jazz, bebop organist, trumpeter, saxophonist Joey DeFrancesco born in Springfield, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Son of organist John DeFrancesco, brother of blues guitarist Johnny DeFrancesco. Signed his first record deal at age 16. Revived the organ as a viable jazz instrument. Well over two dozen albums to his name as a leader, especially acclaimed for his 1989 All Of Me debut album and its follow-up Where Were You released a year later. In-demand sideman, both on record and tour. Has worked with Miles Davis, Houston Person, John McLaughlin. Other notable collaborations include Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Jimmy Smith and Van Morrison ~ DeFrancesco passed away in 2022
 
April 10, 1970 ~ R&B, soul singer, songwriter Kenny Lattimore born in Washington DC, USA ~ Lead singer of Maniquin. As a solo artist best known for regularly reaching the Billboard R&B charts starting in the mid-1990s with songs such as Never Too Busy, For You and If I Lose My Woman. In-demand collaborator worked with his wife Chanté Moore, Ray J, Heather Headley, Brian Culbertson, Musiq, Kim Waters, and others
April 10, 1970 ~ Rafael Escudero, commonly known as bassist, tubist Ralph Escudero, passed away in Puerto Rico ~ Worked with Wilbur Sweatman, Fletcher Henderson, the Cotton Pickers, Kaiser Marshall, the Savoy Bearcats, WC Handy, and others ~ Escudero was born in 1898
 
April 10, 1969 ~ Guitarist, songwriter, producer George Pajon born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Key member of Black Eyed Peas who wrote or co-wrote many of the band's biggest hits including Grammy winners Where Is The Love, Let's Get It Started, and Don't Phunk With My Heart. Pajon is also particularly known as a songwriter and producer for a host of artists including Fergie, Carlos Santana, Sting, Ricky Martin, will.i.am, Macy Gray, Candy Dulfer, the Lonely Boys, Cheryl, Kelis, Nas, Damian Marley, Sérgio Mendes, J-Period, John Legend, Jully Black, Venus Brown, Matt Pokora, Klaus Badelt, Slim Kid Tre, and numerous others
April 10, 1969 ~ Ludovic Navarre, commonly known as acid jazz, nu jazz, deep house singer, songwriter St Germain, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France ~ Merges elements of house and nu-jazz. Debuted in 1995 with the Boulevard album. Critically acclaimed for his 2000 Tourist album, which reached top 10 across Europe
 
April 10, 1964 ~ Alan John Wren, commonly known as drummer Reni, born in Manchester, UK ~ Member of Madchester band the Stone Roses from 1984 through 1995, known for hits such as She Bangs The Drums and Fools Gold
 
April 10, 1963 ~ Alternative rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer Mark Oliver Everett born ~ Frontman of Eels, acclaimed for their 1996 Beautiful Freak album
 
April 10, 1962 ~ Singer Lucienne Delyle passed away ~ Broke through with the 1942 hit Mon Amant De Saint-Jean to become one of France's most popular female singers throught the 1950s. Married to trumpeter Aime Barelli. The singer Minouche Barelli is their daughter ~ Delyle was born in 1917
April 10, 1962 ~ Christian rock singer, producer, songwriter Rick Florian born in South Bend, Indiana, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of Christian rock band White Heart since 1986
April 10, 1962 ~ Bassist, painter Stuart Sutcliffe, full name Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe, passed away in Hamburg, West Germany ~ Original member of the Beatles, present in the line-up during their Hamburg period. Left the band in 1961 to focus on his career as a painter ~ Sutcliffe was born in 1930
 
April 10, 1959 ~ Guitarist Brian Setzer born in Massapequa, New York, USA ~ Spearheaded two revivals, first with his rockabilly outfit the Stray Cats in the 1980s scoring hits such as Rock This Town, Stray Cat Strut and She's Sexy + 17, and again in the 1990s fronting his swing revival ensemble the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Appeared as Eddie Cochran in the 1987 biopic La Bamba about the life of Chicano rock & roller Ritchie Valens. Has also worked with the Bloodless Pharaohs and guested on recordings by Twisted Sister, Bob Geldof, Warren Zevon, Dave Edmunds, Rickie Lee Jones, Los Lobos, Dan Hicks, and others
April 10, 1959 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Kenneth Babyface Edmonds born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Dubbed “Babyface” by Bootsy Collins. Member of Manchild, known for the 1977 hit Especially For You. Member of Deele alongside LA Reid. Wrote Slow Jam for Midnight Starr in 1983. Would go on to become a hugely successful producer and songwriter from the late 1980s onward, working with artists such as Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Pebbles, the Whispers, Johnny Gill, After 7, Damian Dame, Sheena Easton, TLC, Usher, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Tevin Campbell, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Eric Clapton, Mary J Blige, Sisqó, Dru Hill, the Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Lil' Wayne, Xscape, En Vogue, NSYNC, Jordin Sparks, and others
 
April 10, 1958 ~ Singer Bobby Darin records Splish Splash at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York ~ Written by Darin and Murray Kaufman after a casual remark from Kaufman's mother they could not write a song starting with the lyrics “Splish splash, I was taking a bath”. Darin accepted the challenge and the novelty tune became his first hit. Personnel on the original recording included Jesse Powell on saxophone, Al Caiola and Billy Mure on guitars, Wendell Marshall on bass and Panama Francis on drums
April 10, 1958 ~ Harold Willis, commonly known as R&B, rock & roll singer, songwriter Chuck Willis, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Dubbed “the King of the Stroll” for his performance of the 1950s dance the stroll. Known best for his late 1950s hits CC Rider and What Am I Living For. Other well-known songs include It's Too Late, Juanita, Love Me Cherry, My Story, Don't Deceive Me, and others. Had his songs covered by Ruth Brown, Little Richard, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, James Brown, Otis Redding, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Freddie King, Elvis Presley, Delaney & Bonnie, Conway Twitty, and others ~ Willis was born in 1926
 
April 10, 1957 ~ Bassist Steve Gustafson born in Madrid, Spain ~ Co-founding member of jangle pop outfit 10,000 Maniacs, known for songs such as Trouble Me, Eat For Two, These Are Days, Candy Everybody Wants and Because The Night
 
April 10, 1954 ~ Saxophonist Lenny Pickett born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA ~ Member of Tower Of Power from 1973 through 1981
 
April 10, 1950 ~ Kim Bokja, commonly known as singer Akiko Wada, born in Osaka, Japan ~ Active since the late 1960s. Known for songs such as No Ame No Naka De and Ano Kane Wo Narasu No Wa
April 10, 1950 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal singer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Burke Shelley, full name John Burke Shelley, born in Tiger Bay, UK ~ Critically compared to Rush-bassist Geddy Lee. Co-founding member, frontman of Budgie since 1967, one of the earliest heavy metal bands and held in the highest regard by critics. The band has been cited as a major influence by later artists such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Van Halen, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden and best known for their mid-1970s albums In For The Kill and Bandolier. Their 2010 tour would be cancelled as Shelley was hospitalised with an anyreusm, following surgery the band de facto ceased to exist ~ Shelley passed away in 2022
April 10, 1950 ~ Funk, funk rock, soul, psychedelic rock guitarist Eddie Hazel, full name Edward Earl Hazel, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Quintessential and hugely influential funk guitarist. Closely associated with George Clinton, member of the Parliaments, Parliament and Funkadelic and especially noted for his guitar solo on the latter's Maggot Brain ~ Hazel passed away in 1992
April 10, 1950 ~ Rock, pop singer Katrina Leskanich, full name Katrina Elizabeth Leskanich, born in Topeka, Kansas, USA ~ Frontwoman and eponym of Katrina & the Waves, known for their 1985 hit Walking On Sunshine and Love Shine A Light, the latter 1997 winner of the Eurovision Songfestival
 
April 10, 1949 ~ Keyboardist Eric Troyer born ~ Best known as a co-founding member of ELO Part II and its successor the Orchestra, also writing or co-writing a vast amount of the band's material. In-demand collaborator, notably with Céline Dion. Has also worked with Plácido Domingo, Kiss, James Taylor, Artful Dodger, Aerosmith, Carly Simon, Johnny Winter, Michael Bolton, Scritti Politti, Meat Loaf, Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Barry Manilow, Sisters Of Mercy, and others
 
April 10, 1947 ~ Neville O'Riley Livingston, commonly known as reggae singer, percussionist, songwriter Bunny Wailer, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Founded the Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, remaining with the band from 1963 through 1974. As a solo artist best known for songs such as Cool Runnings, Crucial and Bald Head Jesus ~ Livingston passed away in 2021
April 10, 1947 ~ Actor, singer, guitarist Wayne Massey, full name Donald Wayne Massey, born in Glendale, California, USA ~ Best known as an actor, notably on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life To Live portraying the role of country, rock singer Johnny Drummond. Released two albums as a solo singer and one duet album, When Love Is Right, with Charly McClain, his wife since 1984. Enjoyed considerably more chart success dueting with his wife than as a solo artist, notably with the country top 10 singles With Just One Look In Your Eyes and You Are My Music (You Are My Song)
 
April 10, 1946 ~ Bassist, singer, actress, producer, label executive Caterina Caselli born in Modena, Italy ~ First gained attention in 1966 with Mi Puo Giuducare, a song rejected by Adriano Celentano. Caselli's version would sell a million copies. A full-length debut album, Casco Doro, would follow later the same year. Also known for other hits up till the end of the decade, notably Il Volto Della Vita (a cover of David McWilliams's The Days Of Pearly Spencer), Perdono and the Paolo Conte-penned Insieme A Te Non Ci Sto Piu. Married label executive Piero Sugar in 1970 and would eventually rise to become head of Sugar Music herself, discovering and signing artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Giun Russo, Elisa, Negramaro, and others
 
April 10, 1945 ~ Shirley Ann Rogers, commonly known as conductor, film and TV composer Shirley Walker, born in Napa, California, USA ~ One of the first female composers in Hollywood. Known for the scores to Escape From LA, True Lies, Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm, and others. Collaborated with Danny Elfman, John Carpenter, Lolita Ritmanis, Brad Fiedel, Richard Band, Carmine Coppola, and otherspassed away in 2006
 
April 10, 1941 ~ Bandleader Dick Jurgens and his Orchestra record Elmer's Tune ~ Originally written by Elmer Albrecht in the early 1920s. Adapted and arranged by Jurgens, who named it Elmer's Tune and was the first to record it in 1941. The instrumental tune would reach top 10 on the pop charts. The same year it would be covered by Glenn Miller, who took the song to the No.1 spot. It would become a standard covered by numerous artists including Bob Wills, Grady Martin, Al Hirt and others
 
April 10, 1938 ~ Jazz pianist, keyboardist, composer Denny Zeitlin born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman with over 100 compositions to his name. Wrote the soundtrack for the 1978 scifi film The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Has worked with Ira Sullivan, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Haden, Joe Farrell, Wilbur Ware, Bob Cranshaw, David Friesen, David Grisman, Jeremy Steig, and others
April 10, 1938 ~ Joseph Nathan Oliver, commonly known as cornetist, bandleader, composer King Oliver passed away in Savannah, Georgia, USA ~ Mentor to Louis Armstrong, the latter once exclaiming “if it had not been for Oliver, jazz would not be what it is today.” Noted composer known for songs such as Dippermouth Blues, Doctor Jazz, and others still popular today ~ Oliver was born in 1881
 
April 10, 1936 ~ Singer Bobbie Smith born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Longtime singer of the Spinners. Sang lead on vast amount of the band's best known including That's What Girls Are Made For, Truly Yours, I'll Always Love You, Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, They Just Can't Stop It (Games People Play), and Then Came You, the latter duetting with Dionne Warwick ~ Smith passed away in 2013
April 10, 1936 ~ David Spencer, commonly known as pop, rock & roll singer Ricky Valance, boirn in Ynysddu, UK ~ Best known for his rendition of Tell Laura I Love Her, a 1960 UK No.1 selling over one million copies ~ Spencer passed away in 2020
 
April 10, 1932 ~ Bassist, songwriter Adrian Henri born in Birkenhead, UK ~ Best known as founding member of poetry-rock group the Liverpool Scene ~ Henri passed away in 2000
 
April 10, 1930 ~ Pianist, bandleader, composer Claude Bolling born in Cannes, France ~ Especially known as a film composer with over 100 scores to his name. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, Kenny Clarke, Jean Pierre Rampal, Alexandre Lagoya, Pinchas Zukerman, Maurice André, Yo-Yo Ma, and others ~ Bolling passed away in 2020
 
April 10, 1929 ~ Barbara Ann Lecocq, commonly known as jazz singer Barbara Lea, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Actively recording since the mid-1950s. Worked with Johnny Windhurst, Mundell Lowe, Bob Dorough, Dick Sudhalter, the Lawson-Haggart Band, Ellis Larkins, Ed Polcer, Keith Ingham, Benny Carter, and others ~ LeCocq passed away in 2011
 
April 10, 1928 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist, pianist Fraser MacPherson, full name John Fraser MacPherson, passed away in Vancouver, Canada ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Ray Norris, Dave Robbins, Paul Ruhland. First-call session muscian throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Especially acclaimed for the 1979 Live At The Planetarium album, his first album as a leader ~ Macpherson passed away in 1993
April 10, 1928 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Jerzy Matuszkiewicz born in Jaslo, Poland ~ Dubbed “the Father of Polish Jazz” for his pioneering role in post-World War II jazz. Best known as leader of Melomani. After the band disbanded in 1958 Matuszkiewicz would perform as a solo artist and from the mid-1960s forward focus on composing for film ~ Matuszkiewicz passed away in 2021
April 10, 1928 ~ Marilyn May McLaughlin, commonly known as jazz, cabaret singer, actress Marilyn Maye, born in Wichita, Kansas, USA ~ Best known for a number of mid to late 1960s singles including Sherry, When We All Get Together, Till You Come Back and Think Summer with Ed Ames
April 10, 1928 ~ Pianist, singer Rosco Gordon born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Memphis blues pioneer known for 1950s, 1960s songs such as Booted, No More Doggin' and Just A Little Bit ~ Gordon passed away in 2002
 
April 10, 1927 ~ Jazz guitarist George Freeman born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Brother of Von Freeman and Eldridge Freeman, uncle of Chico Freeman. Sideman and leader. Began in 1940s as sideman for Joe Morris, Tom Archia, Lester Young, and for Charlie Parker. Continued in the 1950s with Richard Groove Holmes, Gene Ammons, Shirley Scott. Released his debut, Birth Sign, on Delmark in 1969, backed by Sonny Burke and Robert Piere. Over the course of his career, continuing well into the 2010s, Freeman has also worked artists such his brother Von, Kenny Barron, Maurice Brown, Bob Cranshaw, Sonny Criss, the Deep Blue Organ Trio, Kurt Elling, Johnny Griffin, Red Holloway, Illinois Jacquet, Harold Mabern, René Marie, Les McCann, Jimmy McGriff, Sonny Stitt, Ben Webster, Buddy Williams, Eldee Young, and others
 
April 10, 1922 ~ Chicago blues singer, guitarist, songwriter John Brim, full name John Charles Brim, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA ~ Wrote and recorded Ice Cream Man, later covered by Van Halen on their debut album, by Martin Sexton, by David Lee Roth and by FJK ~ Brim passed away in 2003
 
April 10, 1921 ~ Shelby F Wooley commonly known as singer, songwriter Sheb Wooley, in Erick, Oklahoma, USA ~ As a singer known for songs such as That's My Pa, Almost Persuaded Number 2 and his 1958 novely hit The Purple People Eater. As an actor known for roles in High Noon, The Outlaw Josey Wales and the television series Rawhide ~ Wooley passed away in 2003
 
April 10, 1911 ~ Pianist, percussionist, bandleader, arranger, composer, conductor Martin Denny born in New York, New York, USA3 ~ Considered by some as “the Father of Exotica”. Known for a number of influential 1950s albums, notably Exotica, Forbidden Island and Quiet Village. Worked with Arthur Lyman, Julius Wechter, and others ~ Denny passed away in 2005
 
April 10, 1894 ~ Stanley R Williams, commonly known as clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader Fess Williams, born in Danville, Kentucky, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Uncle of noted double-bassist Charles Mingus. Formed the Royal Flush Orchestra. Also worked with Ollie Powers, Danny Barker, Jabbo Smith, and others ~ Williams passed away in 1975
 
April 10, 1892 ~ Conductor, composer Victor de Sabata born in Italy ~ Widely recognized as one of the most distinguished operatic conductors of the 20th century, especially for his work on Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, and Richard Wagner ~ De Sabata passed away in 1967