This Day In Music: April 29
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April 29, 2022 ~ Jazz drummer Allen Blairman passed away ~ To rock audiences perhaps best known as a member of 1970s jazz-rock group Embryo. Has also worked with Charles Mingus, Chet Baker, Archie Shepp, Mal Waldron, Albert Ayler, Karl Berger, and others ~ Blairman was born in 1940
 
April 29, 2021 ~ Bassist, producer Tony Markellis passed away ~ Best known for his association with Trey Anastasio. Has also worked with Paul Butterfield, Johnny Shines, David Bromberg, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Ellen McIlwaine, Mary McCaslin, Jo Henley, with jazz-fusion group Kilimanjaro, and with others ~ Markellis was born in 1952
April 29, 2021 ~ Stoner rock guitarist, drummer Will Mecum, full name William Mecum, passed away ~ Co-founding and sole constant member of Karma To Burn. Also worked with Treasure Cat, Admiral, the Sons Of Alpha Centauri, and with Year Long Disaster ~ Mecum was born in 1972
 
April 29, 2020 ~ Steve Williams, commonly known as rapper, producer Stezo, passed away ~ First gained attention as a dancer for hip-hop group EPMD. As a solo artist released his Crazy Noise solo debut album in 1989, spawning the modest hit It's My Turn ~ Williams was born in 1968
 
April 29, 2014 ~ Abraham Osser, commonly known as orchestra leader, arranger, songwriter Glenn Osser, passed away ~ Arranged for Bob Crosby, Vincent Lopez, Al Donahue, Charlie Barnet, Bunny Berigan, Ben Bernie. Backed singers such as Doris Day, Jerry Vale, Johnny Mathis, Jill Corey. Long-time musical director and conductor for the Miss America Pageant ~ Osser was born in 1914
 
April 29, 2011 ~ Trumpeter David Mason passed away ~ Orchestral, session musician. To pop audiences best known for his piccolo trumpet solo on the Beatles' Penny Lane ~ Mason was born in 1926
 
April 29, 2008 ~ Drummer Micky Waller passed away in London, UK ~ In-demand drummer active since the early 1960s. Has worked with the Flee-rekkers, Cyril Davies, Marty Wilde, Georgie Fame, Brian Auger, Trinity, Steampacket, John Mayall's quintessential British R&B band the Bluesbreakers, Jeff Beck (including on the Truth album), Rod Stewart, Long John Baldry, Terry Smith, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Sam Gopal, and others. Backed rock & roller Little Richard on two separate UK tours ~ Waller was born in 1941
 
April 29, 2000 ~ Robert Elliott Jones, commonly known as jazz trumpeter Jonah Jones, passed away ~ Worked with Stuff Smith, Horace Henderson, Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, and others ~ Jones was born in 1909
 
April 29, 1999 ~ Jazz, R&B pianist, singer, songwriter Roosevelt Wardell passed away in Smyrna, Delaware, USA ~ Best known for the 1952 recordings So Glad I'm Free and Deep Moanin' Blues, both recorded with Ed Wiley. Worked with Johnny O'Neal, Earl Hooker, Cannonball Adderley, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes, Earl Anderza, and others ~ Wardell was born ca.1933
 
April 29, 1997 ~ Blues, blues-rock, rock & roll, R&B bassist, guitarist, singer Keith Ferguson passed away ~ Best known as member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds from 1976 through 1985, present on the band's first four albums. Subsequently a member of the Tailgators. Has also worked with Sunnyland Special, Black Kangaroo, the Nightcrawlers alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan, with Rocky Hill, Carlos Santana (Havana Moon), the Leroi Brothers, Mike Morgan, Jim Suhler, and others ~ Ferguson was born in 1946
 
April 29, 1990 ~ Blues guitarist Sammy Lawhorn, full name Samuel David Lawhorn, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his association with Muddy Waters, including on pivotal albums such as Folk Singer and Live At Mr Kelly's. Has also worked with artists such as Otis Spann, Willie Cobbs, Eddie Boyd, Roy Brown, Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Jimmy Witherspoon, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Elmore James, and others ~ Lawhorn was born in 1935
April 29, 1990 ~ Dewitt Jenkins. commonly known as old time banjoist, fiddler Snuffy Jenkins, passed away ~ Worked with the Jenkins String Band, the Wow String Band, the Mountaineers, EJ Mainer, Byron Parker, Pappy Sherrill, Jim Eanes, the Hired Hands, Mike Seeger, and others ~ Jenkins was born in 1908
 
April 29, 1989 ~ Louisa Rose Allen, commonly known as singer, songwriter, model Foxes, born in Southampton, UK ~ First gained attention providing the vocals on Zedd's 2012 single Clarity. Debuted as a solo singer in 2014 with the album Glorious. Known for songs such as Youth, Let Go For Tonight, Body Talk and Amazing
 
April 29, 1986 ~ Jeff Abel, commonly known as producer, DJ Excision, born in Kelowna, Canada ~ Dubstep, drum and bass, trap, breakbeat producer and DJ known for his dark sounds, heavy on the bass and drawing from hip-hop and metal. Active since the mid-2000s. Released his full-length X-Rated debut album in 2011
 
April 29, 1982 ~ James Henry Jones, commonly known as jazz pianist Jimmy Jones, passed away in Burbank, California, USA ~ Leader, sideman, arranger. Cited by Dave Brubeck as a major influence. Closely associated with Sarah Vaughan, backing Vaughan from 1947 through 1952 and again from 1954 through 1957. Also worked with Stuff Smith, Don Byas, Dizzy Gillespie, JC Heard, Buck Clayton, Etta Jones, Clifford Brown, Anita O'Day, Dakota Staton, Pat Suzuki, Morgana King, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Hodges, Bud Johnson, Nat Gonella, Harry Sweets Edison, Big Joe Turner, Coleman Hawkins, Frank Wess, Milt Jackson, Sidney Bechet, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, and others. Present on the 1957 The Jones Boys album by the Jones Boys, a one-off group put together by Leonard Feather with all members named “Jones” though none were related ~ Jones was born in 1918
 
April 29, 1981 ~ William Alonzo Anderson, commonly known as jazz trumpeter Cat Anderson, passed away in Norwalk, California, USA ~ Best known for his extensive tenure in Duke Ellington's orchestra. Also played with Hartley Toots, Claude Hopkins, Doc Wheeler, Lucky Millinder, Erskine Hawkins, Sabby Lewis, Lionel Hampton, Gene Ammons, Louie Bellson, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hodges, Quincy Jones, Rosemary Clooney, Earl Hines, Bill Berry, and with Claude Bolling ~ Anderson was born in 1916
April 29, 1981 ~ Singer, songwriter Tahita Bulmer, full name Tahita Rotardier Bulmer, born in City Of Westminster, UK ~ Co-founding member of the New Young Pony Club, best known for their acclaimed 2007 Fantastic Playroom debut album. After keyboardist Lou Hayter and drummer Sarah Jones departed the band would return to its electropop roots and be renamed to NYPC to reflect the change
 
April 29, 1980 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist, drummer, bassist, songwriter Kian Egan, full name Kian John Francis Egan, born in Sligo, Ireland ~ Member of Irish boy band Westlife, alongside Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden, known for songs such as Swear It Again, Flying Without Wings, Fool Again, What Makes A Man, Queen Of My Heart, Hey Whatever, You Raise Me Up and Amazing, all of which reached top 10 in both the band's native Ireland and the UK. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Home in 2014
 
April 29, 1979 ~ Singer, songwriter Jo O'Meara, full name Joanne Valda O'Meara, born in Romford, UK ~ Best known as member of S Club 7 from 1999 until its disbandement in 2003, present on hits such as Reach, Don't Stop Movin', Have You Ever, Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You and perhaps their best-known Never Had A Dream Come True
 
April 29, 1974 ~ Jazz drummer, arranger Borre Dalhaug born in Alesand, Norway ~ Worked with Real Thing, Nora Brockstedt, the Oslo Groove Company, the Bohuslän Big Band, Even Kruse Skatrud, and others
April 29, 1974 ~ James Kimball Gannon, commonly known as songwriter, lyricist Kim Gannon, passed away in Lake Worth, Florida, USA ~ Collaborated with songwriters suh as J Fred Coots, Walter Kent, Josef Myrow, Max Steiner, Jule Styne, Mabel Wayne, Luckey Roberts. Well known songs co-written by Gannon include Moonlight Cocktail (Glenn Miller), I Understand (Jimmy Dorsey), A Dreamer's Holiday (Perry Como), I'll Be Home For Christmas (Bing Crosby), and I Want To Be Wanted (Brenda Lee) ~ Gannon was born in 1900
 
April 29, 1973 ~ Alternative rock, post-grunge, pop drummer Cheney Brannon born ~ Best known as member of Collective Soul, present on the band's eponymous 2009 Collective Soul album. Has also worked with Cheap Thrills, Riley Biederer, John Corabi, Joel Kosche, and others
 
April 29, 1970 ~ Pop, rock singer, songwriter China Forbes born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA ~ Co-lead singer of Pink Martini since 1995. The band is noted for its collaborations with numerous artists, notably Saori Yuki and the Von Trapps, and had many of its songs featured in films such as Josie & The Pussycates, Hitch and Mr & Mrs Jones as well as TV series such as The Sopranos, The West Wing and Sherlock
 
April 29, 1969 ~ Percy Robert Miller, commonly known as rapper, producer, actor Master P, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ As a solo artist known for his 1995 single Mr Ice Cream Man and notably his 1997 single Make 'Em Say Uhh, the latter featuring Fiend, Silkk The Shocker, Mia X & Mystikal and reaching Billboard top 20. Has also worked with Miller Boyz, TRU, Pimp C, Sons Of Funk, Webbie, and others
 
April 29, 1968 ~ Singer Carnie Wilson born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of pop group Wilson Phillips, which also included Wendy Wilson and Chyna Phillips, known for a string of 1990s hits notably the Billboard Hot 100 charttoppers Hold On, Release Me and You're In Love. All three band members are daughters of famous musicians, sisters Carnie and Wendy of the Beach Boys-singer Brian Wilson, Chyna is the daughter of the Mamas & the Papas-members John Phillips and Michelle Phillips
 
April 29, 1967 ~ Jazz saxophonist Benny Krueger passed away ~ Briefly played with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, appearing on a number of early 1920s recordings. Would go on to become a musical director and conductor for radio and TV working with artists such as Rudy Vallee and Bob Crosby. As a solo artist best known for I Cried For You and Wang Wang Blues (Saxopation). Also wrote Sunday, recorded by Pat Boone, Louis Jordan and most notably Lester Young ~ Krueger was born in 1899
April 29, 1967 ~ Blues guitarist, singer JB Lenoir passed away in Urbana, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur Crudup, Lightnin' Hopkins. Known for songs such as Korea Blues, Let's Roll, Mojo and Mama Talk To Your Daughter. Worked with Sonny Boy Williamson II, Elmore James, Memphis Minnie, Big Maceo Merriweather, Muddy Waters, Sunnyland Slim, Leroy Foster, JT Brown, Willie Dixon, Fred Below, and others ~ Lenoir was born in 1929
 
April 29, 1963 ~ Country singer, songwriter Stephanie Bentley, full name Stephanie Kay Bentley, born in Thomasville, Georgia, USA ~ First gained attention duetting with Ty Herndon on Heart Half Empty in 1996. It would be included on both Herndon's What Mattered Most debut album and Bentley's sole Hopechest album. Best known as a songwriter. Wrote or co-wrote songs for Céline Dion, Faith Hill (Breathe), Pam Tillis, Martina McBride (Concrete Angel), Jo Dee Messina, and others
 
April 29, 1961 ~ Gilbert Vandine Houston, commonly known as folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Cisco Houston, passed away in San Bernardino, California, USA ~ Closely associated with Woody Guthrie, touring with Guthrie as early as the late 1930s and joining him in the Almanac Singers later. As a solo artist known for songs such as Great July Jones, Crazy Heart, What Did The Deep Blue Sea Say and Dollar Down. Influential on later folk singers, some of which recorded tribute songs such as Tom Paxton (Fare Thee Well Cisco), Peter La Farge (Cisco Houston Passed This Way) and Tom McGrath (Blues For Cisco Houston) ~ Houston was born in 1918
April 29, 1961 ~ Irving Milfred Mole, commonly known as trombonist Miff Mole, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Known for recordings such as Slippin' Around, Red Hot Mama, Miff's Blues and There'll Come A Time (Wait And See). Worked with the Original Memphis Five, Sophie Tucker, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Sam Lanin, Eddie Lang, Jimmy Dorsey, Red Nichols, Vic Berton, the Charleston Chasers, and others ~ Mole was born in 1898
April 29, 1961 ~ Singer Wanda Jackson records In The Middle Of A Heartbreak in Nashville, Tennessee ~ Written by Laurie Christenson, Pat Franzese and Jackson. Produced by Ken Nelson. It would be released the next September as a single, featuring I'd Be Ashamed on the flipside. During the same session Jackson also recorded the Hank Cochran-penned Little Bitty Tear, her next single
 
April 29, 1957 ~ Bella Becker, commonly known as singer, actress, radio host Belle Baker, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Popular 1910s, 1920s ragtime, torch singer, actress. Popularized a number of Irving Berlin songs such as Blue Skies and My Yiddishe Mama. Hosted her own radio show in the 1930s ~ Becker was born in 1893
 
April 29, 1956 ~ Jazz bassist Ira Coleman born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Has played with artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Laurent de Wilde, Milt Jackson, Ulf Wakenius, John Esposito, Joanne Brackeen, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Tony Williams, Ayo, Antonio Farao, and others
 
April 29, 1953 ~ Singer, producer Bill Drummond born in Butterworth ~ Best known for forming the techno, pop duo the KLF with Jimmy Cauty, one of the worldwide best-selling acts of 1991, scoring sample-rich hits such as 3AM (Eternal), Train To Trancentral, America (What Time Is Love) and Justified & Ancient featuring Tammy Wynette. The duo also recorded under several other monikers including the Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu, Disco 2000 and notabaly scoring the 1988 UK No.1 hit Doctorin' The Tardis under the moniker the Timelords. In 1995 the duo burned £1 million in an art project for their the K Foundation
 
April 29, 1950 ~ Bassist Wayne Secrest born in Alton, Illinois, USA ~ Member of country, outlaw country, country rock outfit Confederate Railroad from its inception in 1987 until retiring from the band in 2017 for health reasons. They are best known for songs such as Jesus And Mama, The Queen Of Memphis and Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind ~ Secrest passed away in 2018
 
April 29, 1949 ~ Latin rock organist Bobby Espinosa born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Key figure of the Los Angeles Latin rock scene from the late 1960s through the 2000s, known for his percussive apporach to the Hammond organ. Founding member of El Chicano, drawing from rock, funk, soul, blues, jazz, salsa and best known for early 1970s singles such as Viva Tirado Part I, Brown Eyed Girl and Tell Her She's Lovely ~ Espinosa passed away in 2010
 
April 29, 1948 ~ Composer, songwriter Clarence Gaskill passed away in New Brighton, New York, USA ~ Popular in the early 20th century. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Prisoner Of Love (Russ Columbo), Doo Wacka Doo (Paul Whiteman), I Don't Mind Being Alone (Lou Gold), and perhaps his best-known I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me. The latter would be first recorded by Dolores Valesco in 1927 and covered by close to 200 artists including Louis Armstrong, Nat Gonella, Earl Hines, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Faron Young, Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, and others ~ Gaskill was born in 1892
April 29, 1948 ~ Guitarist, violinist Michael Karoli born in Straubling, West Germany ~ Member of the Can alongisde Holger Czukay, Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit and David Johnson ~ Karoli passed away in 2001
 
April 29, 1947 ~ Thomas Gergory Jackson, commonly known as singer Tommy James born in Dayton, Ohio, USA ~ Fronted 1960s rock band Tommy James & the Shondells, known for the Billboard top 10 hits Hanky Panky, I Think We're Alone Now, Mirage, Mony Mony, Crimson And Clover and Crystal Blue Persuasion
 
April 29, 1946 ~ Giancarlo Salvestrin, commonly known as singer, songwriter, label executive Gene Pierson, born in Venice, Italy ~ As a singer known for 1960s and 1970s songs such as Love Love Love, You Got To Me, and Reach Out
April 29, 1946 ~ Abraham Himmelbrand, commonly known as percussionist, xylophonist Teddy Brown, passed away ~ Worked with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Julius Lenzberg, Earl Fuller, and others ~ Himmelbrand was born in 1900
 
April 29, 1945 ~ Thomasina Winifred Montgomery, commonly known as singer Tammi Terrell, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of the Sherrys. Spend two years backing James Brown as a member of the James Brown Revue. Best remembered for a number of duets with Marvin Gaye, including Ain't No Mountain High Enough and You're All I Need To Get By. Collapsed on stage in Gaye's arms to be later diagnosed with a brain tumor ~ Terrell passed away in 1970
 
April 29, 1943 ~ Country, gospel singer Duane Allen, full name Duane David Allen, born in Taylortown, Texas, USA ~ Received formal training in operatic singing before joining country, gospel vocal group the Oak Ridge Boys in 1966. Lead singer on the majority of the band's best-known including Elvira, Bobbie Sue and American Made. Married to Norah Lee Allen, backup singer on Grand Ole Opry
 
April 29, 1941 ~ Bandleader Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra record Blue Champagne ~ Written by Grady Watts, Jimmy Eaton, Frank L Ryerson. Vocals by Bob Eberly. Released the following June, b/w All Alone And Lonely, it would become Dorsey's fifth No.1 single that year. The song would also be recorded by Xavier Cugat, Freddy Martin, Anita O'Day, and others
April 29, 1941 ~ Frankie Lee Jones, commonly known as soul blues, electric blues singer, songwriter Frankie Lee, born in Mart, Texas, 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 passed away in 2015
April 29, 1941 ~ Dinahir Tostes Caymmi, commonly known as singer Nana Caymmi, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Daughter of Dorival Caymmi and sister of Dori Caymmi and Danilo Caymmi, all singers. Briefly married to Gilberto Gil during the late 1960s. Enjoyed some moderate succes at the time but neither much at home in the Tropicalia nor the protest song movement. Would reach mainstream succes in the 1990s, notably with the album Bolero kicking of a string of gold albums
 
April 29, 1940 ~ Saxophonist, flutist George Adams was born in Covington, Georgia, USA ~ Worked with Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Roy Haynes, Don Pullen, Phalanx, Cameron Brown, Dannie Richmond, Gil Evans, Craig Harris, Roy Haynes, Cecil McBee, and others ~ Adams passed away in 1992
 
April 29, 1937 ~ Singer, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist, songwriter Hasil Adkins born in Boone County, West Virginia, USA ~ Encompasses rock & roll, country, blues, rockabilly. Foreshadowed psychobilly with songs such as She Said, later covered by the Cramps, and Let Me Come In, covered by the Flat Duo Jets ~ Adkins passed away in 2005
April 29, 1937 ~ Walter Williams, commonly known as Chicago blues guitarist, singer Lefty Dizz, born in Osceola, Arkansas, USA ~ Earned his nickname by playing a right-handed Stratocaster left-handed. Noted for his energetic flamboyant stage presence. Best known for fronting Shock Treatment and for his associations with Junior Wells, JB Lenoir and Hound Dog Taylor. Has also worked with Lacy Gibson, Earl Hooker, Junior Cannady, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Big Moose Walker, Louisiana Red, and others. Also appears on Muddy Waters' 1981 live album Live At The Checkerboard Lounge which also featured the Rolling Stones-members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood ~ Williams passed away in 1993
April 29, 1937 ~ Willy Cecile Johannes van de Velde, commonly known as folk singer, guitarist Wannes van de Velde, born in Antwerp ~ Considered one of the leading Flemish kleinkunst artists, along Willem Vermandere and Zjef Vanuytsel. Known for singing in local dialect. Well-known songs of his include Ik Wil Deze Nacht In De Straten Verdwalen, Mijn Mansaarde and De Brug Van Willebroek ~ Van de Velde passed away in 2008
 
April 29, 1936 ~ Singer Albee Cracolici born ~ Co-founding member of doo-wop, vocal R&B group the Mystics, best known for their 1959 hit Hushabye written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
April 29, 1936 ~ Caroline Vincinetti LoTempio, commonly known as singer April Stevens, born in Niagara Falls, New York, USA ~ Sister of singer Nino Tempo, with whom she also recorded. As a solo artist known for the early 1950s hits I'm In Love Again and Gimme Me A Little Kiss (Will Ya Huh), as well as for her 1959 recording Teach Me Tiger which was banned from radio for its sexual innuendo. Stevens would record well into the 1970s
April 29, 1936 ~ Conductor, music director Zubin Mehta born in Bombay, India ~ Worked with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Honorary member of the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera and the Teatro San Carlo
 
April 29, 1935 ~ Edward Smackels Jr, commonly known as lyricist, songwriter Ed Rose passed away in Evanston, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for writing the lyrics of Oh Johnny Oh Johnny, music composed by Abe Olman, recorded by the Premier Quartet, the Andrews Sisters, Bonnie Baker, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, and others ~ Smackels was born in 1875
April 29, 1935 ~ Blues singer, pianist, songwriter Leroy Carr passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Known for his laid-back style. Early influence on T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn, Jimmy Witherspoon, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles. Enjoyed a good run of well-charting songs, starting with his 1928 debut single How Long How Long Blues, until his death at age 30. Other well-known songs include Blues Before Sunrise, Midnight Hour Blues and Hurry Down Sunshine. Had his songs covered by Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Moon Mullican, Champion Jack Dupree, Long John Baldry, Memphis Slim, Eric Clapton, and others ~ Carr was born in 1905
 
April 29, 1934 ~ Double bassist Norman Edge born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with Morris Nanton, Osie Johnson, Gene Ammons (including on 1962 album Bad Bossa Nove), Clark Terry, Urbie Green, Sandy Sasso, Nelson Riddle, and others ~ Edge passed away in 2018
April 29, 1934 ~ Otis Rush Jr, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer Otis Rush, born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, USA ~ Important 1950s blues guitarist, merging Chicago blues with R&B-influences. Influential on Michael Bloomfield, Peter Green and Eric Clapton. Known for songs such as I Can't Quit You Baby, Double Trouble and All Your Love (I Miss Loving) ~ Rush passed away in 2018
 
April 29, 1933 ~ Singer, poet, songwriter, actor Rod McKuen, full name Rodney Marvin McKuen, born in Oakland, California, USA ~ One of the best-selling poets of the late 1960s. Wrote or co-wrote over 1,500 songs, recorded by a wide array of artists including Robert Goulet, Barbra Streisand, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, the Kingston Trio, Nana Mouskouri, Dusty Springfield, Al Hirt, Frank Sinatra, and others. Renowned film composer, including earning Academy Award-nominations for The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie and A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Known for songs such as Love's Been Good To Me, The World I Used To Know, I've Been To Town, Kaleidoscope, Merci Beaucoup, Doesn't Anybody Know My Name and Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes ~ McKuen passed away in 2015
April 29, 1933 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Willie Nelson, full name Willie Hugh Nelson, born in Abbott, Texas, USA ~ Iconic figure in country. Spearheaded the Outlaw country movement in the 1970s. Critically acclaimed for concept albums such as Shotgun Willie and Red Headed Stranger. Renowned songwriter with several country classics to his name including Billy Walker's Funny How Time Slips Away, Faron Young's Hello Walls, Roy Orbison's Pretty Paper and Patsy Cline's Crazy. Member of country supergroup the Highwaymen alongside Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and frequent collaborator Waylon Jennings
 
April 29, 1932 ~ Jazz bassist Andy Simpkins born in Richmond, Indiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Member of the Three Sounds from 1956 through 1968. Also worked with George Shearing, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day, Gerald Wiggins, Monty Alexander, Buddy DeFranco, Don Menza, Stéphane Grappelli, Pat Boone, and others ~ Simpkins passed away in 1999
 
April 29, 1931 ~ Anthony James Donegan, commonly known as singer, guitarist Lonnie Donegan, born in Glasgow, UK ~ Known as “the King of Skiffle” ~ Donegan passed away in 2002
April 29, 1931 ~ Singer, trumpeter Louis Armstrong records Them There Eyes ~ Written by Maceo Pinkard, Doris Tauber, William Tracy. Published in 1930. Armstrong's version counts as one of the earliest popular versions, preceded though by Hal Kemp and Bing Crosby in 1930. The song would however become most closely associated with Billie Holiday who recorded a version in 1939 for Vocalion Records. Others who have subsequently covered the song included Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Caterina Valente in the 1950s, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan and Kenny Ball in the 1960s, Diana Ross in 1972 for the Lady Sings The Blues Holiday bio-pic soundtrack, Barbara Cook, Chaka Khan and Nancy Wilson in the 1980s, Oscar Peterson in the 1990s, Aretha Franklin in the 2000s, and as a collaborative effort by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa in 2013
 
April 29, 1930 ~ Pianist, arranger, composer Claus Ogermann born in Ratibor, Germany ~ Best known for his work with Billie Holiday, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Lesley Gore, Diana Krall, and João Gilberto ~ Ogermann passed away in 2016
April 29, 1930 ~ Jazz drummer Joe Porcaro born in New Britain, Connecticut, USA ~ Father of Toto musicians Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, Steve Porcaro. Leader and sideman. Has worked with Natalie Cole, Don Ellis, Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Gladys Knight, Madonna, the Monkees, Gerry Mulligan, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney, Lalo Schifrin, Mike Mainieri, Emitt Rhodes, Louie Bellson, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, Eric Carmen, Cheryl Lynn, Randy Crawford, Yvonne Elliman, Donna Summer, Sérgio Mendes, Roger Kellaway, Joe Cocker, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, and others ~ Porcaro passed away in 2020
 
April 29, 1929 ~ Conga player Ray Barretto born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Sampled by Urban Dance Squad. Worked with Charlie Parker, Jose Curbelo, Tito Puente, Adalberto Santiago, the Fania All-Stars, Sonora Matancera, Celia Cruz, the New World Spirit, Gene Ammons, the Bee Gees, Kenny Burrell, Arnett Cobb, Ray Bryant, Billy Cobham, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Eumir Deodato, Jimmy Forrest, Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Bill Doggett, Art Farmer, Eddie Harris, Willis Jackson, Yusef Lateef, Junior Mance, Clifford Jordan, Herbie Mann, Wes Montgomery, Michel Sardaby, Sonny Stitt, Jack McDuff, Weather Report, Charles Williams, Julius Watkins, Frank Wess, and others ~ Barretto passed away in 2016
 
April 29, 1928 ~ R&B singer Carl Gardner, full name Carl Edward Gardner, born in Tyler, Texas, USA ~ Key member of the Robins including on the 1955 hit Smokey Joe's Cafe. Best known as co-founding member of the Coasters, scoring a number of mid- to late 1950s hits pivotal to the development of rock & roll including Young Blood, Yakety Yak, Charlie Brown and Poison Ivy ~ Gardner passed away in 2011
April 29, 1928 ~ Jazz banjoist, mandolinist Errol Buddle, full name Errol Leslie Buddle, was born in Adelaide, Australia ~ Worked with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Elvin Jones, Johnnie Davis, the Australian Jazz Quartet, Jack Brokensha, Bryce Rohde, Dick Healey, and others ~ Buddle passed away in 2018
 
April 29, 1927 ~ Cecil James McNeely, commonly known as saxophonist Big Jay McNeely, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Played with Johnny Otis, his brother Robert McNeely, Little Sonny Warner, Detroit Gary Wiggins, Johnny Heartsman, Donald Robinson, Christian Rannenberg, and Lee Allen ~ McNeely passed away in 2018
 
April 29, 1922 ~ Jean Baptiste Frederic Isidor Thielemans, commonly known as harmonica player, guitarist, composer Toots Thielemans, born in Brussels, Belgium ~ Preeminent jazz harmonica player. Closely associated with friend, fan, frequent collaborator Quincy Jones. Best known for his composition Bluesette, for a number of soundtracks, and for his many collaborations. Over the course of his career Thielemans has worked with Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Benny Goodman, Dinah Washington, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Stéphane Grappelli, JJ Johnson, Oscar Peterson, Shirley Horn, Joe Pass, Bill Evans, Peggy Lee, Elis Regina, Billy Joel, Julian Lennon, John Denver, Dizzy Gillespie, Urbie Green, Brook Benton, James Last, Joe Lovano, Paul Simon, and others ~ Thielemans passed away in 2016
 
April 29, 1919 ~ Ustad Allarakha Oureshi, commonly known as tabla player Alla Rakha, born in Jammu, Kashmir ~ Closely associated with sitar player Ravi Shankar. Introduced the tabla to western audiences. Worked with Bade Ghulam, Buddy Rich, Vasant Rai, and others. Appears on George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh album ~ Oureshi passed away in 2000
April 29, 1919 ~ Choral conductor, composer Stephen Wilkinson, full name Stephen Austin Wilkinson, born in Cambridgeshire, UK ~ Conducted the Hertford Choir. Staff musician with the BBC for over 25 years starting in 1953, best known for his work with the BBC Northern Singers. Has also guested with the RTE Singers, het Nederlands Kamerkoor, and others. Father of mezzo-soprano singer Clare Wilkinson ~ Wilkinson passed away in 2021
 
April 29, 1915 ~ Singer Donald Mills born in Piqua, Ohio, USA ~ Member of sibling jazz, swing vocal group the Mills Brothers, known for songs such as Tiger Rag, Dinah with Bing Crosby, You Rascal You, I Heard, St Louis Blues and Swing It Sister ~ Mills passed away in 1999
 
April 29, 1908 ~ Jazz trumpeter Philippe Brun born in Paris, France ~ Worked with Gregor, Danny Polo, Ray Ventura, Bert Ambrose, Jack Hylton, Fred Waring, Django Reinhardt, Alix Combelle, Eddie Brunner, Andre Ekyan, Edmond Cohanier, Teddy Stauffe, and others ~ Brun passed away in 1994
 
April 29, 1907 ~ Constantin Rossi, commonly known as cabaret, pop singer, actor Tino Rossi, born in Ajaccio, France ~ Reportedly recorded over 2,000 songs and appeared in more than 25 films. Best known for his 1946 hit Petit Papa Noel which sold over 30 million copies worldwide ~ Rossi passed away in 1983
 
April 29, 1906 ~ Jazz trumpeter, scat singer Ward Pinkett, full name William Ward Pinkett Jr, born in Newsport News, Virginia, USA ~ Active during the Harlem Renaissance. Worked with King Oliver, James P Johnson, Chick Webb and with Jelly Roll Morton. Plagued by alcoholism Pinkett was admired as a musician but regarded as an unreliable band member. In poor health he died of pneumonia at age 30 ~ Pinkett passed away in 1937
 
April 29, 1904 ~ Big band leader, arranger Russ Morgan born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Particularly popular during the 1930s and 1940s. First recorded the standard You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You whichh Morgan co-wrote with Larry Stock and James Cavanaugh ~ Morgan passed away in 1969
 
April 29, 1899 ~ Edward Kennedy Ellington, commonly known as bandleader, composer Duke Ellington, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Colossal figure in jazz, wrote over 1,000 songs and led the Duke Ellington Orchestra for about 5 decades from the early 1920s until his death in the mid-1970s. Known best for hits such as East St Louis Toodle-oo, Three Little Words, Sophisticated Lady, Stormy Weather, Cocktails For Two, Solitude, Cotton, Oh Babel Maybe Someday, I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart and perhaps his best-known Take The A-Train ~ Ellington passed away in 1974
 
April 29, 1879 ~ Conductor, impresario Thomas Beecham born in St Helens, UK ~ Especially known as an advocate of lesser known composers such as Frederick Delius and Hector Berlioz. Closely associated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Beecham passed away in 1961