This Day In Music: April 22
April 21 ~ Birthdays/All ~ April 23
April 22, 2022 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Jan Rot passed away in Rotterdam, the Netherlands ~ Member of Streetbeats. Member of Ratata. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Single released in 1982. To pop audiences perhaps best known for the singles Counting Sheep, Op Een Mooie Pinksterdag with Rick de Leeuw, and Naast Jou with Boudewijn de Groot. Earned critical acclaim and peer admiration from the 2000s onwards for Dutch translations of pop, rock songs originally by the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan, as well as translations of musicals and classical works, notably Johann Sebastian Bach's Matteus Passion ~ Rot was born in 1957
April 22, 2019 ~ Vibraphonist, marimba player Dave Samuels, full name David Alan Samuels, passed away ~ Recorded over half a dozen albums as a leader or co-leader. Closely associated with Spyro Gyra, appearing on close to two dozen of the ensemble's albums. Founded the Caribbean Jazz Project. Has also worked with Gerry Mulligan, Carla Bley, Gerry Niewood, Paul McCandles, Bobby McFerrin, Double Image, Frank Zappa, Dave Valentin, Paquito d'Rivera, Edie Brickell, Pat Metheny, and others ~ Samuels was born in 1948
April 22, 2019 ~ Operatic soprano Deborah Cook passed away ~ First gained serious attention in the early 1970s singing with Theater Bremen. Would go on to work with the Bavarian State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Oper Frankfurt, the Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, the Santa Fe Opera, the Tetro Dell' Opera Di Roma, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the BBC Sympony Orchestra, the Orchestre De Paris, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic, and others ~ Cook was born in 1938
April 22, 2019 ~ Elaine Yi-Li Wu, commonly known as pianist Wu Yili passed away ~ Closely associated with the China National Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Denounced as a so-called “counter-revolutionary” during China's Cultural Revolution and imprisoned by the authorities for 10 years ~ Wu was born ca.1931
April 22, 2013 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Richie Havens, full name Richard Pierce Havens, passed away in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known for his performance at Woodstock in 1969, a major turning point in his career. Enjoyed a cult following. Scored a Billboard top 20 hit with his rendition of Here Comes The Sun in 1971 ~ Havens was born in 1941
April 22, 2011 ~ Bluegrass singer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter Hazel Dickens, full name Hazel Jane Dickens, passed away in Washington, USA ~ Pioneering singer known for her provocative pro-union, feminist songs. One of the first women to record bluegrass. Closely associated with Alice Gerrard. Has also collaborated with Mike Seeger, Tracy Schwarz, Lamar Grier, Ginny Hawker, and others ~ Dickens was born in 1925
April 22, 2010 ~ Conductor, cellist Arthur Winograd passed away in Morristown, New Jersey, USA ~ Music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Member of the Juilliard String Quartet ~ Winograd was born in 1920
April 22, 2008 ~ Paul Lavon Davis, commonly known as blue-eyed soul, sountry rock, soft rock singer, songwriter Paul Davis passed away 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 was born in 1948
April 22, 2005 ~ Arnold Lawrence Finkelstein, commonly known as jazz saxophonist Arnie Lawrence, passed away in Jerusalem, Israel ~ Leader and sideman. Actively performing since his teens, including at the famed Birdland jazz club from age 17 onwards, yet did not record until 1966 appearing on Chico Hamilton's The Dealer. Has worked with Willie Bobo. Toured with Liza Minnelli, toured with Louie Bellson. Founded the New School For Jazz And Contemporary Music in New York in 1986. Relocated to Israel by the late 1990s, where he founded the International Center for Creative Music ~ Lawrence was born in 1938
April 22, 2003 ~ Matlde Genevieve Scaduto, commonly known as songwriter Felice Bryant, passed away ~ Songwriter, usually in partnership with her husband Boudleaux Bryant. Together they wrote some of Nashville's most enduring hits for artists such as Jimmy Dickens (Country Boy), Buddy Holly (Raining In My Heart), Gram Parsons (Love Hurts), Emmylou Harris (Like Strangers), Ricky Van Shelton (Loving Proof), Johnny O'Keefe (She Wears My Ring), and perhaps most extensively for the Everly Brothers (Bye Bye Love, Problems, Wake Up Little Susie). Other artists who have recorded their songs include Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Sonny James, Eddy Arnold, Bob Moore, Charley Pride, Nazareth, Jim Reeves, Leo Sayer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, the Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Joan Jett, Roy Orbison, Solomon King, Sue Thompson, Moon Mullican, and Dillard & Clarke ~ Bryant was born in 1925
April 22, 1995 ~ Jazz pianist, organist, composer Don Pullen passed away in East Orange, New Jersey, USA ~ Pianist, composer with great variety of his body of work, ranging from blues to bebop and modern jazz. Pullen played and recorded with artists such as Charles Mingus, George Adams, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Hamiet Bluiett, Roy Brooks, Jane Bunnett, Beaver Harris, Billy Hart, Giuseppi Logan, Cecil McBee, David Murray, Maceo Parker, Ivo Perelman, Sunny Murray, Dannie Richmond, Billy Hart, Sam Rivers, John Scofield, Jack Walrath, Charles Williams, and others ~ Pullen was born in 1941
April 22, 1990 ~ Joseph Valery Jr, commonly known as electric blues singer, guitarist Little Joe Blue, passed away in Reno, Nevada, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Encourage Me Baby, Don't Start Me Talking, How Could You Do It To Me and Dirty Work Going On. The latter would be covered by Magic Sam, Shakey Jake Harris and by Willie Kent & the Gents ~ Valery was born in 1934
April 22, 1990 ~ Richard Colson Baker, commonly known as rapper, singer, actor, songwriter Machine Gun Kelly, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Known for songs such as Till I Die, Bad Things and Rap Devil. Worked with Jeezy, Victoria Monét, Chief Keef, Camila Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Quavo, X-Ambassadors, DMX, Sleeping With Sirens, Mötley Crüe, and others
April 22, 1988 ~ Barbara Jeane Moyer, commonly known as singer Barbara Robison, passed away in Billings, Montana, USA ~ Best known for fronting the psychedelic outfit the Peanut Butter Conspiracy ~ Moyer was born in 1945
April 22, 1986 ~ Sandy Adel Ahmed Hussein, mononymously known as pop singer Sandy, born in Cairo, Egypt ~ Debuted with the single Whatever Is Closer in 2006. Well known for The Sons Of The Nile released in 2011 following the January 2011 revolution. Announced her retirement from music in 2015, after the release of her Hob album, yet reemerged two years later. Married to composer Husam Badran from 2009 until 2017
April 22, 1984 ~ Pop, dance pop singer, songwriter Amelle Berrabah born in Aldershot, UK ~ Member of the Sugababes, replacing founding member Mutya Buena in 2005. First appeared on the album Taller In More Ways, present on the songs No You're Gone, Gotta Be You, Follow Me Home, and Red Dress. Has also recorded as a solo artist, scoring the Never Leave You UK No.1 hit collaborating with Tinchy Stryder
April 22, 1983 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader Earl Hines, full name Earl Kenneth Hines, passed away in Oakland, California, USA ~ Helped shape the history of jazz. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Ethel Waters, Carroll Dickerson, Louis Armstrong, Jimmie Noone, Wallace Bishop, Alvin Burroughs, Scoops Carry, George Dixon, Streamline Ewing, Walter Fuller, Darnell Howard, Cecil Irwin, Budd Johnson, Jimmy Mundy, Ray Nance, Omer Simeon, Cliff Smalls, Leon Washington, Quinn Wilson, Trummy Young, Billy Eckstine, Gene Ammons, Shadow Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Jaki Byard, Barney Bigard, Roy Eldridge, Jonah Jones, Max Kaminsky, Joe Venuti, Betty Roché, and others ~ Hines was born in 1903
April 22, 1981 ~ Trevor John O'Callaghan, commonly known as pop, rock singer, guitarist Tabby Callaghan, born in Sligo, Ireland ~ Reached third place in the 1st edition of The X-Factor in 2004
April 22, 1980 ~ Singer, actress Jane Froman, full name Ellen Jane Froman, passed away in Columbia, Missouri, USA ~ Classically trained. Known though as one of her era's finest interpreters of compositions by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, enjoying popularity from the early 1930s onwards performing on radio, screen and stage notably including a stint with Ziegfeld Follies revue ~ Froman was born in 1907
April 22, 1979 ~ Alternative rock, grunge, art rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Daniel Johns born in Newcastle, Australia ~ Fronted rock band Silverchair. Also formed the duo the Dissociatives with Luke Steele. Released his Talk solo debut album in 2015
April 22, 1978 ~ Singer Izhar Cohen & vocal group the Alphabeta win the 23rd edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Paris, France ~ Representing Israel Cohen and the Alphabeta win with the song A-ba Ni-bi written by Nurit Hirsh and Ehud Manors
April 22, 1978 ~ Tyree Cinque Simmons, commonly known as hip-hop DJ, label executive, promoter Drama, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Not to be confused with Dirty South rapper Drama. Co-founded Generation Now, an Atlantic Records imprint, with Don Cannon carrying artists such as Lil' Uzi Vert, Jack Harlow and Skeme. As a DJ best known for his work with TI and as co-founding member of the Aphilliates collective
April 22, 1978 ~ Indie rock, garage rock, alternative rock singer, guitarist Jason Stollsteimer, full name Jason Elliott Stollsteimer, born in Soutfield, Michigan, USA ~ Lead singer, guitarist for the Von Bondies, with whom he recorded four albums starting with the Jack White-produced Lack Of Communication released in 2001. Following the band's disbandement in 2009 has fronted Hounds Below and PONYSHOW
April 22, 1975 ~ Comedy rock, synth-pop keyboardist saxophonist, clarinetist Brian Wecht, full name Brian Alexander Wecht, born in Pompton, New Jersey, USA ~ Originally worked as a theoretical physicist holding research positions at Harvard University and MIT specializing in particle physics. Retired from science in 2015 to focus on his music career. Adopting the moniker Ninja Brian formed the comedy musical duo Ninja Sex Party, and is a member of the video game-based trio Starbomb
April 22, 1975 ~ Virginia Leigh Owens, commonly known as contemporary Christian music singer, songwriter Ginny Owens, born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA ~ Active since the late 1990s. Had her songs featured on TV shows such as Roswell and Felicity
April 22, 1975 ~ Blues singer, guitarist, violinist, songwriter Walter Vinson passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Member of the Mississippi Sheiks. Perhaps best known for co-writing the blues standard Sitting On Top Of The World with Lonnie Chatmon, first recorded as a country blues song by the Sheiks ~ Vinson was born in 1901
April 22, 1974 ~ Indie rock, experimental singer, guitarist, keyboardist, ukelele player Shara Nova, previously known as Shara Worden, born in El Dorado, Arkansas, USA ~ Self-released two albums in the early 2000s with Shane Yarbrough under the moniker Awry, followed by a short tour. Best known as lead singer, songwriter for My Brightest Diamond, with whom she recorded about half a dozen albums starting with Bring Me The Workhorse in 2006. Has collaborated with or guested on recordings by a wide variety of artists, including Sufjan Stevens, Clogs, Todd Agnew, Jedi Mind Tricks, Decemberists, Son Lux, and Meshell Ndegeocello
April 22, 1973 ~ Hip-hop, R&B, pop rapper, singer, songwriter Max Herre, full name Maximilian Herre, born in Stuttgart, West Germany ~ Married to singer Joy Denalane, with whom he has also worked including producing her 2002 Mamani debut album. Co-founded Freundeskreis. Co-founded hip hop group Kolchose. Has recorded about half a dozen albums as a solo artist, starting with the eponymous Max Herre in 2004. Has collaborated with the likes of John Legend, Philipp Poisel, and Sophie Hunger
April 22, 1971 ~ Singer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist George Gabriel born ~ Member of Pablo Cruise. Best known as a composer for film and TV including shows such as Baywatch Hawaii
April 22, 1970 ~ Pop, rock, soul guitarist, songwriter, producer Dan Warner, full name Daniel Lawrence Warner, born in Florida, USA ~ Wrote for Enrique Iglesias, Lil' Wayne, Mika. Has also worked in one capacity or another with Michael Jackson, Carlos Rivera, Shakira, Madonna, Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb, Alejandro Sanz, Calle 13, and others ~ Warner passed away in 2019
April 22, 1970 ~ Regina Encarnacion Ansong Velasquez, commonly known as singer, actress Regina Velasquez, born in Manila, Philippines ~ Considered one of the most influential figures in Philippine pop culture known for her vocal range and prowess. First gained attention in the mid-1980s through talent contests and briefly recording under the moniker Chona. Would release her full-length Regine debut album in 1987 and has recorded mostly to commercial succes since. Best known for her break-out Listen Without Prejudice album released in 1994, spawning the hit single In Love With You
April 22, 1968 ~ Heavy metal, power metal, hard rock guitarist Pontus Norgren, full name Karl Pontus Norgren, born ~ Worked with the Great King Rat, Talisman, Humanimal, Jeff Scott Soto, Divine Fire, Hammerfall, Poodles, the Zan Clan, Doogie White, and others
April 22, 1968 ~ Producer, label executive Steve Sholes, full name Stephen Henry Sholes, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Executive and staff producer at RCA-Victor. Signed, produced artists such as Eddy Arnold, the Browns, Hank Locklin, Homer & Jethro, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, Pee Wee King, and perhaps most notably Elvis Presley ~ Sholes was born in 1911
April 22, 1966 ~ Antonia D Reed, commonly known as hip-hop, altrernative hip-hop, jazz rap singer Bahamadia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Debuted in 1996 with the Kollage album. In-demand collaborator, featured vocalist on recordings by the Roots, Jedi Mind Tricks, Morcheeba, Guru, Erykah Badu, and Towa Tei
April 22, 1966 ~ Singer, bassist, guitarist, songwriter Kimberley Dahme born ~ Member of Boston from 2000 through 2012, rejoining on occassion in later years. Wrote With You taken of the band's 2002 Corporate America album. Sang lead on songs such of If You Were Love, You Gave Up On Love, and God Rest Ye Metal Gentleman
April 22, 1964 ~ Bassist Johannes Eick born in Eidsfoss, Norway ~ Best known for his collaborations with Karin Krog, John Surman, Vigleik Storaas, Christian Wallumrød, Sidsel Endresen, Bjorn Klakegg, and Hans Mathisen
April 22, 1963 ~ Trumpeter Dave Ballou born in Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA ~ Over half a dozen albums as a leader, especially acclaimed for his 2000 Volition album. In-demand sideman, has worked with the likes of Andy Biskin, Michael Formanek, Satoko Fujii, Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Orange Then Blue, Tom Rainey, Bauhaus Quartet, and others
April 22, 1962 ~ Pop, rock, indie rock singer, guitarist Carol van Dijk, full name Carol Lee vanDijk, born in Vancouver, Canada ~ Best known as member of Bettie Serveert, known for their 1992 Palomine debut album and its follow-up 1995's Lamprey. Also a member of country-rock outfit Chitlin' Fooks with Pascal Deweze
April 22, 1957 ~ Soul blues, electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter James Armstrong born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Influenced by Albert King and Robert Cray. Has backed artists such as Albert Collins, Big Joe Turner, and Smokey Wilson. Recorded about half a dozen albums as a solo artist, starting with Sleeping With A Stranger released in 1995
April 22, 1956 ~ Singer, saxophonist Cynthia Johnson born in St Paul, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known a lead singer of Lipps Inc, known for the 1980 hit Funkytown which topped charts across Europe, in Australia and America
April 22, 1956 ~ Conductor, violinist Jukka-Pekka Saraste born in Heinola, Finland ~ Co-founded he Avanti Chamber Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen, an ensemble specializing in contemporary music. Has also conducted renowned orchestras such as the Royal Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Sympony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and others
April 22, 1953 ~ Lucia Maria Turnbull, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Lucinha Turnbull, born in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Opened for Os Mutantes. Formed the short-lived duo As Cilibrinas Do Eden with Rita Lee. Member of Tutti Frutti. Founded Bandolim. Has also worked with Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Moraes Moreira, Guilherme Arantes, Erasmo Carlos, and others
April 22, 1951 ~ Reuben Gosfield, commonly known as guitarist, dobroist Lucky Oceans, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Co-founding member of Asleep At The Wheel, remaining with the band until emigrating to his wife's native Australia in 1980
April 22, 1951 ~ Blue-eyed soul, pop rock, soft rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist Paul Carrack, full name Paul Melvyn Carrack, born in Sheffield, UK ~ Perhaps best known as a solo artist, noted for the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Don't Shed A Tear of his 1987 One Good Reason album. Keyboardist for early 1970s jazz-rock group Warm Dust. Fronted pub rock outfit Ace, known best for their 1975 hit How Long. Has also worked with Roxy Music, Squeeze, Nick Lowe, Mike + the Mechanics, the Pretenders. John Hiatt, Spin 1ne 2wo, and others
April 22, 1950 ~ Jesse Willard Carr, commonly known as guitarist Pete Carr, born in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA ~ Worked with Joan Baez, Luther Ingram, Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Paul Simon, the Staple Singers, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Wilson Pickett, Hank Williams Jr, Leblanc & Carr, Sailcat, Hour Glass, and others ~ Carr passed away in 2020
April 22, 1950 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Peter Frampton, full name Peter Kenneth Frampton, born in Beckenham, UK ~ Well over a dozen albums as a solo artist since the early 1970s. Best known for his 1976 Frampton Comes Alive solo album. The album would become one of the all-time best-selling live albums and spawn the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Show Me The Way and Do You Feel Like We Do. Member of the Herd from 1966 through 1968. Member of Humble Pie from 1969 through 1971
April 22, 1948 ~ Singer, songwriter, radio host Larry Groce born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Best known as host of Mountain Stage, a two-hour live music radio show distributed by NPR. As a recording artist scored a novelty hit with Junk Food Junkie in 1976
April 22, 1947 ~ Bassist, composer Barry Guy, full name Barry John Guy, born in London, UK ~ First gained attention working with pianist Howard Riley and drummer Tony Oxley. Closely associated with John Stevens, including as a member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble. Frequently collaborated with Evan Parker. Guested on Japan's Nightporter of the 1980 Gentlemen Take Polaroids. Has also worked with Derek Bailey, Paul Rutherford, the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Parker Guy Lytton, Barre Phillips, Mats Gustafsson, Cecil Taylor, and Amalgam. Married to violinist Maya Homburger
April 22, 1947 ~ Bassist, guitarist Jimmy Rosica born ~ Original member of Brooklyn Bridge, fronted by Johnny Maestro, best known for their 1968 hit Worst That Could Happen
April 22, 1945 ~ Efstratios Dimitriou, commonly known as singer, keyboardist, accordionist, percussionist, songwriter Demetrio Stratos, born in Alexandria, Egypt ~ Co-founder, lead singer of progressive rock band Area. Has also worked with I Rebelli, Lucio Battisti, Juan Hidalgo, John Cage, Paul Zukofsky, and toured and recorded as a solo artist ~ Dimitriou passed away in 1979
April 22, 1944 ~ Classical pianist, conductor Joshua Rifkin born in New York, New York, USA ~ Acclaimed for his series of Scott Joplin albums, starting with 1970's Scott Joplin Piano Rags renewing an interest in ragtime. Also considered an authority on Johann Sebastian Bach. Has worked with the English Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, St Louis Symphony, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and others. Also active in no-classical music including arranging for Judy Collins and working with the Even Dozen Jug Band on their pivotal eponymous 1967 The Even Dozen Jug Band album
April 22, 1943 ~ Soul pop singer, actor Mel Carter born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Best known for Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me, a 1965 Billboard top 10 hit and million-seller originally recorded by Karen Chandler in 1952. Other well known songs include Band Of Gold and All Of A Sudden My Heart Sings
April 22, 1941 ~ Jazz, pop keyboardist, producer, composer, pianist Don Grusin born in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Brother of pianist Dave Grusin. Leader and sideman. Member of seminal Latin jazz outfit Azteca, which also included Pete Escovedo. Co-foundedn jazz fusion group Friendship with Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts and Alex Acuña. Has also worked with artist from jazz and pop such as Randy Crawford, Billy Eckstine, Joe Pass, the Pointer Sisters, Gerald Albright, Patti Austin, David Benoit, Larry Carlton, Gilberto Gil, Airto Moreira, Shakatak, Zoot Sims, Sadao Watanabe, and others
April 22, 1940 ~ Singer, songwriter Ray Griff born in Vancouver, Canada ~ Wrote or co-wrote an estimated 2,500 songs. Artists who have recorded his work include Faron Young, Jerry Lee Lewis (Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano), Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, George Hamilton IV (Canadian Pacific), Johnny Horton, Bob Luman, Gene Watson, Johnny Duncan, and others ~ Griff passed away in 2016
April 22, 1938 ~ Jazz guitarist, composer, arranger Lloyd Wells born in Laurel, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Tennessee Ernie Ford, Brenda Lee, Porter Wagoner, Mundell Lowe, Jim Ferguson, and others
April 22, 1937 ~ Bernard Alfred Nitzsche, commonly known as producer, songwriter, arranger Jack Nitzsche, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Important behind the scenes musician and mentor to many, especially the top stars of the 1970s. First gained attention in the early 1960s as arranger serving as producer Phil Spector's right-hand. Credited on several early albums by the Rolling Stones as playing “the Nitzsche-phone” which would basically mean piano, keyboard or organ. Present on albums such as The Rolling Stones Now, Out Of Our Heads, Aftermath and Between The Buttons. Noted for his contributions to hit singles such as Paint It Black and Let's Spend The Night Together and especially for the piano solo on Angie. Wrote the music for over a dozen feature films including The Excorcist and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Has also worked with Earl Palmer, Leon Russell, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, Graham Parker, and numerous others ~ Nitzsche passed away in 2000
April 22, 1936 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer Don Menza born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Father of Megadeth-drummer Nick Menza. Leader and sideman. Worked with Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton, Louie Bellson, Buddy Rich (noted for the solo on Channel One Suite), Elvin Jones, Neil Diamond, Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Burrell, Larry Carlton, Pete Christlieb, Stanley Clarke, Leonard Cohen, Natalie Cole, Rita Coolidge, João Donato, Henry Mancini, the Manhattan Transfer, Sérgio Mendes, Barry Mann, Lou Rawls, Helen Reddy, Boz Scaggs, Lalo Schifrin, Toto, Narada Michael Walden, and others
April 22, 1936 ~ Country, soft rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Glen Campbell, full name Glen Travis Campbell, born in Billstown, Arkansas, USA ~ As a solo artist known for songs such as The Universal Soldier, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights. Member of the Champs, the Hondells, the Wrecking Crew. In-demand session musician, present on albums by Jan & Dean, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, the Monkees (The Monkees), and Merle Haggard (Mama Tried) ~ Campbell passed away in 2017
April 22, 1935 ~ Bassist Paul Chambers, full name Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers Jr, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Influenced by Charlie Parker, Ray Brown, George Duvivier. One of the most revered bass players of the hard bop era. About a dozen albums as a leader, present on over an estimated 100 more as a sideman. Closely associated with Miles Davis, appearing on albums such as Round About Midnight, Miles Ahead, Kind Of Blue, and Sketches Of Spain. Other notable collaborations include Bennie Green, Johnny Griffin (A Blowin' Session), Jackie McLean, Thelonious Monk (Brilliant Corners), Clifford Jordan, Benny Golson (New York Scene), Art Taylor, Abbey Lincoln, Milt Jackson (Bags' Opus), Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, John Coltrane (Giant Steps), Freddie Hubbard (Open Sesame), King Curtis, Oliver Nelson (The Blues And The Abstract Truth), Elvin Jones, Hank Mobley, and Ike Quebec (Blue & Sentimental). Chambers is tributed in several songs, notably Five For Paul by Max Roach and Paul Chambers by Barenaked Ladies ~ Chambers passed away in 1969
April 22, 1935 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer Willie C Jackson born ~ Member of the Spaniels. The band is known for Baby It's You and Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight, both of which reached top 10 Billboard R&B at the time of their release in the early 1950s. The latter remains popular to this day, frequently featured in films including American Graffiti, fondly remembered as one of the most endearing early doo-wop hits ~ Jackson passed away in 2015
April 22, 1935 ~ Drummer WS Holland born in Saltillo, Tennessee, USA ~ Played with Carl Perkins, including on Blue Suede Shoes. Played with Johnny Cash as a member of Cash's backing bands the Tennessee Three, the Great Eighties Eight, and as a member of the Johnny Cash Show Band. Also drummed on the The Million Dollar Quartet sessions, backing Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Perkins and Cash ~ Holland passed away in 2020
April 22, 1930 ~ Soprano Elizabeth Spencer, full name Elizabeth Dickerson Spencer, passed away ~ Trained as pianist and violinist. Praised for the sterling operatic quality of her voice. Has performed in vaudeville and on Broadway. Best known for numerous recordings, totalling over 600, for Thomas Edison from the 1910s through the 1920s ~ Spencer was born in 1871
April 22, 1924 ~ Country singer, guitarist Bob Gallion born in Ashland, Kentucky, USA ~ Active since the 1940s, sessioning for the likes of Stoney Cooper & Wilma Lee Cooper. As a solo artist, Gallion has recorded from the 1950s through the early 1970s, racking up about half a dozen Billboard Country top 30 hits including his best-known Wall To Wall Love which reached top 10. Well-known songs include You Take The Table And I'll Take The Chairs, Loving You (Was Worth This Broken Heart), One Way Street, Sweethearts Again, and Ain't Got Time For Nothin' ~ Gallion passed away in 1999
April 22, 1924 ~ Allen George Smith, commonly known as blues harpist George Harmonica Smith, born in West Helena, Arkansas, USA ~ Member of Bacon Fat. Best known for backing Muddy Waters as well as Big Mama Thornton ~ Smith passed away in 1983
April 22, 1922 ~ Jazz, hard bop, bebop, post-bop, free-jazz, avant-garde bass virtuoso, pianist, songwriter Charles Mingus born in Nogales, Arizona, USA ~ Easily counted among the most important and influential jazz musicians, composers of all time, easily. Known for compositions such as Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Hora Decubitus, Epitaph, and others. Has collaborated with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dannie Richmond, Herbie Hancock, and others ~ Mingus passed away in 1979
April 22, 1922 ~ Pianist Lou Stein born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Ray McKinley, Glenn Miller, Charlie Ventura, the Lawson-Haggart Band, Benny Goodman, Sarah Vaughan, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Louie Bellson, Red Allen, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Joe Venuti, Woody Herman, Lee Konitz, Joe Newman, Charlie Parker, Cootie Williams, and others ~ Stein passed away in 2002
April 22, 1921 ~ Cándido Camero Guerra, commonly known as conga, bongo player Candido, born in Havana, Cuba ~ Leader and sideman recording since the mid-1950s. Influential in many genres including Afro-Cuban jazz to disco. Especially notable in the disco genre is the 1979 album Dancing And Prancing on the Salsoul Records label, featuring a reworked version of the 1950s song Jingo. The song was originally done by Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji and has also been recorded by Serge Gainsbourg (as Marabout), James Last, Pierre Moerlen, Fatboy Slim, and notably Santana on their 1969 eponymous debut album Santana. Camero has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Sanabria, Benjamin Lapidus, Gene Ammons, Art Blakey, Ray Bryant, Kenny Burrell, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Taylor, Bennie Green, Don Elliott, Stan Kenton, the Lecuona Cuban Boys, Randy Weston, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Grant Green, Illinois Jacquet, Gary McFarland, Wes Montgomery, the Tico All-Stars, Bobby Hutcherson, Elvin Jones, Ellen McIlwaine, Erroll Garner, Tito Puente, Machito, and others ~ Guerra passed away in 2020
April 22, 1921 ~ Gospel singer, songwriter Eugene Smith born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced gospel singers such as Alex Bradford and reverend James Cleveland. Sang with the Roberta Martin Singers from its inception in until the group's disbandement after Roberta Martin's death in 1969. Sang lead on numerous of the group's songs including He's All I Need, Satisfied, I'm Too Close, Shine On Me, Marching To Zion, It's Gonna Rain, Come Lord Jesus, and Standing On The Promises ~ Smith passed away in 2009
April 22, 1921 ~ Singer, actress, dancer Vivian Dandridge, full name Vivian Alferetta Dandridge, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Member of the Dandridge Sisters alongside her sister Dorothy Dandridge and Etta Jones. The trio would headline the Cotton Club, appear in half a dozen films and score hits such as Undecided and If I Were Sure Of You, and some sides with Jimmie Lunceford including Minnie The Moocher Is Dead and You Ain't Nowhere. Following the trio's disbandement in 1940 Dandridge's sister Dorothy would be the most successful, appearing in films such as Carmen Jones and Porgy & Bess, with Vivian only performing in minor roles. Vivian also released a sole solo album, The Look Of Love, yet it remained mostly unnoticed ~ Dandridge passed away in 1991
April 22, 1920 ~ Conductor, cellist Arthur Winograd born in New York, New York, USA ~ Music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Member of the Juilliard String Quartet ~ Winograd passed away in 2010
April 22, 1920 ~ Benjamin Drootin, commonly known as jazz drummer Buzzy Drootin, born in Kiev, Ukraine ~ Worked with Jess Stacy, Lee Wiley, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dickenson, Bobby Hackett, Claude Hopkins, Jimmy McPartland, Pee Wee Russell, Arvell Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Ruby Braff, Anita O'Day, Wild Bill Davison, Eddie Condon, Serge Chaloff, Sidney Bechet, George Wein, and others ~ Drootin passed way in 2000
April 22, 1919 ~ Benjamin Joseph Jackson, commonly known as saxophonist Bull Moose Jackson, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Popular dirty blues singer most successful in the late 1940s. Known for songs such as I Want A Bow Legged Woman, Big Ten Inch Record, I Love You (Yes I Do), and I Can't Go On Without You ~ Jackson passed away in 1989
April 22, 1909 ~ Herman Shertzer, commonly known as jazz saxophonist Hymie Shertzer, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his association with Benny Goodman including on the pivotal 1937 recording of Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing). Also worked with Tommy Dorsey, Bunny Berigan, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Sy Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw, and others ~ Shertzer passed away in 1977
April 22, 1892 ~ Singer Walter Van Brunt, also known professionally as Walter Scanlan, born ~ Vaudeville, Broadway, musical performer enjoying popularity through the 1920s. Perhaps best known for his 1914 Just Awearyn For You duet with soprano Elizabeth Spencer. Has also worked with Ada Jones, John Bieling, the American Quartet, and others ~ Van Brunt passed away in 1971
April 22, 1868 ~ Pianist, composer José Vianna da Motta born on São Tomé Island, Portugal ~ One of the last pupils of Franz Liszt. Accompanied violinists such as Pablo de Sarasate, Tivadar Nachéz, and Bernardo Moreira de Sá. Known as a fine interpreter of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as lesser-known composers such as Charles-Valentin Alkan. Also known as a renowned composer in his own right, writing pieces for piano, chamber music, orchestral and choral works ~ Da Motta passed away in 1948