This Day In Music: April 12
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April 12, 2022 ~ R&B singer Charles McCormick passed away ~ Member of Bloodstone, known for songs such as Natural High, Never Let You Go, Outside Woman, My Little Lady and We Go A Long Way Back, all of which reached top 10 on the Billboard R&B charts between 1973 and 1982 ~ McCormick was born ca.1947
April 12, 2022 ~ Indie rock singer, guitarist David Freel passed away ~ Co-founded Swell with drummer Sean Kirkpatrick in 1989. Influenced by a wide array of artists and genres ranging from Pink Floyd to Ennio Morricone the band would release close to a dozen albums over the following two decades including the acclaimed Well, Too Many Days Without Thinking and For All The Beautiful People ~ Freel was born ca.1958
April 12, 2020 ~ Lars Falkowsky, commonly known as glam rock, indie rock, alternative rock keyboardist Luminor, passed away ~ Member of Cinema Bizarre through 2008, leaving the band for health reasons. Present on the band's 2007 Fatal Attraction debut album. Has also worked with DNR (Dreams Not Reality) and with Roberto Romagnoli ~ Falkowsky was born in 1985
April 12, 2018 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Deborah Coleman passed away ~ Known for a string of hard-edged 1990s blues, blues-rock albums starting with 1995's Takin' A Stand ~ Coleman was born in 1956
April 12, 2012 ~ Saxophonist Andrew Love passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Noted session musician. Member of the Memphis Horns alongside longtime compadre trumpeter Wayne Jackson. Has backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, and Dusty Springfield. Has toured with the Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Robert Cray, and others ~ Love was born in 1941
April 12, 2007 ~ Composer, pianist, trombonist, conductor Andrzej Kurylewicz, full name Andrzej Roma Kurylewicz, passed away ~ Pionereered Polish jazz ~ Kurylewicz was born in 1932
April 12, 2007 ~ Haywood S Warner, commonly known as blues singer Little Sonny Warner, passed away in Falls Church, Virginia, USA ~ Best known for singing lead vocals on Big Jay McNeely's There's Something On Your Mind, a gold record in 1959. Warner has also worked with James Brown, Etta James and BB King ~ Warner was born in 1930
April 12, 2005 ~ Ehud Weiner, commonly known as songwriter, radio and TV personality Ehud Manor, passed away ~ Internationally best known for co-writing, along with Nurit Hirsh, A-ba Ni-bi, 1978 Eurovision Songfestival winner as performed by Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta ~ Weiner was born in 1941
April 12, 2004 ~ Juan Valderrama Blanca, commonly known as flamenco, copla, folk singer Juanito Valderrama, passed away in Espartina, Spain ~ As a solo artist best known for his 1949 hit El Emigrante. Partnered with singer Dolores Abril from the mid-1950 until his death, the couple married in 1981 ~ Valderrama was born in 1916
April 12, 2001 ~ Conductor Alberto Erede passed away in Monte Carlo, Monaco ~ Worked with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the New London Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, and others ~ Erede was born in 1909
April 12, 1999 ~ Lecil Travis Martin, commonly known as country. gospel singer, guitarist, songwriter Boxcar Willie, passed away in Branson, Missouri, USA ~ Known for a number of 1980s recordings including Bad News, Train Medley and The Man I Used To Be ~ Martin was born in 1931
April 12, 1995 ~ Jazz trombonist Chris Pyne, full name Christopher Norman Pyne, passed away in London, UK ~ Elder brother of pianist Mick Pyne. Worked with Fat John Cox, Alexis Korner, John Stevens, the London Jazz Orchestra, Humphrey Lyttelton, Johnny Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey, Mike Gibbs, Frank Sinatra, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, John Surman, Philly Joe Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Tony Coe, Bobby Lamb, Raymond Premru, Ronnie Ross, Barbara Thompson, Norma Winstone, Alan Cohen, Gordon Beck, Charlie Watts, Jon Anderson, Miquel Brown, Delegation, Curved Air, Bryan Ferry, Albert Finney, Goodies, Tubby Hayes, Elton John, Salena Jones, Everything But The Girl, Jack Sharpe, the Nice, Peter Sinfield, Jasper van 't Hof, Loudon Wainwright III, and others ~ Pyne was born in 1939
April 12, 1992 ~ Jazz banjoist Al Lewis passed away in Galliano, Louisiana, USA ~ A big imposing performer with a joyous personality. Active from the late-1910s onwards, Lewis played the riverboats and New Orleans jazz bands, including with bandleaders such as King Oliver, until the banjo grew out of style. He retired from the music scene but was rediscovered when someone from Preservation Hall recognized him in the late 1970s. He went on to play and teach Dixieland to a new generation ~ Lewis was born ca.1902
April 12, 1992 ~ Malcolm Jamaal Davis, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter MadeinTYO, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ~ Rose to prominence on the strength of his 2016 Uber Everywhere single. Released a full-length debut album, Sincerely Tokyo, in 2018. Has collaborated wit Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg, G-Eazy, Chance The Rapper, and others
April 12, 1989 ~ Singer Herbert Mills passed away ~ Member of sibling jazz, swing vocal group the Mills Brothers, known for songs such as Tiger Rag, Dinah with Bing Crosby, You Rascal You, I Heard, St Louis Blues and Swing It Sister ~ Mills was born in 1912
April 12, 1989 ~ Makonnen Kamali Sheran, commonly known as singer, rapper, producer ilovemakonnen, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his 2014 Billboard top 20 hit Tuesday featuring Drake
April 12, 1988 ~ Trumpeter, singer George Rock passed away ~ Joined Spike Jones backing unit the City Slickers in 1944. Especially noted for his ability to imitate children in a remarkably childlike voice. Present on some of the band's best-known, notably singing lead vocals on the classic All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. Other songs featuring Rock include I'm The Captain Of The Space Ship and You Wanna Buy A Bunny ~ Rock was born in 1919
April 12, 1983 ~ Isaac Mahmoud Noell, commonly known as producer, DJ Sak Noel, born in Girona, Spain ~ Known for songs such as Loca People and Paso (The Nini Anthem)
April 12, 1982 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Easton Corbin, full name Dan Easton Corbin, born in Trenton, Florida, USA ~ Best known for Are You With Me of his 2012 sophomore All Over The Road album
April 12, 1980 ~ Singer, songwriter Brian McFadden, full name Brian Nicholas McFadden, born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Member of Irish boy band Westlife through 2004, alongside Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden, present on songs such as Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings, Fool Again, What Makes A Man, Queen Of My Heart and Hey Whatever. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Irish Son in 2004
April 12, 1979 ~ Czeslaw Mozil, commonly known as singer, accordionist Czeslaw Spiewa, born in Zabrze, Poland ~ Draws from cabaret, rock, punk rock. Co-founded Tesco Value
April 12, 1979 ~ Pop balladeer Lee Soo Young born in South Korea ~ Debuted in 1999 with the I Believe to become one of South Korea's most popular singers during the early 2000s
April 12, 1979 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist, percussionist, banjoist, pianist, harpist, songwriter Thomas Dybdahl born in Sandnes, Norway ~ First gained attention as member of the Quadrophonics. Released his solo debut album, That Great October Sound, in 2002 and has recorded to critical acclaim since. Drew comparisons to Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley
April 12, 1978 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, banjoist, fiddler Andru Bemis born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA ~ Known for a minimalist lifestyle, touring through the US using train, public transportation and hitchhiking. Has released a handful of albums, starting with Plays Past His Bedtime released in 2002
April 12, 1978 ~ Bassist, songwriter Guy Berryman born ~ Member of Coldplay, known for hits such as Yellow, The Scientiest, Clocks, Speed Of Sound, Violet Hill, Viva La Vida, Paradise, Adventure Of A Lifetime and Something Just Like This featuring the Chainsmokers. Also a member of supergroup Apparatjik, alongside A-ha's Magne Furuholmen and others
April 12, 1976 ~ Jazz saxophonist Ted Buckner passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Brother of pianist Milt Buckner. Ted played with mcKinney's Cotton Pickers, Jimmie Lunceford, Jimmie Wilkins, and others ~ Buckner was born in 1913
April 12, 1975 ~ Freda Josephine McDonald, commonly known as singer Josephine Baker passed away in Paris, France ~ Starred in the Broadway revues Shuffle Along and The Chocolate Dandies during the 1920s. Among the most popular entertainers in pre-war Paris. First black woman to star in a major film, namely 1927's silent film The Siren Of The Tropics. Member of the French Resistance during World War II ~ Baker was born in 1906
April 12, 1975 ~ Jazz tubist Lars Andreas Haug born in Frogner, Norway ~ Worked with Tri O'Trang, Akku, Knut Aalefjaer, Trygve Seim, Frode Barth, and others
April 12, 1974 ~ Folk rock, contemporary Christian singer, guitarist, songwriter Jennifer Knapp, full name Jennifer Lynn Knapp, born in Chanute, Kansas, USA ~ Best known for Undo Me taken of her 1998 Kansas album and A Little More of its 2000 follow-up Lay It Down
April 12, 1973 ~ Arthur Grossman, commonly known as lyricist, film producer Arthur Freed, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as a film producer, awarded an Academy Award for 1951's An American In Paris and one for 1958's Gigi. Producer and co-lyricist for the 1952 Singing In The Rain musical comedy ~ Grossman was born in 1894
April 12, 1972 ~ Pop group the Bee Gees record Run To Me at IBC Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb. Co-produced with Robert Stigwood. Released in July as the lead single of the band's 1972 To Whom It May Concern album, featuring Road To Alaska on the flipside. It would reach top 10 of the UK charts
April 12, 1972 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Sebnem Ferah born in Yalova, Turkey ~ Lead vocalist of all-female hard rock band Volvox. Went solo in 1994
April 12, 1971 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Wynton Kelly, full name Wynton Charles Kelly, passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced pianists such as Monty Alexander, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau, Chucho Valdes. Worked with artists such as Dinah Washington, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter, Billie Holiday (including on the original recording of Lady Sings The Blues), Abbey Lincoln, Miles Davis (including on the quintessential Kind Of Blue album), Cecil Payne, Hal Cornbread Singer, Babs Gonzales, Hot Lips Page, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Duke Pearson, Charles Mingus, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Clark Terry, Blue Mitchell, Hank Mobley, Pepper Adams, Hank Mobley, Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Cobb, Dexter Gordon, Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, Candido Camero, Ron McClure, Lorez Alexandria, Gene Ammons, Walter Benton, Art Blakey, David Fathead Newman, Grant Green, Eddie Harris, Illinois Jacquet, JJ Johnson, Bunky Green, Philly Joe Jones, King Curtis, Booker Little, Chuck Mangione, AK Salim, Phil Upchurch, and numerous others ~ Kelly was born in 1931
April 12, 1970 ~ Progressive metal, jazz, jazz fusion, rock bassist, keyboardist, guitarist Sean Malone born in Delran, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known as member of Cynic. Noted for his chemistry with bandmate drummer Sean Reinert. Released his Cortlandt solo album in 2007, featuring guests such as Trey Gunn, Ron Jarzombek, John Myung. Has also worked with Gordian Knot, Roadrunner United, Spiral Architect, Spastic Ink, Anomaly, James Labrie, Aghora, Cygnus, Dream Theater, and others ~ Malone passed away in 2020
April 12, 1968 ~ Producer, songwriter, talent scout Lester Melrose, full name Lester Frank Melrose, passed away in Lake, Florida, USA ~ One of the first Chicago blues producers. Brother of music publisher Walter Melrose and jazz pianist Franklyn Melrose. Worked with artists such as King Oliver, Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Memphis Minnie, Roosevelt Sykes, Lonnie Johnson, Big Joe Williams, Bukka White, Washboard Sam, Champion Jack Dupree, Jazz Gillum, Arthur Crudup, Victoria Spivey, Leroy Carr, and others ~ Melrose was born in 1891
April 12, 1967 ~ William C Bailey, commonly known as jazz clarinetist Buster Bailey, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Classically trained. Considered a master of the clarinet. Played professionally since age 15, starting with WC Handy's orchestra. Has also worked with Erskine Tate, King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, Perry Bradford, Clarence Williams, Noble Sissle, Edgar Hayes, John Kirby, the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Midge Willims, and other ~ Bailey was born in 1902
April 12, 1966 ~ Bassist Adam Nodelman born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Borbetomagus, Motherhead Bug, Crash Worship, Missing Foundation, the Sunburned Hand Of The Sun, and with Sulfur ~ Nodelman passed away 2008
April 12, 1966 ~ Jazz guitarist, singer Nils-Olav Johansen born in Bjugn, Norway ~ Worked with Farmers Market, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Stale Storløkken, Sverre Gjørvad, the Storytellers, the Blix Band, Håvard Lund, Eldbjørg Raknes, Solveig Slettahjell, and others
April 12, 1966 ~ Jazz singer Rigmor Gustafsson born in Varmskog, Sweden ~ Debuted as a solo artist with the In The Light Of Day in 1996 and has recorded consistently since
April 12, 1965 ~ Delroy Thompson, commonly known as reggae, dancehall singer the Pinchers, born in Jamaica ~ Known for songs such as Abrakabra, Eat Man, Jailhpuse Hot, Agony, and Bandelero. Worked with King Jammy, Philip Fatis Burrell, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Jackie Mittoo, Robbie Lynn, and others
April 12, 1964 ~ Singer Amy Ray, full name Amy Elizabeth Ray, born in Decatur, Georgia, USA ~ Forms the folk rock duo the Indigo Girls with Emily Saliers, known for songs such as Closer To Fine, Hammer And Nail, Galileo, Shame On You and Fill It Up Again . Has also released a number of solo albums, starting with Stag released in 2001
April 12, 1964 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Deryl Dodd, full name Deryl Dwayne Dodd, born ~ Worked with Tracy Lawrence, Martina McBride, Radney Foster, George Ducas, Tim McGraw, and others. Debuted as a solo artist with the album One Ride In Vegas in 1996. Known for songs such as That's How I Got To Memphis, Bitter End and Let Me Be
April 12, 1963 ~ Herbert Horatio Nichols, commonly known as jazz pianist, composer Herbie Nichols passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Wrote the classic Lady Sings The Blues, made famous by Billie Holiday. Obscure during his lifetime, now highly regarded by many ~ Nichols was born in 1919
April 12, 1962 ~ Singer Connie Francis records Tu Mir Nicht Weh ~ German version of Francis' Don't Break The Heart That Loves You hit. Written by Ted Murry, Benny Davis, Fini Busch. Produced by Gerhard Mendelsohn. Released as a single later the same year, b/w Paradiso, it would reach top 10 on the German pop charts
April 12, 1962 ~ Gospel singer, producer Michael English born in Kenansville, North Carolina, USA ~ Member of the Gaither Vocal Band. As a solo artist best known for Your Love Amazes Me, a modest hit in 1996
April 12, 1959 ~ Bassist, tubist Hein Offermans born in Maastricht, the Netherlands ~ Worked with Corrie van Binsbergen, Guus Meeuwis, Henny Vrienten, Frédérique Spigt, Street & Stone, and others
April 12, 1959 ~ Guitarist Joan Eloi Vila, full name Joan Eloi Vila De Paz, born ~ In-demand collaborator and backing musician. Member of children's group Els Xipis. Has collaborated with the Barcelona Orchestra on La Salseta Del Poble Sec. Has backed artists such Jimmy Page, Joan Baptista Humet, Joaquin Sabina and Joan Isaac on tours ~ Vila passed away in 2021
April 12, 1959 ~ Saxophonist, composer Peter Gullin born in Milan, Italy ~ Son of jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Lars Gullin, brother of conductor Gabriella Gullin ~ Gullin passed away in 2003
April 12, 1958 ~ Guitarist Will Sergeant, full name William Alfred Sergeant, born in Liverpool, UK ~ Best known as a member of 1980s post-punk outfit Echo & the Bunnymen, known for songs such as The Cutter, The Killing Moon, Nothing Lasts Forever. As a solo artist known for his minimalism and atmospherics. Had self-produced his 1978 Weird As Fish solo debut album, making only seven copies until an official rerelease 25 years later
April 12, 1956 ~ Singer, actor Herbert Grönemeyer, full name Herbert Arthur Wiglev Clamor Grönemeyer, born in Göttingen, West Germany ~ Initially known as actor, notably in the 1981 cult film Das Boot, but would later focus on his music career. Especially noted for his 1984 4630 Bochum and his 2002 Mensch albums, both ranking among the all-time best-selling records in Germany. Known best for songs such as Männer, Was Soll Das, Deine Liebe Klebt, Mensch, Zeit Dass Sich Was Dreht and Morgen
April 12, 1955 ~ Rock, pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Jean-Louis Aubert born in Nantua, France ~ Co-founding member of Téléphone, known for songs such as Hygiaphone, Métro C'Est Trop, La Bomb Humaine, Ça C'Est Vraiment Toi, New York Avec Toi and Un Autre Monde. After the band disbanded in 1986 entured out on his own releasing his Plâtre Et Ciment debut album the following year. As a solo artist best known for the albums Stockholm and Roc, released respectively in 1197 and 2012
April 12, 1954 ~ Guitarist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter Pat Travers, full name Patrick Henry Travers, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Active since the 1970s. Cited as an influence by both Paul Gilbert and Metallica's Kirk Hammett. Best known for fronting the Pat Travers Band, which at times included Nicko McBrain, Tommy Aldridge, Carmine Appice, and others
April 12, 1952 ~ Jazz, rock bassist, composer Hellmut Hattler born in Ulm, West Germany ~ Influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Founded pop, krautrock band Kraan. In-demand collaborator. Has worked with Tina Turner, Billy Cobham, Joachim Kühn, Torsten de Winkel, Alphonse Mouzon, Nippy Noya, and others
April 12, 1950 ~ Singer, actor, teen idol David Cassidy born in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Lead singer of the Partridge Family. Wanted to become a respected rock star like Mick Jagger, long loathed being branded merely a teen idol. As a solo artist known for songs such as Cherish, Daydreamer, How Can I Be Sure, and Could It Be Forever ~ Cassidy passed away in 2017
April 12, 1947 ~ Singer Alex Briley born in Harlem, New York, USA ~ Member of the Village People, serving as tha band's “G.I” and “sailor”, known for disco hits such as Macho Man, YMCA and In The Navy
April 12, 1945 ~ Blues singer, pianist, guitarist Ann Rabson born in New York, New York, USA ~ Actively performing and recording since the 1960s. Member of Saffire The Uppity Blues Women. Released her solo debut, the acclaimed Music Makin' Mama, in 1997 ~ Rabson passed away in 2013
April 12, 1945 ~ Pianist, music director Doug Riley, full name Douglas Brian Riley, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Member of R&B outfit the Silhoettes. Also recorded under the moniker Dr Music. Musical director of the Famous People Players for two decades. Keyboardist and arranger on Ray Charles' 1969 Doing His Thing album after which Charles offered him a steady spot in the band. Riley kindfully declined, focusing on his career in Canada ~ Riley passed away in 2007
April 12, 1945 ~ Guitarist Miller Anderson born in Johnstone, UK ~ Closely associated with Ian Hunter, plasying in several blues, rock bands together. Has worked with Keef Hartley, the Spencer Davis Group, Broken Glass, Mountain, Savoy Brown, T.Rex, Chicken Shack, Maggie Bell, and others
April 12, 1944 ~ Joachim Fritz Krauledat, commonly known as rock guitarist, singer John Kay, born in Tilsit, Germany ~ Fronted Steppenwolf, known for Born To Be Wild and Magic Carpet Ride
April 12, 1943 ~ Singer Geoff Brook, full name Geoffrey Owen Brooks, born in Winchester, UK ~ Formed the sibling duo the Brooks Brothers with Ricky Brook, known for a string of early 1960s UK hits including Ain't Gonna Wash For A Week, Welcome Home Baby and perhaps their best-known Warpaint
April 12, 1937 ~ Blues singer, guitarist Asie Payton, full name Asie Reed Payton, born in Holly Ridge, Mississippi, USA ~ Made a living as a farmer and recorded one album, Worried, near the end of his life. It would be released posthumously in 1998 to critical acclaim ~ Payton passed away in 1997
April 12, 1933 ~ Soprano Montserrat Caballé born in Barcelona, Spain ~ Revered opera singer became a household name outside the classical world duetting with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury on Barcelona ~ Caballé passed away in 2018
April 12, 1932 ~ Herbert Butros Khaury, singer, ukelele player, commonly known as Tiny Tim, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his cover hits Tiptoe Through The Tulips and Living In The Sunlight (Loving In The Moonlight) ~ Khaury passed away in 1996
April 12, 1926 ~ Blues bassist, singer, songwriter Andrew McMahon, also known as Andrew Blueblood McMahon, born in Delhi, Louisiana, USA ~ Closely associated with Howlin' Wolf, backing the Wolf for over a decade starting in 1960. As a solo artist known for songs such as Lost In The Jungle, Special Agent, Potato Diggin' Man and Worried All The Time ~ McMahon passed away in 1984
April 12, 1925 ~ Henry Ned Miller, commonly known as country songwriter, singer Ned Miller born in Raines, Utah, USA ~ Best known for his 1962 crossover hit From A Jack To A King ~ Miller passed away in 2016
April 12, 1925 ~ Singer Prentiss Barnes born in Magnolia, Mississippi, USA ~ Bass singer with doo-wop, vocal R&B group the Moonglows led by Harvey Fuqua and known for hits such as Sincerely and The Ten Commandments Of Love ~ Barnes passed away in 2006
April 12, 1924 ~ Jazz pianist, arranger Dick Marx, full name Richard Henry Marx, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Also known as composer for film and TV. Worked with Johnny Frigo, Eddie Harris, Helen Merrill, Ken Nordine, Lucy Reed, Pee Wee King, and others ~ Marx passed away in 1997
April 12, 1924 ~ Classical composer Sergiu Natra born ~ Particularly known for his harp compositions, notably Music For Violin And Harp, Ode To The Harp and Trio In One Movement No.3 ~ Natra passed away in 2021
April 12, 1921 ~ James D Harris, commnly known as blues singer, harpist, songwriter Shakey Jake Harris, born in Earle, Arkansas, USA ~ Best known for his 1958 single Call Me If You Need Me, which featured backing musicians Magic Sam and Syl Johnson and was produced by Willie Dixon ~ Harris passed away in 1990
April 12, 1919 ~ Bandleader, arranger Billy Vaughn born in Glasgow, Kentucky, USA ~ Member of the Hilltoppers, alongside Jimmy Saca, Donald McGuire and Seymour Spiegelman, for whom Vaugh also write their first hit, Trying which charted in 1952. Leading his own bands Vaughn charted over 40 singles and some 36 albums on the American album charts starting with 1958's Sail Along Silv'ry Moon through to 1970's Winter World Of Love. Vaughn also served as music director and A&R executive at Dot Records, starting in the mid-1950s ~ Vaughn passed away in 1991
April 12, 1917 ~ Helen Fogel, commonly known as pop, swing singer Helen Forrest, born in Atlantic City, New York, USA ~ Popular singer of the swing era, serving with the biggest orchestra of the day including those led by Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and by Harry James ~ Fogel passed away in 1999
April 12, 1916 ~ Composer, arranger Russell Garcia born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Film, TV composer known for his work on TV series such as Rawhide and Laredo and films such as The Time Machine, Atlantis The Lost Continent and Father Goose. Has worked with artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Mel Tormé, Julie London, Oscar Peterson, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Henry Mancini, and others ~ Garcia passed away in 2011
April 12, 1915 ~ Theodore Roosevelt Taylor, commonly known as blues singer, slide guitarist Hound Dog Taylor, born in Natchez, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Little Walter, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Big Mama Thornton ~ Taylor passed away in 1975
April 12, 1904 ~ Frank E Masterman, commonly known as big band, easy listening, traditional pop bandleader Frankie Masters born in St Marys, West Virginia, USA ~ Active since the late 1930s, performing well into the 1970s. Best known for his 1939 hit Scatter-brain ~ Masters passed away in 1990
April 12, 1902 ~ Western singer John White, born ~ Enjoyed popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, going by a variety of monikers most notably Whitey John. Often performed covers of Vernon Dalhart-songs. Best known for Whoopee Ti Yo Yo (Git Along Dogies) and Strawberry Roan ~ White passed away in 1992
April 12, 1898 ~ Alice Josephine Pons, commonly known as operatic soprano, actress Lily Pons, born in Draguignan, France ~ French-American soprano particularly associated with the title roles in Lakme Opera and Lucia di Lammermoor. Concert singer. Savvy at making herself into a marketable cultural icon. Guested internationally at many well-known opera houses. Darling of the the New York Metropolitan Opera where she performed nearly 300 times between 1931 and 1960 ~ Pons passed away in 1976
April 12, 1892 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist Johnny Dodds born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Brother of drummer Baby Dodds. Leader and sideman. Considered one on the premier clarinetists of his day. Worked with King Oliver, Frankie Duson, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, Lovie Austin, Louis Armstrong, and others ~ Dodds passed away in 1940