This Day In Music: April 19
April 18 ~ Birthdays/All ~ April 20
 
April 19, 2021 ~ Producer, songwriter Jim Steinman, full name James Richard Steinman, passed away in Danbury, Connecticut, USA ~ Best known for his association with Meat Loaf, notably on the albums Bat Out Of Hell and Bat Out Of Hell II (Back Into Hell). Also worked with Bonnie Tyler (Total Eclipse Of The Heart), Air Supply (Making Love Out Of Nothing At All), Sisters Of Mercy (This Corrosion), Barry Manilow (Read 'Em And Weep), Céline Dion (It's All Coming Back To Me Now), Boyzone (No Matter What), and others ~ Steinman was born in 1947
 
April 19, 2020 ~ Singer Ian Whitcomb, full name Ian Timothy Whitcomb, passed away in Pasadena, California, USA ~ Best known for his 1965 hit You Turn Me On (Turn On Song), a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit ~ Whitcomb was born in 1941
 
April 19, 2018 ~ Pop, rock pianist, bassist, producer Stuart Colman, full name Ian Stuart Colman, passed away in Cheltenham, UK ~ First gained attention as member of Pinkerton's Assorted Colours and its successor the Flying Machine, known for their 1969 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Smile A Little Smile For Me. Colman would go on to become an in-demand producer, notably for Shakin' Stevens scoring hits such as This Old House, Green Door, Oh Julie. Produced the 1980s remake Living Doll, a collaborative effort of the Young Ones and Cliff Richard. Has also worked with Paul Kennerley, Claire Hamill, the Revillos, Kim Wilde, Alvin Stardust, Victoria Shaw, Nanci Griffith, and others ~ Colman was born in 1944
 
April 19, 2016 ~ Multi-instrumentalist Pete Zorn passed away ~ Best known for his longtime association with Richard Thompson. Also a member of Steeleye Span, of the Albion Band, and of Driver 67. Has collaborated with Gerry Rafferty (including on the LP Snakes & Ladders), Elaine Page, Barbara Dickson, Chris Rainbow, and others ~ Zorn was born in 1950
 
April 19, 2015 ~ Ricardo Anthony Btesh, commonly known as pop singer Richard Anthony, passed away in Pégomas, France ~ Popular 1960s, 1970s pop singer, best known for French covers of English-language songs, including Tu M'Etais Destinée (Paul Anka's You Are My Destiny), C'Est Ma Fête (Lesley Gore's It's My Party), Et J'Entend Siffler Le Train (Bobby Bare's 500 Miles), and Fille Sauvage (the Rolling Stones' Ruby Tuesday) ~ Btesh was born in 1938
 
April 19, 2014 ~ Singer, songwriter Deon Jackson passed away in Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for a number of mid-1960s hits including You Said You Love Me, Come Back Home, and his best known song Love Makes The World Go Round ~ Jackson was born in 1946
 
April 19, 2012 ~ Mark Lavon Helm, commonly known as drummer, singer Levon Helm, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Drummer and singer for the Band, known for their association with Bob Dylan as well as for songs such as The Weight, Up On Cripple Creek, and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Also worked with the Hawks, Paul Butterfield, Fred Carter Jr, Emmaretta Marks, Steve Cropper, Donald Duck Dunn, Booker T Jones, Dr John, Lou Marini, Howard Johnson, Tom Bones Malone, Paul Kennerley, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, his daughter Amy Helm, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, Jim Weider, Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt, Brian Mitchell, Erik Lawrence, Steven Bernstein, Jay Collins, Byron Isaacs, Little Sammy Davis, Warren Haynes, Bob Weir, and others ~ Helm was born in 1940
 
April 19, 2011 ~ Engineer, producer Jim Dickson passed away ~ Discovered the Dillards, producing the albvums Back Porch Bluegrass, Live Almost and Pickin' And Fiddlin'. Worked with Lord Buckley, the Greenbriar Boys, Dian James, Glen Campbell, the Hillmen, the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Barracudas, and others ~ Dickson was born in 1931
 
April 19, 2010 ~ MC, rapper, songwriter Keith Elam, commonly known as Guru, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ MC and lyricist. Founded Gang Starr. Best known for his Jazzmatazz series, collaborating with artists such as Donald Byrd, N'dea Davenport, MC Solaar, Roy Ayers, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Jamiroquai, Freddie Hubbard, Courtney Pine, Ronny Jordan, and others. Especially the first two of eventually four volumes, 1993's Jazzmatazz (Volume 1) and 1995's Jazzmatazz (Volume 2 A New Reality), would receive critical acclaim for fusing jazz, hip-hop and rap and later prove to be hugely influential ~ Elam was born in 1961
 
April 19, 2007 ~ John Kenneth Albers, commonly known as jazz, traditional pop, close harmony singer, trumpeter, hornist Ken Albers, passed away in Simi Valley, California, USA ~ Best known as member of the Four Freshmen from 1956, replacing Ken Errair, hrough 1986. The band is said to have pivotal to the development of close harmony quartets, moving away from the barbershop style to include elements of jazz and in so a major influence on numerous artists. Cited by Brian Wilson as one of his major inspirations, the Beach Boys-song A Young Men Is Gone actually based on the Freshmen's 1960 recording Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring ~ Albers was born in 1924
 
April 19, 2005 ~ Jazz upright bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen passed away in Ishoj, Denmark ~ Worked with Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Ben Webster, Brew Moore, Bud Powell, Count Basie, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Ella Fitzgerald, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jenny Drew, Stéphane Grappelli, Joe Pass, Rune Gustafsson, Palle Mikkelborg, Mulgrew Miller, Alvin Queen, and others ~ Ørsted Pedersen was born in 1946
April 19, 2005 ~ Jazz drummer Stan Levey passed away in Van Nuys, California, USA ~ Considered one of the earliest bebop drummers. Started with Dizzy Gillespie at age 16. Also worked with Stan Kenton, Howard Rumsey, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Buddy Bregman, Conte Candoli, Victor Feldman, Jimmy Giuffre, Lee Konitz, Oscar Peterson, Warne Marsh, Shorty Rogers, Sonny Stitt, Quincy Jones, and Skitch Anderson ~ Levey was born in 1926
 
April 19, 2003 ~ Charles Sylvan Atkinson, commonly known as singer, dancer, choreographer Cholly Atkins passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Recorded as a singer early on in his career. Best known as a dancer and choreographer, teaching dance steps from the 1950s forward to acts such as the Cadillacs, the Shirelles, Harvey & the Moonglows, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Little Anthony & the Imperials, and others. In 1964 hired by Motown's Berry Gordy Jr, to become the label's house choreographer. Developed the trademark moves of numerous of the label's artists including the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Marvelettes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and others ~ Atkins was born in 1913
 
April 19, 1998 ~ Mandolinist, guitarist, singer Earl Bolick passed away ~ Half of country duo the Blue Sky Boys, the other half being his brother Bill Bolick, especially known for their 1936 hit record The Sunny Side Of Life ~ Bolick was born in 1919
 
April 19, 1993 ~ Tenor saxophonist Clifford Scott, ful name Clifford Donley Scott, passed away in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Learned drums, piano and violin before switching to clarinet in his teens. Actively performing since the 1940s. Leader and sideman. Has backed artists such as Amos Milburn, Jay McShann, Lionel Hampton, Roy Milton, Bill Doggett (notably on Honky Tonk), Sonny Thompson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gerald Wilson, Onzy Matthews, Ray Charles, Freddie King, Bobby Blue Bland, James Brown, Little Willie John, and others ~ Scott was born in 1928
April 19, 1993 ~ Steven Douglas Kreisman, commonly known as saxophonist Steve Douglas, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Over half a dozen albums as a leader. In-demand session musician, present on recordings by Duane Eddy (Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel), the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds), Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan (Street Legal), the Ramones, Leonard Cohen, and others. Has also served as producer, notably producing the acclaimed Willy DeVille-album Le Chat Bleu in 1980 ~ Kreisman was born in 1938
April 19, 1993 ~ Tom Jack Johnston, commonly known as DJ, producer Thomas Jack, born in Bemboka, Australia ~ Coined the term “tropical house” in 2013. Known for tracks such as Synphony, The Final Speech, Rivers featuring Nico & Vinz, and Rise Up featuring Jasmine Thompson
 
April 19, 1991 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Josh Kumra born in Swindon, UK ~ Influenced by Tracy Chapman, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix. Best known for co-writing and guesting on Wretch 32's Don't Go, a UK Number 1 hit, and for his 2013 debut album Good Things Come To Those Who Don't Wait. Has also worked with Fink, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, Mr Hudson, K Koke, and others
 
April 19, 1990 ~ Morris W Ricks II, commonly known as rapper, producer Mez, born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA ~ Best known for appearing on Dr Dre's 2015 Compton album, co-writing a vast amount of the album's tracks. Has also collaborated with J Cole, Rapsody, Drique London, 9th Wonder, and others
 
April 19, 1985 ~ R&B singer, pianist, songwriter Willie Mabon, full name Willie James Mabon, passed away in Paris, France ~ Best known for his early-1950s hits I Don't Know, I'm Mad and Poison Ivy. Member of the Blues Rockers ~ Mabon was born in 1925
 
April 19, 1980 ~ Singer Johnny Logan wins the 25th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Dublin, Ireland ~ Representing Ireland Logan wins with the song What's Another Year written by Shay Healy
 
April 19, 1976 ~ Luis Diaz, commonly known as radio DJ, VJ, artist manager, producer Cipha Sounds, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Best known as a radio DJ and MTV VJ, Diaz also has own artist management agency, Jack Move Inc. The first artist he signed was the R&B duo Nina Sky. Diaz has worked as an A&R executive for Rawkus Records, Tommy Boy Records and for Star Trak Entertainmen. Since 2006 Diaz and Solitair form a hip-hop/R&B production duo working with artists such as Lil' Wayne, Busta Rhymes, and Trey Songz
 
April 19, 1974 ~ Jazz drummer Jesse Prick passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with George E Lee, Thamon Hayes, Count Basie, Ida Cox, Harlan Leonard, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Stan Kenton, Benny Carter, Slim Gaillard, Jay McShann, BB King, Little Willie Littlefield, and others ~ Price was born in 1909
April 19, 1974 ~ Folk, art-rock, psychedelic rock guitarist, harpist, pianist Josephine Foster born in Colorado, USA ~ Originally aspired to become an opera singer. Would emerge in the 2000s with home-recorded albums, influenced by Tin Pan Alley, German lieder. folk and psychedelic rock. Especially acclaimed for 2008's This Coming Gladness, 2009's Graphic As A Star, and 2013's I'm A Dreamer
April 19, 1974 ~ Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux born in Athens, Georgia, USA ~ Moved to Paris, France, at 13. Sang with Paris street musicians two years later. Member of the Lost Wandering Blues & Jazz Band. Released her debut, Dreamland, in 1996 backed by James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Leon Parker, Vernon Reid, and Marc Ribot. She would go on to work with producers such as Larry Klein and Craig Street, her releases featuring contributions from kd Lang, Walter Becker, Charlie Drayton, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jenny Scheinman, and Allen Toussaint
 
April 19, 1970 ~ Jazz bandleader, impresario Husk O'Hare passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Muggsy Spanier, Floyd O'Brien, Jim Lanigan, and others ~ O'Hare was born in 1896
April 19, 1970 ~ Luis Miguel Gallego Basteri, commonly known as Latin pop, bolero, mariachi singer, pianist Luis Miguel, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico ~ Cultural icon throughout Latin America. Nicknamed “the Sun of Mexico” after “mi sol”, the pet name given to him by his mother. Performs in a wide array of styles including pop, boleros, tango, jazz and mariachi. Known for songs such as Ahore Te Puedes Marchar, La Incondicional, Fria Como El Viento, Inolvidable, No Se Tu, Por Debajo De La Mea, and O Tu O Ninguna
 
April 19, 1968 ~ Rebekka Ruth Lazone Bramlett, commonly known as rock, pop, country singer, songwriter Bekka Bramlett, born in Westwood, California, USA ~ Daughter of Delaney Bramlett and Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney & Bonnie. Worked with Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood's the Zoo, Billy Burnette, Faith Hill, Robert Plant, Warrant, Trace Adkins, Faster Pussycat, Vince Gill, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Richie Sambora, Joe Cocker, Bad Company, Iris DeMent, Delbert McClinton, Jonny Lang, Kenny Rogers, Flaco Jiménez, Mark Selby, the Derailers, Hal Ketchum, Jessica Andrews, Brooks & Dunn, the Mavericks, Wynonna Judd, Etta James, Deana Carter, Montgomery Gentry, Trisha Yearwood, Jamie Oldaker, Amy Grant, Bob Seger, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, John Oates, Buddy Guy, and others
April 19, 1968 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter David Ryan Harris born in Evanston, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Prince. Fronted Follow For No, Dionne Farriss (with whom he has a daughter, rapper Yung Baby Tate), Brendan O'Brien, Kenny Creswell, Johnny Colt, Brand New Immortals, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, Santana, Nick Jonas, Amali Ward, Richie Sambora, and others
April 19, 1968 ~ Producer, trance DJ Paul Oakenfold born in Mile End, UK ~ DJ, producer. Especially in-demand as a remixer for artists including U2, Madonna, Britney Spears, Massive Attack, the Cure, New Order, the Rolling Stones, the Stone Roses, and others
 
April 19, 1967 ~ Dorothy Snowden Williams, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Dar Williams, born in Mount Kisco, New York, USA ~ Active since the mid-1980s, building a solid reputation in the coffeehhouses circuit, through regular appearances on public radio and as opening act for artists such as Joan Baez, with whom she also duetted on the 1995 album Ring Them Bells. Would release a number of cassettes and EP's before releasing her full-length The Honesty Room debut album in 1993
 
April 19, 1966 ~ Singer, songwriter, lyricist Benoît David, full name Benoît Gérard Guy David, born in Montreal, Canada ~ Fronted Mystery from 1999 through 2012. Best known as lead singer of progressive rock band Yes from 2008 through 2012, replacing founding member Jon Anderson. Retired from music for health reasons
April 19, 1966 ~ Singer Wanda Jackson records Tears Will Be The Chaser For Your Wine in Nashville, Tennessee ~ Written by Leroy Goates and Dale Davis. Produced by Ken Nelson. Would be included on Jackson's 1966 Reckless Love Affair album and released as a single the next November, paired with the album's title track on the B-side
 
April 19, 1965 ~ Marion Hugh Knight Jr, commonly known as label executive Suge Knight, born in Compton, California, USA ~ Hugely influential in hip-hop and gangsta rap. Co-founded Death Row Records, the label responsible for the boom in the golden age of rap producing classic albums such as Dr Dre's 1992 The Chronic and Snoop Dogg's 1993 Doggystyle. Other artists rising to fame under the direction of Knight include MC Hammer, the DOC, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt and perhaps most notably Tupac Shakur. Knight is currently serving a 28-year sentence for voluntarily manslaughter and will be eligble for parole in 2037
 
April 19, 1963 ~ Pianist, conductor, composer Graham Fitkin born in Cornwall, UK ~ Minimalist, postminimalist. Influenced by a wide array of artists as diverse as Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Boulez, Frank Sinatra, the Smiths, Wire, Pet Shop Boys, Louis Andriessen. Composer-in-residence at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Noted for compositions such as the jazz- and rock-influenced Hook and Stub incorporating electronic instruments
 
April 19, 1962 ~ Pop, rock band the Beach Boys record Surfin' Safari at Western Studios, Los Angeles, California ~ Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. Produced by Murry Wilson. Released the following June it would reach top 20 Billboard Hot 100. Issued as the band's sophomore single, the flipside 409 recorded during the same session
 
April 19, 1958 ~ Singer, guitarist, producer Randy Hall born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ As a solo artist released two albums, 1984's I Belong To You and 1988's I Love You Like A Stranger. Worked with Miles Davis, notably arranging the 1981 album The Man With The Horn. Also worked with the Dells, Darryl Jones, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Data, AL7, Felton Crews, Pleasure, Ray Parker Jr, Steve Reid, and others
April 19, 1958 ~ Steven Bernard Hill, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer Stevie B, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA ~ Influential in late 1980s freestyle and Hi-NRG scene. Known for songs such as I Wanna Be The One, In My Eyes, Love Me For Life, I'll Be By Your Side, Love And Emotion and especially the 1987 club smash Party Your Body and Because I Love You (The Postman Song), the latter a Billboard Hot 100 No.1 in late 1990
 
April 19, 1957 ~ Sampler Bob Ostertag, full name Robert Ostertag born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ~ Experimental sampler, sound artist, keyboardist. About a dozen solo albums to his name. Admired by Fred Frith and Robert Fripp, the latter once describing Ostertag as “the only guy on synthesizer who interests me.” Has collaborated with Frith, Ned Rothenberg, John Zorn, Otomo Yoshihide, Anthony Braxton, Eugene Chadbourne, and others
 
April 19, 1956 ~ Jazz drummer Denardo Coleman born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Son of Ornette Coleman and Jayne Cortez
 
April 19, 1955 ~ Pianist, arranger, songwriter Rolf Løvland, full name Rolf Undsæt Løvland, born in Kristiansand, Norway ~ Half of the Secret Garden, the other half being singer, violinist Fionnula Sherry, known for winning the 1995 Eurovision Songfestival with their performance of Nocturne representing Norway
April 19, 1955 ~ Jazz pianist Rune Klakegg born in Skien, Norway ~ Brother of guitarist Bjorn Klakegg. Has worked with Oslo 13, Cutting Edge, Fuzzy Logic, Out To Lunch, Søyr, Espen Rud, Morten Halle, Bjorn Kellemyr, Tine Asmundsen, Lars Martin Myhre, Eldbjørg Raknes, and others
 
April 19, 1952 ~ Punk, punk rock, garage rock bassist, singer, producer Andy Shernoff born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Founding member of seminal New York punk outfit the Dictators, also writing the majority of the band's material. Guested on the Ramones-singer Joey Ramone's 2002 Don't Worry About Me album. Has also worked with Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, the Master Plan, the Ramones, has recorded as a solo artist and is an in-demand producer and songwriter
 
April 19, 1949 ~ Manley Augustus Buchanan, commonly known as DJ, singer Big Youth, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Best known for his 1973 album Screaming Target. Has worked with a host of producers over his career, including Jimmy Radway, Lee Scratch Perry, Phil Pratt, Gussie Clarke, Prince Buster, Glen Brown, the Abyssinian, Yabby You, Bunny Wailer and Joe Gibbs
 
April 19, 1947 ~ Pianist, conductor Murray Perahia, full name Murray David Perahia, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Internationally acclaimed as one of the 20th century's greatest pianists. Leading interpreter of Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Domenico Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann
April 19, 1947 ~ Conductor, violinist Yan Pacal Tortelier born in Paris, France ~ Song of cellist Paul Tortelier. Worked with the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and others
 
April 19, 1945 ~ Dawn Silver, commonly known as folk singer, actress Dawn Lindberg, born in Durban, South Africa ~ Formed the duo Des & Dawn with her husband Des Lindberg, known for protest songs such as The Seagull's Name Was Nelson and This Land Is Your Land. The duo's 1967 Folk On Trek debut album actually was censored by authorities with copies of the record destroyed and the Lindbergs would continue to brush with the authorities throughout their career ~ Silver passed away in 2020
April 19, 1945 ~ Genyusha Zeikovicz, commonly known as singer Genya Ravan, born in Lödz ~ Best known as Goldie of Goldie & the Gingerbreads. Also sang with the Escorts and Ten Wheel Drive
April 19, 1945 ~ Folk, folk pop, folk rock guitarist, producer Michael Stewart, full name Michael Gassen Stewart, born ~ Member of folk pop group We Five, known for their 1965 Billboard top 10 hit You Were On My Mind. As a producer known for producing Piano Man, Billy Joel's breakthrough album, as well as for his work with Tom Jones, Kenny Rankin, and others ~ Stewart passed away in 2002
 
April 19, 1943 ~ Evelyn May Beatson, commonly known as pop singer Eve Graham born in Perth, UK ~ Member of the New Seekers from 1969 through 1978. Sang lead on Nevertheless
 
April 19, 1941 ~ Guitarist, composer Clark Dimond born ~ Owner of Dimond Studios and a key figure in Colorado's counterculture working mainly with local musicians. Plays bluegrass, Celtic, folk, jazz, classical and rock. Also known as an author of both fiction and non-fiction books ~ Dimond passed away in 2019
April 19, 1941 ~ Roberto Carlos Braga, commonly known as singer, songwriter Roberto Carlos born in Cachoeiro do Ilapemirim, Brazil ~ Influenced by Elvis Presley and 1950s rock & roll. Considered one of the most influential singers in 1960s Brazilian music. Closely associated with Erasmo Carlos with whom he co-authored the majority of his songs. Known for recordings such as A Estoria Do Homem May (Old Man Moses), Eu Nao Quero Ver Voce Triste, Lobo Mau, De Vale Tudo Isso, and others
 
April 19, 1940 ~ Singer, songwriter Bobby Russell born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ As a singer known for the crossover pop hit Saturday Morning Confusion. As a songwriter best known for The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia, a hit for his then-wife Vicki Lawrence. Russell also wrote such as Little Green Apples (OC Smith, Roger Miller), Honey (Bobby Goldsboro), Do You Know Who I Am (Elvis Presley), The Joker Went Wild (Brian Hyland), and Annabelle Of Mobile (Nancy Sinatra) ~ Russell passed away in 1992
 
April 19, 1939 ~ Country singer, songwriter Bill Rice, full name Wilburn Steven Rice, born in Dalto, Arkansas, USA ~ As a singer charted about half a dozen singles on the country charts throughout the 1970s, most notably Travelin' Minstrel Man. Best known as a songwriter though, his songs recorded by the likes of Johnny Paycheck, Jeannie C Riley (Back Side Of Dallas), Reba McEntire (I'm Not That Lonely Yet), Mickey Gilley (Here Comes The Hurt Again), Charley Pride, Elvis Presley (The Girl Next Door Went A-Walking), Hank Williams Jr, Patty Loveless (Lonely Too Long), Jerry Lee Lewis, and others
 
April 19, 1936 ~ R&B soul singer Ruby Johnson born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA ~ Enjoyed a number of local hits in the Washington DC area including Calling All Boys, Here I Go Again, Nobody Cares. Signed to Stax/Volt in 1965 where under the guidance of Isaac Hayes and David Porter recorded a number of moderately successful hits backed by musicians such as Steve Cropper, Donald Duck Dunn and Al Jackson Jr. Her I'll Run Your Hurt Away and If I Ever Needed Love would continue to be included on compilation sets to this day. Johnson retired from music in 1974 ~ Johnson passed away in 1999
 
April 19, 1935 ~ Actor, comedian, singer, composer Dudley Moore, full name Dudley Stuart John Moore, born in London, UK ~ Best known as leading figure in the UK's late 1960s satire boom and an in-demand comedy actor, notably in 1981's Arthur earning him an Academy Award nomination. Also an accomplished pianist, often with a satirical or comic twist and noted for the mid-1960s singles Goodbye-ee and The Ballad Of Spotty Muldoon both in collaboration with Peter Cook ~ Moore passed away in 2002
 
April 19, 1934 ~ Engineer, producer Bruce Swedien born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ First gained attention as engineer on the Four Seasons' 1962 hit single Big Girls Don't Cry. Would go on to work with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Patti Austin, Roberta Flack, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lopez, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Lena Horne, Donna Summer, Sarah Vaughan, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, and others ~ Swedien passed away in 2020
 
April 19, 1928 ~ Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner, commonly known as singer, guitarist, pianist Alexis Korner, born in Paris, France ~ Founding father of British blues. Founded Blues Incorporated, a loose-knit group which at times included Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, Danny Thompson, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Cyril Davies. Formed the trio Free At Last, playing with Hughie Flint and Binky McKenzie. Formed CCS, employing both blues, blues-rock musicians and jazz players including Art Themen, Mel Collins, Lol Coxhill, Dick Morrisey, John Surman, and Mike Zwerin ~ Koerner passed away in 1984
 
April 19, 1921 ~ Max Rosen, commonly known as harpist, songwriter Robert Maxwell, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best remembered for co-writing Shangri-La recorded by the Four Coins and by the Lettermen, and for co-writing Ebb Tide, recorded by Frank Chacksfield, Vic Damone, Ella Fitzgerald, the Platters, the Righteous Brothers, Tom Jones, and by numerous others ~ Rosen passed away in 2012
 
April 19, 1917 ~ Singer, producer, label exec, songwriter Johnny Hoes, full name Johannes Andreas Hoes, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands ~ As a singer known best for Och Was Ik Maar Bij Moeder Thuis Gebleven, Sneeuwwitte Boezem, Daar Mag Je Alleen Naar Kijken, Vader Waar Is Moeder Gebleven and Waar We Heengaan (Jelle Zal Wel Zien), all of which reached top 10 between 1961 and 1967. Founded the Telstar label, for which Hoes discovered and produced acts such as de Alpenzusjes, Zangeres Zonder Naam, Eddy Wally, de Heikrekels, Normaal, Doe Maar, Henk Wijngaard, and others. Internationally best known for producing de Electronicas' 1980 hit single De Vogeltjesdans, a remake of a 1950 accordeon song Tchip Tchip. The song would go on to become a global hit, known in English as Chicken Dance, with an estimated 370 cover versions selling some 40 million copies globally ~ Hoes passed away in 2011
 
April 19, 1916 ~ The revue The Bing Boys Are Here starring George Robey and Violet Loraine premiers at Alhambra Theatre, London, UK ~ Music by Nat D Ayer, lyrics by Clifford Grey. The musical is perhaps best remembered for the Robey-Loraine duet If You Were The Only Girl (In The World), which has since become a standard recorded by numerous artists including Perry Como, Doris Day, Sam Cooke, and Barbra Streisand. Some female singers would cover the song as If You Were The Only Boy (In The World)
 
April 19, 1915 ~ Violet May Burnside, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, bandleader Vi Burnside, born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Spent much of her career in all-female bands, notably the Dixie Rhythm Girls, the Harlem Play-Girls, the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. Led her own ensemble, Vi Burnside's All-Stars, from 1949 forward employing sidewomen such as Flo Dreyer and Pauline Brady ~ Burnside passed away in 1964
 
April 19, 1913 ~ Charles Sylvan Atkinson, commonly known as singer, dancer, choreographer Cholly Atkins born in Pratt City, Alabama, USA ~ Recorded as a singer early on in his career. Best known as a dancer and choreographer, teaching dance steps from the 1950s forward to acts such as the Cadillacs, the Shirelles, Harvey & the Moonglows, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Little Anthony & the Imperials, and others. In 1964 hired by Motown's Berry Gordy Jr, to become the label's house choreographer. Developed the trademark moves of numerous of the label's artists including the Supremes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Marvelettes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and others ~ Atkins passed away in 2003
 
April 19, 1905 ~ Drummer Tommy Benford born in Charleston, West Virginia, USA ~ Brother of tubist Bill Benford. Worked with Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Eddie South, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, and others ~ Benford passed away in 1994
 
April 19, 1898 ~ Peter Joe Clayton, commonly known as blues singer, songwriter Dr Claytin, born in Georgia, USA ~ Best known for songs such as the often covered Cheating And Lying Blues, Pearl Harbor Blues and Moonshine Woman Blues. The latter would be covered by BB King under the name The Woman I Love. Worked with Robert Lockwood Junior, Blind John Davis, Lester Melrose, Sunnyland Slim, and others. Both Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Red attended Clayton's funeral ~ Clayton passed away in 1947
 
April 19, 1897 ~ Actress, singer Vivienne Segal, full name Vivienne Sonia Segal, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for her role as Vera Simpson in the 1940 Broadway production of Pal Joey, written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, introducing the song Bewitched Bothered And Bewildered ~ Segal passed away in 1992