This Day In Music: April 11
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April 11, 2022 ~ Bassist Charnett Moffett passed away in Stanford, California, USA ~ Worked with Far East, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Art Blakey, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Pharoah Sanders, Dizzy Gillespie, Ellis Marsalis, Sonny Sharrock, Stanley Jordan, Wallace Roney, Arturo Sandoval, Courtney Pine, David Sanborn, David Sánchez, Dianne Reeves, Frank Lowe, Harry Connick Jr, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Kenny Garrett, Kenny Kirkland, Kevin Eubanks, Lew Soloff, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Melody Gardot, Mulgrew Miller, Stanley Jordan, Tony Williams, Rachel Z, Cindy Blackman, Geri Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, Will Calhoun, Erin McPherson, Yungchen Lhamo, Scott Tixier, Mark Whitfield, Jana Herzen, Kenny Drew Jr, and others ~ Moffett was born in 1967
April 11, 2021 ~ Rock keyboardist, film composer Zoran Simjanovic passed away in Belgrade, Serbia ~ Briefly a member of Siluete from 1961 through 1962. Subsequently rose to fame as member of pioneering rock band Elipse from 1962 through 1968. After the band disbanded Simjanovic would go on to become an in-demand songwriter and from the mid-1970s onwards one of the nation's most revered film composers with over 60 soundtracks to his credit including The Flagrance Of Wild Flowers, Balkan Express, Maleyevic's Cross, and others ~ Simjanovic was born in 1946
April 11, 2019 ~ Ondina Maria Farias Veloso, commonly known as singer Dina passed away in Lisbon ~ Best known for her 1992 Eurovision Songfestival entry Amor D'Agua Fresca, contending for Portugal. The song would rank 17th of 23 ~ Veloso was born in 1956
April 11, 2019 ~ Label executive, philantropist Gary Lee Stuart passed away ~ Label, A&R executive at Rhino Records and Apple Inc ~ Stewart was born in 1957
April 11, 2017 ~ John Warren Geils Jr, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter J Geils, passed away in Groton, Massachusetts, USA ~ Lead guitarist of the J Geils Band. Released a number of albums since the mid-1990s under the moniker Jay Geils, collaborating with former bandmate Magic Dick, with Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin as New Guitar Summit, and as a solo artist ~ Geils was born in 1946
April 11, 2017 ~ Bassist, keyboardist Toby Smith passed away ~ Best known as keyboardist and co-songwriter for Jamiroquai from 1992 through 2002. Also produced and managed pop rock band the Hoosiers. Produced Absent Elk's 2009 Elk Caught In The Headlights album. Co-produced Matt Cardle's 2013 Porcelain album ~ Smith was born in 1970
April 11, 2016 ~ Michael Emile Telford Miller, commonly known as rock & roll, pop singer, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer Emile Ford, passed away in London, UK ~ Best known for his 1959 UK No.1 hit What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For with his backing unit the Checkmates ~ Miller was born in 1937
April 11, 2014 ~ James Ridout Winchester Jr, commonly nown as singer, songwriter Jesse Winchester passed away in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Yankee Lady, Isn't That So, Sassy and Say What. As a songwriter had his songs recorded by Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, the Everly Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, and others ~ Winchester was born in 1944
April 11, 2013 ~ Fiddler Sue Draheim passed away in Berea, Kentucky, USA ~ Worked with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, Frank Zappa, Gael Alcock, Jim Bamford, Mac Benford, Will Spires, Sam Chatmon, the California Sheiks, John Renbourn, Keshav Sathe, Jacquie McShee, Wizz Jones, Marc Ellington, John Martyn, Albion Country Band, Steve Ashley, John Cohen, David Grisman, Jody Stecher, Craicmore, Stuat Rojstaczer, the Golden Bough, Gwydion Pendderwen, Richard Thompson, Kathy Kallick, and others ~ Draheim was born in 1959
April 11, 2012 ~ Alto saxophonist, clarinetist Hal McKusick passed away ~ Worked with Terry Gibbs, Don Elliott, George Russell, Jimmy Giuffre, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Paul Chambers, Connie Kay, Barry Galbraith, Lee Konitz, John Coltrane, Manny Albam, Kenny Burrell, Al Cohn, Benny Golson, Coleman Hawkins, Woody Herman, Gil Melle, Helen Merrill, Charlie Parker, Jackie Paris, and Dinah Washington ~ McKusick was born in 1924
April 11, 2011 ~ Violinist, composer Billy Bang passed away in Harlem, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Co-founded String Trio Of New York, teaming up with guitarist James Emery and double-bassist John Lindberg. Also worked with Sun Ra, William Hooker, John Lindberg, William Parker, the World Saxophone Quartet, Ahmed Abdullah, and others ~ Bang was born in 1947
April 11, 2011 ~ Blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Lacy Gibson passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by Sunnyland Slim, Muddy Waters, Lefty Bates, Matt Guitar Murphy, Wayne Bennett. As a solo artist best known for the songs My Love Is Real and Switchy Titchy. As a session and touring musician has backed Willie Mabon, Billy The Kid Emerson, Buddy Guy, Son Seals (Live & Burning), Billy Boy Arnold, Big Time Sarah ~ Gibson was born in 1936
April 11, 2006 ~ Singer June Pointer, full name June Antoinetta Pointer, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Founding member of sibling outfit the Pointer Sisters, known for songs such as Yes We Can Can, Fire, Happiness, He's So Shy, Slow Hand and I'm So Excited. Released a solo album, Baby Sister, in 1983 spawning the modest hit Ready For Some Action ~ Pointer was born in 1953
April 11, 2006 ~ Deshaun Dupree Holton, commonly known as rapper, actor Proof, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Worked with the 5 Elementz, the Funky Cowboys, Promatic, the Goon Sqawd, D12. Childhood friend of Eminem ~ Holton was born in 1973
April 11, 2005 ~ Pop, country double-bassist Floyd Chance, full name Floyd Taylor Chance, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Session musician. Worked with Hank Williams (Your Cheatin' Heart), the Louvin Brothers, Jimmy Martin, the Everly Brothers (Bye Bye Love), Marvin Rainwater, Faron Young (Hello Walls), Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty (It's Only Make Believe), Willie Nelson, and others ~ Chance was born in 1925
April 11, 2005 ~ Southern gospel singer George Younce, full name George Wilson Younce, passed away in Akron, Ohio, USA ~ Renowned bass singer known for his association with several Southern gospel quartets, most notably the Cathedrals Quartet from 1964 through 1999. Has also worked as a solo artist as well as with the Spiritualaires, the Blue Ridge Quartet, Old Friends, and others ~ Younce was born in 1930
April 11, 2005 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter, publisher Jerry Byrd, full name Gerald Lester Byrd, passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ~ Taught steel guitar lessons to Jimmy Vaughan and Jerry Garcia. One of the first in the music business to sign Dolly Parton. Sought-after collaborator, session musician. Worked with Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, and others. Has been releasing solo records since the early 1950s. Member of the Country All-Stars ~ Byrd was born in 1920
April 11, 2005 ~ Oscar Hibbert, commonly known as reggae singer Junior Delgado, passed away in London, UK ~ Member of Time Unlimited, known for the hit Reaction. As a solo artist active since the mid-1970s with songs such as Everyday Natty, Sons Of Slaves, Broadwater Farm, and others ~ Hibbert was born in 1958
April 11, 2002 ~ David Kenneth Brooks Jr, commonly known as jazz tenor saxophonist Bubba Brooks, passed away ~ Brother of Tina Brooks. Bubba worked with Pepper McAllister, James Moody, Sonny Payne, George Barkley, Sonny Thompson, Jimmy McCracklin, Phil Upchurch, Charles Williams, Don Pullen, Jimmy McGriff, Bill Doggett, Wynonie Harris, Bobby Forrester, and others ~ Brooks was born in 1922
April 11, 2001 ~ Alexander Bull, commonly known as multi-instrumentalist Sandy Bull passed away in Franklin, Tennessee, USA ~ Blended non-western instruments with 1960s folk revival. Eclectic oeuvre. Primarly packed finger-picking style on guitar, banjo, oud. Compared to John Fahey and Robbie Basho. Cited as an influence by guitarist Guthrie Thomas ~ Bull was born in 1941
April 11, 1994 ~ Duncan de Moor, commonly known as singer, pianist, songwriter Duncan Laurence, born in Spijkenisse, the Netherlands ~ Best known for winning the 2019 Eurovision Songfestival representing the Netherlands with the self-penned Arcade
April 11, 1994 ~ Samuel Evans, commonly known as drummer, arranger Sticks Evans, passed away ~ Worked with Milt Buckner, the Griffin Brothers, Teddy Wilson, Milt Hinton, Leonard Gaskin, Curtis Jones, Sunnyland Slim, Sonny Terry, Big John Greer, Lavern Baker, King Curtis, Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Ray Bryant, Aretha Franklin, Mickey Baker, Al Casey, Roosevelt Sykes, Lightnin' Hopkins, Charles Mingus, Sam Cooke, Bud Johnson, and others ~ Evans was born in 1923
April 11, 1987 ~ Joscelyn Eve Stoker, commonly known as singer, songwriter Joscelyn Eve Stoker, commonly known as Joss Stone, born in Cardiff, UK ~ Rose to fame with her 2003 The Soul Sessions, cementing her status the next year with the sophomore Mind Body & Soul album the next year. Known for songs such as Super Duper Love, You Had Me, Right To Be Wrong and Don't Cha Wanna Ride. Member of supergroup Superheavy alongside Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, AR Rahman and Damian Marley
April 11, 1984 ~ Jazz trombonist Fred Robinson passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Carroll Dickerson, Louis Armstrong, Edgar Hayes, Mario Hardy, Don Redman, Benny Carter, Charles Turner, Fletcher Henderson, Fats Waller, Andy Kirk, George Jame, Cab Calloway, Sy Oliver, Noble Sissle, and others ~ Robinson was born in 1901
April 11, 1984 ~ Durval de Lima Junior, commonly known as singer, drummer, guitarist, songwriter Junior Lima born in São Paulo, Brazil ~ First gained attention as half of Sandy & Junior, the other half being his sister Sandy. The duo would lead the wave of late 1990s teen pop artist, noted for albums such as 1999's As Quatro Estações and 2000's Quatro Estações (O Show) ranking among Brazil's all-time best-selling albums
April 11, 1977 ~ Daniel Edward Stein, commonly known as DJ, producer DJ Fresh, born in UK ~ Member of drum and bass collective Bad Company. As a solo artist best known for his early 2010s singles Louder featuring Sian Evans and Hot Right Now featuring Rita Ora
April 11, 1974 ~ Heavy metal guitarist Alexander Kuoppala born in Kuusamo, Finland ~ Rhythm guitarist for Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom from 1995 through 2003. Has also worked with Timo Rautiainen and with Valonkantajat
April 11, 1974 ~ Lavell William Crump, commonly known as rapper, producer, actor David Banner, born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, USA ~ Half of rap duo Crooked Lettaz, the other half being Brad Franklin. Producer, worked with Trick Daddy, Lil' Boosie, Lil' Wayne, the Ruff Ryders, Nappy Roots, TI, Jibbs, Mary Mary, Maroon 5, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Jill Scott, Ne-Yo, and others
April 11, 1974 ~ Alfons Candrix, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, violinist Fud Candrix, passed away in Brussels, Belgium ~ Brother of bandleader Jeff Candrix, with whom he also worked. Has also worked with the Carolina Stomp Chasers, Bernard Etté, Robert de Kers, Jean Omer, Charles Remue, Gus Deloof, Aime Barelli, Django Reinhardt, Hubert Rostaing, and others ~ Candrix was born in 1908
April 11, 1972 ~ Singer Don Gibson records Woman (Sensuous Woman) at Acuff-Rose Sound Studio, Nashville, Tennessee ~ Written by Gary S Paxton. Produced by Wesley Rose. Released as a single the following June, b/w If You Want Me To I'll Go, it would be Gibson's last charttoppper on the Billboard Country charts. The song would notably be covered by Ray Charles on his 1984 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind album
April 11, 1972 ~ Producer, guitarist, songwriter Klas Ahlund born in Sweden ~ Co-founded the Teddybears alongside his brother Joakim Ahlund. As a producer and songwriter has worked with artists such as Robyn, the Sugababes, Jordin Sparks, Eagle Eye Cherry, Kylie Minogue, the Bo Jaspers Orkester, Britney Spears, Melody Club, Katy Perry, Madonna, Ghost, Thomas Rusiak, Linda Sundblad, I Blame Coco, Swedish House Mafia, Mika, Usher, Tove Lo, Alesso, Ellie Goulding, Charli XCX, Paloma Faith, and others
April 11, 1971 ~ Bassist Oliver Riedel born in Schwerin, East Germany ~ Best known as bassist with Rammstein
April 11, 1970 ~ Bassist Dylan Keefe born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of Marcy Playground alongside singer John Wozniak and drummer Jared Kotler
April 11, 1970 ~ Eurodance singer Sannie Charlotte Carlson born in Skælsor, Denmark ~ Fronted the Larry Pignagnoli and Davide Riva produced Italian dance outfit Whigfield, known for 1990s singles such as Another Day, Sexy Eyes and Saturday Night, the latter topping charts across Europe in 1993
April 11, 1966 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter Lisa Stansfield, full name Lisa Jane Stansfield, born in Manchester, UK ~ Member of the Blue Zone. Known for her debut album, 1989's Affection, and its hit single All Around The World. Also known for songs such as This Is The Right Time, Change, Time To Make You Mine and In All The Right Places
April 11, 1964 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Steve Azar, full name Stephen Thomas Azar, born in Greenville, Mississippi, USA ~ Debuted in 1996 with his Heartbreak Town. Best known for I Don't Have To Be Me 'Til Monday, a country top 10 hit of his 2002 Waitin' On Joe sophomore album
April 11, 1963 ~ Jazz saxophonist, trumpeter, composer Arvid Gram Paulsen passed away ~ Worked with Rowland Greenberg, Lulle Kristofferson, Pete Brown, Svein Overgaard, Willie Vieth, Jens Book-Jenssen, Alf Sogaard, Kari Diesen, and others ~ Paulsen was born in 1922
April 11, 1961 ~ Rock guitarist, bassist Doug Hopkins, full name Douglas Owen Hopkins, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Co-founded Gin Blossoms, present on the band's first two albums. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Hey Jealousy, Found Out About You, Hold Me Down, and Lost Horizons. Also co-founded the Chimeras, remaining only shortly with the band, departing after a poor live performance. Suffering from mental health issues and depression and struggling with alcoholism Hopkins committed suicide at age 32 ~ Hopkins passed away in 1993
April 11, 1960 ~ Singer Angelia Maria Sylvers born ~ Member of popular 1970s sibling R&B outfit the Sylvers, known for songs such as Fools Paradise, Fever and Hot Line
April 11, 1960 ~ Jazz saxophonist Zilas Gorling passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Played with his brother Miff Gorling, with Frank Vernon, Sune Lundwall, Dick de Pauw, Charles Redland, Håkan von Eichwald, Helge Lindberg, Benny Carter, Thore Jederby, and Gosta Torner ~ Görling was born in 1911
April 11, 1959 ~ Producer, multi-instrumentalist John Parish born in Yeovil, UK ~ Member of Eels. Longtime producer and collaborator for PJ Harvey
April 11, 1957 ~ Country, bluegrass, rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Jim Lauderdale born in New York, New York, USA ~ Admired by peers. Over 30 albums to his name starting with 1991's Planet Of Love produced by Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal. Had his songs recorded by George Strait, Gary Allan, Elvis Costello, Blake Shelton, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless
April 11, 1957 ~ Gospel songwriter Michael Card born in Madison, Tennessee, USA ~ Combines folk-style melodies with Christian lyrics. Best known for El Shaddai, notably covered by singer Amy Grant
April 11, 1955 ~ Edna Maria Nazario Figueroa, commonly known as singer, songwriter, actress Ednita Nazario, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico ~ Active since the early 1970s. Over two dozens albums to her name. Best known for songs such as Aprendere, Lo Que Son Las Cosas and Tres Deseo
April 11, 1954 ~ Dance bandleader, violinist Paul Specht passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Popular bandleader in the UK during the dance band era. Employed sidemen such as Hank D'Amico, Russ Morgan, Sylvester Ahola, Charlie Spivak, Joe Tarto and Chauncey Morehouse early on in their career ~ Specht was born in 1895
April 11, 1951 ~ Guitarist Paul Fox born in UK ~ Best known as founding member of UK punk outfit Ruts. Also a member the Dirty Strangers, who recorded two albums featuring guests Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. Worked with the Choir Militia, the Screaming Lobsters, the Fluffy Kittens, Mat Sargent, the Riffs, and others ~ Fox passed away in 2007
April 11, 1950 ~ Singer Maria Dimitriadi born in Athens, Greece ~ Sister of singer Aphrodite Manou. Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Mikis Theodorakis and Thanos Mikroutsikos. Known for songs such as O Levidis, Gia Tin Eleni, Evgenia, and Ena Proino (Anabel) ~ Dimitriadi passed away in 2009
April 11, 1949 ~ Roger Pritchard, commonly known as singer, songwriter Lee Sheriden, born in Horfield, UK ~ Member of the Brotherhood Of Men, known for winning the 1976 Eurovision Songfestival with Save Your Kisses For Me which Sheriden co-wrote
April 11, 1947 ~ Jazz pianist, arranger Frank Mantooth born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Worked with Phil Wilson, Ashley Alexander, Kirtsten Gustafson. Wrote for Louie Bellson, Art Farmer, and Carla Helmbrecht ~ Mantooth passed away in 2004
April 11, 1943 ~ Jazz double-bassist Jacky Samson born in Paris, France ~ Worked with George Arvanitas, Francois Biensah, Milt Buckner, Jimmy Dawkins, Maynard Ferguson, Francois Guin, Slide Hampton, Michel Hausser, Guy Lafitte, Jean-Claude Naud, and others
April 11, 1942 ~ Jazz drummer Bobby Kapp born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Matthew Shipp, Marion Brown, Dave Burrell, Gato Barbieri, Noah Howard, Ivo Perelman, and others
April 11, 1941 ~ Tenor Arthur Davies born in Wrexham, UK ~ Worked with with the Royal Opera London, the English National Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Cincinnati Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Leipzig Opera, the Municipal theater of Santiago, the New Orleans Opera, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, de Vlaamse Opera, the Teatro Colón, and others ~ Davies passed away in 2018
April 11, 1939 ~ Songwriter, singer Freddie Gorman born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Regular songwriting partner of Brian Holland in the early Motown days co-penning songs such as Old Love, I Want A Guy and Please Mr Postman
April 11, 1939 ~ Chicago blues singer, guitarist Luther Guitar Junior Johnson born in Itta Bena, Mississippi, USA ~ Fronted the Magic Rockers. Member of the Legendary Blues Band. Also worked with Magic Sam, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and with the Blues Brothers
April 11, 1938 ~ Ragtime era singer, comedian Eddie Morton, full name Edward Farren Morton, passed away ~ Worked for the Philadelphia PD before pursuing a full-time career as a performer, earning him the nickname “the Singing Cop”. Known for songs such as That's Gratitude, Just A Friend Of The Family, You Ain't Talking To Me and Oceana Roll ~ Morton was born in 1870
April 11, 1938 ~ Operatic bass singer Kurt Moll born in Buir, Germany ~ Acclaimed for his restrained basso profondo voice. Closely associated with the Cologne Opera. Has also worked with the Mainz Opera, the Wuppertal Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the San Francisco Opera, and others ~ Moll passed away in 2017
April 11, 1936 ~ Jaime Sabater, commonly known as boogaloo, salsa singer, percussionist Jimmy Sabater, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Influenced by Willie Bobo, Uba Nieto, Papi Pagani. Rose to fame as a member of the Joe Cuba Sextet in the 1960s and 1970s, present on songs such as To Be With You and Salsa Y Bembe. After his departure from the band in 1977 has recorded as a solo artist, and collaborated with the like of Al Levy, Charlie Palmieri, José Mangual Jr, Bobby Cruz, and others. His son, Jimmy Sabater Jr, is a bandleader and trumpeter ~ Sabater passed away in 2012
April 11, 1935 ~ Singer, songwriter Richard Berry born in Extension, Louisiana, USA ~ Member of a number of 1950s doo-wop groups including the Flairs, the Robins, the Penguins, the Cadets, the Chimes, the Crowns, the Five Hunters, the Rams, the Whips, and the Dreamers. Best known as author and original performer of Louie Louie, made famous by Kingsmen and covered by a host of artists including Paul Revere & the Raiders, Frank Zappa, the Beach Boys, the Kinks, the Sonics, Motörhead, Toots & the Maytals, Blondie, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, and numerous others. Also wrote the often covered Have Love Will Travel ~ Berry passed away in 1997
April 11, 1935 ~ Pierre Kartner, commonly known as singer Vader Abraham, born in Elst, the Netherlands ~ Wrote over 1,600 songs. Known for his Smurf-themed songs, the 1971 Wilma Landkroon duet Zou Het Erg Zijn Lieve Opa, and for Het Kleine Café Aan De Haven, the latter covered over 250 times in various languages including by Engelbert Humperdinck (Little Cafe On The Harbour), Audrey Landers (My Favourite Cafe On The Harbour), Mireille Mathieu (Le Café De La Rue Amerique), Joe Dassin (Le Café Des Trois Colombes), and by Peter Alexander (Die Kleine Kneipe) ~ Kartner passed away in 2022
April 11, 1934 ~ Singer Cleotha Staples born in Drew, Mississippi, USA ~ Oldest sibling considered the backbone of family outfit the Staple Singers, best known for 1970s hits drawing from R&B and gospel. The group scored two Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits with 1972's I'll Take You There and 1973's If You're Ready Come Go With Me ~ Staples passed away in 2013
April 11, 1931 ~ Pianist, composer Maria Dolores Malumbres, full name Maria Dolores Malumbres Carranza, born in Alfaro, Spain ~ Duaghter of violinist Jose Luis Malumbres. Best known for her 1954 String Quartet composition ~ Malumbres passed away in 2019
April 11, 1927 ~ Songwriter, lyricist, singer Alberto Testa born in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Frequent collaborator of Tony Renis, with whom he wrote Quando Quando Quando first recorded by Renis and covered in Italian, German and English by numerous artists including Connie Francis, Engelbert Humperdinck, Caterina Valente, and others ~ Testa passed away in 2009
April 11, 1925 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist Emil Mangelsdorff born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany ~ Imprisoned by the Gestapo for playing jazz and eventually forced to enlist in Hitler's army. Brother of trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff. Has worked with Joe Klimm, Jutta Hipp, Atilla Zoller, George Gruntz, and others ~ Mangelsdorff passed away in 2022
April 11, 1923 ~ Samuel Evans, commonly known as drummer, arranger Sticks Evans, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Milt Buckner, the Griffin Brothers, Teddy Wilson, Milt Hinton, Leonard Gaskin, Curtis Jones, Sunnyland Slim, Sonny Terry, Big John Greer, Lavern Baker, King Curtis, Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Ray Bryant, Aretha Franklin, Mickey Baker, Al Casey, Roosevelt Sykes, Lightnin' Hopkins, Charles Mingus, Sam Cooke, Bud Johnson, and others ~ Evans passed away in 1994
April 11, 1921 ~ Singer, band director Ronnie Milne, full name Ronald Edwin James Milne, born ~ Member of the Welsh Guards Band. Co-founded the Stargazers with Cliff Adams, Dick James, and others ~ Milne passed away in 2014
April 11, 1912 ~ Jazz double-bassist John Levy born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Ben Webster, Erroll Garner, Milt Jackson, Billie Holiday, George Shearing, and others. Ventured into the business end of music, acting as manager for artists such as Shearing, Nancy Wilson, Cannonball Adderley, Joe Williams, Shirley Horn, Jimmie Rayne, and Ramsey Lewis ~ Levy passed away in 2012
April 11, 1910 ~ Actor, singer, trumpeter Johnnie Davis, full name John Gustave Davis, born in Brazil, Indiana, USA ~ Scat singer. Worked with Leo Baxter and Fred Waring before finding employ in Hollywood in the late 1930s, notaby in the 1937 film Hollywood Hotel introducing the Johnny Mercer-penned Hooray For Hollywood. Davis would star in over a dozen films ~ Davis passed away in 1983
April 11, 1890 ~ William Henry Somers, commonly known as big band bandleader Debroy Somers, born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Popular from the 1920s through the 1940s. Noted for conducting the first British performance of George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue in 1925, featuring the Savoy Orpheans with Gershwin himself on the piano ~ Somers passed away in 1952
April 11, 1889 ~ Trumpeter Nick LaRocca born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Led the the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. As a composer best known for Tiger Rag, one of the most recorded songs in jazz history ~ Larocca passed away in 1961