This Day In Music: April 18
April 17 ~ Birthdays/All ~ April 19
April 18, 2022 ~ Film composer Andrzej Korzynski, full name Andrzej Waldemar Korzynski, passed away ~ Best known for scoring the soundtracks for The Birch Wood, The Devil, Man Of Marble and Possession ~ Korzynski was born in 1940
April 18, 2022 ~ Composer Harrison Birtwistle passed away ~ Prolific contemporary classical composer known best for The Triumph Of Time and the operas The Mask Of Orpheus, Gawain and The Minotaur. The latter would be named as one of the most important 21st-century pieces by the Guardian in 2019. Also known for co-founding the Pierrot Players ensemble with composer, conductor Peter Maxwell Davies ~ Birtwistle was born in 1934
April 18, 2022 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Jerry Doucette, full name Jerry Victor Doucette, passed away in Delta, Canada ~ Known for a number of 1970s singles, notably Mama Let Him Play and Nobody. The former, taken of his 1977 album of the same name, would reach Platinum status in Doucette's native Canada and become a minor hit in the USA. Member of the Seeds Of Time. Has also collaborated with Lindsay Mitchell and Rocket Norton, both of whom later members of Prism ~ Doucette was born ca.1952
April 18, 2022 ~ Flutist, music director, songwriter José Luis Cortés passed away ~ Birthed and named timba, the most important popular dance and music genre to come out of Cuba since the 1980s merging son with salsa, Afro-Cuban folk, as well as American funk and R&B. Best known for founding NG La Banda in the late 1980s. Has also played with jazz-fusion supergroup Irakere and with songo band Los Van Van ~ Cortés was born ca.1952
April 18, 2021 ~ Blues harpist, singer, songwriter Paul Oscher passed away ~ Perhaps best known for his association with Muddy Waters, backing Waters during the late 1960s and early 1970 including on the 1971 Live At Mr Kelly's album. Has also worked with Louisiana Red, Big Bill Morganfield, Hubert Sumlin, Mos Def, Keb' Mo, and others ~ Oscher was born in 1947
April 18, 2013 ~ Bassist Cordell Boogie Mosson passed away ~ Member of United Soul alongside Garry Shider, known for several early 1970s George Clinton-produced tracks including I Miss My Baby and Baby I Owe You Something Good. Would continue to work with Clinton as a member of both Parliament and Funkadelic ~ Mosson was born in 1952
April 18, 2012 ~ Radio, TV personality, producer, actor Dick Clark, full name Richard Wagstaff Clark, passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Cultural icon known to music audiences for hosting American Bandstand from 1956 through 1989 ~ Clark was born in 1929
April 18, 2006 ~ John Alexander Burchell, commonly known as pianist, bandleader, composer John Burch, passed away ~ Wrote Preach And Teach, recorded by Georgie Fame in 1966, later covered by Buddy Rich. Led early 1960s ensembles which included future UK rock stars such as Dick Heckstall-Smith, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. Also worked with Allan Ganley, Jeff Clyne, Bobby Wellins, Freddie Hubbard, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Red Rodney, and others ~ Burchell was born in 1932
April 18, 2003 ~ Singer, actress Sophia Grace Browlee born in Essex, UK ~ Half of Sophia Grace & Rosie, the other half being her cousin Rosie McClelland, becoming a Youtube sensation after posting a cover of Nicki Minaj's Super Bass. The pair would also become regular guests on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, eventually hosting their own segment, primarily interviewing musicians, and serving as red carpet events correspondents
April 18, 2002 ~ Jazz clarinetist, bandleader Cy Laurie, full name Cyril Laurie, passed away ~ Worked with George Melly, Mike Daniels, Fred Hunt, Les Jowett, Chris Barber, Alan Elsdon, Al Fairweather, Graham Stewart, Colin Smith, Eggy Ley, Max Collie, and others ~ Laurie was born in 1926
April 18, 2001 ~ Tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell, Rockville Centre, New York, USA ~ Worked with Thad Jones, Oliver Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Kenny Clarke, Stevie Wonder, Al Cohn, Al Grey, Milt Jackson, Ernestine Anderson, Tony Bennett, Paul Chambers, Sammy Davis Jr, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Jefferson, Jimmy McGriff, Pony Poindexter, Mel Tormé, Bernard Pretty Purdie, Frank Vignola, Frank Wess, Xanadu All-Stars, and others ~ Mitchell was born in 1926
April 18, 1996 ~ R&B, soul, funk, disco, pop, rock bassist, producer Bernard Edwards passed away in Tokyo, Japan ~ Rose to fame with the disco outfit Chic, which he co-founded with guitarist Nile Rodgers. From 1976 through 1983 the band would create genre- and era-defining classics including Le Freak, Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah), Everybody Dance, I Want Your Love, and Good Times. Edwards & Rodger would also work as a production and songwriting team with a host of artists, parralel to their time with the band as well as far beyond the disco years. As a duo they worked with Norma Jean Wright, Sister Sledge, Sheila & B Devotion, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Fonzi Thornton, Daft Punk, and others. Edwards released a solo album, Glad To Be Here, in 1983 and was instrumental in the formation of supergroup Power Station. Edwards passed away while on tour in Japan ~ Edwards was born in 1952
April 18, 1994 ~ Adam Aminé Daniel, commonly known as rapper, singer, producer, songwriter Aminé, born in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Best known for his single Caroline from 2016. Released a full length debut album, Good For You, the next year
April 18, 1993 ~ Singer Nathan Sykes born in Gloucester, UK ~ Youngest member of boy band the Wanted, known for the UK top 20 singles All Time Low, Heart Vacancy, Lose My Mind, Gold Forever and Glad You Came
April 18, 1991 ~ Jazz, pop, salsa trombonist Barry Rogers passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Influenced by Jack Teagarden, Lawrence Brown, JC Higginbotham. First gained attention working with Latin jazz musicians such as Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón, Bobby Valentín, Marvin Santiago. Also noted for his association with pivotal jazz-rock outfit Dreams. Has also collaborated with Cachao, Machito, Manny Oquendo, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, White Elephant, the Fania All-Stars, George Benson, David Byrne, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Carly Simon, Grover Washington Jr, and others ~ Rogers was born in 1935
April 18, 1991 ~ Producer Martin Hannett passed away in Manchester, UK ~ Director, staff producer at Factory Records. Has worked with artists such as Joy Division, Durutti Column, Magazine, John Cooper Clarke, New Order, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, the Happy Mondays, the Invisible Girls, and others ~ Hannett was born in 1948
April 18, 1989 ~ Singer, actress, fashion designer Jessica Jung born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Rose to fame as member of K-pop girl group Girls' Generation. Has also released a number of solo EPs and singles, starting with her 2016 EP With Love J which included the Korean top 10 hit Fly featuring Fabolous. Also known as an actress, novelist and fashion designer establishing her own Blanc & Eclare brand
April 18, 1983 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records Sweetheart Like You at Power Station, New York, New York ~ Penned by Dylan. Produced by Dylan and Mark Knopfler who also plays guitar. Other musicians on the recording: Mick Taylor guitar, Alan Clark keyboard, Sly Dunbar drums, Robbie Shakespeare bass. Included on the Infidels album. Released as a single b/w Union Sundown, it would peak in the 50s on the Billboard Hot 100 though generally well-received by critics. As of 2020 Dylan has never performed the song in live concerts
April 18, 1981 ~ Classical cellist Sol Gabetta born in Cordoba, Argentina ~ Worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and others
April 18, 1976 ~ Singer Pedro Mariano, full name Pedro Camargo Mariano, born in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Son of pianist, arranger Cesar Camargo Mariano and singer Elis Regina, brother of singer Maria Rita and producer João Marcelo Boscoli. With the latter formed the 1990s band Confraria. Over half a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist, starting with Pedro Camargo Mariano released in 1997
April 18, 1974 ~ Blues singer, mandolinist, guitarist Johnny Man Young passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ One of the few mandolin players in postwar era blues. Worked with Sleepy John Estes, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Muddy Waters, Johnny Williams, Little Walter, Johnny Shines, Snooky Pryor, and others ~ Young was born in 1918
April 18, 1974 ~ R&B singer Trina Powell born ~ Sister of singer Jesse Powell. Formed the sibling duo Trina & Tamara with her sister Tamara Powell, as a duo known best for being featured on the 1997 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit My Love Is The Shhh by Somethin' For The People. The sisters recorded their own sole album, the eponymous Trina & Tamara in the late 1990s, which spawned the Billboard R&B top 20 hit What'd You Come Here For produced by Curt Wilson
April 18, 1973 ~ Pianist Willie The Lion Smith, full name William Henry Josepg Bonaparte Bertholf Smith, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the masters of the stride piano, alongside James P Johnson and Fats Waller ~ Smith was born in 1893
April 18, 1971 ~ Fred Lee Scruggs Jr, commonly known as hardcore rapper, producer, actor Fredro Starr, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of pivotal hardcore rap group Onyx, best known for their 1993 hit single Slam. As a solo artist debuted in 2001 with the album Firestarr. Also known as an in-demand actor for TV and film with over 50 acting credits to his name
April 18, 1970 ~ Eurodance, dance-pop singer Therese Merkel, full name Eva Therese Margaretha Merkel, born in Nykoping, Sweden ~ Member of Alcazar, best known for their 2000 hit Crying At The Discotheque
April 18, 1964 ~ Rock bassist, guitarist, keyboardist Carl Øyvind Apeland born ~ Best known as member of Vamp. Wrote or co-wrote several of the band's best-known including Somar I Hekken, Ingeborg, Sirkus Av Fys and Svin På Skog
April 18, 1963 ~ Country singer Bobby Bare records Detroit City in Nashville, Tennessee ~ Written by Danny Dill and Mel Tillis. Previously recorded by Billy Grammer as I Wanna Go Home, yet the song would become most closely associated with Bare. His Chet Atkins-produced single b/w Heart Of Ice would reach top 20 Billboard Hot 100, and top 10 Billboard Country earning Bare his first top 10 hit
April 18, 1961 ~ Curtis Fisher, commonly known as rapper, DJ, songwriter Grandmaster Caz, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Influenced Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Jay-Z. Member of the Cold Crush Brothers. Claims to have written the lyrics of Sugarhill Gang's seminal Rapper's Delight track
April 18, 1960 ~ James Lochrie, commonly known as rock, pop bassist Jaz Lochrie, born in Paisley, UK ~ In-demand session and touring bassist. Has worked with Pete Townshend, Bad Company, Slash, Roger Daltrey, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary Brooker, Zakk Wylde, Go West, David Knopfler, Breathe, and others
April 18, 1958 ~ Bassist, songwriter Les Pattinson, full name Leslie Thomas Pattinson, born in Ormskirk, UK ~ Co-founding member of Echo & the Bunnymen, best known for their 1983 Porcupine album which spawned the band's first UK top 10 hit in The Cutter. Pattinson remained with the band through 1993 and rejoined in later years
April 18, 1954 ~ Jazz, Latin jazz percussionist, keyboardist Andy Narell born in New York, New York, USA ~ Founded the Steel Bandits, a novelty steelpan band. Also known as a solo artist, starting with 1979's Hidden Treasures album and has recorded extensively since. Joined the Caribbean Jazz Project in 1995, which also included Paquito d'Rivera. Has also worked Béla Fleck, Darol Anger, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Haslip, Boney James, Biréli Lagrène, Patti Labelle, Marcus Miller, Taj Mahal, Toto, Spyro Gyra, Narada Michael Walden, and others
April 18, 1953 ~ Singer, songwriter Larry Cassidy born in Blackpool, UK ~ Formed and fronted the Blackpool outfit Section 25, which also featured his brother drummer Vin Casidy and guitarist Paul Wiggin. The band would go on to work with producers such as Joy Division's singer Ian Curtis, Rob Gretton, Martin Hannett, and New Order's Bernard Sumner ~ Cassidy passed away in 2010
April 18, 1953 ~ Actor, singer Rick Moranis born in Ottawa, Canada ~ Best known as an actor, appearing in films such as Ghostbusters, Brewster's Millions and Honey I Shrunk The Kids. Also half of musical comedy duo Bob & Doug McKenzie in the 1980s. As a solo singer recorded a handful of albums, starting with You Me The Music & Me released in 1989
April 18, 1952 ~ Bassist Jim Scholten born in Bay City, Michigan, USA ~ Member of country rock outfit Sawyer Brown, known for hits such as Step That Step, This Missin' You Heart Of Mine, Some Girls Do, This Time and Treat Her Right
April 18, 1952 ~ Pop, palingpop singer, guitarist Piet Keizer born ~ Member of the Q-Tips. Member of the Cats since 1972, previously having worked as a roadie for the band. Initially promoted to singer, guitarist as a temporary replacement for Cees Veerman who suffered throat problems yet remained with the band until its disbandement two years later. Sang lead on the tracks Linda and Going Home
April 18, 1949 ~ Composer, conductor, arranger Andrew Powell born ~ Closely associated with the Alan Parsons Project, credited as arranger, conductor and composer on almost all of the Alan Parsons Project's album. Produced Kate Bush's 1989 The Kick Inside debut album. Has also worked with Chris De Burgh, Nick Heyward, Michael Crawford, Elaine Page, the Hollies. Composed for film and TV, notably the films Ladyhawke and Rocket Gibraltar. Conducted renowned orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
April 18, 1949 ~ Singer Ezio Pinza records Some Enchanted Evening ~ Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II for the 1949 South Pacific stage musical, which starred Pinza in a Tony Award-winning lead role. The song has been widely regarded as one of the finest ever written for any musical. Several artists would reach top 10 on the pop charts in 1949 with their respective renditions, including Pinza, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Perry Como
April 18, 1948 ~ Thomas Lafitte Smedley, commonly known as blues, rock bassist, guitarist Tommy Shannon, born in Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ Played with Johnny Winter at 1969 Woodstock Festival. Best known as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing unit Double Trouble. Has also worked with Denny Freeman, the Arc Angels, Doyle Bramhall II, Charlie Sexton, Storyville, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Hubert Sumlin, Mike McCready, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan, Eric Johnson, David Grissom, Mato Nanji, Jeff Beck, Lou Gramm, John Mayer, and others
April 18, 1947 ~ Keyboardist Walt Richmond born ~ Member of country rock band the Tractors, best known for their 1994 single Baby Likes To Rock It
April 18, 1946 ~ Jazz drummer Keith Copeland born in New York, New York, USA ~ Son of trumpeter Ray Copeland. Leader and sideman. Worked with Barry Harris, the Heath Brothers, Sam Jones, Johnny Griffin, Stevie Wonder, Rory Stuart, George Russell, Hank Jones, Paul Bley, Joshua Breakstone, Stanley Cowell, and others ~ Copeland passed away in 2015
April 18, 1946 ~ Singer, saxophonist Lennie Baker born in Whitman, Massachusetts, USA ~ Member of 1950s rock group Danny & the Juniors. Member of Sha Na Na, touring with the band and appearing on the TV series of the same name. Also appears in Grease, singing lead vocals on the band's performance of Blue Moon ~ Baker passed away in 2016
April 18, 1943 ~ Drummer Clyde Stubblefield born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for backing James Brown from the mid-1960s through the early-1970s, including on songs such as Cold Sweat, There Was A Time, I Got The Feeling, Ain't It Funky Now, Mother Popcorn, and Give It Up Or Turn It Loose. Also worked with fellow the JB's members Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker and John Jabo Starks, with Steve Skaggs, Luther Allison, Cris Plat, Randy Sabien, the Common Faces, Neo, Richard Mazda, Fred Wesley, Ben Sidran, Garbage, and others ~ Stubblefield passed away in 2017
April 18, 1941 ~ Reggae singer Hortense Ellis born in Trenchtown, Jamaica ~ Sister of reggae singer, songwriter Alton Ellis. Toured with Byron Lee during the 1960s. As a solo artist worked with Jamaica's finest producers including Ken Lack, Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, Bunny Lee, and Lee Scratch Perry. Known for songs such as I'm Not Saying No At All, Hell And Sorrow, I Will Come Softly, Unexpected Places, Down Town TIng, and reggae covers of pop songs including Patti Labelle's Down The Aisle and Candi Staton's Young Hearts Run Free. Has worked with the Soul Syndicate, the Aggrovators, and the then-unknown Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare
April 18, 1941 ~ Clarinetist Murray Khouri born in Wellington, New Zealand ~ Classical clarinetist worked with orchestras such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the Royal Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductors such as Leopold Stokowski, Pierre Boulez, Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Adrian Boult, and Eugen Jochem ~ Khouri passed away in 2018
April 18, 1938 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader Hal Galper born in Salem, Massachusetts, USA ~ Worked with Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Joe Williams, Anita O'Day, Chris Connor, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Victor Gaskin, Terumasa Hino, Cecil McBee, Reggie Workman, Jerry Bergonzi, Franco Ambrosetti, John Scofield, and others
April 18, 1937 ~ Folk, folk-pop singer Dick Foley born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Brothers Four, best known for their 1960 Billboard top 10 hit Greenfields, remaining with the band through 1990
April 18, 1936 ~ Bandleader Milton Brown passed away in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Dubbed “the Father of Western Swing” for fusing hillbilly hokum, jazz and pop. One third of the Light Crust Doughboys, alongside Bob Wills and Herman Arnspiger. Formed the Musical Brownies, the world's first Western swing band ~ Brown was born in 1903
April 18, 1931 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, arranger Willie Pickens born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Worked with Eddie Harris, Buddy DeFranco, Louie Bellson, Elvin Jones, Dan Shapera, Robert Shy, Nicholas Payton, Marian McPartland, George Mraz, Joe Farnsworth, Larry Gray, Milton Suggs, Bunky Green, Francine Griffin, Steve Grossman, Clark Terry, Frank Catalano, Von Freeman, Peter Lerner, Malachi Thompson, and others ~ Pickens passed away in 2017
April 18, 1930 ~ Composer, organist, pianist Jean Guillou, full name Jean Victor Guillou, was born in Angers, France ~ Internationnaly acclaime as a concert organist and improviser. Composed over 90 works for organ, chamber and orchestral music ~ Guillou passed away in 2019
April 18, 1929 ~ Bandleader, clarinetist, composer, arranger Wal Lewinsky born in Paterson, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with NBC Staff Orchestra, the Tonight Show Band, Skitch Henderson, Tony Bennett, Stan Getz, Lena Horne, Gerry Mulligan, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Nina van Pallandt, and others ~ Levinsky passed away in 1999
April 18, 1928 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader Ken Colyer born in Norfolk, UK ~ Worked with the Crane River Jazz Band, George Lewis, Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, Lonnie Donegan, Ray Foxley, and others ~ Colyer passed away in 1988
April 18, 1925 ~ Jazz saxophonist Leo Parker born in Washington DC, USA ~ Active since the mid-1940s. Worked with Billy Eckstine, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Illinois Jacquet, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, JJ Johnson, Teddy Edwards, Wardell Gray, and with Charles Thompson ~ Parker passed away in 1962
April 18, 1924 ~ Singer Clarence Gatemouth Brown born in Vinton, Louisiana, USA ~ Plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, violin and viola, harmonica, drums and percussion, sings and writes too. Blends just about every imaginable roots music into a high-energy, raw hybrid. Hates being called a “blues” musician ~ Brown passed away in 2005
April 18, 1918 ~ Jazz guitarist Tony Mottola born in Kearny, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Known for his 1968 easy listening hit This Guy's In Love With You. Worked with Carl Kress, John Serry Sr, Skitch Henderson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Urbie Green, Dick Hyman, Enoch Light, Charles Magnante, Joe Reisman, Doc Severinsen, Louie Bellson, Ray Conniff, Johnny Desmond, Neal Hefti, Cootie Williams, and others ~ Mottola passed away in 2004
April 18, 1906 ~ Eurreal Wilford Montgomery, commonly known as pianist, singer Little Brother Montgomery, born in Kentwood, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Clarence Desdunes, Buddy Petit, Otis Rush, Skip James, Spanky & Our Gang, and others ~ Montgomery passed away in 1985
April 18, 1904 ~ Dewey Markham, commonly known as singer, dancer, actor Pigmeat Markham, born in Durham, North Carolina, USA ~ Widely considered a forerunner of rap. Best known for his Here Comes The Judge, it would reach the Billboard top 20 in 1968 ~ Markham passed away in 1981
April 18, 1902 ~ Bandleader, cornetist, songwriter Harry Owens, full name Harry Robert Owens, born in O'Neill, Nebraska, USA ~ Best known for leading the Royal Hawaiians. Probably best known for penning Sweet Leilani, first recorded by Ted Fio Rito in 1937 and covered by numerous artists including Bing Crosby for the film Waikiki Wedding. The song would earn Crosby his first gold record and be awarded an Academy Award for Best Song in 1938. Other songs written or co-written by Owens include Linger Awhile (Bailey's Lucky Seven, Fletcher Henderson, Sarah Vaughan), To You Sweetheart Aloha (Dick McIntyre, Louis Armstrong, the Ames Brothers), and Sing Me A Song Of The Islands (Ray Kinney, Alvino Rey, Bert Ambrose) ~ Owens passed away in 1986
April 18, 1893 ~ Dance orchestra leader, pianist, composer, arranger Harry Baisden, full name Cyrus Harry Baisden, born in Lester Prairie, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known for writing several popular World War I wartime songs including Meet Me At The Red Cross Ball, I'll Steal You, and Camp Cody Blues ~ Baisden passed away in 1926
April 18, 1882 ~ Conductor Leopold Stokowski born in London, UK ~ English conductor of Polish/Irish descent considered one of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century. Best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney-film Fantasia ~ Stokowski passed away in 1977
April 18, 1880 ~ Lyricist, songwriter George A Norton, full name George Addison Norton, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for writing the lyrics to WC Handy's 1912 Memphis Blues, arguably “the first commercial blues ever published” ~ Norton passed away in 1923