This Day In Music: April 15
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April 15, 2022 ~ Arthur Goldberg, commonly known as label executive, producer Art Rupe, passed away in Santa Barbara, California, USA ~ Founded Specialty Records in the mid-1940s, a pivotal record label in the development of R&B, blues and early rock & roll. Perhaps best known for his association with Little Richard, starting with 1955's Tutti Frutti which is widely considered one of the records that defined rock & roll. Other notable artists on the label's roster include gospel acts such as the Soul Stirrers which featured Sam Cooke, the Swan Silvertones, Alex Bradford, Wynona Carr and R&B and rock & roll artists including Lloyd Price, Guitar Slim, Don & Dewey, Roy Montrell, and Roddy Jackson ~ Goldberg was born in 1917
 
April 15, 2020 ~ Andres Holten, commonly known as singer, songwriter Dries Holten, passed away ~ Half of Sandra & Andres, the other half being Sandra Reemer. The duo would reach 4th place at the 1972 Eurovision Songfestival, representing the Netherlands, with their performance of Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat. Holten would later team up with Rosy Pereira forming the duo Rosy & Andres ~ Holten was born in 1936
April 15, 2020 ~ Jazz double-bassist Henry Grimes passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leading bassist in free jazz. Recorded and performed with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Anita O'Day, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Steve Lacy, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler, and others. His career halted in the late 1960s, he was often presumed dead, but resurfaced in the early 2000s ~ Grimes was born in 1935
April 15, 2020 ~ Bebop, cool jazz, avant-garde jazz alto saxophonist Lee Konitz passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Influenced Paul Desmond and Art Pepper. Worked with Teddy Powell, Lennie Tristano, Claude Thornhill, Gil Evans, Miles Davis (The Birth Of The Cool), Stan Kenton, Elvin Jones, Sonny Dallas, Dave Brubeck, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Attila Zoller, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, and others ~ Konitz was born in 1927
 
April 15, 2019 ~ Pianist, conductor, songwriter Les Reed passed away ~ Known for songs such as It's Not Unusual, Delilah, The Last Waltz and Leeds Leeds Leeds (Marching On Together) ~ Reed was born in 1935
 
April 15, 2017 ~ Jazz fusion, progressive rock guitarist Allan Holdsworth passed away in Vista, California, USA ~ Cited as influence by Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Yngwie Malmsteen and Tom Morello. Described as “the John Coltrane of the guitar” by Robben Ford. First gained attention as member of Igginbottom, known for their sole album Igginbottom's Wrench. Has also worked with Sunship, Nucleus, Tempest, Soft Machine, Tony Williams Lifetime, Pierre Moerlen, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bill Bruford, UK, Gordon Beck, Frank Gambale, Derek Sherinian, Alan Pasqua, Level 42, Gongzilla, Soft Works, Stanley Clarke, and others ~ Holdsworth was born in 1946
April 15, 2017 ~ Songwriter, producer Sylvia Moy passed away in Dearborn, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as staff songwriter at Motown, especially closely associated with Stevie Wonder. Moy co-wrote songs such as My Cherie Amour, I Was Made To Love Her, and Neve Had A Dream Come True for Stevie Wonder, Honey Chile and Love Bug (Leave My Heart Alone) for Martha & the Vandellas, and It Takes Two for Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston ~ Moy was born in 1938
 
April 15, 2016 ~ James Arthur Hanks, commonly known as Piedmont blues guitarist, singer Boo Hanks, passed away in Durham, North Carolina, USA ~ Worked as a farmer most of his life. Played locally to some success. Recorded two albums towards the end of his life, 2007's Pickin' Low Cotton and 2012's Buffalo Junction ~ Hanks was born in 1928
 
April 15, 2015 ~ Jazz singer Margo Reed passed away ~ Sister of blues, jazz singer Francine Reed ~ Reed was born ca.1942
 
April 15, 2014 ~ Singer Little Joe Cook passed away in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA ~ Declined an offer to join the Soul Stirrers after Sam Cooke left. Fronted Little Joe & the Thrilles, known for their 1957 US hit Peanuts. Member of the Sherrys, known for Pop Pop Pop Pie, a modest 1962 hit ~ Cook was born in 1922
 
April 15, 2011 ~ Keyboardist, singer Kent Morrill passed away ~ Member of the Wailers, generally credited as one of the first, if not the first, American garage bands, best known for Tall Cool One, a top 40 hit in 1959 ~ Morrill was born in 1941
 
April 15, 2008 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Sean Costello passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Debuted at age 16 with the album Call The Cops, released in 1996. First gained significant exposure backing Susan Tedeschi both on record, 1998's Just Won't Burn, and on tour. Worked with BB King, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, Nappy Brown (including on the 2007 album Long Time Coming), Bobby Little, Mikael Santana, Mudcat, Jody Williams, Olabelle, Tinsley Ellis, the Cazanovas, Joe McGuinness, the Kraft Quartet, Maddy Moneypenny, Jenni Muldaur, and others ~ Costello was born in 1979
 
April 15, 2005 ~ Ernest Harold Bailey, commonly known as clarinetist, trumpeter Benny Bailey, passed away in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Influential on later musicians such as Albert Ayler, Bob Cunningham, Bobby Few, Bill Hardman, and Frank Wright. Active since the early 1940s. Felt particularly at home in big band settings though he would occasionally play in smaller settings. Stuck around in Europe after a tour with Lionel Hampton. Also worked with Bull Moose Jackson, Scatman Crothers, the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Lionel Hampton, Kenny Clarke, Quincy Jones, Freddie Redd, Eddie Harris, Count Basie, Eric Dolphy, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Rouse, Sahib Shihab, Jimmy Witherspoon, and others ~ Bailey was born in 1925
April 15, 2005 ~ John Fred Gourrier, commonly known as singer, songwriter John Fred passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Fronted John Fred & the Playboys. Best known for Judy In Disguise With Glasses, a hit in 1967 ~ Gourrier was born in 1941
 
April 15, 2004 ~ Rocksteady, reggae singer Phyllis Dillon passed away in Long Island, New York, USA ~ Known for songs such as Don't Stay Away, It's Rocking Time and Perfidia. Duetted with rocksteady icon Alton Ellis on several songs including Why Did You Leave Me To Cry ~ Dillon was born in 1944
 
April 15, 2001 ~ Jeffrey Ross Hyman, commonly known as punk rock singer Joey Ramone, passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Became a countercultural icon as frontman of 1970s punk rock band the Ramones, known for songs such as Blitzkrieg Bop, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Rockaway Beach and perhaps their best-known Rock 'n Roll High School ~ Hyman was born in 1951
 
April 15, 1997 ~ Jazz saxophonist, songwriter Joe Thomas passed away ~ Brother of saxophonist Walter Foots Thomas. Worked with Jelly Roll Morton, Blanche Calloway, Dave Martin, and others ~ Thomas was born in 1908
 
April 15, 1991 ~ R&B saxophonist, bandleader Frank Culley, full name Frank Windsol Culley, passed away in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Recorded prolifically from the 1930s onwards, notably the late 1940s hits Cole Slaw, Floorshow and After Hour Session. Leader of the first houseband at Atlantic Records, a position he held from 1948 through 1951 ~ Culley was born in 1917
 
April 15, 1990 ~ Sharon Kovacs, mononymously known as singer Kovacs, born in Baarlo, the Netherlands ~ Cites Betty Davis, Etta James and Tina Turner as influences. Drew critical comparison to Amy Winehouse, Portishead and Shirley Bassey. Her 2014 My Love debut EP made her a darling of radio station 3FM and subsequently of NPO Radio 6. A full-length debut album, Shades Of Black, followed the next year
 
April 15, 1989 ~ Keidran Jones, commonly known as R&B, reggae fusion, hip-hop singer, songwriter Iyaz, born in Virginia, USA ~ Released his debut Replay album in 2010. Known for songs such as Replay, Solo and Pretty Girls. Has collaborated with Travie McCoy, Jake Zyrus, New Boyz, Mya, Demi Lovato, Bone-Thugz-n-Harmony, and others
 
April 15, 1988 ~ Eliza Sophie Caird, commonly known as soul, R&B, indie pop, pop singer, pianist, songwriter Eliza Doolittle, born in Westminster, UK ~ Debuted in 2010 with the eponymous Eliza Doolittle album which spawned the singles Skinny Genes and Pack Up, the latter of which reached the UK top 10. Also known as featured vocalist on Disclosure's You & Me, a hit in 2013
 
April 15, 1987 ~ Fiddler Mickey Finn passed away ~ Fixture in traditional Irish music during the 1970s and 1980s. Best known for his associations with Mary Coughlan, Mick Lally, Christy Moore. Member of Dicklerfitz. Member of De Dannan ~ Finn was born in 1951
 
April 15, 1986 ~ Esther Renay Dean, commonly known as singer, songwriter, actress Ester Dean, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA ~ As a solo artist known for her 2009 single Drop It Low featuring Chris Brown. Best known as a songwriter for artists such as Rihanna (Rude Boy), the Jonas Brothers, Fifth Harmony, Mary J Blige, Kelly Clarkson (Mr Know It All), Esmée Denters, Katy Perry (Firework), Christina Aguilera, OneRepublic, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj (Super Bass), Old Dominion, and others
 
April 15, 1983 ~ Johnson Barnes III, commonly known as rapper Blu, born in Inglewood, California, USA ~ Formed the hip-hop duo Blu & Exile with producer Exile, known best for their 2007 Below The Heavens debut album
April 15, 1983 ~ Country singer, songwriter Margo Price, full name Margo Rae Price, born in Aledo, Illinois, USA ~ Member of Buffalo Clover. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Midwest Farmer's Daughter, in 2016. Cites Janis Joplin, Bobbie Gentry, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton as influences
April 15, 1983 ~ Singer Matt Cardle born in Southampton, UK ~ Member of Darwyn. Member of Seven Summers. Rose to fame winning the 7th season of the X-Factor talent contest in 2010. His subsequent solo single, When We Collide, would top the charts in the UK and Ireland. Also noted for Loving You with former the Spice Girls-singer Melanie C, a UK top 20 hit in 2013
 
April 15, 1978 ~ Songwriter, guitarist, singer Chris Stapleton born in Staffordsville, Kentucky, USA ~ Member of Steeldrivers. Best known as a songwriter, wrote or co-wrote songs for Kenny Chesney (Never Wanted Nothing More), Josh Turner (Your Man), George Strait (Love's Gonna Make It Alright), Luke Bryan (Drink A Beer), and others. Also recorded as a solo artist, debuting in 2015 with the album Traveller. Well-known solo recordings include Broken Halos, Millionaire and Starting Over
April 15, 1978 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Hamilton Leithauser, full name James Hamilton Leithauser born ~ Best known as lead singer of indie rock band the Walkmen. Also worked with the Recoys, Rostam Batmanglij, Paul Maroon, and with Angel Olsen
 
April 15, 1974 ~ Songwriter Giovanni D'Anzi passed away in Genoa, Italy ~ Frequent collaborator of Alfredo Bracchi, working prolifically for radio, film and stage from the 1930s through the 1950s. The pair is responsible for songs such as Lina Termini's Ma L'Amore No, Tony Dallara's Bambina Innamorata and Carlo Buti's Ti Diro. Other artists who recorded their songs include Caterina Valente, Ornella Vanoni, Gigliola Cinquetti, Nicola Arigliano, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, and others ~ D'Anzi was born in 1906
 
April 15, 1969 ~ Singer, songwriter Bernard Fanning born in Brisbane, Australia ~ Lead singer of alternative rock band Powderfinger, known best for songs such as My Happiness, Baby I've Got You On My Mind and Lost And Running
 
April 15, 1968 ~ Rock, alternative rock, electronic guitarist Ed O'Brien, full name Edward John O'Brien, born in Oxford, UK ~ Co-founding member of Radiohead, known for songs such as Creep, Street Spirit (Fade Out), Paranoid Android and There There
April 15, 1968 ~ Mezzo-soprano Stella Doufexis born in Frankfurt, West Germany ~ Married to composer Christian Jost. Died of cancer at age 47 ~ Doufexis passed away in 2015
 
April 15, 1966 ~ Pop, dance-pop singer Samantha Fox, full name Samantha Karen Fox, born in London, UK ~ Page 3 girl that became one of the most popular pin-ups of the 1980s. As a singer known for a string of mid to late 1980s hits, regularly hitting the higher echelons of the charts in the UK and continentel Europe with songs such as Touch Me (I Want Your Body), Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now and Naughty Girls Need Love Too
 
April 15, 1965 ~ Bassist, songwriter Graeme Clark born in Glasgow, UK ~ Founding member of Wet Wet Wet, known best for their 1987 hit Wishing I Was Lucky of their Popped In Souled Out debut album. Other well-known songs include Sweet Little Mystery, Angel Eyes (Home And Away), With A Little Help From My Friends and Goodnight Girl
April 15, 1965 ~ William Newbern, commonly known as blues, country blues guitarist Hambone Wilie Newbern, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Worked with Yank Rachell and Sleepy John Estes. Recorded only half a dozen songs in the 1920s and 1930, but including one of the earliest known versions of Rollin' & Tumblin' though. The song would become a blues standard recorded by numerous artists, most notably by Muddy Waters in 1950 ~ Newborn was born ca.1901
 
April 15, 1962 ~ Ivor Neville Kamen, commonly known as model, singer, songwriter Nick Kamen, born in Essex, UK ~ Known for the 1980s singles Each Time You Break My Heart and I Promised Myself, both of which reached top 10 across Europe. The former was produced and written by Stephen Bray and Madonna, the latter also providing backing vocals. In his native UK Kamen is best known for appearing in a Levi's 501 television commercial ~ Kamen passed away in 2021
 
April 15, 1956 ~ Jazz bassist James Cammack born ~ Cites Israel Crosby, George Duvivier, and Milt Hinton as influences. Best known for his association with Ahmad Jamal. Also worked with Malachi Thompson, Alexis Cole, Larry Coryell, Bernard Pretty Purdie, Howard Johnson, Shahin Novrasli, Roberto Tarenzi, Jorge Rossy, and others
 
April 15, 1955 ~ Jazz, pop, rock guitarist Jeff Golub born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Ashford & Simpson, Tina Turner, John Waite, Dar Williams, Peter Wolf, Vanessa Williams, Henry Butler, and others ~ Golub passed away in 2015
April 15, 1955 ~ Blues, R&B, rock guitarist, singer Tommy Castro born in San Jose, California, USA ~ Active since the 1970s. Solo records since the mid-1990s. Cites guitarists such as Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Eric Clapton, BB King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, and Freddie King, cites singer such as Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown as influences. Had artists such as John Lee Hooker, Charlie Musselwhite, Marcia Ball, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, the Holmes Brothers, Magic Dick, Mike Zitto, Danielle Nicole, and David Hidalgo guest on his albums
 
April 15, 1951 ~ Classical pianist Anne Eline Riisnæs born in Oslo, Norway ~ Daughter of pianist Eline Nygaard Riisnæs, sister of jazz musicians Knut Riisnæs and Odd Riisnæs. Has worked with the Oslo Filharmonien, the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, the NRK Orchestra, and others
 
April 15, 1948 ~ Songwriter, composer, conductor Michael Kamen born in New York, New York, USA ~ Formed rock-classical fusion band the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble. Would go on to become a highly in-demand arranger and composer working with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, the Eurythmics, Queensryche, Rush, Metallica, Def Leppard, Herbie Hancock, Tim Curry, the Cranberries, Bryan Adams, Jim Croce, Coldplay, Sting, Guns 'n Roses, Kate Bush, the National Philharmonic, and others ~ kamen passed away in 2003
 
April 15, 1947 ~ Producer, songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist Keith Miller born in Manchester, UK ~ Best known for providing the Moog solo on Sniff 'n The Tears's 1979 hit Driver's Seat. The single would reach top 20 in America, top 10 in the Netherlands
April 15, 1947 ~ Conductor, operatic singer Michel Piquemal born in Paris, France ~ As a singer known for interpretations of Franz Liszt, Lalo Schifrin, Gioachino Rossini. As a conductor has worked with the Orchestra National De Lille, the Orchestre De Chambre De Paris, the Hungarian National Symphony, the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra, and others
April 15, 1947 ~ Songwriter, producer Mike Chapman born in Queensland, Australia ~ Frequent partner of Nicky Chinn. As songwriters and producers the pair is responsible for shaping the sound of 1970s UK pop and pop-rock, working with Smokie, the Sweet (Poppa Joe), Suzi Quatro (Devil Gate Drive), Mud (Tiger Feet) and Racey. Chapman, without Chinn, has also produced and written for artists such as Blondie (Heart Of Glass), the Knack, Agnetha Fältskog, the Divinyls, Pat Benatar, Tina Turner (The Best), Ace Of Base, and others
 
April 15, 1946 ~ Singer, actress, nvoelist, model Marsha Hunt born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Romantically involved with T.Rex-frontman Marc Bolan and the Rolling Stones-singer Mick Jagger, with whom she has one child. Reportedly the subject of the Stones song Brown Sugar. Has worked with Long John Baldry's band Bluesology before gaining serious attention portraying the role of Dionne in the 1967 UK production of the Hair musical. As a solo singer best known for appearing at the famed 1969 Isle Of Wight festival, her Tony Visconti-produced cover of Dr John's Walk On Gilded Splinters the same year and a subsequent 1971 Woman Child album, the latter again produced by Visconti
 
April 15, 1945 ~ Piper Liam O'Flynn born in Kill, Ireland ~ Influenced by Willie Clancy and Séamus Ennis. Best known as a solo artist and as key member of Planxty. Also worked with Christy Moore, Dónal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Kate Bush (including on the 1982 album The Dreaming), Mark Knopfler, the Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Mike Oldfield, Mary Black, Enya, Sinéad O'Connor, Nigel Kennedy, Rita Connolly, Matt Molloy, Bill Whelan, and others ~ O'Flynn passed away in 2018
 
April 15, 1944 ~ Roots rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Dave Edmunds, full name David William Edmunds, born in Cardiff, UK ~ Member of Rockpile. As a solo artist known for songs such as I Hear You Knocking, Baby I Love You, Born To Be With You and Girls Talk
 
April 15, 1943 ~ Samuel McClain, commonly known as soul-blues singer, songwriter Mighty Sam McClain, born in Monroe, Louisiana, USA ~ Got his first success with the releases Give It Up To Love in 1992 and Keep On Movin' in 1995. Earned critical praise for his 2000 album Blues For The Soul. Went on to collaborate with Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat and later Ramy Essam ~ McClain passed away in 2015
 
April 15, 1939 ~ Guitarist Adolph Jacobs born in Pineland, Texas, USA ~ Best known as an original member of the Coasters. Also worked with Vernon Green, the Medallions, Johnny Guitar Watson, Larry Williams, Little Richard (on the 1972 Second Coming album), Will Dub Jones, Elliot Shavers, Don & Dewey, Billy Lamont, and others ~ Jacobs passed away in 2014
April 15, 1939 ~ Reginald Leonard Smith, commonly known as pop singer Marty Wilde, born in London, UK ~ One of the first British pop stars to emulate American rock & roll, often with covers of American hits. Father of pop singers Ricky Wilde and Kim Wilde. Member of Wild Cats. Known for late 1950s, early 1960s UK hits such as Endless Sleep, Donna, Bad Boy. Wilde penned the latter, which would notably be covered by Robin Luke, Françoise Hardy, and by Nirvana
 
April 15, 1937 ~ Country, rockabilly singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Luman, full name Robert Glynn Lyman, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for Let's Think About Living, a Billboard top 10 hit in 1960 ~ Luman passed away in 1978
 
April 15, 1933 ~ Jazz, R&B conductor, pianist, composer, arranger, producer Horace Ott born in St Matthews, South Carolina, USA ~ Songwriter, arranger for the Shirelles, Jackie Wilson, Don Covay, Hank Ballard, Dee Clark, Sam Cooke, Solomon Burke, Doris Troy, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Eric Burdon, Bessie Banks, George Benson, Mary Wells, Jimmy McGriff, Houston Person, Bernard Pretty Purdie, Rusty Bryant, Gil Scott-Heron, Junior Parker, Lou Donaldson, Richard Groove Holmes, the Stylistics, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr, the Village People (arranged all of the band's early hits including YMCA, Macho Man, In The Navy), Etta Jones, Dakota Staton, Joe Thomas, and others
April 15, 1933 ~ Guitarist Roy Clark, full name Roy Linwood Clark, born in Meherrin, Virginia, USA ~ Inlfuential figure in country music, best known as host of the variety TV show Hee Haw which ran from 1969 through 1997. Also a singer, guitarist, banjoist with over two dozen albums to his name, starting in the early 1960s. Best known for songs such as Tips Of My Fingers, Yesterday When I Was Young, Thank God And Greyhound and Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow ~ Clark passed away in 2018
 
April 15, 1931 ~ Johnny Jones, commonly known as singer, songwriter Little Sonny Jones, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Released a handful of New Orleans blues singles, starting with Do You Really Love Me in 1953, but failed to reach the charts. Would serve however as opening act for Fats Domino through 1961 and regularly perform at the annual the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ~ Jones passed away in 1989
 
April 15, 1930 ~ Trumpeter Herb Pomeroy born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Played with Charlie Parker, Charlie Mariano, Lionel Hampton, Stan Kenton, Serge Chaloff, Bill Berry, Jaki Byard, Joe Gordon, Boots Mussulli, Alan Dawson, Hal Galper, Michael Gibbs, Dusko Gojkovic, Sam Rivers, Varty Haroutanian, Ray Santisi, Gary McFarland, Anita O'Day, and others ~ Pomeroy passed away in 2007
 
April 15, 1924 ~ Violinist, conductor Neville Marriner born in Lincoln, UK ~ Worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Thurston Dart, Peter Gibbs, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Reginald Jacques, Boyd Neel, the London Mozart Players, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, and others ~ Marriner passed away in 2016
 
April 15, 1917 ~ Gert Wychodil, commonly known as film composer Gert Wilden, born in Germany ~ Scored music for over 50 feature films but best known for his music for 1970s erotic films particularly Schoolgirl Report series ~ Wychodil passed away in 2015
 
April 15, 1910 ~ Folk singer, songwriter, actress Bracha Zefira born in Jerusalem, Ottoman Empire ~ 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 passed away in 1990
 
April 15, 1909 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader Wilbert Baranco born ~ Played with Curtis Mosby, Ernie Andrews, Charles Mingus, Dinah Washington, Lucky Thompson, Vic Dickenson, Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Lion Smith, Jackie Kelso, and Snooky Young ~ Baranco passed away in 1983
 
April 15, 1908 ~ George Alexander Aberle, commonly known as singer, songwriter Eden Ahbez, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for writing Nature Boy, a 1948 No.1 hit for Nat King Cole ~ Aberle passed away in 1995
 
April 15, 1905 ~ Jazz guitarist Bernard Addison, full name Bernard Sylvester Addison, born in Annapolis, Maryland, USA ~ Worked with Louis Armstrong, Adelaide Hall, Fletcher Henderson, Bubber Miley, Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Red Allen, Coleman Hawkins, Horace Henderson, Freddie Jenkins, Sara Martin, Jelly Roll Morton, Mamie Smith, Benny Carter, Mezz Mezzrow, Stuff Smith, the Mills Brothers, Billie Holiday, Sidney Bechet, the Ink Spots, Eubie Blake, and others ~ Addison passed away in 1990
 
April 15, 1894 ~ Singer Bessie Smith born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA ~ Most popular female blues singer of the 1920 and 1930s, dubbed “the Empress of Blues”. Known for recordings such as Downhearted Blues, Gulf Coast Blues and Cake Walking Babies (From Home). Worked with Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Fletcher Henderson, James P Johnson, the Dorsey Brothers, and others ~ Smith passed away in 1937