This Day In Music: April 5
April 4 ~ Birthdays/All ~ April 6
April 5, 2023 ~ Soul singer, keyboardist Booker Newberry III passed away ~ Member of Sweet Thunder, known for Baby I Need Your Love Today. Member of Impact. As a solo artist best known for Love Town, which reached the UK top 10 in 1983 ~ Newberry was born in 1956
April 5, 2023 ~ Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger Dusko Gojkovic passed away ~ As a leader perhaps best known for his 1994 Soul Connection album, featuring guests such as Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Heath, and Mickey Roker. In-demand sideman, appearing on albums by the likes of Woody Herman, Francy Boland, Tete Montoliu, Klaus Doldinger, and Maynard Ferguson ~ Gojkovic was born in 1931
April 5, 2022 ~ Robert Louis Ridarelli, commonly known as pop, rock & roll singer, drummer, actor Bobby Rydell passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Early 1960s teen idol best known for songs such as Wild One, Swingin' School and Volare, all of which reached Billboard Hot 100 top 10. Appeared in the 1963 feature film Bye Bye Birdie based on the stage play of the same name ~ Ridarelli was born in 1942
April 5, 2022 ~ Conductor, violinist, composer Boris Brott passed away in Hamilton, Canada ~ One of Canada's internationally most acclaimed conductors having conducted on stages around the world including New York's Carnegie Hall and London's Covent Garden. Founder and artistic director of the National Academy Orchestra of Canada ~ Brott was born in 1944
April 5, 2022 ~ Country rock, folk rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Paul Siebel passed away ~ Admired by peers. Released his full-length Woodsmoke And Oranges debut album in 1970. Had his songs covered by the likes of Willy DeVille, Linda Ronstadt, Marc Ellington (Any Day Woman), Bonnie Raitt (Louise), Kate Wolf, Jerry Jeff Walker (Then Came The Children), Mary McCaslin, Emmylou Harris (Spanish Johnny), Waylon Jennings, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Leo Kottke, and others ~ Siebel was born in 1937
April 5, 2019 ~ Guitarist Davey Williams passed away in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Free improvisation, avant-garde guitarist. Member of Curlew. Closely associated with Ladonna Smith. Worked with the Salt & Pepper Soul Band, Transmuseq, Trains In Trouble, Bruce Hampton, OK Nurse, Fuzzy Songs, Say What, Jim Staley, Ikue Mori, and others. Music journalist, critic. Co-founded Improviser, a journal of experimental music ~ Williams was born ca.1952
April 5, 2019 ~ Bandleader Ib Glindemann, full name Ib Niels Carl Glindemann Nielsen, passed away ~ Led the the Ib Glindemann Orchestra, a Danish big band modeled after the Stan Kenton Orchestra ~ Glindemann was born in 1934
April 5, 2019 ~ Jose Pastor Lopez Pineda, commonly known as cumbia singer, songwriter Pastor Lopez passed away in Cucuta, Columbia ~ First gained serious attention teaming up with Nelson Henriquez in the early 1970s. Set out on his own shortly thereafter and has since recorded well over two dozen albums. Best known for interpretations of Peruvian cumbia traditionals including Carinito Sin Mi, Bonita Y Mentirosa and Traicionera ~ Pineda was born in 1944
April 5, 2019 ~ Singer Shawn Smith passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Cites Prince, Kiss, Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, and Chris Cornell as influences. Member of Brad, Satchel, Pigeonhed, Malfunkshun, and the Twilight Singers. Has recorded over half a dozen albums as a solo artist, starting with Let It All Begin released in 1999 ~ Smith was born in 1965
April 5, 2018 ~ Jazz, avant-garde jazz, free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, full name Cecil Percival Taylor, passed away in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Pioneered free jazz. Classically trained. Notably influenced by Béla Bartók and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Possibly over a 100 albums as a leader or co-leader. Known for landmark albums such as Looking Ahead, Love For Sale, and Unit Structures. Has collaborated with the likes of Steve Lacy (The Straight Horn Of Steve Lacy), Buell Neidlinger, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Max Roach, Mal Waldron (Update), Evan Parker, and others ~ Taylor was born in 1929
April 5, 2016 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist Zena Latto passed away in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Member of the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm, one of the first all-female ensembles enjoyeing popularity during the big band era. Latto departed the band in the mid-1950s to found and front her own band the Modern Moods ~ Latto was born in 1925
April 5, 2015 ~ Singer, actress Julie Wilson, full name Julie May Wilson, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Widely regarded as “the Queen of Cabaret” with numerous roles in Broadway and West End productions since the late 1940s including in Three To Make Ready, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific, The Pajama Game and Legs Diamond ~ Wilson was born in 1924
April 5, 2014 ~ Singer Jermain Jackman wins The Voice UK ~ Jackman wins the third season of talent show The Voice UK aired on BBC One. The other finalists were Christina Marie, Sally Barker, and Jamie Johnson
April 5, 2014 ~ Soul jazz, hard bop trombonist Wayne Henderson passed away in Culver City, California, USA ~ Co-founded soul jazz group the Jazz Crusaders, remaining with the band through its name change to the Crusaders and departing the band in 1976. Has also served as producer for Wilton Felder (Bullitt), Monk Montgomery (It's Never Too Late), Ronnie Laws (Pressure Sensitive), Caldera (Caldera), Pleasure (Accept No Substitutes), Gábor Szabó (Faces), and others ~ Henderson was born in 1939
April 5, 2012 ~ Banjoist, fiddler, mandolinist Barney McKenna, full name Bernard Noel McKenna, passed awayin Howth, Ireland ~ Co-founding member of the Dubliners, known for songs such as Seven Drunken Nights, Hand Me Down My Bible and Free The People ~ McKenna was born in 1939
April 5, 2012 ~ Guitar amplifier builder Jim Marshall passed away in Milton Keynes, UK ~ Member of the Five Echoes. Best known for founding Marshall Amplification, known for its top of the line guitar amplifiers. Awarded a 2003 OBE, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for ”services to the industry and to charity.” Known as “the Father of Loud” ~ Marshall was born in 1923
April 5, 2009 ~ Jazz trumpeter Dave Burns passed away in Freeport, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the Savoy Sultans, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Al Grey, Willie Bobo, Art Taylor, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Leo Parker, Milt Jackson, Al Grey, Dave Pike, Mal Waldron, and others ~ Burns was born in 1924
April 5, 2006 ~ Singer, songwriter Gene Pitney, full name Gene Francis Alan Pitney, passed away in Cardiff, UK ~ Known for songs such as Town Without Pity, The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance, Only Love Can Break A Heart, 24 Hours From Tulsa, I'm Gonna Be Strong, Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart, and others. Scored a UK top 10 hit with the That Girl Belongs To Yesters, the first Mick Jagger/ Keith Richards-penned song to reach the UK top ten. Wrote or co-wrote several classic pop, rock & roll songs for artists including Bobby Vee (Rubber Ball), Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson (Hello Mary Lou), the Crystals (He's A Rebel), and others ~ Pitney was born in 1940
April 5, 2005 ~ Soul, R&B, pop singer Grant Kitchings passed away ~ Best known for his 1970s stint in the Drifters, then led by Johnny Moore. Co-wrote Country To The City, She Never Talked To Me, and Beautiful Music. Present on hits such as Kissin' In The Back Row Of The Movies and Down On The Beach Tonight ~ Kitchings was born in 1938
April 5, 2002 ~ Singer Layne Staley, full name Layne Rutherford Staley passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Original lead singer of Alice In Chains, acclaimed for their sophomore single, 1991's Man In The Box, and their 1994 EP Jar Of Flies. Also worked with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin and the Walkabouts' John Baker Saunders in the side project Mad Season. Staley struggled with depression and drug addiction for much of his life. Died from an overdose at age 34 ~ Staley was born in 1967
April 5, 1998 ~ Colin Trevor Flooks, commonly known as drummer Cozy Powell, passed away in Bristol, UK ~ Named himself after jazz drummer Cozy Cole. In-demand session drummer and collaborator in British rock since the late 1960s. As a solo artist best known for his 1973 drum instrumental Dance With The Devil. Has worked with Jeff Beck, Tony Joe White, Bedlam, Donovan, Rainbow, Graham Bonnet, the Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Emerson Lake & Powell, Jon Lord, Robert Plant, Black Sabbath, Phenomena, Queen's Brian May, Roger Daltrey, Gary Moore, the SAS Band, Colin Blunstone, Yngwie Malmsteen, Peter Green, ~ Powell was born in 1947
April 5, 1997 ~ Frenchie Edwards, commonly known as country singer, guitarist Stoney Edwards, passed away ~ One of the few African-American singers of significance in country music. best known for first recording She's My Rock, a country top 20 hit in 1972 and later notably covered by Brenda Lee and by George Jones ~ Edwards was born in 1929
April 5, 1996 ~ Alexander Crossan, commonly known as alternative R&B, nu-disco electronic producer, songwriter Mura Masa, born in Castel, Guernsey ~ Debuted in 2017 with the Grammy Award-nominated eponymous Mura Masa, which included the dance hit Lovesick. Also known for his remix of Haim's Walking Away which actually did win a Grammy the following year
April 5, 1994 ~ Guitarist, singer Kurt Cobain, full name Kurt Donald Cobain, passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Guitarist, singer, frontman of pivotal Seattle grunge outfit Nirvana, known for songs such as Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, In Bloom, All Apologies and Heart-Shaped Box. Cobain would die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 27, yet be remembered as spokesperson of the Generation X and one of the all-time most influential rock musicians ~ Cobain was born in 1967
April 5, 1990 ~ Trombonist Louis Nelson, full name Louis Hall Nelson, passed away ~ Worked with Joe Gabriel, Buddy Petit, Kid Rena, Punch Miller, Sam Morgan, Chris Kelly, Papa Celestin, Willie Pajeaud, Kid Howard, Sidney Cates, Sidney Desvigne, Kid Thomas Valentine, Charlie Love, Johnny St Cyr, Ernest Rogers, Austin Young, and others ~ Nelson was born in 1902
April 5, 1988 ~ Free jazz, avant-garde jazz trumpeter, hornist player Alan Shorter passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Brother of saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Recorded two albums as a leader, namely 1968's Orgasm with backing from Charlie Haden and 1971's Tes East. Has also worked with his brother Wayne, Grachan Moncur III, Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, François Tusques, and Alan Silva ~ Shorter was born in 1932
April 5, 1986 ~ Tayo Jarrett, commonly known as hip-hop, grime MC Scorcher, born ~ Member of grime collective Cold Blooded. Member of the Movement, alongside Wretch 32, Devlin, Mercston, and Ghetts. As a solo artist gained attention in the mid-2000s with a number of acclaimed mix-tapes, leading up to a full-length Concrete Jungle album released in 2009
April 5, 1981 ~ Alternative rock, post-industrial singer, bassist, keyboardist Mariqueen Maandig born ~ Member of rock outfit West Indian Girl from 2004 through 2009. Subsequently fronted post-industrial band How To Destroy Angels, which also included her husband Trent Reznor. Has also collaborated with Bao and occassionaly provided backing vocals for Nine Inch Nails
April 5, 1981 ~ Folk, indie folk, indie rock, dream pop, metal singer, guitarist, keyboardist Marissa Nadler born in Washington DC, USA ~ Over half a dozen albums to her name, starting with Ballads Of Living And Dying released in 2004. Draws from traditional folk, country, Americana and dreamy pop, her amalgam sometimes described as dream folk. Especially acclaimed for her 2007 Songs III (Bird On The Water) album. Guested on recordings by Xasthur, Emily Jane White, Carter Tanton, Ben Watt, Lushlife, Mercury Rev, Lawrence Rothman, and others
April 5, 1980 ~ Rap, K-pop DJ, singer Lee Jae-won born in South Korea ~ Youngest member of boy band HOT. Following its disbandement in 2001 formed the trio JTL with bandmates Tony Ahn and Jang Woo-hyuk
April 5, 1980 ~ Michael Jones, commonly known as rapper, singer Wax, born in Washington DC, USA ~ A member of then-defunct group MacGregor when he became an internet sensation in 2007 after uploading Youtube videos of him rapping and singing. Best known for Rosana, re-released as an official single in 2012
April 5, 1978 ~ Alternative rock, hip hop singer Sierra Swan, full name Sierra Maria Swan, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Influenced by Patsy Cline and Tori Amos. Daughter of country, pop guitarist, singer Billy Swan. Co-founded Dollshead with Graham Edwards. Subsequently worked with Black Eyed Peas during the late 1990s, notably present on the track Fallin' Up. Has since recorded about a dozen albums as a solo artist, notably 2014's Good Soldier produced by the Smashing Pumpkins-frontman Billy Corgan. Has also guested on recordings by Say Anything, John Oszajca, Frank Black, and Cold
April 5, 1977 ~ Jazz saxophonist, flutist, singer Hålkon Kornstad born in Oslo, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Wibutee, Korstad Trio, Ketil Bjørnstad, Anja Garbarek, Live Maria Roggen, Bugge Wesseltoft, Sidsel Endresen, Paal Nilssen-Love, Mats Ellertsen, Knut Reiersrud, Jon Christensen, Eivind Sarset, Pat Metheny, and others
April 5, 1977 ~ Progressive rock, jam band dummer, singer Kris Myers, full name Kristofer Allen Myers, born in Palatine, Illinois, USA ~ Member of Umphreys McGee, joining the band in 2003 as replacement for original drummer Mike Mirro. First appeared on the Anchor Drops released in 2004
April 5, 1975 ~ Jordan Michael Houston III, commonly known as rapper, songwriter Juicy J, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Brother of rapper Project Pat. Co-founding member of Three 6 Mafia, known best for their 2005 hit single It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp. Active as a solo artist since 2002's Chronicles Of The Juice Man album. In-demand producer. In-demand collaborator, has worked with Mike Will Made It, Gucci Mane, Lil' Wayne, Big Sean, Wale, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Wiz Khalifa, Marshmello, French Montana, Mac Miller, Katy Perry (Dark Horse), Ne-Yo, A$AP Rocky, Usher (I Don't Mind), Robin Thicke, and others
April 5, 1975 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist, producer Mike Bloom, full name Michael Evans Bloom, born in Manhasset, New York, USA ~ Co-founded the Elected. Also worked with Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, Julian Casablancas, Jonathan Rice, Margot & the Nuclear So & So's, Rachael Yamagata
April 5, 1973 ~ Singer, keyboardist, percussionist, producer, songwriter Pharrell Williams, full name Pharrell Lanscilo Williams, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA ~ Lead singer for NERD, which also included Chad Hugo and Shay Haley. Formed the the Neptunes with Hugo, producing and writing songs for the likes of SWV, Total, Mase (Lookin' At Me), Ol' Dirty Bastard, Jay-Z, Mystikal, Usher (U Don't Have To Call), NSYNC, Nelly (Hot In Herre), LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake (Rock Your Body), Kelis (Milkshake), Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani (Hollaback Girl), and Ludacris. Debuted as a solo artist in 2006 with the album In My Mind feature film series. Composed the music to all three parts of the animated Despicable Me, which included the 2013 Billboard Hot 100 No.1 single Happy
April 5, 1972 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Pat Green, full name Patrick Craven Green, born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Discovered by Willie Nelson. Debuted in 2001 with the album Dancehall Dreamer in 1995. Broke through in the early 2000s with the album Three Days and especially its follow-up Wave On Wave, the latter's title track Wave On Wave becoming a Texas music anthem and reaching top 10 on the national country charts. Has collaborated with Cory Morrow, Radney Foster, and with Josh Abbott
April 5, 1972 ~ Singer, songwriter, actor Waylon Payne, full name Waylon Malloy Payne, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Son of singer Sammi Smith and guitarist Jody Payne. Godson of Waylon Jennings. Worked with Keith Gattis, Willie Nelson, Pat Green, Lee Ann Womack, Cory Morrow, Charlie Robison, and others. Featured in the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the 2005 film Walk The Line alongside Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. Portrayed the role of Hank Garland in the 2007 film Crazy
April 5, 1970 ~ Louis Thomas Watts, commonly known as blues, R&B, rock & roll singer Kid Thomas, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his 1959 George Motola-produced recording Rocking This Joint To-nite. Would continue to record into the mid-1960s but would be unable to replicate its success. Also worked with Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, and Hound Dog Taylor ~ Watts was born in 1934
April 5, 1970 ~ Avant-garde, downtempot, trip hop, indie rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist, percussionist Miho Hatori born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Co-founded Cibo Matto. First to provide the voice of Noodle in the virtual band Gorillaz. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with the likes of the Beastie Boys, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Smokey Hormel, John Zorn, and others
April 5, 1968 ~ Singer Paula Cole born in Rockport, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known for her 1997 hits Where Have All The Cowboys Gone and I Don't Want To Wait, the latter used as the theme song of Dawson's Creek TV show
April 5, 1966 ~ Guitarist Mike McCready born in Pensacola, Florida, USA ~ Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eddie Van Halen. Lead guitarist, co-founding member of Pearl Jam, known for songs such as Jeremy, Spin The Black Circle, I Got Id, and Last Kiss. Involved with several side projects including Flight To Mars, Temple Of The Dog, Mad Season, and the Rockfords. Has guested on recordings by Neil Young, Screaming Trees, the Wallflowers, Peter Frampton, Dierks Bentley, and Soundgarden
April 5, 1966 ~ Keyboardist, vocalist Sacha Putnam born ~ Touring musician with post-grunge, alternative rock band Bush in the early 2000s
April 5, 1960 ~ Blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Larry McCray born in Magnolia, Arkansas, USA ~ Influenced by “the Three Kings”, BB King, Freddie King, Albert Collins. Toured with Albert King. Debuted with the album Ambition in 1990 and has recorded since
April 5, 1959 ~ Jazz singer, bandleader, composer Elin Rosseland born in Norway ~ Has worked with KIX, Fair Play, Vigleik Storaas, Johannes Eick, Sidsel Endresen, Eldbjørg Raknes, Christian Wallumrød, Norma Winstone, Mats Eilertsen, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Nils Petter Molvær, and others
April 5, 1959 ~ Jazz guitarist John Parricelli born in Evesham, UK ~ Co-founded big band Loose Tubes. Also worked with Annie Whitehead, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Chris Laurence, Peter Erskine, Vince Mendoza, Mark Lockheart, Julian Argüelles, Iain Ballamy, Andy Sheppard, Gerard Presencer, Colin Towns, Stacey Kent, Katie Melua, David Gilmour, Ronan Keating, Charlotte Church, Gary Barlow, Toni Braxton, Judie Tzuke, and others
April 5, 1957 ~ Drummer, percussionist Dave Early born ~ Worked with Sade, Chris Rea, Van Morrison, the Chieftains, Mary Black, Ananta, Martin Ditcham, Rookie, and others ~ Early passed away in 1996
April 5, 1956 ~ Timothy TV Smith, commonly known as punk singer, guitarist, songwriter TV Smith, born in Romford, UK ~ Co-founded punk band the Adverts with Gaye Black, one of the first punk bands to reach the charts and best known for their 1977 single Gary Gilmore's Eyes. Smith has also recorded about a dozen albums as a solo artist, fronted TV Smith's Explorers and Cheap, and collaborated with the likes of Amen, Fehlfarben, and others
April 5, 1955 ~ Bassist, singer Peter Gifford born in Australia ~ Member of Midnight Oil from 1981 through 1987, first appearing on the band's Place Without A Postcard album. Present on most of the band's best known, including Power And The Passion, The Dead Heart and Beds Are Burning, the latter a Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit in 1987. Gifford has also worked with Warumpi Band and Neil Murray
April 5, 1954 ~ Composer, saxophonist, guitarist Allen Lowe born in Massapequa, New York, USA ~ Worked with artists such as Julius Hemphill, Marc Ribot, Roswell Rudd, Don Byron, Doc Cheatham, David Murray, Loren Schoenberg, Jimmy Knepper, Randy Sandke, Tony Williams, Max Roach, Jaki Byard, Tito Puente, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Ray Barretto, James Moody, Hamiet Bluiett, Gary Bartz, DJ Logic, Ursula Oppens, and Matthew Shipp
April 5, 1954 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Peter Case born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Formed short-lived power pop unit the Nerves with Jack Lee and Paul Collins. known best for their 1976 original Hanging On The Telephone which would be notably covered by Blondie two uears later. Formed rock & roll outfit Plimsouls best known for A Million Miles Away of their 1983 Everywhere At Once sophomore album. Case has also recorded as a solo artist, his 1986 eponymous Peter Case debut album produced by T-Bone Burnett and Mitchell Froom and featuring backing by Mike Campbell, John Hiatt, Jim Keltner and Roger McGuinn, his 1989 The Man With The Blue Post-Modern Fragemented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar sophomore album featuring David Hidalgo, Ry Cooder and Benmont Tench. Case has also written or co-written songs recorded by the likes of the Go-Go's, Marshall Crenshaw, John Wesley Harding, the Goo Goo Dolls, John Prine, Robert Earl Keen, and James McMurtry
April 5, 1954 ~ Singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Stan Ridgway, full name Stanard Ridgway, born in Barstow, California, USA ~ Co-founding member, lead singer of Wall Of Voodoo. The band is critically acclaimed for their first two albums, namely 1981's Dark Continent and its 1982 follow-up Call Of The West, the latter spawning the alternative hit Mexican Radio. Ridgway enjoyed a parallel solo career since the early 1980s, noted for collaborating with the Police-drummer Stewart Copeland on Don't Box Me In for the Rumble Fish soundtrack. Ridgway also contributed songs for other movies and has recorded about a dozen solo albums, starting with The Big Heat released in 1986
April 5, 1953 ~ Guitarist, bassist Jerome Harris born in Flushing, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Closely associated with saxophonist Sonny Rollins, backing Rollins from the late-1970s through the mid-1990s. Has also worked with Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Bob Moses, Bobby Previte, Amina Claudine Myers, Don Byron, Marty Ehrlich, Oliver Lake, Ned Rothenberg, George Russell, Henry Threadgill, Jaki Byard, and others
April 5, 1953 ~ Pop, country pop, pop rock singer, bassist, keyboardist Wim Kerkhof, full name Willem Frederik Krekhof, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands ~ Co-founding member of the Amazing Stroopwafels, known for songs such as Ome Kobus, Ik Ga Naar Frankrijk and perhaps their best-known Oude Maasweg
April 5, 1950 ~ Singer, actress Agnetha Fältskog born in Jököping, Sweden ~ Cites Connie Francis, Marianne Faithfull, Aretha Franklin, and Lesley Gore, as her main influences. Released her eponymous debut album in 1968, Agnetha Faltskog, before becoming an international superstar as a member of ABBA. Fältskog has released a number of solo albums, all in Swedish, prior to and during the ABBA years, switching to English after the band broke up. Formerly married to ABBA-bandmate Björn Ulvaeus
April 5, 1950 ~ Drummer, songwriter Everett Morton, full name Everett Matthew Livingstone Morton, born in St Kitts, St Kitts & Nevis ~ Reggae-influenced drummer known for his syncopated and polyrhythmic drumming. Member of ska revival band the Beat, known for hits such as The Tears Of A Clown, Mirror In The Bathroom, Too Nice To Talk To and perhaps their best-known Can't Get Used To Losing You ~ Morton passed away in 2021
April 5, 1948 ~ Drummer Dave Holland born in Northampton, UK ~ Best known as member of Trapeze from 1969 through 1979 and of Judas Priest from 1979 through 1989. Has also worked with Finders Keepers, Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Blue Jays, Glenn Hughes, Justin Hayward, Robin George, Leonor Marchesi, Tony Iommi, Al Atkins, and others ~ Holland passed away in 2018
April 5, 1948 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Hans Theessink born in Enschede, the Netherlands ~ Active since the 1960s, initially as a member of the Silly Skiffle Group and as a solo artist since the early 1970s. Once described as “one helluva guitar player” by Bo Diddley.
April 5, 1948 ~ Kent Henry Plischke, commonly known as guitarist Kent Henry, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Uncredited on Blues Image's Open sophomore album, including the guitar solo on the hit Ride Captain Ride. Worked with Steppenwolf, present on the 1971 For Ladies album and on the band's farewell tour. Has also worked with Genesis, Charity, Screaming Lord Sutch, and John Kay ~ Plischke passed away in 2009
April 5, 1947 ~ Singer, songwriter Boutelda Belkacem born in Oran, Algeria ~ Considered important figure of modern rai, along with Messaoud Bellemou pivotal to updating the genre to pop-rai in the 1960s and 1970s ~ Belkacem passed away in 2015
April 5, 1946 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Johnny Coppin born in Woodford, UK ~ Co-founded Decameron with Dave Bell, known for a string of albums during the 1970s including the acclaimed Say Hello To The Band released in 1973. Also known as a solo artist with well over a dozen albums to his name starting in the late 1970s
April 5, 1946 ~ Folk, rock, pop singer, guitarist Takuro Yoshida born in Okuchi, Japan ~ Well over two dozen albums to his name since the early 1970s. Best known for his Tabi No Yado hit single, a million-seller in 1982. Founded the For Life Records record label with Yosui Inoue, Shigeru Izumiya and Hitoshi Komuro. Many of Yoshida's songs have been used for TV, notably Jun as the theme song to the manga series Cromartie High School
April 5, 1946 ~ Producer, song publisher, songwriter Vincent Youmans, full name Vincent Millie Youmans, passed away in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Leading Broadway composer of his day. Co-wrote songs such as Orchids In The Moonlight (Raul Roulien, Rudy Vallée, Dinah Shore), Tea For Two (Phyllis Cleveland, Teddy Weatherford, Doris Day), Sometimes I'm Happy Sometimes I'm Blue (the Six Hottentots, Jack Hylton, Mildred Bailey), and More Than You Know (Mayo Methot, Ruth Etting, Lena Horne) ~ Youmans was born in 1898
April 5, 1944 ~ Jazz, free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker, full name Evans Shaw Parker, born in Bristol, UK ~ Pivotal figure on the European free jazz scene. Influenced by Paul Desmond, Warne Marsh, John Coltrane. As leader or co-leader over 60 albums to his name. In-demand sideman for the likes of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Derek Bailey, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Joe McPhee, the Globe Unity Orchestra, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Sylvie Courvoisier, the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Transatlantic Art Ensemble, and others. Outside jazz circles has worked with pop and rock acts including Scott Walker, Jah Wobble, Spiritualized, Spring Heel Jack, David Sylvian and Robert Wyatt
April 5, 1943 ~ Heidy Laanemae, commonly known as estrada, chamber, pop singer Heidy Tamme, born in Ulyanovsk, Russia ~ Best known as soloist for the Estonian Philharmonic from 1967 through 1983. Also sang with the ensemble Laine in the late 1960s
April 5, 1942 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Allan Clarke born in Salford, UK ~ Co-founded the Hollies with Graham Nash, known for their harmony vocals and a string of 1960s UK top 10 hits including Stay, Just One Look, I'm Alive, Look Through Any Window, I Can't Let Go and perhaps their best-known Bus Stop, the latter also topping the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966
April 5, 1941 ~ Violinist Dave Swarbrick born in New Malden, UK ~ Best known as key member of Fairport Convention, including on the critically acclaimed Liege And Lief. Admired by peers. In-demand collaborator. Worked with Ian Campbell, AL Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Martin Carthy, Julie Felix, John Renbourn, Al Stewart, Peter Bellamy, Whippersnapper, Chris Leslie, Kevin Dempsey, Alistair Hulett, Steve Ashley, John Kirkpatrick, Bert Jansch, Swarb's Lazarus, Vivian Stanshall, and others ~ Swarbrick passed away in 2016
April 5, 1939 ~ Singer, songwriter Ronald White, full name Ronald Anthony White, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Co-founding and sole constant member of the Miracles until his death in 1995, known for Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits such as Shop Around, I Second That Emotion, The Tears Of A Clown, Love Machine. In addition to co-writing a vast amount of the band's material White also co-wrote, usually in partnership with Smokey Robinson, hits for Kim Weston, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, and the Temptations, including the latter's My Girl 1964 hit which would be covered by over 200 artists. White is also noted for bringing Stevie Wonder to Motown ~ White passed away in 1995
April 5, 1936 ~ Experimental, opera, classical pianist, tubist, composer John White born in Berlin, Germany ~ Pioneered British minimalism. Has composed over 150 piano sonatas, over 20 symphonies, some 30 ballets. Closely associated with Cornelius Cardew, Gavin Bryars, the Promenade theater Orchestra
April 5, 1934 ~ Saxophonist Stanley Turrentine born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Brother of trumpeter Tommy Turrentine. R&B, soul jazz saxophonist active since the 1950s. Leader and sideman. Influenced by Illinois Jacquet. Has worked with Earl Bostic, Lowell Fulson, Tadd Dameron, Max Roach, his wife organist Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Richard Tee, Idris Muhammad, Ron Carter, Grant Green, Eric Gale, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Georgie Fame, Roy Hargrove, Duke Jordan, Diana Krall, Abbey Lincoln, Les McCann, Jimmy McGriff, Horace Parlan, Ike Quebec, Mongo Santamaria, Art Taylor, and others ~ Turrentine passed away in 2000
April 5, 1933 ~ Soprano, lyric colaratura singer Eugenia Ratti born in Genoa, Italy ~ Active since the mid-1950s. Has worked with the Paris Opera, the Munich State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Dallas Opera, and other renowned orchestras. Especially known for soubrette roles in works composed by Domenico Cimarosa and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ~ Ratti passed away in 2020
April 5, 1932 ~ Soul, R&B singer, songwriter Billy Bland born in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA ~ Member of 1950s band the Bees, known for songs such as Toy Bell and My Ding-a-ling. As a solo artist best known for Let The Little Girl Dance, a unexpected Billboard top 10 hit in 1960. Bland would follow up with two minor hits barely gracing the charts, namely Harmony and You Were Born To Be Loved before retiring from the music industry ~ Bland passed away in 2017
April 5, 1931 ~ Producer, songwriter, pianist Cowboy Jack Clement born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Producer at Sun Records. Worked with Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis. Wrote Ballad Of A Teenage Queen, Guess Things Happen That Way, The One On The Right Is On The Left and produced Ring Of Fire for Johnny Cash. Other artists who have recorded Clement's songs include Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Bobby Bare, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Cliff Richard, Charley Pride, Tom Jones, Dickey Lee, Hank Snow, and others. Produced portions of U2's Rattle & Hum, notably the tracks When Love Comes To Town and Angel Of Harlem ~ Clement passed away in 2013
April 5, 1930 ~ Vaudeville, ragtime singer Gene Greene, full name Eugene Delbert Greene, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the first to use scat singing techniques. Known for songs such as The Chinese Blues, Alexander's Got A Jazz Band Now, and his best-known King Of The Bungaloos ~ Greene was born in 1877
April 5, 1929 ~ Robert George Meek, commonly known as producer Joe Meek, born in Newent, UK ~ Pioneered space age pop and recording practices such as overdubbing, sampling and reverberation. One of the first producers, engineers to be recognized for his individual identity as an artist. Wrote and produced the Tornados's Telstar, the first single by a British rock group to reach No.1 on the American Billboard Hot 100. Other singles produced by Meek include Johnny Remember Me for John Leyton, Just Like Eddie for Heinz, Angela Jones for Michael Cox, Have I The Right for the Honeycombs and Tribute To Buddy Holly for Mike Berry ~ Meek passed away in 1967
April 5, 1928 ~ Singer, saxophonist, clarinetist Gene Merlino born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Worked with Frankie Carle, Ray Anthony, Freddy Martin. Best known for numerous appearances from the early 1960s through the late 1970s on TV shows such as the Red Skelton Show, the Judy Garland Show, The Carol Burnett Show and Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Member of the Anita Kerr Singers. Provided the singing voice for the 1967 musical film Camelot. In later years also sang for the animated TV series The Simpsons, namely Whacking Day, South Of The Border and Jellyfish
April 5, 1926 ~ Jazz drummer Stan Levey born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Considered one of the earliest bebop drummers. Started with Dizzy Gillespie at age 16. Also worked with Stan Kenton, Howard Rumsey, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Buddy Bregman, Conte Candoli, Victor Feldman, Jimmy Giuffre, Lee Konitz, Oscar Peterson, Warne Marsh, Shorty Rogers, Sonny Stitt, Quincy Jones, and Skitch Anderson ~ Levey passed away in 2005
April 5, 1907 ~ Jakob Franz Wolff, commonly known as label executive, photographer, producer Francis Wolff, born in Berlin, Germany ~ Of Jewish descent emigrated to New York by the late 1930s, teaming up with childhood friend and Blue Note co-founder Alfred Lion. Until the latter's retirement in 1967 Wolff would concentrate on the company's financial affairs and day to day running of the business, only occassionally supervising recording sessions. Nevertheless his contributions proved important to the label's success. Wolff also served as the company's photographer, his work used for publicity material and album sleeves. The publication of the 1995 book The Blue Note Years The Jazz Photography Of Francis Wolff would help make the public more aware of his work as one of the leading jazz photographers ~ Wolff passed away in 1971
April 5, 1903 ~ Folk singer, banjoist, guitarist Frank Warner born in Selma, Alabama, USA ~ Folklorist, song collector known to have preserved and recorded some 1,000 traditional folk songs with his wife Anne Warner, including Tom Dooley, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands and Days Of Forty-nine ~ Warner passed away in 1978
April 5, 1903 ~ Singer Franklyn Baur born in New York, New York, USA ~ Active since the early 1920s. Released his first recording, If The Rest Of The World Don't Want You, for Victor in 1923. Would go on to appear on hundreds of recordings both as a solo artist and as a featured vocalist working with artists such as the Revelers, Nathaniel Shilkret, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Paul Whiteman, and others ~ Baur passed away in 1950
April 5, 1903 ~ Songwriter Jimmy Campbell, full name James Alexander Campbell-Tyrie, born in Gosforth, UK ~ Frequent songwriting, music publishing partner of Reg Connelly, the pair at times publishing or writing music under the common moniker Irving King. The pair wrote or co-wrote a number of oft-covered 1920, 1930s songs including Show Me The Way To Go Home (the New Princes Toronto Band, the California Ramblers, Julie London), If I Had You (the Piccadilly Players, Ben Selvin, Art Tatum), Goodnight Sweetheart (the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra, Ruth Etting, Dean Martin, the Flamingos, Connie Francis), By The Fireside (Buddy Campbell, Vera Lynn, Jo Stafford), Try A Little Tenderness (Jack Payne, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding), and Just An Echo In The Valley (Bing Crosby, Ray Noble, Rudy Vallée) ~ Campbell passed away in 1967
April 5, 1903 ~ Uilleann piper Leo Rowsome born in Dublin, Ireland ~ First uillean piper to perform on Irish National Radio in the 1920s. First Irish artist to perform on BBC radio. Formed the Pipes Quartet in the mid-1930s, remaining popular throughout the 1940s and 1950s ~ Rowsome passed away in 1970
April 5, 1898 ~ Jazz trombonist, singer Herb Flemming born in Butte, Montana, USA ~ Worked with James Reese Europe, Fred Tunstall, Johnny Dunn, Sam Wooding, Bobby Lee, Lew Leslie, the International Rhythm Aces, Josephine Baker, Sestto Carlin, Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Noble Sissle, Albert Nicholas, and others ~ Flemming passed away in 1976
April 5, 1869 ~ Composer Albert Roussel, full name Albert Charles Paul Marie Roussel, born in Tourcoing, France ~ Regarded as one of the most prominent French composers of the Interbellum period. Influenced by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, gravitating towards neoclassicism later on in his career. Known for works such as Suite For Piano, Le Festin De L'Araignee, Third Symphony ~ Roussel passed away in 1937
April 5, 1595 ~ Lutenist John Wilson born in Faversham, UK ~ Principal composer for the King's Men. Part of a group of artists and musicians surrounding the court of King Charles I. Following the latter's execution in 1649 would show his Royalist sympathies in his Psaleterium Carolinum, a versification of an earlier work by Thomas Stanley ~ Wilson passed away in 1674