This Day In Music: April 5
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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 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, 2021 ~ Operatic soprano Veronica Dunne passed away ~ Closely associated with the Dublin Opera and the Royal Opera House ~ Dunne was born in 1927
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 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 ~ Tuba player Samuel Pilafian, full name James Samuel Pilafian, passed away in Tempe, Arizona, USA ~ Worked with Duke Ellington, Frank Vignola, Scott Zimmer, Pink Floyd, and others ~ Pilafian was born in 1949
April 5, 2019 ~ Multi-instrumentalist, singer Wowaka passed away ~ Best known for his Vocaloid music, using software to process synthesizer voices, and as a singer in the band Hitoie. His songs Rolling Girl and World's End Dancehall are considered highly influential ~ Wowaka was born in 1987
April 5, 2018 ~ Pianist Cecil Taylor, full name Cecil Percival Taylor, passed away in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Classically trained. Pioneer of free jazz. Leader and sideman. Known for landmark albums such as Looking Ahead and Unit Structures. Has worked with Buell Neidlinger, Dennis Taylor, John Coltrane, Jimmy Lyons, Sunny Murray, Gil Evans, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and others ~ Taylor was born in 1929
April 5, 2016 ~ Funk, soul singer Leon Haywood, full name Otha Leon Haywood, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his oft sampled 1975 single I Want-A Do Something Freaky To You ~ Haywood was born in 1942
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 3rd 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, 2009 ~ Anne Swain, commonly known as pop singer, songwriter Nancy Overton, passed away in Blairstown, New Jersey, USA ~ Married to jazz pianist Hall Overton. Worked with Tommy Tucker, Ray Heatherton, Teddy Charles (Nobody's Heart), Bob Brookmeyer, and others ~ Swain was born in 1926
April 5, 2007 ~ Mark Leslie Norton, commonly known as guitarist Mark St John, passed away ~ Best known for his brief stint with Kiss, present on the 1984 Animalize album. Subsequently formed glam metal outfit White Tiger known best for their 1986 eponymous White Tiger album ~ Norton was born in 1956
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, 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 was born in 1967
April 5, 1994 ~ Leroy Smeck, commonly known as country, ragtime, Hawaiian music banjoist, guitarist, ukulele player Roy Smeck, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Dubbed “the Wizard of the Strings”. Influenced by Eddie Lang, Ikey Robinson, Harry Reser, Johnny Marvin, Sol Ho'opi'i ~ Smeck was born in 1900
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, Alan Silva, and others ~ Shorter was born in 1932
April 5, 1981 ~ Blues-rock. boogie rock, electric blues harpost, flutist, guitarist, singer Bob Hite, full name Robert Ernest Hite, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as co-lead singer of blues-rock outfit Canned Heat from 196 until his death in 1981 ~ Hite was born in 1945
April 5, 1980 ~ Rap, K-pop DJ, singer Lee Jae-won born in South Korea ~ Youngest member of boyband 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, 1977 ~ Jazz saxophonist, flautist, 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, 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, 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, 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, 1968 ~ Drummer, singer, songwriter Tia Sprocket born in Hoboken, New Jersey, USA ~ Member of Sexpod alongside guitarist Karyn Kuhl and bassist Alice Genese, known best for their 1994 Home debut album. Also worked with Lucid Nation ~ Sprocket passed away in 2017
April 5, 1967 ~ Singer Troy Gentry born in Levington, Kentucky, USA ~ Half of popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, the other half being Eddie Montgomery. Previously a member of Early Tymz, which included Montgomery as well as Eddie's brother John Michael Montgomery ~ Gentry passed away in 2017
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, 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, Matthew Shipp, and others
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, 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 ~ 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 Vallee, 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, 1944 ~ Producer, songwriter Nicholas Caldwell born in Loma Linda, California, USA ~ Co-founded the Whispers in 1963 for which he wrote or co-wrote several hits including Lady ~ Caldwell passed away in 2016
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 ~ Robin Peter Smith, singer, songwriter, commonly known as Crispian St Peters, born in Swanley, UK ~ Known for his mid-1960s recordings You Were On My Mind and The Pied Piper. Member of Beat Formula Three. Member of Peter & the Wolves ~ Smith passed away in 2010
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, 1931 ~ Forro singer, songwriter Genival Lacerda, full name Genival Lacerda Cavalcante, born in Campina Grande, Brazil ~ Known for songs such as Severna Xique-Xique, Radinho De Pilna and O Cehvette Da Menina ~ Lacerda passed away in 2021
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 Burnet 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, 1928 ~ Samuel E Williams, commonly known as singer Tony Williams born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA ~ Lead singer of the Platters from 1953 through 1960, including on some of the band's best-known such as Only You And You Alone, The Great Pretender, You've Got The Magic Touch and My Prayer ~ Williams passed away in 1992
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, 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 Vallee) ~ 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