This Day In Music: April 23
April 22 ~ Birthdays/All ~ April 24
April 23, 2022 ~ Arnold Charles Ernest Hintjens, commonly known as singer, songwriter Arno, passed away ~ Known for his raspy voice. Rose to fame in the 1980s as frontman of TC Matic, one of the most important Belgian rock bands known for songs such as Oh La La La, Qua Pasa and Putain Putain. Debuted as a solo artist with the eponymous Arno album in 1986. Especially acclaimed for his Idiots Savant album, released in 1993. Sang the Dutch version of Randy Newman's You've Got A Friend In Me, retitled Je Bent Een Vriend Van Mij, for a Dutch-language version of Pixar's 1995 Toy Story animated film ~ Hintjens was born in 1949
April 23, 2021 ~ Country songwriter, producer Charlie Black, full name Charles Frank Black, passed away ~ First gained attention penning Girl You Eased My Mind for Tommy Overstreet. Others who have recorded his songs include Anne Murray, Gary Morris, Earl Thomas Conley, Johnny Paycheck, Phil Vassar. Married to songwriter Dana Hunt ~ Black was born in 1949
April 23, 2021 ~ Maria Ilba Biolcati, commonly known as singer, actress, TV personality Milva, passed away in Milan, Italy ~ Dubbed “La Rossa”, the Redhead, for the colour of her hair and for her leftist political views. Popular stage and musical singer, actress. Has worked with orchestras such as La Scala, the Deutsche Oper, the Paris Opera, and others. Actvely recording as a solo artist since the early 1960s, drawing from a wide array of genres including pop, schlager, chanson. Acclaimed as interpreter of the oeuvre of singer Edith Piaf. Has collaborated with composers, songwriters such as Ennio Morricone, Mikis Theodorakis, Enzo Jannacci, Vangelis and Franco Battiato ~ Biolcati was born in 1939
April 23, 2019 ~ Soprano Charity Sunshine Tilleman Dick passed away ~ Colaratura soprano singer worked with conductors and musicians including Bruno Rigacci, Joella Jones, Marvin Hamlisch, Bono, Zoltan Kocsis, Joan Dornemann, Eva Marton, and others ~ Tilleman-Dick was born in 1983
April 23, 2018 ~ Jazz pianist Art Simmons, full name Arthur Eugene Simmons, passed away in Beckley, West Virginia, USA ~ Worked with Charlie Parker, Kenny Clarke, Aaron Bridgers, Don Byas, Robert Mavounzy, Nelson Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Bertice Reading, Michel Gaudry, Pierre Cullaz, Elek Bacsik, Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday, Art Taylor, and others ~ Simmons was born in 1926
April 23, 2018 ~ Bebop, cool jazz pianist, singer, composer, producer Bob Dorough passed away in Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as a composer and performer for the Schoolhouse Rocks series and as a collaborator of Miles Davis and Blossom Dearie ~ Dorough was born in 1923
April 23, 2011 ~ Producer, label executive Huey P Meaux, full name Huey Purvis Meaux, passed away in Winnie, Texas, USA ~ Has worked with artists such as Sir Douglas Quintet (She's About A Mover), Freddy Fender (Before The Next Teardrop Falls, Wasted Days And Wasted Nights), Barbara Lynn (You'll Lose A Good Thing), Sunny & the Sunliners (Talk To Me), and Gene Summer (Big Blue Diamonds) ~ Meaux was born in 1929
April 23, 2005 ~ Jazz bassist Jimmy Woode, full name James Bryant Woode, passed away in Linderwold, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Flip Phillips, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Nat Pierce, Sidney Bechet, Billie Holiday, Jaki Byard, Earl Hines, Jimmy Witherspoon, Clark Terry, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Kenny Clarke, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Art Farmer, Svend Asmussen, Mal Waldron, and others ~ Woode was born in 1926
April 23, 2005 ~ Conductor, trumpeter, composer, arranger Robert Farnon passed away in Guernsey, Channel Islands ~ Revered by his peers. Influential on Quincy Jones. Called “the greatest writer for strings in the world” by André Previn. Arranged and conducted for artists such as Frank Sinatra (Frank Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain), Lena Horne (Lena (A New Album), Tony Bennett (Snowfall), and Sarah Vaughan (Vaughan With Voices). Composed scores for over 40 movies. ~ Farnon was born in 1917
April 23, 1999 ~ Jazz trombonist, arranger, composer Melba Liston passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ First woman trombonist to play the 1940s big bands. Eventually better known as an arranger, particularly for Randy Weston. Also arranged for Motown and Stax/Volt. Performed and recorded with Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Billy Eckstine, Quincy Jones, Milt Jackson, Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Betty Carter, Jimmy Smith, Dinah Washington, Bennie Green, Jimmy Cleveland, Babs Gonzales, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Mark Murphy, Sam Jones, Junior Mance, Oliver Nelson, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Kim Weston, and others ~ Liston was born in 1926
April 23, 1996 ~ John Rufus Sharpe III, commonly known as songwriter, music publisher, author Jack Sharpe, passed away in Santa Cruz County, California, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for writing So Rare with Jerry Herst. The song was first published in 1937 and would be a late-career hit for Jimmy Dorsey just months before his death in 1957. Others who have recorded the song include Carl Ravell, Gus Arnheim, Ella Fitzgerald, King Curtis, Chet Atkins. Sharpe has also written lyrics for other songs, notably Margaret Whiting's The Dream Peddler's Serenade with composer Johnny Mercer, and formed the music publishing company Rondo Music in the mid-1960s ~ Sharpe was born in 1909
April 23, 1996 ~ Songwriter, music publisher Jack Sharpe, full name John Rufus Sharpe III, passed away in Santa Cruz County, California, USA ~ Best known for co-writing So Rare with Gerald Hurst, which became a hit for Jimmy Dorsey and would also be recorded by Carl Ravell, Gus Arnheim, Guy Lombardo, Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Conniff and by others ~ Sharpe was born in 1909
April 23, 1995 ~ Cornelius Green III, commonly known as blues singer, guitarist Lonesome Sundown, passed away in Gonzalez, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Clifton Chenier, the Zydeco Ramblers, Phillip Walker, Lloyd Reynauld, JD Miller, Bruce Bromberg, and others ~ Green was born in 1928
April 23, 1995 ~ Xyolophonist Sammy Herman, full name Samuel Herbert Herman, passed away in Fishkill, New York, USA ~ Best known for his work with various NBC radio and TV orchestras, notably for Lucky Strike Hit Parade. Has worked with Carl Hoff, Al Goodman, Leo Reisman, and others ~ Herman was born in 1903
April 23, 1991 ~ Rock, hard rock singer, guitarist, pianist Caleb Johnson, full name Caleb Perry Johnson, born in Asheville, North Carolina, USA ~ Winner of the 13th season of American Idol in 2014
April 23, 1991 ~ John Anthony Genzale, commonly known as rock, punk rock, glam rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Johnny Thunders, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Rose to fame as guitarist of pivotal 1970s punk rock outfit the New York Dolls, remaining with the band from 1971 through 1975. After his departure formed and fronted the Heartbreakers, which also included Dolls-bandmate drummer Jerry Nolan and Television-bassist Richard Hell. Recorded as a solo artist, starting with 1978's So Alone working closely with Phil Lynott and Paul Cook with guest appearances by Chrissie Hynde and Steve Marriott ~ Genzale was born in 1952
April 23, 1987 ~ Laura Douglas, commonly known as R&B, soul singer, songwriter Laura Mvula born in Birmingham, UK ~ Acclaimed for her 2013 Sing To THe Moon debut and its follow-up 2016's The Dreaming Room albums. Best known for her 2013 Green Garden single
April 23, 1986 ~ Hyman Arluck, commonly known as songwriter Harold Arlen, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Perhaps best known for co-writing several songs for the 1939 film Wizard Of Oz with lyricist Yip Harburg including Over The Rainbow. Arlen wrote or co-wrote over 500 songs, some of its best known include That Old Black Magic (Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald), I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues (Lillian Shade, Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke), Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Aida Ward, Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae), Ac-cen-tchu-ate The Positive (Johnny Mercer, Bing Crosby, Ella Mae Morse), Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home (Ruby Hill, Pearl Bailey, Barbra Streisand), Let's Take The Long Way Home (Jo Stafford, Dinah Shore, the Ames Brothers), and One For My Baby And One More For The Road (Lena Horne, Fred Astaire, Harry Belafonte) ~ Arluck was born in 1905
April 23, 1984 ~ William McKinley Garland Jr, commonly known as pianist Red Garland, passed away in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his association with Miles Davis, backing Davis in the 1950s as a pivotal member of the Miles Davis Quintet. Leader and sideman. Has worked with Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Blue Mitchell, Philly Joe Jones, Arnett Cobb, Curtis Fuller, Jackie McLean, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, and others ~ Garland was born in 1923
April 23, 1983 ~ Singer Corinne Hermès wins the 28th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Munich, West Germany ~ Representing Luxembourg Hermès wins with the song Si La Vie Est Cadeau written by Jean-Pierre Millers and Alain Garcia
April 23, 1983 ~ Singer Taio Cruz born in Sussex, UK ~ Cruz was part of Tricky Stewart's songwriting collective, responsible for hits such as Will Young's 2004 Your Game, before releasing his solo debut, Departure, in 2008. Cruz has also written or co-written songs for David Guetta (Little Bad Girl, Without You), Jennifer Lopez (I'm Into You), Olly Murs (Kiss Me), Tinchy Stryder (Never Leave Me), and for Cheryl (Stand Up)
April 23, 1982 ~ Folk, Indie folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Devon Sproule born in Kingston, Canada ~ Married to singer, songwriter Paul Curreri with whom she also works, most notably on the 2007 Valentine's Duets album
April 23, 1979 ~ Country singer Michael English born in Castledermot, Ireland ~ Best known for his 1999 Nearest To Perfect single, given to him by the Mainliners's Henry McMahon
April 23, 1976 ~ Twin brothers Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner born in USA ~ Both brothers are members of indie rock band the National, known best for the singles The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness, The Day I Die and You Had Your Soul With You. Aaron is also known for forming the duo Big Red Machine with Justin Vernon, as well as in-demand producer and songwriter for Taylor Swift, Frightened Rabbit, Ben Howard, Lisa Hannigan, and others. Bryce has worked with artists such Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Jonny Greenwood, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Justin Peck, Ragnar Kjartannson, Caroline Shaw, Kelley O'Connor, the Cloggs, and others
April 23, 1975 ~ Jazz pianist Helge Lien born in Moelv, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Has worked with Tri O'Trang, Live Maria Roggen, Silje Nergaard, Frode Berg, Knut Aalefjaer, Arild Andersen, and others
April 23, 1974 ~ Bassist, actor Carlos Dengler born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Best known as Interpol bassist through 2010
April 23, 1969 ~ Krysztod Trzcinski, commonly known as jazz pianist, composer Krzysztof Komeda, passed away ~ Perhaps best known for his film scores, notably for Rosemary's Baby, and for his 1965 album Astigmatic, generally considered one of the most important European jazz albums ~ Trzciński was born in 1931
April 23, 1969 ~ Hornist Trude Eick born in Drammen, Norway ~ Sister of trumpeter Mathias Eick and bassist Johannes Eick
April 23, 1968 ~ Drummer, guitarist, singer Stan Frazier born in Newport Beach, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of rock band Sugar Ray, known for songs such as Every Morning, Someday and Fly. Produced albums by the Dirty Heads and Ashlee Simpson
April 23, 1966 ~ Singer, bassist, guitarist Matt Freeman, full name Roger Matthew Freeman, born ~ Best known as bassist for Rancid and Operation Ivy and as the Devil's Brigade frontman
April 23, 1964 ~ Simon Mathews, commonly known as alternative rock drummer Gen, born in Devizes, UK ~ Member of Jesus Jones from 1988 through 1997, present on recordings such as Right Here Right Now, International Bright Young Thing and The Devil You Know
April 23, 1964 ~ DJ, producer Torsten Fenslau born in Kleinheubach, West Germany ~ Best known as a member of Eurodance, pop act Culture Beat ~ Fenslau passed away in 1993
April 23, 1961 ~ Jazz drummer Gene Calderazzo born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of the Partisans, alongside Julien Siegel, Phil Robson, and Thad Kelly. Also worked with Steve Lacy, Steve Grossman, Eddie Henderson, NDR, Mike Gibbs, Bheki Mseleku, UMO, Sting, Radiohead, James Moody, Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Ulf Wakenius, Gary Husband, Wayne Krantz, Bobby Watson, Eddie Gomez, Evan Parker, Randy Brecker, and with his brother Joey Calderazzo
April 23, 1960 ~ Jazz alto saxophonist Jamie Talbot, full names James Robert Talbot, born in London, UK ~ Worked with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Clark Tracey, Stan Tracey, Jack Sharpe, Johnny Dankworth, Colin Towns, Guy Barker, Richard Niles, Shorty Rogers, Michael Nyman, Bud Shank, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, George Michael, Mel Tormé, Nelson Riddle, Gil Evans, Quincy Jones, and others
April 23, 1958 ~ Pianist, guitarist, singer Yul Anderson born in Sacramento, California, USA ~ Son of singer John Kassandra. Influenced by Mahalia Jackson, BB King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Johann Sebastian Bach. Opened for Earthquake, Eddie Money and Ray Charles while still in his early teens. Known for merging gospel, blues, R&B, adding elements of classical music. Social activist, organized several intercultural events. Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 ~ Anderson passed away in 2021
April 23, 1956 ~ Benjamin Albert Rolfe, commonly known as trumpeter, bandleader, radio personality, film producer BA Rolfe passed away in Walpole, Massachusetts, USA ~ Known as “the Boy Trumpet Wonder” would go on to become a film director, best known for acquiring Dyreda Art Film Company in 1915. The company's last production was the mystery series The Master Mystery starring renowned magician Harry Houdini ~ Rolfe was born in 1879
April 23, 1955 ~ Trumpeter Henry Busse passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Busse's Buzzards, Bing Crosby, and perhaps most notably Paul Whiteman co-wroting the latter's hits Hot Lips and Wang Wang Blues. Busse would prove to be a major influence on Al Hirt and Herb Alpert ~ Busse was born in 1894
April 23, 1953 ~ Bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Gareth Williams, full name Gareth John Williams, born in Cardiff, UK ~ Best known as member of experimental rock, punk outfit This Heat, present on the band's eponymous This Heat debut album. Has subsequently played with the Flaming Tunes and Mind The Gap ~ Williams passed away in 2001
April 23, 1949 ~ John Errington, commonly known as rock, pop rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist John Miles, born in Jarrow, UK ~ Member of local band the Influence, which also included future Roxy Music-drummer Paul Thompson and future Geordie-guitarist Vic Malcolm. Active as a solo artist since the eary 1970s, best known for Highfly, Slowdown and his best-known Music, the latter a UK top 10 hit in 1975 and a radio staple since. Would go on to back musicians such as Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder ~ Errington passed away in 2021
April 23, 1949 ~ Bassist, producer Mans Groundstroem born in Finland ~ Rose to prominence as member of a number of pivotal Finnish rock bands, notably the Blues Section, Tasavallan Presidentti and Wigwam. Would go on enjoy a lengthy and prolific career as producer and engineer for artists such as Jukka Tolonen, Jim Pembroke, Pejje Phojola, Dave Lindholm, Albert Järvinen, the Hurriganes, Kaseva, and others
April 23, 1947 ~ Jazz pianist Alan Broadbent born in Auckland, New Zealand ~ Leader, sideman, arranger. Has worked with Charlie Haden, Woody Herman, Chet Baker, Irene Kral, Sheila Jordan, Natalie Cole (won a Grammy for arranging Cole's When I Fall In Love), Warne Marsh, Bud Shank, Putter Smith, Frank Gibson Jr, Joe LaBarbera, Peter Erskine, Michael Feinstein, Scott Hamilton, Percy Faith, Barbra Streisand, Lee Ritenour, Toots Thielemans, Karrin Allyson, and others
April 23, 1947 ~ Bassist Glenn Cornick born in Lancashire, UK ~ Member of Jethro Tull from 1967 through 1970, appearing on the band's first three studio albums. Has also worked with Leigh Stephens, Wild Turkey, Karthago, Paris, Bob Welch, Thom Mooney, and others ~ Cornick passed away in 2014
April 23, 1947 ~ Country songwriter Kent Robbins, full name Kent Marshall Robbins, born in Mayfield, Kentucky, USA ~ Songs written or co-written by Robbins were recorded by Barbara Mandrell, Trace Adkins (Every Light In The House), Gary Allan, John Anderson (Straight Tequila Night), the Judds (Love Is Alive), Janie Fricke, Kathy Mattea, Ronnie Milsap (I'm A Stand By My Woman Man), Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, George Straitt (Write This Down), Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner (Heart Trouble), Don Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Shania Twain, and others
April 23, 1947 ~ Jump blues, R&B singer, saxophonist, bandleader Louis Jordan records Caldonia ~ Credited to Fleecie Moore, Jordan's wife at the time, but believed to be written by Jordan. Released later the same year, b/w Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door. Rooted in jazz but with its infectious rhythm considered a precursor to rock & roll. Cited by Little Richard as a major influence, Caldonia being the first non-gospel song he heard. Historians have noted that Richard's characteristic shrieks seem to be inspired by Jordan's style
April 23, 1947 ~ Jump blues, R&B singer, saxophonist, bandleader Louis Jordan records Early In The Mornin ~ Written by Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman and Jordan. Released the following October as the flipside of Look Out. The B-side would become the bigger hit and influence later artists such as James Brown and Chuck Berry. Musicians on the original recording: Wild Bill Davis piano, Bartley bass, Chris Columbus drums, and Aaron Isenhall, Eddie Jordan and Carl Hogan percussion. Jordan rerecorded the song for the 1949 film Look Out Sister portraying Jordan as a musical cowboy
April 23, 1944 ~ Mary Ellen Harrison, commonly known as jazz, blues singer Marion Harris, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Popular 1920s singer. Reportedly the first white female to sing jazz and blues. Known for songs such as Paradise Blues, After You've Gone, St Louis Blues, Look For The Silver Lining, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, When I Hear That Jazz Band Play, and perhaps her best-known I Ain't Got Nobody ~ Harrison was born in 1896
April 23, 1941 ~ Pianist, clarinetist, violinist Elizabeth Walton Vercoe born in Washington DC, USA ~ Worked with the Memphis Chamber Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and other renowned orchestras and ensembles
April 23, 1941 ~ Eliane Ducos, commonly known as singer, actress Jacqueline Boyer, born in Paris, France ~ Representing France Boyer won the 1960 Eurovision Songfestival with Tom Pillibi written by André Popp and Pierre Cour
April 23, 1940 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader Walter Barnes passed away ~ Worked with Detroit Shannon, the Royal Creolians, Paul Stott, Calvin Roberts, Jesse Washington, Clarence Porter, Juanita Avery, and others ~ Barnes was born in 1905
April 23, 1939 ~ Composer, arranger, conductor Patrick Williams born in Bonne Terre, Missouri, USA ~ Oscar-nominated, Emmy- and Grammy-winning film and television composer, conductor, arranger responsible for composing music for TV shows such as Columbo, Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Streets Of San Francisco, and Sports Challenge. Composed jazz and orchestral works, including Concerto In Swing for clarinetist Eddie Daniels, Romances For Jazz Soloist And Orchestra for saxophonist Tom Scott and Theme For Earth Day for John Williams and the Boston Pops ~ Williams passed away in 2018
April 23, 1939 ~ Traditional pop singer Ray Peterson born in Denton, Texas, USA ~ Best known for songs such as The Wonder Of You which was later covered by Elvis Presley, the smash hit Tell Laura I Love Her, the Phil Spector produced Corrina Corrina and the Barry Mann & Gerry Goffin-written dramatic ballad I Could've Loved You So Well ~ Peterson passed away 2005
April 23, 1938 ~ Accordionist Roland Cedermark born in Aivros, Sweden ~ Actively recording since the mid-1970s. Best known for songs such as Whispering, Någon Behover Dej and Vandra Varsamt ~ Cedermark passed away in 2020
April 23, 1938 ~ Bluegrass mandolinist Roland White born in Madawaska, Maine, USA ~ Brother of Eric White and Clarence White. Worked with the Kentucky Colonels, Country Gazette, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Lester Flatt, Alan Munde, Butch Robins, Bobby Hicks, Joe Carr, Ricky Skaggs, and others ~ White passed away in 2022
April 23, 1937 ~ Salsa singer, bassist, guitarist, percussionist Adalberto Santiago born in Ciales, Puerto Rico ~ Worked with Cuito Velez, Ray Barretto, Tipica '73, Los Kimbos, the Fania All-Stars, and others
April 23, 1936 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Roy Orbison, full name Roy Kelton Orbison, born in Mayfield, Kentucky, USA ~ Defined a number of rock & roll archettypes, most notably the hopeless romantic, and praised for his passionate, swooning vocal style, complex song structures and depths of his ballads. Dubbed by some “the Enrico Caruso of Rock” for his operatic style. Best known for a number of early to mid-1960s hits, mostly self-written or co-written, including Only The Lonely, Running Scared, Crying, In Dreams and his best-known Oh Pretty Woman. Resurged in the 1980s shortly before his death, both as a solo artist and as co-founding member of supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, which also included George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. The single I Got You, co-penned by U2's Bono, would be released one month after Orbison's death and be a global hit, including reaching top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Orbison passed away in 1988
April 23, 1935 ~ Vernice Green, commonly known as jazz alto saxophonist Bunky Green, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Charlie Parker, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby. Worked with Charles Mingus, Sonny Stitt, Louie Bellson, Andrew Hill, Yusef Lateef, Ira Sullivan, Elvin Jones, Fontella Bass, Herb Lance, the Soulful Strings, Clark Terry, and others
April 23, 1932 ~ Singer Bing Crosby records Waltzing In A Dream in Chicago, Illinois ~ Lyrics by Crosby and Ned Washington, music by Victor Young. Backed by Isham Jones & his Orchestra. Released as a 78 single on the Brunswick label it would reach the top 10 later the same year. Later notably covered by Guy Lombardo, Enric Madriguera and by Ray Noble featuring Al Bowlly as vocalist
April 23, 1931 ~ Blues, jazz drummer Billy Davenport born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his association with Paul Butterfield, appearing on the 1966 East-West album. Has also worked with Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, and others ~ Davenport passed away in 1999
April 23, 1930 ~ Saxophonist Mikkel Flagstad born in Oslo, Norway ~ Son of cellist Ole Flagstad. Leader and sideman. Known for his cool jazz-influenced style. Has worked with the Be-bop Band, Tage Wilford, Hans Backe, Per Asplin, Karl Otto Hoff, Egil Monn-Iversen, Rolf Ericson, Simon Brehm, Atle Hammer, Kjell Karlsen, Erik Amundsen, and others ~ Flagstad passed away in 2005
April 23, 1928 ~ Trumpeter, bandleader Mike Daniels, full name Mike John Brett Daniels, was born in Norbiton, UK ~ Influenced by King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong. Best known for leading jazz ensemble the Delta Jazzmen for about three decades starting in 1948. Worked with sidemen such as Gordon Blundy, John Barnes, Keith Nichols, John Chilton, and others ~ Daniels passed away in 2016
April 23, 1928 ~ Singer, actress, dancer Shirley Temple born in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Child actress, dancer, singer. Appeared in 29 films from the ages of 3 to 10. Retired from film at 22 ~ Temple passed away in 2014
April 23, 1927 ~ Yrjo Osvald Rundberg, commonly known as trumpeter, orchestra leader, producer, composer Ossi Runne, born in Viipuri, Finland ~ Perhaps best known for conducting over 20 of Finland's Eurovision Songfestival entries, starting in 1966 with Ann-Christine's Playboy, which he also wrote, reaching 10th place ~ Rundberg passed away in 2020
April 23, 1925 ~ Rosalind Cron, commonly known as jazz, big band saxophonist Roz Cron, born ~ Considered a pioneer of female big band music. Best known as a member of the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm, one of the first all-female big bands ~ Cron passed away in 2021
April 23, 1924 ~ Jazz, swing, big band drummer Bobby Rosengarden, full name Robert Marshall Rosengarden, born in Elgin, Illinois, USA ~ Session and studio musician at NBC and ABC playing for a variety of TV shows. Member of a number of all-star ensembles, perhaps mosty notably the Soprano Summit. Sideman on recordings by Stan Getz, Jimmy Smith, Sylvia Syms, Milt Hinton, Bob Wilber, Walter Wanderley, Kai Winding, and others ~ Rosengarden passed away in 2007
April 23, 1915 ~ Joseph P Lippman, commonly known as pop, jazz pianist, conduictor, arranger, composer Joe Lipman, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Composed and arranged for Bunny Berigan, Jimmy Dorsey, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, Glenn Miller (Blue Evening), Perry Como, and others. Has also worked with Benny Goodman, Vincent Lopez, Irving Aaronson, Artie Shaw, Nathaniel Shilkret, Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Eileen Barton, Kay Thompson, Vic Damone, Betty Madigan, Kay Armen, Bill Tabbert, Jan August, Ginny Gibson, Ella Mae Morse, Fran Warren, Bob Crosby, and others ~ Lippman passed away in 2007
April 23, 1905 ~ Songwriter Henry Tobias, full name Henry Hyman Tobias, born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA ~ Brother of songwriters Charles Tobias and Harry Tobias, both regular collaborators. Probably best known for co-writing Miss You first recorded by Rudy Vallee in 1929 and covered by numerous artists including Bing Crosby, Bill Haley, and Dinah Washington. Other songs co-written by Tobias include Cooking Breakfast For The One I Love (Fanny Brice), If I Had My Life To Live Over (Larry Vincent), I Remember Mama (the Andrews Sisters), and If I Knew Then What I Know (Ray Conniff Singers) ~ Tobias passed away in 1997
April 23, 1894 ~ Charles Edward Davenport, commonly known as blues organist, singer Cow Cow Davenport, born in Anniston, Alabama, USA ~ Worked with Dora Carr, Tampa Red, and others. As a solo artist best known for the 1928 recording Cow Cow Blues containing an influential piano riff widely used in blues recordings since, up to and including in the Ahmet Ertegun-penned Mess Around, an early 1950s hit for Ray Charles. Davenport reportedly claimed to have written Arthur Crudup's Mama Don't Allow It and Louis Armstrong's I'll Be Glad When You're Dead (You Rascal You), but have sold the rights
April 23, 1756 ~ Composer, organist Alexander Reinagle, full name Alexander Robert Reinagle, born in Portsmouth, UK ~ Not to be confused with his nephew Alexander Reinagle, also an organist, composer. Influenced by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Muzio Clementi. Best known for his set of keyboard sonatas, often dubbed The Philadephia Sonatas for being the first sonatas composed in America ~ Reinagle passed away in 1809