This Day In Music: April 21
April 20 ~ Birthdays/All ~ April 22
 
April 21, 2021 ~ Joseph LaBracio, commonly known as bassist, singer Joe Long, passed away in Long Beach Township, New Jersey. USA ~ Joined the Four Seasons in 1965, replacing Charles Callelo. Remained with the band through the mid-1970s ~ LaBracio was born in 1942
April 21, 2021 ~ Pop, rock singer, guitarist Leslie McKeown, full name Leslie Richard McKeown, passed away ~ Best known as lead singer of the Bay City Rollers from late 1973, replacing Gordon Clark, through 1978. Present on hits such as Bye Bye Baby, Give A Little Love, Love Me Like I Love You and I Only Want To Be With You. After the band disbanded in 1978 has recorded over half a dozen solo albums, starting with All Washed Up released in 1979 ~ McKeown was born in 1955
 
April 21, 2016 ~ Lonnie McIntosh, commonly known as rock, blues-rock, blue-eyed soul, country, gospel, rockabilly guitarist, singer Lonnie Mack, passed away in Smithville, Tennessee, USA ~ Influenced by Merle Travis, Les Paul, T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Martha Carson, and others. Acclaimed for his 1963 The Wham Of That Memphis Man album, considered a landmark album influential on blue-eyed soul and rock guitar. Over the decades has faded in and out of the spotlight due to his constant switching between genres. Cited as influence by artists as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Ray Benson, Bootsy Collins, Wayne Perkins, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Danny Gatton. Has opened for the Doors and Crosby Stills & Nash. Sessioned for James Brown, Freddie King, Joe Simon, Albert Washington, Dobie Gray, Ronnie Hawkins, the Charmaines, and others ~ McIntosh was born in 1941
April 21, 2016 ~ Prince Rogers Nelson, commonly known as singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Prince passed away in Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA ~ Known for his eclectic work and flamboyant stage performances. Wrote his first song, Funk Machine, at age 7. Incorporated just about every genre including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelica and pop. Debuted at age 17 with the album For You (1978). Ruled from the 1980s onwards with albums such as Purple Rain, Parade, Sign O' The TImes, and others ~ Prince was born in 1958
 
April 21, 2015 ~ Singer Wally Lester, full name Walter Paul Lester Jr, passed away in Southport, North Carolina, USA ~ Original member of doo-wop outfit the Skyliners, known for songs such as This I Swear, Pennies From Heaven, It Happened Today, Close Your Eyes, Comes Love and their best known Since I Don't Have You, the latter reaching the Billboard top 20 in 1958 ~ Lester was born in 1941
 
April 21, 2013 ~ Rock, new wave singer, songwriter Christina Amphlett, full name Christine Joy Amphlett, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Founding member, frontwoman of the Divinyls, known for the international hit I Touch Myself, which reached top 10 in America, the UK and in the band's native Australia ~ Amphlett was born in 1959
 
April 21, 2010 ~ Singer, songwriter Gustav Lorentzen passed away in Bergen, Norway ~ Best known as half of Knutsen & Ludvigsen, the other half being Øystein Dolmen ~ Lorentzen was born in 1947
 
April 21, 2008 ~ Singer Al Wilson passed away in Fontane, California, USA ~ After serving in the military, Wilson relocated to Los Angeles, toured the local nightclubs and was a member of Jewels, then the Rollers, followed by the Souls. Signed with artist manager Marc Gordon, who secured an audition for Johnny Rivers. It led to a record deal with Soul City with Rivers producing the sessions that yielded 1966's The Snake, which would become a Northern soul anthem and remains popular to this day. Wilson is also remembered for Show And Tell, a 1973 Billboard No.1 hit ~ Wilson was born in 1939
April 21, 2008 ~ Ana Nora Escobar, commonly known as singer Monna Bell, passed away in Tijuana, Mexico ~ First gained attention with the novelty song Un Telegrama in 1959. Would go on to become a sensation in the Latin world, especially Spain and Mexico, recording to critical acclaim and commercial success until the 1980s ~ Escobar was born in 1938
 
April 21, 2003 ~ Eunice Kathleen Waymon, commonly known as R&B, jazz, blues, gospel singer, pianist, civil rights activist Nina Simone, passed away in Carry-le-Rouet, France ~ Fused gospel and jazz with classical. Over 40 albums to her name. Dubbed “the High Priestess of Soul”. Praised for her ability to play three-part counterpoint, both her hands and her voice each following a different yet complementary melody line. Known for songs such as I Loves You Porgy, I Put A Spell On You, Feelin' Good, Wild Is The Wind, Sinnerman, Ain't Got No (I Got Life) and My Baby Just Cares For Me ~ Simone was born in 1933
 
April 21, 2001 ~ Baritone singer David Hollestelle passed away in Hilversum, the Netherlands ~ Father of bassist Jan Hollestelle and guitarists Hans Hollestelle and David Hollestelle. Best known as a fine interpreter of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel and Felix Mendelssohn ~ Hollestelle was born in 1916
 
April 21, 1999 ~ Charles Edward Rogers, commonly known as actor, trombonist, singer Buddy Rogers, passed away in Rancho Mirage, California, USA ~ Known as “America's Boyfriend” during his heyday, the 1920s and 1930s, Rogers was not a bandleader in the usual sense of the word but a film actor who ‘fronted’ bands for publicity purposes ~ Rogers was born in 1904
 
April 21, 1998 ~ Singer Helen Ward passed away in Arlington, Virginia, USA ~ Worked with Benny Goodman, Hal McIntyre, Harry James, Teddy Wilson, Hoagy Carmichael, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Gene Krupa, Joe Sullivan, Roy Eldridge, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Peanuts Hucko, and others ~ Ward was born in 1913
 
April 21, 1988 ~ Alternative rock, psychedelic pop singer, guitarist, bassist, pianist, drummer Cam Avery, full name Cameron Avery, born in Fremantle, Australia ~ Best known as member of Pond and Tame Impala. Frontman of the Growl, known for their 2013 What Would Christ Do album
 
April 21, 1985 ~ Isador Minsky, commonly known as music publisher, composer, songwriter Irving Mills, passed away in Palm Springs, California, USA ~ Best known as music publisher, working with songwriters such as Zez Confrey, Sammy Fain, Harry Barris, Gene Austin, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields. Mills was incremental to the careers of artists such as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ben Pollack, Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman, Will Hudson, Raymond Scott, and others ~ Mills was born in 1894
 
April 21, 1984 ~ Sertanejo singer Fernando Zorzanello Bonifácio born in Ji-Parana, Brazil ~ Known as the “Fernando” in Fernando & Soracaba
 
April 21, 1982 ~ Indie folk singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Chris Bathgate born in Pacatonica, Illinois, USA ~ Debuted in 2001 with the album Dead Eyed Stranger. Best known for his 2007 A Cork Tale Wake album. Drew comparisons to Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine, Damien Jurado
 
April 21, 1981 ~ Swing drummer, trumpeter, composer, arranger Eddie Sauter, full name Edward Ernest Sauter, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Co-led the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. Worked with Red Norvo, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, John Carisi, Mildred Bailey, and others ~ Sauter was born in 1914
 
April 21, 1979 ~ Singer, keyboardist, guitarist, producer, songwriter Alessandro del Vecchio born in Soma Lombardo, Italy ~ Producer at Frontiers Music label. Known for his collaborations with metal artists such as Jørn Lande, the Revolution Saints, Hardline, Fergie Frederiksen, Ted Polley, Kelly Keeling, Matt Sinnger, Silent Force, the Voodoo Circle, Graham Bonnet, Mr Big, Labyrinth, Alcatrazz, Quiet Riot, and others
 
April 21, 1978 ~ Drummer Branden Steineckert born in Pocatello, Idaho, USA ~ Member of Rancid since 2006, replacing their original drummer Brett Reed. Previously a founding member of the Used
April 21, 1978 ~ Singer Sandy Denny passed away in London, UK ~ Pre-eminent British folk-rock singer. Briefly a member of the Strawbs with whom she recorded one album, belatedly released in 1973. Joined Fairport Convention in 1968. Formed Fotheringay in 1970. Her composition Who Knows Where The Time Goes was recorded by Judy Collins, Eva Cassidy, Nina Simone, 10,000 Maniacs, and by Cat Power ~ Denny was born in 1947
 
April 21, 1977 ~ Adam Drucker, commonly known as rapper, keyboardist, producer, poet Doseone, born in Idaho, USA ~ Co-founded the indie hip-hop label Anticon. As a musician served as member of numerous alternative hip-hop, indie rock acts including Deep Puddle Dynamics, Greenthink, Clouddead, Themselves, Subtle, 13 & God, Go Dark, Nevermen and Subtle
April 21, 1977 ~ Joseph Copeland Garland, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger Joe Garland, passed away in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA ~ Best remembered for penning In The Mood, first recorded by Glenn Miller. Has worked with Elmer Snowden, Joe Steele, Leon Abbey, Jelly Roll Morton, the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Lucky Millinder, Edgar Hayes, Don Redman, Louis Armstrong, Claude Hopkins, Herbie Fields, Earl Hines, and others ~ Garland was born in 1903
 
April 21, 1975 ~ Pop, electronic, EDM producer, songwriter Dom Capuano, full name Domenico Capuano, born in Turin, Italy ~ Best known for his associations with frequent collaborator Gabry Ponte and with Eiffel 65, including on the hits Blue (Da-ba-dee) and Move Your Body. Has also worked with artists such as Toni Braxton, S Club 7, Busta Rhymes, Jean Michel Jarre, Kool & the Gang, Laura Pausini, 883, Aqua, Zucchero, Nek, Andreas Johnson, Alphaville, and others
 
April 21, 1974 ~ Jazz trumpeter Michael Leonhart born ~ Worked with Steely Dan, the Plastic Ono Band, Antibalas, the Dap-Kings, A Tribe Called Quest, John Barry, James Brown, Busta Rhymes, David Byrne, Mos Def, DJ Spooky, Brian Eno, Bill Frisell, Levon Helm, Lenny Kravitz, Arto Lindsay, Henry Mancini, Arif Mardin, Wynton Marsalis, Michael McDonald, Bobby McFerrin, Natalie Merchant, Q-Tip, Raekwon, Bonnie Raitt, Joshua Redman, Todd Rundgren, Skizm, Slash, Steven Tyler, Caetano Veloso, Bill Withers, and others
 
April 21, 1972 ~ Rock, jazz, pop drummer Craig Pilo born in Connecticut, USA ~ First gained attention in the mid-1990s backing Maynard Ferguson. Would go on to work with the Red Elvises, Edgar Winter, Deniece Williams, Player, the Four Seasons. As a solo artist acclaimed for his 2007 Just Play debut album
 
April 21, 1970 ~ Blues guitarist Earl Hooker, full name Earl Zebedee Hooker, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by T-Bone Walker and Robert Nighthawk. Worked with Sonny Boy Williamson II, Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Kansas City Red, Johnny O'Neal, Little Sammy Davis, Boyd Gilmore, Pinetop Perkins, the Dells, Arbee Stidham, Lorenzo Smith, Harold Tidwell, Little Arthur Duncan, Lillian Offitt, Magic Sam, AC Reed, Ricky Allen, Reggie Guitar Boyd, Jackie Brenston, Carey Bell, Geno Skaggs, Andrew Odom, Freddie Roulette, Jimmy Witherspoon, and others ~ Hooker was born in 1930
April 21, 1970 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor Glen Hansard born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Formed the duo the Swell Season with Czech singer, pianist Markéta Irglová, the band name derived from Josef Skvorecjy's 1975 novel of the same name. The duo's song Falling Slowly, used in the 2007 feature film Once, would win the Academy Award for Best Song. Hansard is also known for co-founding the Frames in 1990, a band influential in the Dublin rock scene
 
April 21, 1969 ~ Jonathan Moore, commonly known as rapper, DJ, producer Wordsayer, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Founded Source Of Labor in 1989. Known as Seattle's “hip-hop ambassador” for his influence in the Northwest hip-hop scene and for helping bring hip-hop into the mainstream ~ Moore passed away in 2017
 
April 21, 1967 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record Holiday at IBC Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb who also shared lead vocals. Produced by Robert Stigwood and Ossie Byrne. Released the following September in the USA, b/w Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You. It would reach top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. In some territories, specifically Europe, the single would be released with an alternate flipside, featuring Red Chair Fade Away
April 21, 1967 ~ Singer, songwriter Michael Franti born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Best known for his association with Spearhead, blending hip-hop, funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock. Activist for a wide array of social justice issues, especially as an advocaate for peace in the Middle East. Key member of the Beatnigs and of Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy. Has also worked with Deee-lite, Dub Syndicate, Zap Mama, Steel Pulse, and others
 
April 21, 1966 ~ Trombonist Fred Assunto passed away ~ Original member of the Dukes Of Dixieland ~ Assunto was born in 1929
 
April 21, 1965 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion drummer Hans van Oosterhout born in Oosterhout, the Netherlands ~ In-demand collaborator. Member of Baseline. Has also worked with Philip Catherine, Nathalie Loriers, Toots Thielemans, Lee Konitz, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Olivier Hutman, Cor Bakker, Spike Robinson, David Linx, Jack van Poll, Michel Herr, Vaya Con Dios, and others
 
April 21, 1963 ~ Trumpeter Frank David Greene born in Maryland, USA ~ Lead trumpeter in both the Alum Rock Jazz Band and the One O'Clock Lab Band. Has also worked with the likes of Maynard Ferguson, Christian McBride, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, and others
April 21, 1963 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Johnny McElhone, full name John Francis McElhone, born in Glasgow, UK ~ First gained attention as co-founding member of early 1980s outfit the Altered Images, known for their 1981 Happy Birthday debut album mostly produced by Siouxsie & the Banshees-bassist Steven Severin. Subsequently co-founded Hipsway, known for the 1986 UK top 20 hit Honeythief. To mainstream audiences best known as co-founder, co-lead singer of Texas, known for their 1989 single I Don't Want A Lover which reached top 30 across Europe including top 10 spots in Ireland and the UK
April 21, 1963 ~ Drummer Peter Jones, full name Peter Robert Jones,born in Liverpool, UK ~ Latter-day member of Crowded House, replacing founding member Paul Hester in 1994 and remaining until the band's initial disbandement in 1996. Has also worked with Deadstar, Reggaebites, Stephen Cummings, Tess McKenna, Rebecca Barnard, and others ~ Jones passed away in 2012
 
April 21, 1961 ~ Singer James Melton passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Popular 1920s, 1930s balladeer, traditional pop singer worked with Roxy's Gang, the Revelers, Jane Froman before moving into opera by the late 1930s performing roles with the Cincinatti Zoo Opera Company, the Philadelphia La Scala Opera Company, the Chicago Civic Opera and others ~ Melton was born in 1904
 
April 21, 1959 ~ Post-punk, new wave, alternative rock singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Robert Smith born in Blackpool, UK ~ Frontman and sole constant member of pivotal and hugely influential new wave band the Cure, known for songs such as The Walk, The Love Cats, Caterpillar, In-between Days, Lullaby, High and Friday I'm In Love. Also lead guitarist of Siouxsie & the Banshees from 1982 through 1984
 
April 21, 1958 ~ Keyboardist Mike Barson born in London, UK ~ Co-founding member of Madness, remaining with the band through 1983 and present on the band's biggest hits such as One Step Beyond, My Girl, Nightboat To Cairo, Baggy Trousers, Embarrassment, Grey Day, House Of Fun and Our House
 
April 21, 1954 ~ Singer, actress Manoella Torres born in New York, New York, USA ~ Actively recording since the mid-1960s. Broke through with her 1971 single El Ultimo Verano, a smash hit in Mexico, and has recorded consistenly since. Known as a fine interpreter of compositions by Cuco Sánchez, Los Panchos, Lucha Villa
 
April 21, 1949 ~ Stage actress, singer Patti LuPone, full name Patti Ann LuPone, born in Northport, New York, USA ~ Won a Tony Award for the title role in the original 1979 Broadway production of Evita. Also known for major roles in the original London casts of Les Miserables and The Cradle Will Rock, and Broadway productions of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown and War Paint
 
April 21, 1948 ~ Paul Lavon Davis, commonly known as blue-eyed soul, sountry rock, soft rock singer, songwriter Paul Davis born in Meridian, Mississippi, USA ~ Best known for songs such as I Go Crazy and 65 Love Affair, both of which reached the Billboard top 10 ~ Davis passed away in 2008
 
April 21, 1947 ~ Guitarist, singer Allan Warner born in London, UK ~ Started playing guitar at age 11 and listening to Duane Eddy, Hank Marvin, and the Ventures, decided this is what he wanted to do. Has been playing professionally since age 16. Founding member of the Foundations known for songs such as Baby Now That I've Found You, Back On My Feet Again, and In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me)
April 21, 1947 ~ Country singer Hank Williams records Move It On Over at Castle Studio, Nashville, Tennessee ~ Self-penned. Produced by Fred Rose. Released the next June, featuring Last Night I Heard You Crying In Your Sleep on the B-side, as a single, his first on MGM. Cited as one of the first rock & roll songs. During the same session, the first for MGM, Williams would also record I Saw The Light which initially was not successful but would eventually be regarded a country gospel classic
April 21, 1947 ~ James Newwell Osterberg Jr, commonly known as singer, songwriter Iggy Pop born in Muskegon, Michigan, USA ~ Dubbed the “Godfather of Punk” rose to fame fronting the pivotal though initially commercially unsuccesful proto-punk outfit the Stooges, acclaimed for their 1969 eponymous The Stooges debut album and its 1970 Fun House follow-up. Closely associated with frequent collaborator and close friend David Bowie. To mainstream audiences best known for solo recordings such as Lust For Life, The Passenger and Candy, the latter a duet with the B52's singer Kate Pierson and Iggy's sole Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hit peaking at No.28
April 21, 1947 ~ Guitarist, bassist, violinist John Weider born in London, UK ~ Best known as guitarist of the Animals from 1966 through 1968 and present on the albums The Twain Shall Meet, Every One Of Us and Love Is. Also played bass with the Family from 1969 through 1971. Has also released a number of solo records, notably 1976's eponymous John Weider album
 
April 21, 1946 ~ Blues guitarist, singer Doug Macleod, full name Douglas Cameron MacLeod, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Acoustic blues guitarist admired by peers. Active since the mid-1980s with well over two dozen albums to his name. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Dave Alvin, James Armstrong, Eva Cassidy (Nightbird), Albert Collins, Papa John Creach, Albert King, Chris Thomas King (Plaquemine), Coco Montoya, Billy Lee Riley, Son Seals, Tabby Thomas, Joe Louis Walker, and others
 
April 21, 1945 ~ Harry Llewellyn Jackson, commonly known as beat singer Al Jackson, born in Birmingham, UK ~ Lead singer of the Applejacks, known for a number of mid-1960s singles including Like Dreamers Do penned by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Three Little Words and the UK top 10 hit Tell Me When. The band was also the first to record I Go To Sleep, written by the Kinks singer Ray Davies. Others who have recorded the song include Cher on her 1965 All I Really Want To Do solo debut album, Peggy Lee, the Pretenders, Graham Bonnet, Soulwax, and others
 
April 21, 1944 ~ Anthony Gordon Instone, commonly known as songwriter Tony Macauley, born in London, UK ~ Internationally renowned songwriter. Artists who recorded songs written or co-written by Macaulay include the Foundations (Build Me Up Buttercup), Marmalade, the 5th Dimension, David Soul, Donna Summer (Can't We Just Sit Down And Talk It Over), Long John Baldry, the Paper Dolls, Pickettywitch, Scott Walker, the Hollies, the New Seekers (You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me), Edison Lighthouse (Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes), Andy Williams, and others
 
April 21, 1943 ~ Dennis Eugene McCrohan, commonly known as rock guitarist, singer, songwriter Mars Bonfire born in Oshawa, Canada ~ Member of Steppenwolf, for whom he also wrote their best-known Born To Be Wild
 
April 21, 1942 ~ Rock, pop, jazz saxophonist Alan Skidmore, full name Alan Richard James Skidmore, born in Kingston upon Thames, UK ~ Son of saxophonist Jimmy Skidmore. Has worked with John Surman, Tony Oxley, Mike Osborne, Alexis Korner, John Mayall, Ronnie Scott, Kenny Wheeler, Mose Allison, Kate Bush, Elton Dean, George Gruntz, Elvin Jones, Van Morrison, Charlie Watts, Mike Westbrook, and others
April 21, 1942 ~ Singer Bobby McClure born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Member of the Soul Stirrers in the 1950s, then led by Sam Cooke. As a solo artist best known for the mid-1960s singles Don't Mess Up A Good Thing, You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone and Peak Of Love. Moved on to work with Bobby & the Vocals, Big Daddy Jenkins, Oliver Sain, Little Milton, Fontella Bass, Otis Clay, Shirley Brown, and others ~ McClure passed away in 1992
 
April 21, 1941 ~ William Hargis Bowman Jr, commonly known as soul singer, drummer Beau Dollar, born in Hamilton, Ohio, USA ~ Discovered by James Brown, under whose direction the Dapps fronted by Dollar would record their It's A Gas single. It would be shelved though due to disputes with the King record label. With the help of Hank Ballard the band would release two other singles, There Was A Time and Bringing Up The Guitar, in 1967 before disbanding a little while ~ Bowman passed away in 2011
April 21, 1941 ~ Alfred James Ellis, commonly known as saxophonist, songwriter Pee Wee Ellis, born in Bradenton, Florida, USA ~ Key member of James Brown's backing band. Co-wrote several of Brown's classics including Cold Sweat (Part 1), Licking Stick Licking Stick (Part 1), and Mother Popcorn You've Got To Have A Mother For Me (Part 1) ~ Ellis passed away in 2021
 
April 21, 1939 ~ Joseph Young, commonly known as singer, lyricist, songwriter Joe Young, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Toured as a singer during World War I, entertaining the US troops. Would go on to become a successful songwriter. Best remembered for co-writing songs such as Lullaby Of The Leaves (Connee Boswell, Bert Ambrose, the Platters), Dinah (Eddie Cantor, Louis Armstrong, Adelaide Hall), I'm Sitting On Top Of The World (Sam Lanin, the Four Aces, the Del Vikings), In A Little Spanish Town (Paul Whiteman, the Revelers, Pérez Prado), I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter (Fats Waller, Eddy Arnold, Frank Sinatra), and Rock-a-bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (Al Jolson) ~ Young was born in 1889
 
April 21, 1938 ~ Edward Lewis Davis Milton, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter Eddie King, born in Talladega, Alabama, USA ~ Influenced by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter. Worked with Willie Dixon, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Detroit Junior, Koko Taylor, and others ~ Milton passed away in 2012
 
April 21, 1937 ~ David Helfman, commonly known as rock & roll, pop singer, producer, songwriter David Lucas, born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Member of 1960s vocal group Lambert & Co. As a performer has also worked with Laura Nyro, Ravi Shankar, Tim Rose, Cass Elliott, Janis Ian, Mel Tormé, Terry Gibbs. Turned to writing jingles by the late 1960s. Directed The Golden Screw in 1967, considered the first rock & roll musical. Produced the Blue Öyster Cult hit Don't Fear The Reaper, also singing background vocals and coming up with the idea of the song's heavy use of the cowbell
 
April 21, 1934 ~ Singer Al Bowlly, backed by Ray Noble & Orchestra, records The Very Thought Of You ~ Written by Ray Noble. Released the following June as a single, b/w I'll Be Good Because Of You, the single would reach the top of the charts. The song would become a pop standard, over the years covered by numerous artists including Bing Crosby, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Dizzy Gillespie, Little Willie John, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Costello, and others
 
April 21, 1933 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion trumpeter Ian Carr born in Dumfries, UK ~ Perhaps best known as member of the Rendell-Carr Quintet in the 1960s and of jazz-rock band Nucleus starting in the early 1970s. Authored several books, including biographies of Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett. Has also played with the Emcee Five, the New Jazz Orchestra, Joe Harriott, Neil Ardley, Roy Budd, the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, and others ~ Carr passed away in 2009
 
April 21, 1932 ~ Lockley Wellington Hampton commonly known as jazz trombonist Slide Hampton, born in Jeannettte, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Played with Lionel Hampton, Buddy Johnson, Maynard Ferguson, Melba Liston, Art Blakey, Tadd Dameron, Barry Harris, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, George Coleman, Woody Herman, Jimmy Heath, Maynard Ferguson, Dexter Gordon, JJ Johnson, Nat Adderley, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Louis Hayes, Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Woody Shaw, McCoy Tyner, and Randy Weston
 
April 21, 1928 ~ Country guitarist, producer Hillous Butrum, full name Hillous Buel Butrum, born in Lafayette, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known as member of Hank Williams's backing unit the Drifting Cowboys. Also worked with Hank Snow, Marty Robbins, and others ~ Butrum passed away in 2002
 
April 21, 1925 ~ Jazz, swing singer, guitarist Carline Ray born in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Member of all-female ensemble the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. After its disbandement would go on to work with Erskine Hawkins, Patti Page, Mary Lou Williams, Skitch Henderson, Marian McPartland, Sy Oliver, and others ~ Ray passed away in 2013
April 21, 1925 ~ Saul Berman, commonly known as jazz trumpeter Sonny Berman, born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA ~ Worked with Louis Prima, Harry James, Benny Goodman, and Woody Herman ~ Berman passed away in 1947
 
April 21, 1924 ~ Singer Clara Ward, full name Clara Mae Ward, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Led family gospel outfit the Ward Singers, active since the 1930s and a major influence on singers such as Aretha Franklin. The group has backed up artists such as Mahalia Jackson, sang on Broadway and entertained troops during Vietnam tours ~ Ward passed away in 1973
April 21, 1924 ~ Ira Lonnie Loudermilk, commonly known as singer, mandolinist Ira Louvin, born in Section, Alabama, USA ~ Half of noted country duo the Louvin Brothers, the other half being Charlie Louvin. Influential on Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, and the Byrds. Known for songs such as When I Stop Dreaming, I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby, Cash On The Barrelhead, and My Baby's Gone ~ Loudermilk passed away in 1965
 
April 21, 1922 ~ Jazz guitarist, conductor, composer Mundell Lowe, full name James Mundell Lowe, born in Shady Grove, Mississippi, USA ~ Notable NBC staff musician, member of the Today Show band for over a decade starting in 1950. Has worked as a leader since the mid-1950s, for TV and film, in-demand sideman. Collaborations include Jan Savitt, Benny Goodman, Bill Evans, Red Norvo, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Lester Young, Benny Carter, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hodges, Lee Konitz, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Ben Webster, Ruby Braff, Carmen McRae, Louie Bellson, Ruth Brown, Creed Taylor, Sarah Vaughan, Hugo Montenegro, Lee Wiley, and others ~ Lowe passed away in 2017
 
April 21, 1921 ~ Pianist, composer Billy Taylor born in Greenville, North Carolina, USA ~ Worked with Ben Webster, Art Tatum, Don Redman, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, JJ Johnson, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Candido, Victor Gaskin, Curtis Boyd, and others ~ Taylor passed away in 2010
 
April 21, 1920 ~ Violinist, conductor, composer Bruno Maderna born in Venice, Italy ~ Child prodigy. Member of the Resistance during World War II. As a composer best known for orchestral works such as Aura and Biogramma ~ Maderna passed away in 1973
 
April 21, 1918 ~ Eduard Christiani, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter Eddy Christiani born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Best known for songs such as Zonnig Madeira, Ouwe Taaie, Spring Maar Achterop, and Daar Bij De Waterkant. During World War II performed for occupying German military as well as, secretly, support the Dutch resistance ~ Christiani passed away in 2016
 
April 21, 1914 ~ Jazz singer, songwriter Lee Gaines, full name Otho Lee Gaines, born ~ Member of the Delta Rhythm Boys. Perhaps best remembered for co-writing Take The A-Train with Billy Strayhorn, popularized by Duke Ellington. ~ Gaines passed away in 1987
April 21, 1914 ~ Double bassist Walt Yoder born ~ Best known for his assoication with Woody Herman. Also played with artists such as Joe Haymes, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Ben Pollack, Russ Morgan, Bob Crosby, and Red Nichols ~ Yoder passed away in 1978
 
April 21, 1911 ~ Swing drummer Johnny Blowers, fuill name John G Blowers Jr, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA ~ Worked with Bunny Berigan, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Sidney Bechet, Eddie Fisher, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé, and others ~ Blowers passed away in 2006
April 21, 1911 ~ Leonard Warenoff, commonly known as operatic baritone Leonard Warren born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Leading baritone of his day, especially acclaimed for his roles in operas of Giuseppe Verdi. Closely associated with the Metropolitan Opera ~ Warren passed away in 1960
April 21, 1911 ~ Jazz saxophonist Zilas Gorling born in Hudsikvall, Sweden ~ Played with his brother Miff Gorling, with Frank Vernon, Sune Lundwall, Dick de Pauw, Charles Redland, Håkan von Eichwald, Helge Lindberg, Benny Carter, Thore Jederby, and Gosta Torner ~ Görling passed away in 1960
 
April 21, 1908 ~ Producer, label executive Alfred Lion born in Berlin, Germany ~ Co-founded the Blue Note record label in 1939, recording Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis as their first artists in January 1939. The same year Sidney Bechet's version of Summertime would be the label's first hit. Over the years the label would become a defining force in blues and jazz ~ Lion passed away in 1987
 
April 21, 1907 ~ Country singer, banjoist Wade Mainer, full name Wade Echard Mainer, born in Bumcobe, North Carolina ~ Bridged the gap between old-time mountain music and bluegrass. Influenced artists such as Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and Doc Watson. Worked with the Sons Of Mountaineers, Zeke Morris, the Smiling Rangers, and others ~ Mainer passed away in 2011
 
April 21, 1904 ~ Jazz drummer Leo Adde born ~ Played with Raymond Burke, Albert Brunies, Johnny Miller, Johnny Bayersdorffer, the New Orleans Rhytm Kings, the Melody Masters, Sharkey Bonano, Leon Prima, the New Orleans Owls, and others ~ Adde passed away in 1942
 
April 21, 1893 ~ Clarinetist Lorenzo Tio Jr born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Son of Lorenzo Tio Sr and nephew of Louis Papa Tio, both clarinetists with whom he worked as the Three Tios. Has also worked with Manuel Perez, AJ Piron, Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams ~ Tio passed away in 1933
 
April 21, 1889 ~ Violinist, conductor, composer Efrem Zimbalist born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia ~ Internationally acclaimed by his early 20s. Came out of retirement in 1949 to premier Gian Carlo Menotti's Violin Concerto, dedicated to him. Also known as a composer, notably for the pieces American Rhapsody, Sarasateana for viola and piano and the 1956 opera Landara ~ Zimbalist passed away in 1985
 
April 21, 1874 ~ Composer Vincent Scotto born in Marseille, France ~ Reportedly wrote over 4,000 songs and 60 operettas ~ Scotto passed away in 1952