This Day In Music: April 24
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April 24, 2021 ~ Mezzo-soprano, dramatic soprano opera, concert, lieder singer Christa Ludwig passed away in Klosterneuburg, Austria ~ Daughter of baritone, tenor singer Anton Ludwig and mezzo-soprano Eugenie Besalla-Ludwig. Married to bass-baritone Walter Berry from 1957 to 1970. Enjoyed a career spanning over four decades starting in the late 1940s. Known for her performances of opera, lieder, religious works including oratorio, masses and passions. Closely associated with the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. Has also worked with the Oper Frankfurt, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Royal Opera House, and others ~ Ludwig was born in 1926
April 24, 2021 ~ Jazz singer Reinette van Zijtveld passed away ~ Member of Vokal Total. Has also worked with Albert Mangelsdorff, Klaus Doldinger, Andy Haderer, the Lumberjack Big Band, Paul Kuhn, Jiggs Whigham, the RIAS Big Band Berlin, and others ~ Van Zijtveld was born in 1961
April 24, 2021 ~ Singer, songwriter Sergio Esquivel, full name Sergio Iva Esquivel Cortes, passed away ~ Over 20 albums to his name as a solo artist. Had his songs covered by José José, Cristian Castro, Marco Antonio Muñiz, Lupita D'Alessio, and others ~ Esquivel was born in 1946
 
April 24, 2020 ~ Singer Harold Reid passed away ~ Bass singer, one of only two actual brothers in the band called the Statler Brothers, the other being lead singer Don Reid. No band member actually has the surname Statler. Started out singing gospel, at one point named themselves the Kingsmen and changed the name when the garage rock band Kingsmen became well-known with their 1963 Louie Louie. The group gravitated towards more secular country throughout the years but would include at least one gospel song on each album. They would reach the top 10 of the country charts regularly from the mid-1960s through the late 1980s with songs such as Flowers On The Wall, You Can't Have Your Cake And Edith Too, Do You Remember These, I'll Go To My Grave Loving You, Do You Know You Are My Sunshine, You'll Be Back Every Night In My Dreams, Elizabeth, and More Than A Name On The Wall ~ Reid was born in 1939
 
April 24, 2019 ~ Hervé Fomeri, commonly known as rock & roll singer, actor Dick Rivers, passed away in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France ~ Along with Johnny Hallyday one of the artists credited with bringing rock & roll to France. Influenced by Elvis Presley Took his stage name after “Deke Richards”, the character Elvis portrayed in his 1957 Loving You film. Briefly the lead singer of Les Chats Sauvages before venturing into a solo career by the early 1960s ~ Fomeri born in 1945
 
April 24, 2016 ~ Paul Williams, commonly known as singer Billy Paul, passed away in Blackwood, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known for the 1972 charttopper Me & Mrs Jones. Closey associated with Philly sound as created by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell. Influential on later soul stars including Questlove ~ Paul was born in 1934
 
April 24, 2015 ~ Bluegrass fiddler Benjamin Logan passed away in Morristown, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with Mike Seeger, Peter Rowan, Bill Monroe. Wrote Christmas Time's A-Coming recorded by Monroe and notably covered by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Sammy Kershaw, Rhonda Vincent, Patty Loveless, and others. Played fiddle on the Bee Gees' Give Your Best of their 1969 Odessa album ~ Logan was born in 1927
April 24, 2015 ~ Frankie Lee Jones, commonly known as soul blues, electric blues singer, songwriter Frankie Lee, passed away in Sacramento, California, USA ~ Recorded half a dozen albums. notably 1984's The Ladies And The Babies setting the stage for a resurgence of artists straddling the area between soul and blues. Drew comparisons to Otis Redding. Has backed Albert Collins from the mid to late 1960s ~ Jones was born in 1941
 
April 24, 2008 ~ Joseph Francis Giuffre, commonly known as saxophonist, arranger, composer Jimmy Giuffre, passed away in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA ~ Leader an sideman. Worked with Jimmy Giuffre 3, Woody Herman (wrote The Four Brothers), Howard Rumsey, the Lighthouse All-Stars, Shorty Rogers, Shelly Manne, Jim Hall, Ralph Peña, Jim Atlas, Bob Brookmeyer, Buddy Clark, Steve Swallow, Kiyoshi Tokunaga, Randy Kaye, Herb Ellis, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, Chet Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Ray Brown, Peggy Connely, Buddy DeFranco, Shelly Manne, Helen Merrill, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Lennie Niehaus, Anita O'Day, Bill Russo, Sonny Stitt, Duane Tatro, and others ~ Giuffre was born in 1921
 
April 24, 2005 ~ Rock keyboardist Scott Larned passed away ~ Founding member of the Dark Star Orchestra, one of the most popular the Grateful Dead tribute bands ~ Larned was born in 1969
 
April 24, 2001 ~ Albert George Hibbler, commonly known as singer Al Hibbler passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Started professionally with Dub Jenkins. Also sang with Jay McShann before moving on to the Duke Ellington Orchestra with whom he would stay for eight years. Considered among the best of Duke Ellington's male vocalists, he would be featured on songs such as Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues and on I'm Just A Lucky So And So. Hibbler left Duke in 1951 due to a dispute over wages. He would continue to sing in bands, including with Johnny Hodges and with Count Basie, before reaching solo success in the mid-1950s with songs such as Unchained Melody, He, 11th Hour Medley, and Never Turn Back. By the end of the decade Hibbler became active in the civil rights movement and the notoriety of his activism discouraged major labels. Frank Sinatra nevertheless supported Hibbler and signed him to his label but Hibbler would only sporadically record afterwards ~ Hibbler was born in 1915
April 24, 2001 ~ Singer Gro Anita Schønn passed away ~ Married to orchestra leader Terje Fjærn from 1950 until her death. Member of Treff alongside Inger Lise Rypdal and Stein Ingebrigtsen. As a solo artist best known for a string of 1970s recordings, notably the hits En Enkel Om Frihet and Eviva España ~ Schønn was born in 1950
 
April 24, 1998 ~ Melvin Epstein, commonly known as jazz , composer, arranger Mel Powell, passed away in Sherman Oaks, California, USA ~ Worked with Bobby Hackett, George Brunies, Zutty Singleton, Earl Hines, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, and others. As a composer best known for his Duplicates (A Concerto For Two Pianos And Orchestra), earning him a Pullitzer Prize in 1990 ~ Epstein was born in 1923
 
April 24, 1988 ~ Jazz saxophonist Michel Attenoux passed away in Laval, France ~ Worked with Peanuts Holland, Sidney Bechet, Jimmy Archey, Geo Daly, Marc Laferriere, Al Grey, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, les Petits Francais, Moustache, Marcel Zanini, Francois Guin, and others ~ Attenoux was born in 1930
 
April 24, 1987 ~ Indie folk, alternative rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Ben Howard, full name Benjamin John Howard, born in Bantham, UK ~ Self-released a number of EPs before debuting in 2011 with the album Every Kingdom, which would reach double Platinum status in the UK and spawn the UK top 10 hit Only Love. Has recorded consistently since. Joined A Blaze Of Feather in 2017
 
April 24, 1986 ~ Pianist, bandleader Count Basie passed away in Hollywood, Florida, USA ~ Iconic figure in jazz. Originally wanted to play the drums, switched to piano at age 15 disillusioned others were better. Gigged extensively as a young pianist, hanging with the likes of Sonny Greer, Willie The Lion Smith, James P Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller. Would get his first experience as bandleader temporarily taking over for Bennie Moten, who was voted out. By the mid-1930s Basie would start his own orchestra. Mentored many future stars in the Count Basie Orchestra. At times his sidemen included Lester Young, Herschel Evans, Freddie Green, Buck Clayton, Harry Sweets Edison, Al Grey, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and others. His orchestra would often accompany noted jazz and blues singers of the day, Basie preferred blues, such as Billie Holiday, blues shouter Jimmy Rushing, and Big Joe Turner. Basie would lead the orchestra for nearly five decades ~ Basie was born in 1904
April 24, 1986 ~ Blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer Eli Cook born in Nelson County, Virginia, USA ~ Influenced by John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine. Has been releasing records since the beginning of the millenium featuring guest appearances from artists such as Vinny Appice, Artimus Pyle, Tinsley Ellis, Eric Gales, Leslie West, Pat Travers, Harvey Mandel, Sonny Landreth, Rod Piazza, Reese Wynans, and others
 
April 24, 1985 ~ Singer, guitarist Mike Ledbetter born ~ Distant relative of Leadbelly ~ Ledbetter passed away in 2019
 
April 24, 1984 ~ Bassist, guitarist, keyboardist Michael League born ~ Member of Bokante. Bandleader of funk collective Snarky Puppy, whose members and collaborators have included Bob Reynolds, Jamison Ross, het Metropole Orkest, Lalah Hathaway, Eva Celia, and others. As a sideman League worked with artists such as Walter Hawkins, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Israel Houghton, Laura Mvula, Joe Walsh, Chris Thile, Michael McDonald, Terence Blanchard, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Wayne Krantz, Chris Potter, Salif Kreita, Eliades Ochoa, Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyate, Susana Baca, Kardes Turkuler, and others. As a producer League has worked with David Crosby, Becca Stevens, Banda Magda, Sirintip, Roosevelt Collier, Forq, Lucy Woodward, Bill Laurence, and others
April 24, 1984 ~ Patrick Martin Stumph, commonly known as alternative rock, pop punk, emo pop singer, guitarist Patrick Stump, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist of Fall Out Boy, known for songs such as Sugar We're Going Down, Dance Dance, This Ain't A Scene (It's An Arms Race) and Centuries. Also an acclaimed R&B infused solo singer, debuting in 2011 during the band's hiatus with the album Soul Punk
April 24, 1984 ~ Alternative rock, pop punk, power pop singer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Tyson Ritter, full name Tyson Jay Ritter, born in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA ~ Lead singer of alternative rock band All-American Rejects, known for hits such as Dirty Little Secret, Move Along, It Ends Tonight and Gives You Hell
 
April 24, 1983 ~ James Mundy, commonly known as tenor saxophonist, arranger, songwriter Jimmy Mundy, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as arranger for Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Earl Hines. Has also recorded as a leader, starting in the mid-1930s, and worked with artists such as Chet Baker, Al Hibbler, Illinois Jacquet, Harry James, Sonny Stitt, and others ~ Mundy was born in 1907
 
April 24, 1982 ~ Pop, pop rock, country pop singer, songwriter, actress Kelly Clarkson, full name Kelly Brianne Clarkson, born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Rose to fame as winner of the 1st season of American Idol talent show in 2002 and has recorded to commercial succes and critical acclaim since. Known for songs such as Miss Independent, Breakaway, Since U Been Gone, Because Of You, My Life Would Suck Without You, Mr Know It All and What Doesn't Kill You. Has collaborated with Trisha Yearwood, Ben Haenow, Reba McEntire, Kaleb Lee, and others
April 24, 1982 ~ Singer Nicole wins the 27th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Harrogate, UK ~ Representing Germany Nicole wins with the song Ein Bisschen Frieden written by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger
 
April 24, 1980 ~ Jazz accordionist, singer, composer Vincent Peirani born in Nice, France ~ Internationally renowned accordionist. Leader and sideman. Founded Living Being quartet. Also known for collaborating with artists such as Denis Colin, François Jeanneau, Youn Sun Nah, Emile Parisien, Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Michael Wollny, Daniel Humair, Laurent Korcia, Yves Simon, Muriel Bloch, and others
 
April 24, 1979 ~ Country, pop, rock, gospel singer Rebecca Lynn Howard born in Salversville, Kentucky, USA ~ Co-founding member of country-rock band Loving Mary. As a solo artist best known for her 2002 country single Forgive
 
April 24, 1975 ~ Songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist Pete Ham passed away in London, UK ~ Co-founding member of mid-1960s rock outfit Iveys. Starting with their 1969 Paul McCartney-penned Come And Get It single the band would go by the name Badfinger. Well-known hits include No Matter What, Day After Day, Baby Blue and Without You, penned by Ham and Tom Evans. The latter would be covered by over 180 artists, including notably Harry Nilsson. Despite commercial succes Ham would suffer dire financial straits, ripped off by music management, and broke, depressed and disappointed with the music industry Ham committed suicide at age 27. The emotional scar of his death would also be a factor in bandmate Evans' suicide some eight years later ~ Ham was born in 1949
 
April 24, 1974 ~ Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger Jordan McLean born in New Rochelle, New York, USA ~ Lead trumpeter of Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas. Has worked with David Byrne, Iron & Wine, Patti Smith, the Alabama Shakes, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the Roots, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Beyoncé, Angélique Kidjo, Bosco Mann, Mark Ronson, Wyclef Jean, and others
 
April 24, 1971 ~ Mariachi, Latin pop, pop singer Alejandro Fernández, full name Alejandro Fernández Abarca, born in Guadalajara, Mexico ~ Son of singer Vicente Fernández. One of the best-selling Latin music artist with record sales exceeding 20 million. Sang more traditional folk early on in his career, including mariachi and ranchera, but would eventually venture into pop and Latin pop reaching greater status
April 24, 1971 ~ Leonard George Hayton, commonly known as composer, conductor, arranger Lennie Hayton passed away in Palm Springs, California, USA ~ Discovered by Paul Whiteman. While with Whiteman played with Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang. Hayton also played with Bing Crosby. Musical direcor for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in prime time of movie musical. Arranged music for the film Singing In The Rain. Co-arranged Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust ~ Hayton was born in 1908
 
April 24, 1970 ~ Blues pianist Otis Spann passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Considered the premier postwar Chicago blues pianist. Closely associated with Muddy Waters, replacing Big Maceo Merriweather as Waters' backing pianist in 1952. Has recorded prolifically as a solo artist since the early 1960s. In-demand collaborator for artists such as Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, BB King, Buddy Guy, Big Mama Thornton, Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac, T-Bone Walker, Joe Turner, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Shines, Junior Wells, and others ~ Spann was born ca.1924
 
April 24, 1969 ~ Jazz trumpeter René Compère passed away in Brussels, Belgium ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Billy Smith, Charles Remue, Jean Omer, Fernand Coppieters, Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt, Joe Bouillon, Joe Heyne, Eddie Tower, and others ~ Compère was born in 1906
 
April 24, 1968 ~ Pop rock, funk rock drummer Aaron Comess born ~ Co-founding member of the Spin Doctors, present on the band's 1990s hits such as Two Princes and Little Miss Can't Be Wrong both taken of the band's 1991 Pocket Full Of Kryptonite debut album
April 24, 1968 ~ Eric Correa, percussionist, commonly known as hip-hop, jazz, rock percussionist Eric Bobo, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Son of jazz percussionist Willie Bobo. Best known for his associations with Cypress Hill, the Ritmo Machine and notably with the Beastie Boys, appearing on the latter's Ill Communication and Hello Nasty albums
 
April 24, 1966 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal singer Michael Bormann born in West Germany ~ Founding member of Jaded Heart. Has also worked with the Sygnet, Silent Force, High Voltage, Bonfire, Redrum, Grindhouse, and released a number of solo records
 
April 24, 1964 ~ Bassist Paul Ryder, full name Paul Anthony Ryder, born in Manchester, UK ~ Founding member of pivotal Manchester band the Happy Mondays remaining with the band through 1993 and rejoining in later years. Present on the band's best-known including Step On, Kinky Afro and Loose Fit. Ryder has also ventured into acting, appearing in the films The Ghosts Of Oxford Street, Losing It and perhaps most notably 24 Hour Party People ~ Ryder passed away in 2022
 
April 24, 1963 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records Masters Of War ~ One of Dylan's best-known protest songs in part inspired by President Dwight D Eisenhower's farewell address before leaving the White House referencing the military-industrial complex. Based on the traditional song Nottamun Town as arranged by veteran folksinger Jean Ritchie Dylan's lyrics are a protest against the Cold War nuclear arms race. It would be included on the The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album released later the same year
April 24, 1963 ~ Drummer, percussionist Horacio Hernandez born in Cuba ~ Worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Roy Hargrove, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Joanne Bracken, Carlos Santana, Italuba, Eddie Palmieri, Alejandro Sanz, Yerba Buena, Kazumi Watanabe, Fahir Atakoglu, Meddy Gerville, Robby Ameen, Mariza, Kip Hanrahan, Zucchero, Salazh Trio, OSamu, and others
April 24, 1963 ~ Jazz, vocal jazz singer, guitarist, songwriter Rebecca Martin born in Rumford, Maine, USA ~ Member of Once Blue. As a solo singer debuted in 1998 with her Thoroughfare. Produced Dorothy Scott's 1997 Everywhere Is Music album. Collaborated with Paul Motian
 
April 24, 1961 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Dave Gonzalezs born ~ His guitar playing has often been compared to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Founding member of the Paladins. Co-founder of the Hacienda Brothers alongside Chris Gaffney
 
April 24, 1959 ~ Heavy metal singer Eric Wagner born ~ Best known as founding member, lead singer of Trouble, considered a pioneer in the doom metal genre. Wagner left he band in 1997 to rejoin in 2000, then leaving again in 2008 to be replaced by Kory Clarky. Wagner has also worked with Lid, Blackfinger, the Skull, and others ~ Wagner passed away in 2021
 
April 24, 1958 ~ Singer Bobby Darin records Early In The Morning ~ Written by Darin and Woody Harris. Released on Brunswick Records using the alias the Rinky-dinks, due to contractual obligations. Darin's own label, ATCO Records, discovered the deception and Brunswick was forced to turn over the master tapes. Future releases would be under Darin's own name
 
April 24, 1956 ~ Ragtime, jazz bandleader, composer Julius Lenzberg passed away ~ Enjoyed popularity during the 1910s and 1920s. Best known for his 1913 composition Hungarian Rag, a ragtime adaptation of Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies. His succes inspired others to “rag” popular classical melodies though none were as successfull as Lenzberg ~ Lenzberg was born in 1878
 
April 24, 1954 ~ Raymond Ian Burns, commonly known as singer Captain Sensible, born in Balham, UK ~ Co-founding member, bassist, guitarist of the Damned, known best for their cult debut single New Rose, Love Song and perhaps their best-known Eloise, the latter reaching the UK top 10 in 1986. As a solo artist known for Happy Talk and Glad It's All Over, both of which reached the UK top 10
 
April 24, 1951 ~ Jean-Jacques Ferret, commonly known as virtuoso jazz guitarist, composer, arranger Boulou Ferre, born in Paris, France ~ Comes from a family of musicians, his father Matelo Ferret, and his uncle, Baro Ferret, both played with Django Reinhardt's the Quintette du Hot Club. Played with John Coltrane at age 13. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Boulou With the Paris All-Stas in 1966, backed by Michel Gaudry, Maurice Vander, and Eddy Louiss. Also worked with Dexter Gordon, Patrice Caratini, Philly Joe Jones, Bob Reid, Chet Baker, Steve Lacy, Gunter Hampel, Kenny Clarke, Warne Marsh, Svend Asmussen, Louis Vola, the Corporation Gypsy Orchesta, Steve Potts, Christian Escoudé, Takashi Kako, Babik Reinhardt, Philippe Combelle, Christone Astorfi, Alain Jean-Marie, with his brother Elios Ferre, and others
April 24, 1951 ~ Debra Piazza, commonly known as blues pianist Honey Piazza born ~ Best known for co-founding the Mighty Flyers with her husband singer Rod Piazza, known for their energetic blues hybrid, drawing from jump blues, West Coast blues and Chicago blues
 
April 24, 1949 ~ Bluegrass mandolinist, singer Larry Rice, full name Larry Prentis Rice, born in Danville, Virginia, USA ~ Member of the Rice Brothers alongside his brothers Tony Rice, Ron Rice, Wyatt Rice. Has also worked with JD Crowe, Dickey Betts, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, and others ~ Rice passed away in 2006
April 24, 1949 ~ Singer, songwriter Véronique Sanson, full name Véronique Marie Line Sanson, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France ~ Debuted in 1972 with the album Amoureuse to become one of France's most popular artists of the 1970s redefining the French chanson. Romantically involved with singer Michel Berger from 1967 through 1972. Married to singer Stephen Stills from 1973 to 1979, with whom she has one son
 
April 24, 1946 ~ Double-bassist, composer Stafford James born in Evanston, Illinois, USA ~ Also plays the violin. Switched to bass before starting his professional career. Worked with Pharoah Sanders, Monty Alexander, Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Melba Moore, David Frost, Artie Johnson, Diahann Carroll, Fred Travalena, Rashied Ali, Roy Ayers, Al Haig, Barry Harris, Andrew Hill, Andrew Cyrille, Chico Hamilton, Gary Bartz, Art Blakey, the Jazz Messengers, Frank Strozier, Harold Mabern, Louis Hayes, Jimmy Heath, Mulgrew Miller, Akua Dixon, Barney Wilen, Freddie Hubbard, Onaje Allan Gumbo, Ronnie Burrage, Richard Davis, Ray Mantilla, Warren Smith, Gary Bartz, Dexter Gordon, Bill Hardman, Louis Hayes, Lavelle, Cecil Payne, Oliver Lake, and others
 
April 24, 1945 ~ Jazz, world percussionist, guitarist Collin Walcott born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Member of Oregon. Member of Codona. Present on the 1972 Miles Davis album On The Corner. Has also worked with David Amram, Don Cherry, Larry Coryell, Egberto Gismonti, Paul Winter, and others ~ Walcott passed away in 1984
April 24, 1945 ~ Hervé Fomeri, commonly known as rock & roll singer, actor Dick Rivers, born in Nice, France ~ Along with Johnny Hallyday one of the artists credited with bringing rock & roll to France. Influenced by Elvis Presley Took his stage name after “Deke Richards”, the character Elvis portrayed in his 1957 Loving You film. Briefly the lead singer of Les Chats Sauvages before venturing into a solo career by the early 1960s ~ Fomeri passed away in 2019
April 24, 1945 ~ Drummer Doug Clifford born in Palo Alto, California, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a member of 1990s reincarnation Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Clifford also guested on albums by Mark Spoelstra, Tom Fogerty, Don Harrison, Sir Douglas Quintet, Billy C Farlow, and Greg Kihn.
April 24, 1945 ~ Robert Peeples, commonly known as singer Robert Knight born in Franklin, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for his 1967 recording of Everlasting Love ~ Knight passed away in 2017
 
April 24, 1944 ~ Bernard St Clair Lee, commonly known as St Clair Lee, born in California, USA ~ Best known as singer of the Hues Corporation, scoring a Billboard top 10 hit with their single Rock The Boat taken of their 1973 Freedom For The Stallion. Previously the band had contributed to the Blacula soundtrack, a 1973 blaxploitation version of the classic Dracula tale ~ Lee passed away in 2011
 
April 24, 1943 ~ Singer, arranger Richard Sterban born in Camden, New Jersey, USA ~ Member of country, gospel quartet the Oak Ridge Boys, joining the band in 1972 and noted for his vocal bass solo on the band's 1981 smash hit Elvira. Prior to joining the band Sterban sang with JD Sumner & the Stamps, a vocal group backing Elvis Presley
 
April 24, 1942 ~ Barbara Joan Streisand, commonly known as singer, stage and film actress Barbra Streisand, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ One of the few to hold what is commonly abbreviated to an “EGOT”, having been awarded an Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Oscar and Tony Award. Has scored nearly a dozen No.1 albums and nearly half a dozen singles over a decade spanning seven decades. Best known for songs such as The Way We Were, the Neil Diamond-penned You Don't Bring Me Flowers and No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) with Donna Summer
 
April 24, 1940 ~ Guitarist George Tomsco born ~ Co-founding and longtime member of the Fireballs, named for Jerry Lee Lewis's rock & roll classic Great Balls Of Fire and known for songs such as Torquay, Quite A Party and perhaps their best-known Sugar Shack, the latter topping the Billboard Hot 100 in 1963
April 24, 1940 ~ Harry Samuel Paris, commonly known as singer, actor Michael Parks, born in Corona, California, USA ~ Best known as an actor, star of the Then Came Bronson TV series, acclaimed for his role of Adam in the 1966 film The Bible (In The Beginning}. As a singer admired by peers and enjoys a cult following. Best known for the 1969 Closing The Gap debut album and its follow-up 1970's Long Lonesome Highway, it's title-track Long Lonesome Highway reaching the Billboard top 20 ~ Parks passed away in 2017
 
April 24, 1937 ~ Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson born in Lima, Ohio, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Charlie Parker. Drew from bebop, R&B, Latin jazz, avant-garde. Worked with Chick Corea, Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Wynton Kelly, Herbie Hancock, Woody Shaw, Lenny White, Charlie Haden, Joachim Kühn, Rufus Reid, Freddie Hubbard, Grant Green, Freddie Roach, Horace Silver, Duke Pearson, Joe Zawinul, George Benson, Flora Purim, JJ Johnson, Wynton Marsalis, Renee Rosnes, Roy Hargrove, and others ~ Henderson passed away in 2001
 
April 24, 1935 ~ Hornist, tuba player Allan Jaffe born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Took over management of the New Orleans Preservation Hall in 1961, which has since become an institute of standing and invaluable to the preservation of traditional New Orleans jazz ~ Jaffe passed away in 1987
 
April 24, 1933 ~ Singer Freddie Scott born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA ~ Best known for his 1960s singles Are You Lonely For Me and Hey Girl, the latter reaching Billboard top 10 in 1963 ~ Scott passed away in 2007
 
April 24, 1931 ~ Songwriter Clint Ballard Jr, full name Clinton Conger Ballard Jr, born in El Paso, Texas, USA ~ Wrote two major hits, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders' The Game Of Love and Linda Ronstadt's You're No Good, the latter originally recorded by Dee Dee Warwick but the bigger hit for Ronstadt though. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Walter Jackson, Gene McDaniels, Johnny Tillotson, the Tremeloes, Ricky Nelson, the Hollies (I'm Alive), Jan & Dean, Jimmy Jones (Good Timin'), the Zombies, Alvin Stardust, the Kalin Twins, Billy Eckstine, Nancy Wilson, Malcolm Vaughan (Ev'ry Hour Ev'ry Day Of My Life), the Swinging Blue Jeans, Johnny Burnette, Louis Prima, Connie Francis, Frankie Laine, Frankie Avalon (Ginger Bread), Bobby Rydell, Patti Page, Arthur Prysock, and others ~ Ballard passed away in 2008
 
April 24, 1930 ~ Jazz pianist Frank Strazzeri born in Rochester, New York, USA ~ Worked with Sharkey Bonano, Al Hirt, Charlie Ventura, Woody Herman, Joe Williams, Maynard Ferguson, Les Brown, Elvis Presley, Terry Gibbs, Herb Ellis, the Lighthouse All-Stars, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Cal Tjader, Louie Bellson, Chet Baker, Curtis Amy, Chet Baker, Red Mitchell, and others ~ Strazzeri passed awayin 2014
 
April 24, 1928 ~ Saxophonist Johnny Griffin born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leading figure in hard bop. Leader and sideman. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Kenny Clarke, Joe Morris, John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Clark Terry, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, Nat Adderley, Chet Baker, Count Basie, James Carter, Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, Blue Mitchell, Ira Sullivan, Wes Montgomery, Randy Weston, and others ~ Griffin passed away in 2008
 
April 24, 1924 ~ Bandleader Isham Jones records It Had To Be You at Brunswick Studios, New York, New York ~ Music Jones, lyrics Gus Kahn. Released as a single b/w After The Storm the following July it would reach No.1 on the pop charts. The song would become a standard, over the years covered by artists as diverse as Ruth Etting, Betty Hutton, Doris Day, Billie Holiday, Patti Page, Ray Charles, the Crew Cuts, Barbra Streisand, James Brown, Harry Nilsson, and Don McLean
 
April 24, 1922 ~ Operatic baritone Matti Lehtinen born in Lappeenranta, Finland ~ Associated with the Cologne Opera from 1952 through 1955. Freelanced in opera, oratorio and lieder until 1963 before returning to his previous position at the Finnish National Opera, where over the years he appeared in over 60 operatic roles ~ Lehtinen passed away in 2022
 
April 24, 1921 ~ Jazz double-bassist Aaron Bell, full name Samuel Aaron Bell, born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Lucky Millinder, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday (Lady Sings The Blues), Lester Young, Stan Kenton, Johnny Hodges, Cab Calloway, Carmen McRae, Ray Bryant, Dick Haymes, Duke Ellington, Sam Woodyard, Buck Clayton, Earl Hines, Friedrich Gulda, Sonny Stitt, Charles Thompson, Mose Allison, Harold Ashby, Mae Barnes, Urbie Green, Junior Mance, Sam Most, Jimmy Rushing (If This Ain't The Blues), Buddy Tate, Norris Turney, Randy Weston, and others ~ Bell passed away in 2003
 
April 24, 1916 ~ Guitarist, arranger Eldon Shamblin, full name Estel Eldon Shamblin, born in Clinton, Oklahoma, USA ~ Considered one of the premier electric guitarists in Western Swing. Influenced by Eddie Lang. Worked with the Alabama Boys, Bob Wills' backing unit the Texas Playboys, Merle Haggard's backing unit the Strangers, the Four Giants Of Swing, Leon McAuliffe, Tiny Moore, Willie Nelson, Joe Venuti, Mac Wiseman, the Tractors, Asleep At The Wheel, and others ~ Shamblin passed away in 1998
 
April 24, 1914 ~ Jazz double-bassist Ray Leatherwood born ~ Worked with the Mustang Band, Joe Venuti, Bob Chester, Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Julie London (including on Cry Me A River), Sonny James, Dick Cary, and others ~ Leatherwood passed away in 1996
 
April 24, 1902 ~ Reuben Bloom, commonly known as songwriter Rube Bloom, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Frequent songwriting partner of Sammy Cahn, Ted Koehler, and notably Johnny Mercer. Songs co-written by Bloom include Day In Day Out (Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra), Out In The Cold Again (Glen Gray, Ruth Etting, Billy Eckstine), Maybe You'll Be There (Gordon Jenkins, Kay Starr, June Christy), Give Me The Simple Life (Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett), and Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Katherine Perry, Les Brown, Ella Fitzgerald) ~ Bloom passed away in 1976
April 24, 1902 ~ Jazz violinist, double-bassist, bandleader Vernon Andrade born in Panama ~ Popular during the 1920s and 1930s. Served under Deacon Johnson to go on to lead his own orchestra by the mid-1920s. Employed sidemen such as Pete Briggs, Ernest Hill, Zutty Singleton. Influenced later bandleaders such as Fletcher Henderson and Chick Webb ~ Andrade passed away in 1966
 
April 24, 1895 ~ Charles Pertum, commonly known as country blues singer, songwriter Charlie Specks McFadden, born in Quincy, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his 1930 song Groceries On The Shelf (Piggly Wiggly). Has worked with Roosevelt Sykes and Lonnie Johnson, ~ Pertum passed away in 1966
 
April 24, 1892 ~ Myrtle Louise Lincoln, commonly known as violist, violinist, pianist, composer Louise Lincoln Kerr, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Known as “the Grand Lady of Music” with over 100 works to her name including symphonic tone poems, chamber music, orchestral works, concertos, and ballets. Helped co-found several orchestras and institutions, most notably the Phoenix Symphony. Well-known compositions include Arizona Profiles, Enchanted Mesa and Tableau Vivant ~ Lincoln passed away in 1977