This Day In Music: April 2
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April 2, 2021 ~ Bassist, singer BB Dickerson passed away in Long Beach, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of War, remaining with the band through 1979. Present on pivotal albums such as The World Is A Ghetto, Deliver The World and Why Can't We Be Friends ~ Dickerson was born in 1949
April 2, 2021 ~ Composer Simon Bainbridge passed away ~ As a composer known for intricate and sensuous textures, drawing from idioms as diverse as minimalism and be-bop. Well-known works include 1983's Concerto In Moto Perpetuo and the 1994 Miles Davis-tribute For Miles. Head of composition at the Royal Academy Of Music in London from 1999 through 2007, the UK's oldest and perhaps most renowned conservatory. Married to soprano, vocal coach Lynda Richardson ~ Bainbridge was born in 1952
April 2, 2019 ~ Singer Kim English passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Soul, gospel, house singer best known for a number of dance hits from the late 1990s onwards including Unspeakable Joy, Bumping & Jumping, Treat Me Right and C'Est La Vie ~ English was born in 1970
April 2, 2019 ~ Singer, songwriter Rick Elias passed away ~ Co-founded A Rugamuffin Band. Also Worked with Amy Grant, Aaron Neville, Michael W Smith, Randy Stonehill, and others ~ Elias was born in 1955
April 2, 2017 ~ Singer Mo Jamil wins The Voice UK ~ wins the 6th season of talent show The Voice UK aired on ITV. The other finalists were Into The Ark, Jamie Miller and Michelle John
April 2, 2016 ~ Leandro Barbieri, commonly known as jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist, bandleader Gato Barbieri, passed away in New York, USA ~ Rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the 1960s. Known for his latin jazz recordings of the 1970s. Influenced by John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders. Mixed Latin rhythms, free jazz, avant-garde, soul-jazz, jazz-pop and smooth jazz. Film composer, awarded a Grammy for his Last Tango In Paris soundtrack. Worked with Lalo Schifrin, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden (Music Liberation Orchestra), Oliver Nelson, Alan Shorter, Antonello Venditti, Carla Bley, and others. Recorded as a leader from the late 1960s well into the 1980s ~ Barbieri was born in 1932
April 2, 2015 ~ Rock, pop rock singer Jacques Kloes passed away in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands ~ Thriving force behind the Dizzy Man's Band, remaining with the band through 1978, known for songs such as The Show, The Opera, Rio, Matter Of Facts and Tickatoo, the latter an adaptation of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Down On The Corner. As a solo artist Kloes would have some moderate succes, notably the 1979 hit You Make It Alright with Patricia Paay, Once Or Twice and Fantastische Vrouw, before retiring from music in the 1990s ~ Kloes was born in 1948
April 2, 2010 ~ Cool jazz trombonist, bass trumpeter, singer Mike Zwerin passed away in Paris, France ~ Leader and sideman. Perhaps best known for his association with Miles Davis, present on Davis's The Birth Of The Cool sessions. Has also worked with Maynard Ferguson, Claude Thornhill, Archie Shepp, George Gruntz, Alexis Korner, Alan Silva, Sugar Blue, and others ~ Zwerin was born in 1930
April 2, 2009 ~ Clifford Everett Shank, commonly known as saxophonist, flutist Bud Shank, passed away in Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Rose to prominence playing with Stan Kenton. Sessioned for the Mamas & the Papas, playing alto flute solo on California Dreamin'. Formed the LA 4 in the 1970s, teaming up with Ray Brown, Shelly Manne and Laurindo Almeida. Also played with Shorty Rogers, Bill Perkins, Frank Morgan, Chet Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Buddy Bregman, Charlie Byrd, Gene Clark, Nat King Cole, Buddy Collette, Ron Elliott, Maynard Ferguson, Clare Fischer, Jimmy Giuffre, Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, Sérgio Mendes, Hugo Montenegro, Gerry Mulligan, Oliver Nelson, Harry Nilsson (on the 1975 LP Duit On Mon Dei), Anita O'Day, Patti Page, extensively with Pete Rugolo, with Boz Scaggs, Lalo Schifrin, Ravi Shankar, Duke Ellington, and others ~ Shank was born in 1926
April 2, 2006 ~ Bernard Seigal, commonly known as guitarist, music critic Buddy Blue passed away in La Mesa, California, USA ~ Founding member of roots country, rock & roll outfit the Beat Farmers. Fronted the Buddy Blue Band. Member of the Jacks. Music critic for a number of newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times ~ Blue was born in 1957
April 2, 2003 ~ Charles Hatcher, commonly known as R&B singer Edwin Starr, passed away in Chitwell, UK ~ Active since the mid-1960s, scoring hits with Agent Double-O-Soul, I'll Love You Forever, 25 Miles and his best-known, the 1970 Vietnam-war protest song War reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Would continue to record to moderate success throughout the funk and disco era, enjoying popularity in the UK throughout the end of the 1970s, notable singles being Eye To Eye Contact and HAPPY Radio ~ Hatcher was born in 1942
April 2, 2002 ~ Betty Jane Phillips, commonly known as singer Betty Jane Baker, passed away in Rancho Mirage, California, USA ~ Sang backup for Elvis Presley (Can't Help Falling In Love, A Little Less Conversation), Frank Sinatra (That's Life), Bobby Darin (Dream Lover), the Righteous Brothers (You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'), Sam Cooke (You Send Me), Lloyd Price (Stagger Lee), the Anita Kerr Singers, and others. Married to actor Mickey Rooney from 1944 to 1949, with whom she has two children. Married to composer Buddy Baker from 1950 to 1957. Married to jazz guitarist Barney Kessel from 1961 to 1980 ~ Phillips was born in 1927
April 2, 1996 ~ Roosevelt Melvin Barnes, commonly known as Delta blues guitarist, singer Booba Barnes, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Known for his 1990 sole album The Heartbroken Man, hailed by critics as an instant Delta blues classic and making him an in-demand live performer in the USA and Europe. Had his career cut short in the mid-1990s, diagnosed with lung cancer ~ Barnes was born in 1936
April 2, 1995 ~ Jazz, avant-garde jazz, free jazz saxophonist Julius Hemphill, full name Julius Arthur Hemphill, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Gerry Mulligan. Founded the World Saxophone Quartet. Also worked with Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluiett, Baikida Carroll, Floyd LeFlore, Anthony Braxton, Björk, Bill Frisell, Marty Ehrlich, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Lester Bowie, the Human Arts Ensemble, and others ~ Hemphill was born in 1938
April 2, 1994 ~ Jazz trumpeter Rowland Greenberg passed away in Oslo, Norway ~ Pivotal to Norwegian jazz in the 1940s and 1950s. Banned and jailed by the Nazis for viewing jazz films. Worked with the Hot Dogs, the Funny Boys, George Shearing, Vic Lewis, Arvid Gram Paulsen, Lulle Kristofferson, Pete Brown, Gordon Franklin, Robert Normann, Kjell Bjornstad, Frank Hansen, Lyder Vengbo, Fred Lange Nielsen, Cecil Aagard, Thore Erling, Malte Johnson, Sam Samson, Miles Davis, Bill Coleman, Jimmy McPartland, Aime Barelli, Egil Monn-Iversen, Leiv Flisnes, Mikkel Flagstad, Totti Bergh, Knut Young, Ivar Wefring, Bjorn Krokfoss, Ben Webster, Teddy Wilson, and others ~ Greenberg was born in 1920
April 2, 1992 ~ Big band singer Paula Kelly passed away in Costa Mesa, California, USA ~ Worked with Dick Stabile, Artie Shaw, Al Donahue, Glenn Miller. Worked extensively with the Modernaires starting on Perfidia. Married Hal Dickinson, one of the band's singers, in 1939 ~ Kelly was born in 1919
April 2, 1990 ~ Jeffery Lee Johnson Jr, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter Roscoe Dash, born ~ Best known for his debut single All The Way Turnt Up, a modest hit in 2010 taken of his sole Ready Set Go. Appears on Waka Flocka Flame's No Hands alongside Wale, and on Big Sean's Marvin & Chardonnay alongside Kanye West
April 2, 1988 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Kevin Morby, full name Kevin Robert Morby, born in Lubbock, Texas, USA ~ Influenced by Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, and by Simon Joyner. Worked with Meg Duffy, Cyrus Gengras, Nick Kinsey, Woods, the Babies, Sam Cohen, Waxahatchee, Justin Sullivan, Meg Duffy, and others
April 2, 1987 ~ Bernard Rich, commonly known as drummer Buddy Rich, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Cited Gene Krupa, Jo Jones, Chick Webb, Ray McKinley, Ray Bauduc and Sid Catlett as influences. Rich himself, one of the first superstar drummers, would be influential on a host of future stars from jazz to rock incuding Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Deep Purple's Ian Paice, Phil Collins, Black Sabbath's Bill Ward, Green Day's Tré Cool, Blink-182's Travis Barker, and Queen's Roger Taylor. Worked with Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Harry James, Joe Marsala, Bunny Berigan, Artie Shaw, Benny Carter, Les Brown, Charlie Ventura, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Alla Rakha, and others ~ Rich was born in 1917
April 2, 1986 ~ Leon James DeWyze Junior, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Lee DeWyze, born in Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA ~ Winner of 9th season of talent show American Idol in 2010. Had previously independently released two albums, starting with So I'm Told in 2007, which did not chart. His first post-Idol album, 2010's Live It Up would reach the top 20 on Billboard's Hot 200. DeWyze has recorded steadily since, albeit it to limited chart succes
April 2, 1982 ~ Jazz tubist Daniel Herskedal born in Molde, Norway ~ Norway's premier jazz tubist. Leader and sideman. Has worked with Espen Berg, Bendik Giske, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Django Bates, Marius Neset, and others
April 2, 1982 ~ Pop, show tunes songwriter Sam Coslow passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for songs such as Sing You Sinners (the Harlem Hot Chocolates, Susan Hayward, Tony Bennett), Jammin' (Abe Lyman, Mike Riley), The Moon Song (Kate Smith, Wayne King, Doris Day), I Guess It Had To Be This Way (Bing Crosby, Champ Butler), True Confession (Dorothy Lamour, Connee Boswell) ~ Coslow was born in 1902
April 2, 1979 ~ Keyboardist Jesse Carmichael born in Boulder, Colorado, USA ~ Member of Kara's Flowers. Founding member, keyboardist of Maroon 5 known for hits such as This Love, Makes Me Wonder, Moves Like Jagger featuring Christina Aguilera, One More Night, Animals, Sugar, Don't Wanna Know featuring Kendrick Lamar, Girls Like You featuring Cardi B and Memories, all of which reached Billboard top 5
April 2, 1979 ~ Jazz guitarist Stian Westerhuis born in Steinkier, Norway ~ Known for his experimental style. Has worked with Jagga Jazzist, Puma, Sidsel Endresen, Nils Petter Molvær, Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Ingar Zach, and others
April 2, 1978 ~ Singer, songwriter, TV personality Silvia Salemi born in Palazzolo Acreide, Italy ~ Active since the mid-1990s. Known best for songs such as Con Questo Sentimento, Quando Il Cuore, A Casa Di Luca, Pathos and Il Cuore Delle Donne
April 2, 1974 ~ Soul, R&B, pop singer Dionne Warwick and vocal group the Spinners record the collaborative Then Came You ~ Written by Sherman Marshall and Philip Pugh. Produced by Thom Bell. Released the following July, the single would become a hit, reviving Warwick's then-ailing career. The song would top the Billboard Hot 100 charts
April 2, 1971 ~ Jazz singer Solveig Slettahjell born in Bærum, Norway ~ Worked with Kvitretten, Gregory Porter, Tord Gustavsen, Sjur Miljeteig, Nils Okland, Morten Qvenild, Knut Reiersrud, the Quid, Sigvart Dagsland, Friko, Bugge Wesseltoft, In The Country, and others
April 2, 1971 ~ R&B, soul, pop singer, TV, radio personality Traci Braxton, full name Traci Renee Braxton, born ~ Member of sibling outfit the Braxtons, alongside Towanda Braxton, Trina Braxton, Toni Braxton and Tamar Braxton, known for their 1990 single Good Life which although unsuccessfull spawned oldest sister Toni's career. As a solo artist best known for the Last Call single of her 2014 Crash & Burn solo debut album ~ Braxton passed away in 2022
April 2, 1969 ~ Guitarist, keyboardist, singer Tony Fredianelli born in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Best known as member of Third Eye Blind, joining the band in 2000 as replaced for Kevin Cadogan. Fredianelli left the band in 2010
April 2, 1966 ~ Garnet Damion Smith, commonly known as reggae singer Garnett Silk, born in Manchester, Jamaica ~ Emerged as a rising star in the early 1990s only to have a career ended by an early death trying to save his mother in a house fire ~ Smith passed away in 1994
April 2, 1962 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor Billy Dean, full name William Harold Dean Jr, born in Quincy, Florida, USA ~ First gained attention after appearing on the talent show Star Search in 1988. Released his Young Man debut album in 1990 and would subsequently regularly reach the country charts throughout the 1990s with songs such as Somewhere In My Broken Heart, If There Hadn't Been You, We Just Disagre, It's What I Do and That Girl's Been Spyin' On Me
April 2, 1961 ~ Singer Keren Woodward, full name Keren Jane Woodward, born in Bristol, UK ~ Founding and along with Sarah Elizabeth Dalin the only constant member of girl group Bananarama, known best for Venus which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986
April 2, 1959 ~ Bassist, singer Dean Townson born in St Petersburg, Florida, USA ~ Bassist of the Pirates Of The Mississippi from its inception in 1987 until 1996 ~ Townson passed away in 2010
April 2, 1956 ~ Producer Ibrahima Sylla born in Ivory Coast ~ Helped define popular African music. Founded Syllart Records. Has worked with Africando, Youssou n'Dour, Les Quatre Etoiles, Oumou Dioubate, Baaba Maal, Bako Dagnon, Ismaël Lô, Pape Seck, Oumou Sangaré, Gnossàs Pedro, Kouyate Sory Kandia, Bembeya Jazz, Fanta Damba, Alpha Blondy, Miriam Makeba, and others ~ Sylla passed away in 2013
April 2, 1954 ~ R&B, soul, pop singer Gregory Abbott, full name Gregory Joel Abbott born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for a string of mid-1980s singles, starting with the Billboard Hot 100 charttopper Shake You Down taken of his Shake You Down debut album
April 2, 1954 ~ Disco, dance producer, DJ, remixer Walter Gibbons born ~ One of the most important club DJs, remixers of the 1970s and early 1980s. Influential on Frankie Knuckles and Larry Levan. Early pioneer of beat-mixing. Among the first to incorporate elements of dub reggae into dance music.. Regular DJ at Manhattan club Galaxy 21. Produced and remixed Double Exposure's 12" Ten Percent, the first commercially available 12" ~ Gibbons passed away in 1994
April 2, 1953 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer Dick Oatts, full name Richard Dennis Oatts, born in Des Moines, Iowa, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Thad Jones, Flim & BS, Joe Henderson, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Gomez, Bob Brookmeyer, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Ella Fitzgerald, and others
April 2, 1953 ~ Folk, country singer, pianist, guitarist, mandolinist, percussionist, songwriter Julie Matthews born in South Yorkshire, UK ~ Acclaimed songwriter. In-demand collaborator. Has worked with Pat Shaw, the Albion Band, St Agnes Fountain, Blue Tapestry, Chris While, Helen Watson, and others
April 2, 1952 ~ Bassist Leon Wilkeson born in Newport, Rhode Island, USA ~ Best known as Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist from 1972 to his death in 2001. Wilkeson was also a member of the Rossington-Collins Band and of the Allen Collins Band ~ Wilkeson passed away in 2001
April 2, 1950 ~ Singer Eleanor Barooshian, also known as Chelsea Lee, born ~ Member of 1960s group the Cake. Toured with Dr John. Member of Ginger Baker's Airforce. Collaborated with Tetsu Yamauchi. The Kevin Ayers-song Eleanor's Cake (Which Ate Her) of the 1970 LP Joy Of A Toy is about Barooshian ~ Barooshian passed away in 2016
April 2, 1949 ~ Pop-rock, new wave drummer David Robinson born in Malden, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known as member of the Cars. Came up with the band name. Has also worked with Rising Tide, Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, DMZ, and others
April 2, 1949 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, orchestra leader Per Husby born in Oslo, Norway ~ Played with the Bodega Band, Asmund Bjørken, Bjørn Alterhaug, Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen, Bodil Niska, Laila Dalseth, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Pepper Adams, Kenny Wheeler, James Moody, Karin Krog, and others
April 2, 1947 ~ Country, country-pop, pop, folk-pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Emmylou Harris born in Birmingham, Louisiana, USA ~ Active since the late 1960s. Acclaimed especially for a string of quintessential 1970s albums setting the bar for female singers, notably 1975's Pieces Of The Sky and Elite Hotel and 1977's Luxury Liner. Employed a young and then-unknown Rodney Crowell early on in his career. In-demand collaborator, worked with Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, and others
April 2, 1947 ~ Linda Chambers, commonly known as jazz singer Linda Sharrock, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Pharoah Sanders, her husband Sonny Sharrock, Herbie Mann, Joe Bonner, Franz Koglmann, Eric Watson, Wolfgang Puschnig, Pat Brothers, Red Sun, Harry Pepi, and others
April 2, 1946 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Kurt Winter born in Winnipeg, Canada ~ Best known as member of the Guess Who. Had previously played with the Gettysburg Address, the Fifth, and with Brother. ~ Winter passed away in 1997
April 2, 1943 ~ Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III, commonly known as jazz, jazz-fusion, pop rock, classical guitarist Larry Coryell, born in Galveston, Texas, USA ~ Influenced by jazz musicians such as Kenny Burrell, Red Norvo and Wes Montgomery as well as by classical composers such as Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Over 80 albums to his name as a leader. Member of the Free Spirits prior to backing Chico Hamilton in the late 1960s, replacing Gábor Szabó. Closely associated with childhood friend Mike Mandel and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. Formed the Guitar Trio with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia. Has also worked with Herbie Mann, Charles Mingus, Fuse One, Don Sebesky, Chet Baker, Randy Brecker, the 5th Dimension, Sonny Rollins, Michal Urbaniak, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and numerous others ~ Van DeLinder passed away in 2017
April 2, 1943 ~ Actress, singer Lynn Kellogg born in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA ~ Best known for her role as Sheila in the original 1968 Broadway production of Hair. Also appeared in the 1969 Elvis Presley-film Charro. Would go on to work in children's TV and as a contemporary Christian singer ~ Kellogg passed away in 2020
April 2, 1942 ~ Claude Russell Bridges, commonly known as pianist, singer, songwriter Leon Russell, born in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA ~ Well over two dozen albums to his name as a solo artist. His 1970 Leon Russell sophomore album featured guests Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Also especially acclaimed for Hank Wilson's Back released in 1973. Wrote and first recorded A Song For You covered by over 200 artists. Other well-known songs include Tight Rope, This Masquerade and Lady Blue. Notably collaborated with Marc Benno, Willie Nelson, the New Grass Revival. In-demand session musician, appearing on recordings by Jan & Dean, Delaney Bramlett, Freddy Cannon, Doris Day, Ray Charles, the Byrds, the Beach Boys, the Ventures, Barbra Streisand, Badfinger, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Frank Sinatra, the Band, JJ Cale, BB King, the Rolling Stones, and others ~ Bridges passed away in 2016
April 2, 1942 ~ Singer Phil Parrot Castrodale born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Member of blue-eyed soul band the Reflections, known for their sole hit Just Like Romeo And Juliet
April 2, 1941 ~ Keyboardist, singer Kent Morrill born ~ 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 passed away in 2011
April 2, 1941 ~ Singer, songwriter Sonny Throckmorton born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA ~ Best known as a songwriter. Has had over a 1,000 of his songs recorded by artists such as Bobby Lewis, Johnny Duncan, John Conlee, Dave & Sugar, Merle Haggard, the Oak Ridge Boys, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mel McDaniel, George Strait, Doug Stone, Willie Nelson, and others
April 2, 1940 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Sal Nistico, full name Slavatore Nistico, born in Syracuse, New York, USA ~ Worked with Woody Herman, Count Basie, Carl Fontana, Nat Pierce, Michael Moore, Nat Adderley, Don Ellis, Buddy Rich, Stan Tracey, Joe Haider, Fritz Pauer, Johnny Griffin, Roman Schwaller, Paul Grabowsky, Roberto DiGiola, Thomas Stabenow, Joris Dudil, Mario Gonzi, Curtis Fuller, Helen Merrill, Pony Poindexter, Sarah Vaughan, and others ~ Nistico passed away in 1991
April 2, 1939 ~ Singer Marvin Gaye, full name Marvin Pentz Gay Jr, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Quintessential R&B singer helped shape Motown sound in the 1960s. Redefined R&B in the early 1970s incorporating social commentary, especially on the 1971 landmark album What's Going On. Influential on later subgenres such as quiet storm and neo-soul. Well-known songs include Pride & Joy, How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, I'll Be Doggone, Ain't That Peculiar, You're All I Need To Get By, What's Going On, Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), Let's Get It On and Sexual Healing. Shot to death by his father trying to intervene in a fight between his parents ~ Gay passed away in 1984
April 2, 1938 ~ Hard bop, avant-garde trumpeter Booker Little born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Revered and influential trumpeter with an impressive resume despite a career cut short by an untimely death at 23. Leader and sideman. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Clifford Brown, both of which he also worked with. Also worked with John Coltrane (Africa/Brass), Max Roach, Eric Dolphy (Far Cry), Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Don Friedman, Ron Carter, Art Davis, Teddy Charles, Slide Hampton, Bill Henderson, Frank Strozier, and others ~ Little passed away in 1961
April 2, 1935 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader Bennie Moten passed away in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Known for songs such as Kansas City Shuffle, South, Moten Swing and Prince Of Wails. Worked with Harlan Leonard, Jack Washington, Ed Lewis, Lammar Wright Sr, Count Basie, Walter Page, Jimmy Rushing, and others ~ Moten was born in 1894
April 2, 1935 ~ Warner McPherson, commonly known as country, country blues, gospel singer Warner Mack, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Active from the 1950 through the 1970s, enjoying his biggest successes in the 1960s. Well-known songs include Is It Wrong For Loving You, Sittin' In An All-nite Cafe, The Bridge Washed Out, Sittin' On A Rock (Cryin' In A River), Talkin' To The Wall, It Takes A Lot Of Money, How Long Will It Take and Leave My Dream Alone ~ McPherson passed away in 2022
April 2, 1934 ~ Violinist, conductor David Zafer born ~ Worked with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet Of Canada, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, and others ~ Zafer passed away in 2019
April 2, 1931 ~ Kenneth Ray Carllile, commonly known as country guitarist Thumbs Carllile, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Discovered by Little Jimmy Dickens, who gave Carllile his nickname “Thumbs”. Played with Dickens' backing unit the Country Boys. Best known for his association with Roger Miller as member of Miller's backing band from 1964 through 1972, including on recordings such as Dang Me and King Of The Road ~ Carllile passed away in 1987
April 2, 1930 ~ Sue Graham, commonly known as producer, band manager Sue Mingus, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Widow of bassist, pianist, bandleader Charles Mingus, whom she met in 1964 and married two years later. Following his death in 1979, Graham would establish herself as band manager and producer of several Mingus tribute bands keeping the legacy alive. Managed and produced acts such as the Mingus Dynasty, the Mingus Big Band and the Mingus Orchestra, and published educational books, sheet music and her memoir recounting her life with Mingus ~ Graham passed away in 2022
April 2, 1928 ~ Jazz, vocal pop singer Gene Austin records Ramona at Victor Studios, Camden, New Jersey ~ Written by by L Wolfe Gilbert and Mabel Wayne as the title song for the 1928 silent film Ramona. Singer Gene Austin would also record a version in 1928, released as a single b/w Girl Of My Dreams it would reach top of the pop charts and sell over a million copies. Over the years the song would be covered by numerous artists including Les Brown, Jim Reeves, the Blue Diamonds, Grady Martin, Billy Walker, and others
April 2, 1928 ~ Lucien Ginsburg, commonly known as singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, actor, director Serge Gainsbourg, born in Paris, France ~ Influential figure in French pop, drawing from jazz, chanson, yé-yé, pop, rock, funk, electronica and other idioms. Known for his provocative style. Wrote over 500 songs. Married to actress, singer Jane Birkin from 1968 to 1980, with whom he scored the 1967 hit Je T'Aime (Moi Non Plus). The singer Charlotte Gainsbourg is the couple's daughter ~ Ginsburg passed away in 1991
April 2, 1926 ~ Trumpeter David Mason born in London, UK ~ Orchestral, session musician. To pop audiences best known for his piccolo trumpet solo on the Beatles' Penny Lane ~ Mason passed away in 2011
April 2, 1925 ~ Jazz singer, percussionist Frank Holder born in Georgetown, Guyana ~ Worked with artists such as Jiver Hutchinson, Johnny Dankworth, Joe Harriott, Andre Messeder, John Carioca, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Don Rendell, Peter John King, Dickie Hawdon, Eddie Harvey, Jack Fallon, Harry Beckett, Bill Le Sage, Shake Keane, Ronnie Ross, Coleridge Goode, Hank Shaw, Tony Kinsey, Ginger Johnson, Carmen Munroe, Derek Paravicini, and others ~ Holder passed away in 2017
April 2, 1918 ~ John Thomas Brown, commonly known as tenor saxophonist JT Brown, born in Mississippi, USA ~ Played and recorded with both Elmore James and Howlin' Wolf ~ Brown passed away in 1969
April 2, 1917 ~ Louis Scaglione, commonly known as guitarist, singer Lou Monte, born in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known for two novelty hits, 1958's Lazy Mary and 1962's Dominick The Donkey ~ Scaglione passed away in 1989
April 2, 1914 ~ Flutist, piccoloist John C Krell born ~ Piccoloist in the Philadelphia Orchestra serving under Eugene Ormandy, in the flute section of his teacher William Kincaid, a position he held for 29 years ~ Krell passed away in 1999
April 2, 1912 ~ Singer Herbert Mills born in Piqua, Ohio, USA ~ Member of sibling jazz, swing vocal group the Mills Brothers, known for songs such as Tiger Rag, Dinah with Bing Crosby, You Rascal You, I Heard, St Louis Blues and Swing It Sister ~ Mills passed away in 1989
April 2, 1909 ~ Trumpeter Marty Marsala born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Brother of clarinetist Joe Marsala, with whom he also worked. Served in dixieland, big band and West Coast jazz ensembles with artists including Miff Mole, Will Hudson, Ben Pollack, Tony Parenti, Kid Ory, Earl Hines, and others. Retired from music by the mid-1960s due to health reasons ~ Marsala passed away in 1975
April 2, 1908 ~ Bandleader, conductor Håkan von Eichwald born in Turku, Finland ~ Popular dance bandleader employing sidemen pivotal to Swedish jazz. Moved to classical music by the 1940s, conducting symphonic and operatic works ~ Von Eichwald passed away in 1964
April 2, 1902 ~ Lyricist, playwright, songwriter, actor Edward Eliscu born in New York, New York, USA ~ Active on Broadway and in Hollywood until the 1950s when allegations made by the House Committee on Un-American Activities led by Senator Joseph McCarthy effectively ended his career. Best remembered for co-penning songs such as Orchids In The Moonlight (Raul Roulien, Rudy Vallee, Dinah Shore), Carioca (Etta Moten, Les Baxter, Fred Astaire), Great Day (Paul Whiteman, Sam Lanin, Nelson Eddy), and More Than You Know (Mayo Methot, Ruth Etting, Billie Holiday) ~ Eliscu passed away in 1998
April 2, 1892 ~ Jazz guitarist, trumpeter, trombonist Roy Palmer born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with the Rozelle Orchestra, Richard M Jones, Freddie Keppard, Willie Hightower, the Tuxedo Brass Band, the Onward Brass Band, King Oliver, Lawrence Duhé, Doc Cook, Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton, Ida Cox, the Alabama Rascals, and others ~ Palmer passed away in 1963