This Day In Music: April 6
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April 6, 2021 ~ Huey Simmons, commonly known as jazz, free jazz saxophonist, hornist Sonny Simmons, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Prince Lasha, Michael Marcus, Moksha Samnyasin, Bobby Few, Horace Tapscott, Brandon Evans, Anthony Braxton, Elvin Jones, Eric Dolphy, Clifford Jordan, and others ~ Simmons was born in 1933
 
April 6, 2019 ~ Country singer, guitarist Jim Glaser passed away ~ Member of sibling outfit Glaser Brothers, known for songs such as California Girl And The Tennessee Square, Rings and Ain't It All Worth Living For ~ Glaser was born in 1937
April 6, 2019 ~ Singer Molly Hocking wins The Voice UK ~ Hocking wins the 8th season of talent show The Voice UK aired on ITV. The other finalists were Deana Walmsley, Jimmy Balto, and Bethzienna Williams
 
April 6, 2018 ~ Pop singer Jacques Higelin, full name Jacques Joseph Victor Higelin, passed away in Paris, France ~ Actively recording since the early 1970s. Would grow to become one of France's most popular artists due to his incessive touring, usually in smaller, intimate venues. Has collaborated with Brigitte Fontaine, Areski Belkacem, and others ~ Higelin was born in 1940
 
April 6, 2016 ~ Singer, songwriter Merle Haggard, full name Merle Ronald Haggad, passed away in Palo Cedro, California, USA ~ Influenced by Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams. Known for songs such as My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers, I'm A Lonesome Fugitive, Branded Man, The Fightin' Side Of Me, and others. Has collaborated with the Strangers, Bonnie Owens, Johnnie Lee Willis, Eldon Shamblin, Tiny Moore, Joe Holly, Johnny Gimble, Alex Brashear, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Paycheck, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Clint Eastwood, Gram Parsons, Ray Price, Leona Williams, Albert E Brumley, and others ~ Haggard was born in 1937
 
April 6, 2015 ~ Jazz, pop pianist, accordionist, songwriter, arranger Milton Delugg passed away ~ Active since the 1940s. Musical director, bandleader, accordionist on Broadway Open House aired on NBC, considered a forerunner to The Tonight Show. Co-wrote and first recorded Orange Colored Sky featuring singer Janet Brace, best known as a hit for Nat King Cole. Other songs written or co-written by Delugg include Shanghai (Doris Day), Be My Life's Companion (the Mills Brothers), Shake Hands With Santa Claus (Louis Prima), A Poor Man's Roses Or A Rich Man's Gold (Patsy Cline). Also notably remembered for producing Buddy Holly's iconic Rave On rock & roll classic ~ Delugg was born in 1918
 
April 6, 2013 ~ Classical, jazz pianist, composer, arranger Don Shirley, full name Donald Walbridge Shirley, passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Actively recording since the mid-1950s. Composed organ symphonies, works for piano, strings, cello, and opera. Worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and others ~ Shirley was born in 1927
 
April 6, 2009 ~ Pop singer, songwriter Jacques Hustin passed away ~ Active since the mid-1960s enjoying popularity with songs such as Camelias. Internationally perhaps best known for representing his native Belgium at the 1974 Eurovision Songfestival with his self-penned Fleur De Liberté, reaching 9th place. Hustin would continue to record and perform throughout the 1980s, eventually retiring from music to focus on his painting career ~ Hustin was born in 1940
 
April 6, 2003 ~ Drummer, social activist Babatunde Olatunji passed away in Salinas, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Admired by peers, especially John Coltrane who wrote and recorded the song Tunji as a tribute to Olatunji. Referenced by Bob Dylan in I Shall Be Free. Covered by Carlos Santana (Jing-go-la-ba). Worked with Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Quincy Jones, Pee Wee Ellis, Stevie Wonder, Randy Weston, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Mickey Hart, Airto Moreira, Muruga Booker, Sikiru Adepoju, Halim El-Dabh, Randy Weston, Max Roach, Kai Winding, Herbie Mann, Serge Gainsbourg, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, Tupac Shakur, and others ~ Olatunji was born in 1927
 
April 6, 1999 ~ Kenneth Norville, commonly known as vibraphonist, composer Red Norvo, passed away ~ One of jazz's early vibraphonists. Leader and sideman. Worked with the Collegians, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman, his wife Mildred Bailey, Billie Holiday, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Tal Farlow, Jimmy Raney, Charles Mingus, Red Mitchell, and others ~ Norvo was biorn in 1908
 
April 6, 1998 ~ Virginia Wynette Pugh, commonly known as country singer, songwriter Tammy Wynette passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ One of country's best-known and best-selling female artists. Dubbed “the First Lady of Country Music” and along with Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Lynn Anderson and Dolly Parton credited with having defined the role of women in country. Best known for her late 1960s recording Stand By Your Man. Married to country singer George Jones from 1969 to 1975, with whom she recorded a number of well-charting duets. ~ Wynette was born in 1942
April 6, 1998 ~ Wendy Orlean Williams, commonly known as punk, punk rock, shock rock singer, songwriter Wendy O Williams passed away in Stores, Connecticut, USA ~ Rose to fame as frontwoman of quintessential New York punk outfit the Plasmatics. Known for her energetic and provocative stage presence ~ Williams was born in 1949
 
April 6, 1994 ~ Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger Dick Cary passed away in Glendale, California, USA ~ Worked with Joe Marsala, Benny Goodman, the Casa Loma Orchestra, Brad Gowans, Muggsy Spanier, Wild Bill Davison, Billy Butterfield, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Dorsey, Eddie Condon, Pee Wee Russell, Max Kaminsky, Bud Freeman, Jimmy McPartland, Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Barbara Lea, Maxine Sullivan, Ruth Brown, Lee Castle, Edmond Hall, Barney Bigard, BB King, and others ~ Cary was born in 1916
 
April 6, 1992 ~ DJ, producer Mathias Stubø born in Tønsberg, Norway ~ Son of jazz singer Thorgeir Stubø. Active since the early 2010 as electronica producer and DJ noted for his 2011 Real Love Tastes Like This album
 
April 6, 1988 ~ Arranger, bandleader, guitarist, songwriter Leroy Kirkland passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Erskine Hawkins, the Dorsey Brothers, Alan Freed, Ella Fitzgerald, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Big Maybelle, Etta James, Charlie Parker, the Righteous Brothers, the Supremes, Brook Benton, Ruby & the Romantics, and others ~ Kirkland was born ca.1904
 
April 6, 1984 ~ Ralph Stuart Emanuel Donner, commonly known as pop, rock & roll singer Ral Donner, passed away ~ Cited by Robert Plant as an influence. Best known for his 1961 hit single You Don't Known What You've Got (Until You Lose It), a Billboard top 10 hit ~ Donner was born in 1943
 
April 6, 1982 ~ John Mangal, commonly known as rapper DiceCream born ~ Member of ADHD. Member of ADHD, alongside Brainpower, Man!ak and DJ TLM, known for the 2004 singles Beng Je Hoofd featuring Di-rect's Spike and Shouf Shouf Habibi
 
April 6, 1981 ~ Producer, DJ, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Alex Suarez born in Stamford, Connecticut, USA ~ Co-founding member of dance-pop, house, disco act Cobra Starship, best known for the Billboard top 10 hits Good Girls Go Bad featuring Leighton Meester and You Make Me Feel featuring Sabi. Suarez remained with the band from its inception in 2006 until 2014. Also co-founded This Is Ivy League with fellow Starship member Ryland Blackinton
 
April 6, 1978 ~ Progressive metal bassist, guitarist Martin Méndez, full name Carlos Martin Méndez Esposito, born in Montevideo, Uruguay ~ Best known as member of Opeth, joining the band in 1997 and first appearing on the band's fourth album, Still Life
April 6, 1978 ~ Singer, pianist, model Myleene Klass, full name Myleene Angela Klass, born in Norfolk, UK ~ First gained attention as member of pop group Hear'say, a group created through the ITV reality show Popstars in 2001 and known for a handful of subsequent UK top 10 hits, namely Pure & Simple, The Way To Your Love, Everybody and Lovin' Is Easy. As a solo singer released two classical crossover albums, notably her 2003 Moving On debut album. Has since gone to become a TV personality hosting and appearing on several TV shows
 
April 6, 1976 ~ Classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass mandolinist, guitarist, violinist Joseph Brent, full name Joseph Frederick Brent, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of 9 Horses. In-demand sideman in a variety of genres. Has worked with Regina Spektor, Jewel, Kishi Bashi, Gary Smulyan. Has also recorded and performed classical music working with renowned orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, and others
 
April 6, 1974 ~ Pop group ABBA win the 19th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Brighton, UK ~ Representing Sweden pop group ABBA win with their own composition song Waterloo written by Benny Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson. It would mark the international breakthrough of the group who would go on to become the most successful Eurovision contestant ever, and ever
 
April 6, 1972 ~ Singer, producer, songwriter Will Evankovich, full name William Eric Evankovich, born in Santa Rosa, California, USA ~ Worked with the Guess Who, Shaw Blades, Night Ranger, Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades, Styx, Don Felder, Robin Zander, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Lee, Mac Powell, Bun E Carlos, Vince Neil, Ted Nugent, Jeff Carlisi, Tommy Thayer, and others
 
April 6, 1971 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record Country Woman ~ Written by Maurice Gibb. Produced by the band and their manager Robert Stigwood. Intended for the 1971 Trafalgar album though it did not make the final cut. The song, all vocals and instruments solely by Maurice, would be featured however on the B-side of their May 1971 How Can You Mend A Broken Heart single
April 6, 1971 ~ Composer Igor Stravinsky, full name Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Generally acknowledged as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century noted for his stylistic diversity. Rose to fame with three ballets, 1910's Firebird, 1911's Petrushka and 1913's The Rite Of Spring ~ Stravinsky was born in 1882
 
April 6, 1968 ~ Singer Massiel wins the 13th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in London, UK ~ Representing Spain wins with the song La La La written by Manuel de la Calva and Ramón Arcusa
April 6, 1968 ~ Rosa Deschamps, commonly known as jazz, blues singer, vaudeville entertainer Rosa Henderson passed away in Roosevelt, New York, USA ~ Known for 1920s recordings such as Afternoon Blues, Doggone Blues, He May Be Your Dog But He's Wearing My Collar and Papa If You Can't Do Better I'll Let A Better Papa Move In. Worked with the Virginians, Fletcher Henderson, the Choo Choo Jazzers, the Kansas City Five, the Four Black Diamonds, and others ~ Deschamps was born in 1896
 
April 6, 1967 ~ Mickael Vikstrom, commonly known as heavy metal guitarist Mike Wead, born in Boden, Sweden ~ Worked with Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Hexenhaus, Candlemass, Memento Mori, Abstrakt Algebra, bibleblack, Escape The Cult, Memory Garden, Notre Dame, Elvenking, Snowy Shaw, Devilish Impressions, and others
 
April 6, 1965 ~ Charles Thompson IV, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Black Francis born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Frontman of the Pixies, known for quintessential alternative rock, punk rock albums such as 1988's Surfer Rosa, 1989's Doolittle and 1990's Bossanova. Active as a solo artist since the early 1990s under the moniker Frank Black, noted for the the Beach Boys-cover Hang On To Your Ego taken of his 1992 eponymous Frank Black solo debut album
 
April 6, 1964 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger Sylvain Beuf born in Paris, France ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Martial Solal, René Urtreger, Michel Legrand, Daniel Humair, Henri Texier, Richard Galliano, Zhivaro, Andre Ceccarelli, Aldo Romano, Pierre de Bethmann, Michel Marre, Maurice Vander, Gerald Badini, Ocean, the Moutin Reunion, Patrice Caratini, Andy Emler, Franck Amsallem, Ivan Paduart, Gordon Beck, Alain Jean-Marie, Bojan Z, Billy Hart, Jean-Michel Pilc, Emmanuel Bex, Sylvain Luc, Stephane Huchard, Eric Le Lann, Baptiste Trotignon, Minino Garay, Jean-Pierre Como, and others
 
April 6, 1963 ~ DJ, producer Andrew Weatherall born in Windsor, UK ~ Key DJ, producer, remixer in the 1980s acid house boom. Has remixed tracks for the Happy Mondays, New Order, Björk, the Orb, My Bloody Valentine, and others. Noted for his production work on Primal Scream acclaimed 1991 Screamadelica album
April 6, 1963 ~ Techno, house, EDM producer, DJ Derrick May born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for Strings Of Life, considered a pivotal recording in the techno genre. Closely associated with Kevin Saunderson. Mentored Carl Craig and Stacey Pullen
 
April 6, 1962 ~ Singer, songwriter, bassist Missy Raines born in Short Gap, West Virginia, USA ~ Worked with Mac Wiseman, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Dudley Connell, Don Rigsby, Brothers Boys, Cloud Valley, Jim Hurst, Claire Lynch, and others
 
April 6, 1961 ~ Gene Andrusco, commonly known as rock, alternative rock, funk rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Gene Eugene, born in Fort Frances, Canada ~ Best known for fronting alternative rock band Adam Again. Member of the Swirling Eddies. Co-founding member of supergroup the Lost Dogs. Notable credits as a producer and engineer include 441, Randy Stonehill, the 77's, Daniel Amos, Aunt Bettys, the Kosmos Express and Starflyer '59 ~ Andrusco passed away in 2000
 
April 6, 1960 ~ Guitarist John Pizzarelli born in Paterson, New Jersey, USA ~ Son of swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli. Brother of bassist Martin Pizzarelli. Married to singer Jessica Molaskey. Member of Pizzarelli Boys. Leader and sideman. Worked with Paul McCartney, James Taylor, Ray Kennedy, George Shearing, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Frigo, Buddy DeFranco, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Debby Boone, Natalie Cole, the Manhattan Transfer, Jane Monheit, Rickie Lee Jones, Curtis Stigers, and others
April 6, 1960 ~ R&B singer, pianist Martha Davis passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity throughout the 1950s. Influenced by Fats Waller. Married to bassist Calvin Ponder, with whom she regularly worked. Known for Little White Lies, originally recorded by Dick Haymes, and for the Louis Jordan-duet Daddy-O ~ Davis was born in 1917
 
April 6, 1953 ~ Keyboardist Christopher Franke born in Berlin, Germany ~ Member of pioneering electronica band Tangerine Dream from 1971 to 1987, present on most of the band's key albums including 1973's Atem and 1974's Phaedra. After his split from the band Franke performed live only once, a 1991 set at the Astoria Theatre, London, but recorded prolifically as a solo artist and composed several soundtracks
 
April 6, 1952 ~ Pianist, songwriter, arranger Stephen Barber born in Abilene, Texas, USA ~ Worked with David Byrne, Keith Richards, John Legend, Natalie Merchant, T-Bone Burnett, Rosanne Cash, the London Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Cross, Bonnie Raitt, the Indigo Girls, Michael Stipe, Shawn Colvin, Van Dyke Parks, Joe Zawinul, Eric Johnson, Kenny White, Laura Veirs, Ian McLagan, Marc Cohn, Ted Grene, Amy Cook, Chrisette Michele, Terry Bozzio, Matt Morris, Susana Baca, Stephen Bruton, Arto Lindsay, Alejandro Escovedo, Chris Whitley, Tara MacLean, Jennifer Warnes, and others
April 6, 1952 ~ Heavy metal singer Udo Dirkschneider born in Wuppertal, West Germany ~ Rose to fame with Accept. Left the band in 1987 and subsequently formed UDO. Also worked with Raven, Hammerfall, Aria, Lordi, and others
 
April 6, 1950 ~ Folk, folk rock violinist, guitarist, mandolinist, singer Brian McNeill born in Falkirk, UK ~ Actively recording since the late 1970s, both as a solo artist and with the Battlefield Band which he co-founded. Plays a multitude of instruments including violin, viola, guitar, bouzouki, cittern, concertina and hurdy-gurdy. Also known as novelist, debuting with The Busker in 1989
April 6, 1950 ~ Guitarist, cellist Steven Cat Coore born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Along with Richard Daley the only constant member of reggae, reggae fusion outfit Third World, known best for songs such as Now That We Found Love, Cool Meditation, Dancing On The Floor and Try Jah Love
 
April 6, 1948 ~ Progressive rock, classical, folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Gordon Giltrap born in Brenchley, UK ~ Revered guitarist admired by peers, drawing praise from artists such as Marillion's Steve Rothery, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore. Emerged from the 1960s folk scene, debuting in 1968 with the eponymous Gordon Giltrap album. Has recorded consistently since with over two dozen albums to his name
 
April 6, 1947 ~ Singer, bassist Rosemary Butler born in California, USA ~ Bassed in all-female outfits the Ladybirds and Birtha. Went on to become an in-demand backing singer, mostly throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, appearing on recordings by Linda Ronstadt, Del Shannon (Runaway), James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt (Sweet Forgiveness), Boz Scaggs, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rosanne Cash, and others
April 6, 1947 ~ Drummer Tony Connor born in Ronford, UK ~ Member of Hot Chocolate from 1970 through 1986 present on songs such as Emma, You Sexy Thing, So You Win Again and Every 1's A Winner
 
April 6, 1944 ~ Schlager, easy listening singer Bernd Spier born in Mecklenburg, Germany ~ Son of conductor Robby Spier. Enjoyed succes in the early 1960s prior to the rise of the Beatles. Briefly returned in the late 1960s, early 1970s scoring hits in Germany with Pretty Belinda and Knock Three Times, covers of respectively Chris Andrews and Tony Orlando & Dawn ~ Spier passed away in 2017
April 6, 1944 ~ John Edward Lee Fullagar, commonly known as rock bassist John Stax born in Crayford, UK ~ Original guitarist of the Pretty Things, remaining with the band through 1967. Chose the stage name “Stax” for the love of music produced by the Stax/Volt record label. Present on the Things' first three albums which included some of their best-known such as Rosalyn, Don't Bring Me Down, Road Runner and Cry To Me. Has also played with R&B supergroup Blues Hangover alongside Dave Hogan, Peter Wells and others.
 
April 6, 1943 ~ Jazz saxophonist, flautist Gerry Niewood born ~ Worked with Chuck Mangione, Walter Bishop Jr, Lalo Schifrin, Patti Austin, Simon & Garfunkel, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall, Mark Murphy, Sinéad O'Connor, Jason Miles, Randy Sandke, Ann Hampton Callaway, and others
April 6, 1943 ~ Julie Rolls, commonly known as pop, easy listening singer Julie Rogers born in London, UK ~ Best known for The Wedding, which reached top 10 in Australia, America and her native England in 1964. Other well-known songs include Like A Child and Hawaiian Wedding Song
April 6, 1943 ~ Jazz saxophonist Noah Howard born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Influenced by John Coltrane, Albert Ayler. Worked with Sun Ra, Frank Wright, Archie Shepp, Arthur Doyle, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Omar Al Fadir, Dave Burrell, Earl Freeman, Sunny Murray, Clifford Thornton, Lester Bowie, Frank Lowe, Rashied Ali, Steve Boston, Tim Ingles, Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Bobby Few, Eve Packer, Bobby Kapp, and others ~ Howard passed away in 2010
 
April 6, 1941 ~ Harry Haley McClaskey, commonly known as singer, radio personality, producer Henry Burr, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity from the early 1900s onwards. Known for songs such as Just A Baby's Prayer At Twilight, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, When I Lost You and In The Shade Of The Apple Tree. Also closely associated with Albert Campbell duetting on hits such as The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine, Somebody's Waiting For Someone, I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles ~ McClaskey was born in 1882
 
April 6, 1940 ~ Saxophonist Don Myrick born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as member of the Phenix Horns, the original horn section of Earth Wind & Fire. Co-founding membber of the Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians. Member of jazz-funk outfit the Pharaohs. Noted for his sax solos on several well-known tracks including Phil Collins' If Leaving Me Is Easy and One More Night, and EWF's After The Love Has Gone and the live version of Reasons of the Gratitude album. Myrick has also backed artists such as Howlin' Wolf, Donny Hathaway, Grover Washington Jr, Carlos Santana, Bobby Blue Bland, the Dells, Ramsey Lewis, Sky, Regina Belle and the Mighty Clouds Of Joy ~ Myrick passed away in 1993
 
April 6, 1938 ~ Singer Barbara Pittman born ~ One of the few female singers at Sun Records. Known for a handful of mid- to late-1950s singles such as I Need A Man, Two Young Fools In Love, Everlasting Love and Handsome Man ~ Pittman passed away in 2018
 
April 6, 1937 ~ Jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Carmen McRae, Mike Mainieri, Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, Ethel Ennis, Eydie Gormé, Michael Moore, Jay Berliner, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Poole, Jack Wilkins, Frank Vignola, Akira Tana, Rufus Reid, Monty Alexander, Meredith D'Ambrosio, Chet Baker, Peter Bernstein, the Canadian Brass, Earl Coleman, Trudy Desmond, Linda Eder, Ronnie Foster, Nnenna Freelon, Astrud Gilberto, Bob Hammer, Jane Harvey, Herbie Mann, Charles McPherson, Bette Midler, Mark Murphy, Tony Mottola, Duke Pearson, Marlena Shaw, Clark Terry, Michal Urbaniak, Paul Winter, Toku, Lonnie Liston Smith, Grover Washington Jr, and others
April 6, 1937 ~ Keiji Otsuka, commonly known as jazz drummer George Otsuka, born in Tokyo, Japan ~ First began playing professionally with Sadao Watanabe. Toured Japan as member of the Four Drums, the other being Roy Haynes, Jack DeJohnette, and Mel Lewis. Co-founded We 3, a trio also including Hiroyuki Takamoto and Hideaki Kanazawa. Has also worked with Hidehiko Matsumoto, Hideo Ichikawa, Richie Beirach, Elvin Jones, Kenny Kirkland, John Scofield, Nana Vasconcelos, Miroslav Vitous, Phil Woods, Reggie Workman, and others
April 6, 1937 ~ Singer, songwriter Merle Haggard, full name Merle Ronald Haggad, born in Oildale, California, USA ~ Influenced by Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Williams. Known for songs such as My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers, I'm A Lonesome Fugitive, Branded Man, The Fightin' Side Of Me, and others. Has collaborated with the Strangers, Bonnie Owens, Johnnie Lee Willis, Eldon Shamblin, Tiny Moore, Joe Holly, Johnny Gimble, Alex Brashear, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Paycheck, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Clint Eastwood, Gram Parsons, Ray Price, Leona Williams, Albert E Brumley, and others ~ Haggard passed away in 2016
 
April 6, 1936 ~ Classical, jazz, free jazz trumpeter, hornist Manfred Schoof born in Magdeburg, Germany ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Alexander von Schlippenbach, Gerd Dudek, George Russell, Jasper van 't Hof, the Globe Unity Orchestra, the European Jazz Ensemble, George Gruntz, Gunter Hampel, Peter Brötzmann, Don Cherry, Albert Mangelsdorff, Mal Waldron, and others
 
April 6, 1935 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Horace Tapscott born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Formed the the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Has worked with Frank Morgan, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins as a teenager. Went on to play with artists including Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch, Butch Morris, Wilber Morris, David Murray, Jimmy Woods, Nate Morgan, Guido Sinclair, Lou Blackburn, and others ~ Tapscott passed away in 1999
 
April 6, 1933 ~ William Franklin Hardman Jr, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist Bill Hardman, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Played with Tiny Bradshaw, Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson, Junior Cook, Dave Bailey, Walter Bishop Jr, Charles Earland, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Eddie Jefferson, Ronnie Mathews, Jimmy McGriff, Hank Mobley, Mickey Tucker, Mal Waldron, and with Reuben Wilson ~ Hardman passed away in 1990
 
April 6, 1929 ~ Andreas Ludwig Priwin, commonly known as pianist, composer, arranger, conductor André Previn, born in Berlin, Germany ~ Working as an arranger and composer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer involved in the music for over 50 films. Won four Oscars for best music scoring or adaptation on the films Gigi (1958), Porgy & Bess (1959}, Irma La Douce (1963) and My Fair Lady (1964). Also a music director and conductor closely associated with leading classical orchestras including the Houston Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Worked in smaller ensembles such as jazz trios and accompanying jazz singers, mostly focusing on the American Songbook idiom ~ Previn passed away in 2019
April 6, 1929 ~ Arthur S Taylor Jr, commonly known as drummer Art Taylor, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Began his career working with artists such as Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Kenny Drew, and Howard McGhee. Continued on to play with Coleman Hawkins, Buddy DeFranco, Bud Powell, George Wallington, Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, Gene Ammons, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and others ~ Taylor passed away in 1995
 
April 6, 1927 ~ Jazz, cool jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, arranger Gerry Mulligan, full name Gerald Joseph Mulligan, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Known for compositions such as Vewnus De Milo, Jeru, Walkin' Shoes, Five Brothers. Leader and sideman. Has collaborated with Chet Baker, Chubby Jackson, Lee Konitz, Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz, Harry Sweets Edison, Shelly Manne, Art Farmer, Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Dave Brubeck, Pino Presti, Manny Albam, Dave Brubeck, Jack DeJohnette, Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, and others ~ Mulligan passed away in 1996
 
April 6, 1926 ~ Margaret Hoffler, commonly known as R&B singer Margie Day, born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA ~ Recorded as a solo artist as well as with the Four Bars & a Melody (Near You), the Griffin Brothers (Street Walking Daddy, Sadie Green, Pretty Baby), Paul Williams, and others ~ Hoffler passed away in 2014
April 6, 1926 ~ Pianist, composer Randy Weston, full name Randolph Edward Weston, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, and Earl Hines. Worked with Melba Liston, Bull Moose Jackson, Frank Culley, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Geoffrey Holder, Babatunde Olatunji, Langston Hughes, Willis James, Booker Ervin, Roy Brooks, Charles Mingus, and others ~ Weston passed away in 2018
 
April 6, 1924 ~ Jazz, bebop, hard bop tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse born in Washington DC, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Closely associated with Thelonious Monk, backing the pianist for over a decade starting in 1959. Has also worked with Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bull Moose Jackson, Oscar Pettiford, Tadd Dameron, Paul Quinichette, Benny Carter, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, Duke Jones, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Mal Waldron, Sphere, Les Jazz Modes, and others ~ Rouse passed away in 1988
 
April 6, 1923 ~ James Robert Heitsley, commonly known as singer Jimmy Roberts, born in Madisonville, Kentucky, USA ~ Tenor singer best known for his association with Lawrence Welk, being a featured performer on The Lawrence Welk Show variety show from 1955 to 1982 ~ Heitsley passed away in 1999
 
April 6, 1922 ~ Jazz pianist, singer Dorothy Donegan born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sidewoman. Best known for her work as stride and boogie-woogie pianist. Also played bebop, swing, classical. Protegé of Art Tatum. In 1943 became the first African-American woman to play the Orchestra Hall, Chicago, performing works by Sergei Rachmaninoff as well as jazz. Actively recording since the mid-1940s yet did not gain a large audience until the 1980s ~ Donegan passed away in 1998
 
April 6, 1919 ~ Big band singer Paula Kelly born in Grove City, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Dick Stabile, Artie Shaw, Al Donahue, Glenn Miller. Worked extensively with the Modernaires starting on Perfidia. Married Hal Dickinson, one of the band's singers, in 1939 ~ Kelly passed away in 1992
 
April 6, 1900 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Leo Robin born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for co-writing Thanks For The Memory with Ralph Rainger, sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in the film The Big Broadcast Of 1938. Other well known songs co-written by Robin include Blue Hawaii (Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley), In Love In Vain (Margaret Whiting, Betty Madigan, Patti Page), Prisoner Of Love (Russ Columbo, Mildred Bailey, Teddy Wilson, the Ink Spots), Miss Brown To You (Billie Holiday, Anita O'Day, Carmen McRae), Love Is Just Around The Corner (the Pickens Sisters, the Dorsey Brothers), and Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend (Carol Channing, Marilyn Monroe, Lena Horne, Della Reese) ~ Robin passed away in 1984
 
April 6, 1892 ~ Old-time guitarist, harmonica player, singer Henry Whitter, full name William Henry Whitter, born near Fries, Virginia, USA ~ Reportedly the first country singer to record in New York in 1927, though the claim is disputed and Okeh records show no proof. Remembered for recordings such as The New River Train, Put My Little Shoes Away, Lost John, Fox Chase, and perhaps most notably his 1924 release The Wreck On The Southern Old 97 co-penned with regular collaborator GB Grayson. The latter would be covered the same year by Vernon Dalhart as The Wreck Of The Old '97 which paired with The Prisoner's Song on the flipside would become the first million-seller country song ~ Whitter passed away in 1941
 
April 6, 1883 ~ Marion Try Slaughter, commonly known as country singer, songwriter Vernon Dalhart, born in Jefferson, Texas, USA ~ Best known for The Wreck Of The Old '97, the first country song to sell one million copies and a staple of country music to this day ~ Dalhart passed away in 1948