This Day In Music: April 16
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April 16, 2022 ~ Folk, rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Bill Bourne, full name William Sigurd Bourne, passed away ~ Member of the Tannahill Weavers. Member of roots trio Tri-Continental alongside Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim. As a solo artist perhaps best known for his 2002 Voodoo King album. Has also collaborated with Alan Macleod, Shannon Johnson, Eivør, Jasmine Ohlhauser, Tippy Agogo, and others ~ Bourne was born in 1954
 
April 16, 2021 ~ Songwriter Barry Mason, full name Johnn Barry Mason, passed away ~ Frequent songwriting collaborator of Les Reed. Artists who have recorded songs written or co-written by Mason include Dalida, Jefferson (Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes), PJ Proby, David Essex, the Drifters, Rod Stewart, Petula Clark, Perry Como, Engelbert Humperdinck (The Last Waltz), the Fortunes (Here It Comes Again), Charles Aznavour, Tony Christie, Connie Francis, Tom Jones (Delilah), Barbra Streisand, and others ~ Mason was born in 1935
April 16, 2021 ~ Keith Lewis, commonly known as rock, blues harpist, singer Lew Lewis, passed away ~ Influenced by Little Walter. Member of Eddie & the Hot Rods, present on the band's early work including Writing On The Wall and Wooly Bully. Member of the Southside Jug Band. Has recorded as a solo artist, best known for his 1979 Save The Wall album, merging pub rock and blues-rock. Has guested on a number of pivotal albums of the era, including the Stranglers' Black And White, the Clash's Sandinista and Kirsty Maccoll's Desperate Character. Served seven years for armed robbery after holding up a postal office in 1987 with a fake pistol ~ Lewis was born ca.1955
 
April 16, 2020 ~ Daniel Bevilacqua, commonly known as chanson, pop singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter Christophe, passed away in Brest, France ~ Rose to fame in 1965 with his sophomore single Aline. Other well-known songs include Marionettes, J'Ai Entendu La Mer and Oh Mon Amour ~ Bevilacqua was born in 1945
 
April 16, 2019 ~ Pianist, composer Jorg Demus passed away in Vienna, Austria ~ Worked with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Paul Badura-Skoda, Josef Suk, Antonio Janigro, Elly Ameling, Peter Schreier, and others ~ Demus was born in 1928
April 16, 2019 ~ Songwriter, producer Kent Harris passed away ~ Best known as writer of novelty songs such as Shopping For Clothes recorded by the Coasters and Cops & Robbers by Bo Diddley. Produced and wrote for artists including the Duals, Adolph Jacobs, Jimmy Ellis, Mighty Hannibal, the Sevilles, Prentice Moreland, Dorothy Berry, Jimmy Norman, Ty Karim, and others ~ Harris was born in 1930
 
April 16, 2016 ~ Peter Mociulski von Remenyk, commonly known as rock & roll, nueva ola singer Peter Rock, passed away in Viña del Mar, Chile ~ Best known as lead singer of Argentinian rock & roll outfit the Lyons, preceding Palito Ortega ~ Von Remenyk was born in 1945
 
April 16, 2015 ~ Singer, producer, songwriter Johnny Kemp passed away in Montego Bay, Jamaica ~ As a singer best known for his 1988 smash hit Just Got Paid. Also worked as a session musician and songwriter, notably for BB&Q Band writing several tracks of their All Night Long album and for Change co-writing Take You To Heaven from their Sharing Your Love album ~ Kemp was born in 1959
 
April 16, 2013 ~ Gospel singer, songwriter George Beverly Shea passed away in Montreat, North Carolina, USA ~ Reportedly recorded some 500 vocal solos on over 70 albums. Best known for his rendition of the classic How Great Thou Art ~ Shea was born in 1909
 
April 16, 2012 ~ Clarinetist, conductor Alan Hacker, full name Alan Ray Hacker, passed away in London, UK ~ Best known for co-founding the Pierrot Players in 1965 with pianist Stephen Pruslin and Harrison Birtwistle ~ Hacker was born in 1938
April 16, 2012 ~ Theodore Charles Cohen, commonly known as vibraphonist, pianist, drummer Teddy Charles, passed away in Riverhead, New York, USA ~ Worked with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Shelly Manne, Dion, Willy Bo Walker, Danny Flam, Bob Brookmeyer, Thad Jones, Eric Kloss, Teo Macero, and the Metronome All-Stars ~ Cohen was born in 1928
 
April 16, 2008 ~ Jazz pianist John Young, full name John Merritt Young, passed away ~ Recorded a number of 1950s, 1960s albums as a leader backed by drummer Eldridge Freeman and bassist Leroy Jackson. Regular sideman of saxophonist Eddie Johnson. Appears on the 1959 T-Bone Walker album T-Bone Blues. Has also worked with Dexter Gordon, Big Joe Turner, Von Freeman, Lorez Alexandria, Gene Ammons, Bobby Bryant, George Freeman, Al Grey, Sonny Stitt, and others ~ Young was born in 1922
 
April 16, 2006 ~ Cornelis Jan Kalis, commonly known as rock, pop drummer Cees Kalis, passed away in Rhoon, the Netherlands ~ Worked with the Running Tides, future Gruppo Sportivo-guitarist Hans Vandenburg and with the Soul before co-founding Earth & Fire. Would leave the band after recording the Dutch top 10 hit Ruby Is The One in 1970 to complete his college education, succeeded by Ton van der Kleij. Kalis would eventually become a school teacher and only play ocassionaly as a hobby ~ Kalis was born in 1949
 
April 16, 2003 ~ Singer, pianist, guitarist, ukelele player Brynn Cartelli born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA ~ Winner of the 14th season of NBC's talent show The Voice, aired in 2018. At the time Cartelli was 15 years old
 
April 16, 1992 ~ Andrés Rábago, commonly known as Latin, traditional pop, easy listening singer, actor Andy Russell, passed away in Sun City, Arizona, USA ~ Popular 1940s balladeer known for songs such as Bésame Mucho, Amor and What A Diff'rence A Day Makes ~ Rábago was born in 1919
 
April 16, 1991 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion, R&B singer, songwriter Jazzmeia Horn born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Released her debut album, A Social Call, in 2017 to critical acclaim, drawing comparisons to Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson.
April 16, 1991 ~ Jazz clarinetist Ove Lind passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ First played professionally with Simon Brehm and Thore Swanerud. Member of the Swinging Swedes. Also played with Gunnar Almstedt, Bengt Hallberg, Alice Babs, and Teddy Wilson ~ Lind was born in 1926
April 16, 1991 ~ Donald Pullen, commonly known as alternative hip-hop rapper, singer, songwriter Rockie Fresh, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his associations with Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump and Good Charlotte-twins Joel Madden and Benji Madden. Released his full-length Destination solo debut album in 2019. Has collaborated with Rick Ross, Pharrell Williams, Omarion, the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, and others
 
April 16, 1986 ~ Indie rock, synthpop singer, guitarist, songwriter Jenn Wasner, full name Jennifer Lynn Wasner, born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Founded Wye Oak with Andy Stack, perhaps best known for their 2011 song 18 Miles Out featured in the TV series The Walking Dead. Has also worked with Dungeoness, Flock Of Dimes, the Dirty Projectors, Sylvan Esso, and with Bon Iver
April 16, 1986 ~ Singer, actress Pia Colombo, full name Eliane Marie Amélie Pia Colombo, passed away ~ Active since the mid-1950s. Once dubbed the successor to Edith Piaf yet never became a household name. Known as a accomplished interpreter of compositions by Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens ~ Colombo was born in 1934
 
April 16, 1984 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Fabian Almazan born in Havana, Cuba ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Terence Blanchard, Dr Anthony Branker, Oran Etkin, María Grand, Mark Giuliana, Jim Snidero, the Wee Trio, and others
 
April 16, 1980 ~ Blues-rock guitarist, singer, songwriter Jake Andrews born in Austin, Texas, USA ~ Debuted in 1999 with the album Time To Burn. Collaborated with Paul Jones, Carla Olson (who produced Andrews' sophomore album), Long John Hunter, Guitar Shorty, and with Ernie Halter
 
April 16, 1979 ~ Pop rock singer, songwriter, painter Dawn Langstroth, full name Dawn Joanne Langstroth, born in York, Canada ~ Daughter of pop, country pop singer Anne Murray, with whom she duetted on the 1999 single Let There Be Love. Released her full-length debut album, Highwire, in 2009
April 16, 1979 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Sean Costello born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 passed away in 2008
 
April 16, 1976 ~ Singer Charles West passed away ~ Latter day member of vocal group the Golden Gate Quartet ~ West was born in 1914
April 16, 1976 ~ Alternative rock guitarist, bassist, singer Robert Dahlqvist born in Uddevalla, Sweden ~ Best known as a member of the Hellacopters, joining as a permanent member in 1999 and remaining with the band close to a decade. Also worked with the Thunder Express, Dundertåget, Wilmer X, Stefan Sundström, the Diamond Dogs, Solution, Wayne Kramer, Necronaut and others ~ Dahlqvist passed away in 2017
 
April 16, 1975 ~ Indie folk, indie rock, folk-pop singer, keyboardist Euros Child born in Freshwater, UK ~ Best known as founding member, frontman of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, which also included his sister violinist Megan Childs. Joined Teenage Fanclub in 2019, serving as the band's keyboardist
 
April 16, 1972 ~ Guitarist Øyvind Nypan born in Trondheim, Norway ~ Influenced by Pat Metheny and Jim Hall. Debuted in 2010 with the Elements album and has recorded steadily since. Has collaborated with Rick Margitza, Leonardo Montano, Daniel Buner Formo, Truls Rønning, Bernt Moen, and others
 
April 16, 1967 ~ Jazz pianist Junko Onishi born in Kyoto, Japan ~ Leader and sidewoman. Cites Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman as main influences. Worked with Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Kenny Garrett, the Mingus Dynasty, Jackie McLean, Holly Cole, Billy Higgins, Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley, Motohiko Hino, Shigeharu Mukai, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods, and others
 
April 16, 1966 ~ Jazz percussionist Jarle Vespestad born in Kirkenes, Norway ~ In-demand collaborator. Closely associated witth Tord Gustavsen. Worked with Veslefrekk, Farmers Market, Maria Kannegaard, Sigurd Kohn, Anders Jormin, Silje Nergaard, Supersilent, Havard Wilk, and others
 
April 16, 1965 ~ Gerardo Mejia, commonly known as rapper, singer, actor Gerardo, born in Ouayaquil, Ecuador ~ Best known for early 1990s hits such as We Want The Funk and Suave
 
April 16, 1964 ~ British pop, rock group the Beatles record A Hard Day's Night at EMI Studios, London, UK ~ Credited to Lennon/McCartney, mostly written by John Lennon with some contributions from Paul McCartney. Produced by George Martin. Prominently featured on the soundtrack of the first Beatles movie, A Hard Day's Night. Released as a single the following July, the UK edition featuring Things We Said Today on the B-side, the USA edition paired with I Should Have Known Better. It would be a No.1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic
 
April 16, 1963 ~ John Taylor, commonly known as reggae DJ Chaka Demus, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Best known as half of reggae duo Chaka Demus & Pliers, the other half being singer Pliers, known for 1990s songs such as Murder She Wrote, Tease Me and She Don't Let Nobody
April 16, 1963 ~ Singer Jimmy Osmond, full name James Arthur Osmond, born in Canoga Park, California, USA ~ Youngest of sibling outfit the Osmonds. As a solo artist scored a UK No.1 hit in 1972 with the single Long Haired Lover From Liverpool at age 11, which earned him a mention in the Guinness Book of Records for being the youngest artist to achieve this feat
 
April 16, 1962 ~ Punk, punk rock, hardcore punk singer, songwriter, producer, label owner Ian Mackaye born in Washington DC, USA ~ Best known for co-founding pivotal punk label Dischord Records. Fronted outfits such as Fugazi, the Teen Idles, Embrace, and perhaps most notably the seminal hardcore punk outfit Minor Threat
April 16, 1962 ~ Pianist, composer, arranger, writer Rebeca Mauleon born in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ In-demand collaborator. One of the very few female bandleaders in Afro-Caribbean jazz. Has worked with Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Armando Peraza, Sheila E, Steve Winwood, Michael Nesmith, Pete Escovedo, and others
 
April 16, 1960 ~ Guitarist, producer, songwriter Colin Linden, full name Colin Kendall Linden, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Worked with Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Stephen Fearing, Tom Wilson, Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett, Kevin Gordon, Colin James, Emmylou Harris, Leon Redbone, Rita Chiarelli, Chris Thomas King, the Band, Keb' Mo, Charles Esten, Bob Dylan, Joe Mendelson, Willie P Bennett, Amos Garrett, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm, Sue Foley, and others
 
April 16, 1956 ~ Singer Chuck Berry records Roll Over Beethoven ~ Self-penned. Produced by Leonard Chess and Phil Chess. Berry on vocals and guitar, backed by Johnnie Johnson piano, Willie Dixon bass, Fred Below drums. Released the next May with Drifting Blues on the B-side. Berry would record Too Much Monkey Business on the same day
April 16, 1956 ~ Singer, guitarist Chuck Berry records Too Much Monkey Business ~ Self-penned. Produced by Leonard Chess and Phil Chess. Berry was backed by pianist Johnnie Johnson on piano, Willie Dixon double bass, Fred Below drums. Released as a single the following September, paired with Brown Eyed Handsome Man. The song would be covered by numerous artists, particularly popular with acts from the British Invasion, notably covered by the Kinks on their eponymous 1964 The Kinks debut album. The song would also be referenced by a number of artists, such as glam rocker Johnny Thunders' Too Much Junkie Business paying hommage to both Berry and Bo Diddley's Polls, and by Michael Jackson on Monkey Business containing the line “too much monkey business”
April 16, 1956 ~ Terry Lavitz, commonly known as keyboardist T Lavitz, born in Lakewood, New Jersey, USA ~ Gained attention in the early 1980s as a member of Dixie Dregs, first appearing on the Dregs Of The Earth album. After the band's initial disbandement in 1983 would go on to work with Paul Barrere, the Bluesbusters, Mother's Finest, Bill Bruford, Billy Cobham, Widespread Panic, Jefferson Starship, Jazz Is Dead, Rob Wasserman, and others. Lavitz also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the album Extended Play released in 1984 ~ Lavitz passed away in 2010
 
April 16, 1953 ~ Singer, guitarist Geoffrey Oryema born in Soroti, Uganda ~ Exiled Ugandan singer. Sang in Swahili, Acholi, English, and in French. Gained international attention with the release of his sophomore album, Beat The Border, in 1993. Worked with Jean-Pierre Alarcen, Patrick Buchmann, and with Peter Gabriel ~ Oryema passed away in 2018
April 16, 1953 ~ Kurt Meier, commonly known as singer, producer, songwriter Kurt Maloo, born in Zurich, Switzerland ~ Half of Doublé, the other half being Felix Haug, known for their 1986 international hit The Captain Of Her Heart. Has also worked with Troppo, with Ping Pong, and recorded as a solo artist
April 16, 1953 ~ Singer, activist, politician Peter Garrett, full name Peter Robert Garrett, born in Sydney, Australia ~ Lead singer of rock band Midnight Oil, best known for their 1987 Diesel And Dust album which spawned the international hit single Beds Are Burning. Also known as activist focusing on social and environmental issues. Also a politician for the Australian Labor party from 2004 through 2013 serving as MP, Minister for Environment and Minister for School Education
 
April 16, 1952 ~ Guitarist, singer Jukka Tolonen born in Finland ~ Rose to fame as member of progressive rock outfit Tasavallan Presidentti. Also recorded numerous solo albums starting in the early 1970s and has collaborated with Wigwam, Charlie Mariano, the Nordic Jazz Quintet, Eero Koivistoinen, Piirpauke, and others
 
April 16, 1951 ~ New wave, power pop bassist John Bentley born in Kingston-upon-Hull, UK ~ Member of Squeeze from 1980 through 1982, present on the albums Argybargy, East Side Story and Sweets From A Stranger
April 16, 1951 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist Sabir Mateen born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Alan Silva, Butch Morris, Wilber Morris, Raphe Malik, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell Jr, Matthew Shipp, Marc Edwards, Jemeel Moondoc, William Hooker, Henry Grimes, Rashid Bakr, Hamid Drake, and others
 
April 16, 1950 ~ Singer, actress Colleen Hewett born in Bendigo, Australia ~ Began singing professionally at age 12 as a member of the Esquires. Also a member of vocal group the Creations, soul group Dice and of Ian Saxon & the Sound. As a solo singer she scored a number of Australian Top 40 hits starting in the early 1970s including Super Star, Day By Day, Carry That weight, Dreaming My Dreams With You, and Gigolo. Also ventured into acting including in a local version of the Who's rock opera Tommy, and in various Australian TV series such as Prisoner and Flying Doctors
 
April 16, 1947 ~ Singer, songwriter Gerry Rafferty born in Paisley, UK ~ Member of the Humblebums. Member of Stealers Wheel, known for Star and Stuck In The Middle With You. As a solo artist known for songs such as Right Down The Line, Night Owl, and his biggest hit Baker Street. ~ Rafferty passed away in 2011
April 16, 1947 ~ Hard rock drummer Lee Kerslake born in Bournemouth, UK ~ Member of Uriah Heep from 1972, first appearing on the album Demons & Wizards, until 1978. Rejoined for the 1982 Abominog, staying with the band until 2007. Has also worked with Ozzy Osbourne (Blizzard Of Oz, Diary Of A Madman), With The Gods, Machine Head, Toe Fat, Ken Hensley, Living Loud, and others ~ Kerslake passed away in 2020
April 16, 1947 ~ Fingerstyle guitarist Stefan Grossman born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of folk outfit the Even Dozen Jug Band who only recorded one album, 1964's eponymous The Even Dozen Jug Band, but are fondly remembered by aficionados for also including future folk and folk-rock stars including Blood Sweat & Tears's Steve Katz, singer Maria Muldaur and Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian. Grossman would go on to co-found Kicking Mule Records in 1970, a label that helped popularize fingerpicking guitarists
 
April 16, 1946 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Ivar Antonsen born in Fauske, Norway ~ Important figure on the Oslo jazz scene since the late 1960s. Influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach and Igor Stravinsky. Closely associated with Jan Garbarek, Palle Mikkelborg, Arild Andersen and Espen Rud. Has also worked with Thorgeir Stubø, Alex Riel, Jesper Lundgaard, Peter Sprague, Andy Laverne, John Surman, Ben Webster, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Art Farmer, Knut Riisnæs, and others
April 16, 1946 ~ Flutist R Carlos Nakai born in Flagstadd, Arizona, USA ~ Worked with the Wind Traveling Band, Udi Bar David, William Eaton, Philip Glass, Nawang Knechog, Paul Horn, Keola Beamer, and others
 
April 16, 1945 ~ Bassist Johnny Sandlin born in Decatur, Alabama, USA ~ Session bassist, guitarist, drummer. Member of the Impacts, the Five Minutes, and alongside Duane Allman and Gregg Allman a member of Hour Glass. Best known as an engineer and producer who worked with Widespread Panic, Wet Willie, the Aquarium Rescue Unit, and perhaps most notably extensively with the Allman Brothers Band ~ Sandlin passed away in 2017
 
April 16, 1943 ~ Trombonist, bandleader Erling Kroner born in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the Dixieland Stompers, John Tchicai, Melvis & his Gentlemen, the NDR Big Band, Leif Johansson, Lasse Beijbom, and others ~ Kroner passed away in 2011
April 16, 1943 ~ Guitarist, composer Sebastião Tapajós born in Santarem, Brazil ~ Actively recording since the early 1960s with over 50 albums to his name. Composed the soundtrack to the local film Lendas Amazonicas released in 1998. Has collaborated with artists such as Gilson Pernazzetta, João Cortez, Mauricio Einhorn, Paulinho Noguiera, Nilson Chavez, Jane Duboc, and others ~ Tapajós passed away in 2021
 
April 16, 1940 ~ Radio DJ Christopher Moore born ~ Co-founder, radio DJ of pirate radio station Radio Caroline established in 1964 and broadcasting from international waters in the North Sea. In 1967, at the peak of its popularity, the radio station would have millions of listeners. The station is credited with revolutionizing radio broadcasting in the UK ~ Moore passed away in 2021
April 16, 1940 ~ Jazz drummer Ole Jacob Hansen born in Oslo, Norway ~ Worked with Tore Sandnaes, Mikkel Flagstad, Bjorn Jacobsen, Arlid Wikstron, Kjell Karlsen, Bernt Rosengren, Idrees Sulieman, Eric Dolphy, Donald Byrd, Ditlef Eckhoff, Paul Weeden, Terje Bjørklund, Adonis, Thorgeir Stubø, Lee Konitz, Doug Raney, Laila Dalseth, Jan Erik Vold, Harald Gunhus, Knut Riisnæs, Totti Bergh, Einar Iversen, and others ~ Hansen passed away in 2000
 
April 16, 1939 ~ Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien, commonly known as pop, R&B, blue-eyed soul singer, guitarist, pianist, percussionist Dusty Springfield, born in West Hempstead, UK ~ Member of the Springfields. Best known as a solo artist, one of the all-time best-selling UK artists. Icon of the 1960s. Known for hits such as I Only Want To Be With You, Wishin' & Hopin', I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself, You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, The Son Of A Preacherman, and others ~ O'Brien passed away in 1999
 
April 16, 1936 ~ Singer, songwriter Saban Bajramovic born in Nis, Yugoslavia ~ Dubbed “the King of Romani music” with some 20 albums to his name over a career spanning four decades ~ Bajramovic passed away in 2008
 
April 16, 1935 ~ Pop singer Bobby Vinton, full name Stanley Robert Vinton, born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Emerged in the late 1950s. One of the few teen idols to enjoy a long-lasting career, recording well into the 1970s. Known for songs such as Roses Are Red My Love, Blue On Blue, Blue Velvet, Mr Lonely, Please Love Me Forever, and My Melody Of Love
April 16, 1935 ~ Francis Leona Nowell, commonly known as singer Delia Bell born in Bonham, Texas, USA ~ Half of famed bluegrass duo alongside Bill Grant ~ Nowell passed away in 2018
 
April 16, 1934 ~ Easy listening, traditional pop singer, songwriter Vince Hill born in Holbrooks, UK ~ Best known for his rendition of Edelweiss, a 1967 UK top 10 hit. The song was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for their 1959 The Sound Of Music musical, the last song written by Hammerstein before his passing in 1960
 
April 16, 1933 ~ Songwriter, arranger, producer Perry Botkin Jr born in New York, New York, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for co-writing Nadia's Theme (The Young And Restless), a collaborative effort with Barry Devorzon. Also closely associated with the Incredible Bongo Band. As an arranger has worked with Bobby Darin, Harry Nilsson, Gary Crosby, the Lettermen, Ed Ames, Harper's Bizarre, and others ~ Botkin passed away in 2021
 
April 16, 1931 ~ Jazz bandleader, reed player, pianist, composer Gerald Badini born in Paris, France ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Michel Attenoux, Jimmy Archey, Lil' Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bill Coleman, Peanuts Holland, Claude Bolling, Jack Dieval, Roger Guerin, Geo Daly, Alice Babs, Duke Ellington, Jean-Claude Naud, Cat Anderson, Paul Gonsalves, Jef Gilson, Francois Guin, the Swing Machine, Bobby Durham, Raymond Fol, Michel Gaudry, Helen Humes, Sonny Payne, Sam Woodyard, Roy Eldridge, Major Holley, Oliver Jackson, Dick Katz, Clark Terry, Gerald Wiggins, Reggie Workman, and others
April 16, 1931 ~ John Wesley Funchess, commonly known as electric blues slide guitarist John Littlejohn, born in Lake, Mississippi, USA ~ Backing musician on the Chicago blues scene from the 1950s through the 1980s. Has cut a number of solo recordings starting in the late 1960s. Has worked with Howlin' Wolf, Carey Bell, Hound Dog Taylor, and others ~ Funchess passed away in 1994
 
April 16, 1929 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Ed Townsend born in Fayetteville, Tennessee, USA ~ Has made some records of his own, notably the 1958 hit For Your Love, but is primarily known as a songwriter and producer responsible for songs made famous by Jimmy Holiday (How Can I Forget), Theola Kilgore (The Love Of My Man), and most notably Marvin Gaye (Let's Get It On) ~ Townsend passed away in 2003
April 16, 1929 ~ Rodothas Hamilton, commonly known as R&B singer Roy Hamilton, born in Leesburg, Georgia, USA ~ Popular from the mid-1950s through the early 1960s. Merged classical phrasing with black gospel feeling. Best known for 1954's You'l Never Walk Alone and 1955's Unchained Melody, the two first major hits of the Epic Records label ~ Hamilton passed away in 1969
 
April 16, 1928 ~ Post-bop vibraphonist Walt Dickerson born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Sideman and leader. Worked with Andrew Hill, Andrew Cyrille, Sun Ra, Elmo Hope, George Tucker, Henry Grimes, Walter Davis Jr, Edgar Bateman, Wilbur Ware, Albert Dailey, Andy McKee, Pierre Dørge, and others ~ Dickerson passed away in 2008
 
April 16, 1924 ~ Enrico Nicola Mancini, commonly known as songwriter, composer, arranger, conductor Henry Mancini, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Popular film composer with four Academy Awards to his name. Perhaps best known for penning Peter Gunn Theme and soundtrack for the television series of the same name, Moon River from Breakfast At Tiffany's and the Theme From The Pink Panther ~ Mancini passed away in 1994
April 16, 1924 ~ Saxophonist Rudy Pompilli, full name Rudolph Clement Pompilli, born in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Started in jazz, playing with among others Ralph Marterie. Joined Bill Haley's backing unit the Comets in 1955 replacing Joey Ambrose and quickly learned the rock & roll routine which included playing the sax while laying on-stage on his back making Pompilli one of the most visible Comets. Pompilli remained with the band for two decades, present on most of the band's biggest hits including Rock Around The Clock. Pompilli is tributed in the instrumental song Rudy's Rock, a concert favorite, and co-wrote Week-End ~ Pompilli passed away in 1976
 
April 16, 1923 ~ Swing, soul, jazz trombonist Bennie Green was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Earl Hines, Charlie Ventura, Count Basie, George Benson, Booker Ervin, Buck Clayton, Sonny Criss, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Slim Gaillard, Jo Jones, Howard McGhee, Cecil Payne, Ike Quebec, Sarah Vaughan, Randy Weston, and others ~ Green passed away in 1977
April 16, 1923 ~ Jazz vibraphonist, accordionist Geo Daly born in Bois Colombes, France ~ Became house vibraphonist at Club St Germain in 1952. Worked with Don Byas, Bill Coleman, Bernard Peiffer, Marcel Bianchi, Claude Bolling, Michel de Villers, Roy Eldridge, Duke Ellington, Andre Persiany, Dave Pochonet, Lester Young, Boulou Ferre, les Petits Francais, Moustache, Michel Attenoux, and others ~ Daly passed away in 1999
 
April 16, 1917 ~ Producer, songwriter Bobby Robinson born in Union, South Carolina, USA ~ Founded or co-founded a number of record labels including Red Robin Records, Sue Records, and Fire Records. Produced hits by Champion Jack Dupree, Wilbert Harrison (Kansas City), Buster Brown, the Shirelles (Dedicated To The One I Love), Sam Myers, Bobby Lewis, Dave Baby Cortez (The Happy Organ), King Curtis (Soul Twist), his nephew Spoonie Gee, Les Cooper, Elmore James (The Sky Is Crying), Lightnin' Hopkins, Lee Dorsey (Ya-Ya), the Packmen, Gladys Knight & the Pips (Every Beat Of My Heart, Knight's first hit), the Fearless Four, Pumpkin & Friends, Funky 4+1, Kool Moe Dee, the Treacherous Three, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (Superrappin'), Doug E Fresh, and numerous others ~ Robinson passed away in 2011
April 16, 1917 ~ Singer Lucienne Delyle born ~ 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 passed away in 1962
 
April 16, 1911 ~ Dixieland, jazz pianist Alton Purnell born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Isaiah Morgan, Alphonse Picou, Louis Nelson Delisle, Sidney Desvigne, Cousin Joe, Bunk Johnson, Teddy Buckner, Joe Darensbourg, Kid Ory, Barney Bigard, Ben Pollack, and others ~ Purnell passed away in 1987
 
April 16, 1910 ~ Dixieland, jazz saxophonist Boyce Brown born ~ Worked with Wingy Manone, Bob Casey, Danny Alvin. Perhaps best known for his 1935 session with Paul Mares released in 1955 on the Chicago Style Jazz album. After a stint in a monastary recorded his sole album as a leader, 1956's Brother Matthew, backed by Eddie Condon and others ~ Brown passed away in 1959
 
April 16, 1908 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader Ray Ventura born in Paris, France ~ Helped popularize jazz in France in the 1930s. Worked with Alix Combelle, Philippe Brun, Guy Paquinet, and others ~ Ventura passed away in 1979
 
April 16, 1885 ~ Composer Leo Weiner born ~ One of the leading Hungarian music educators of first half of the 20th century. Composer. Influenced by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Georges Bizet ~ Weiner passed away in 1960