This Day In Music: April 7
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April 7, 2022 ~ Operatic soprano Birgit Nordin passed away ~ Best known for her association with the Royal Swedish Opera, singing with the company from 1958 through 1986. Married to bass-baritone Jerker Arvidson ~ Nordin was born in 1934
April 7, 2022 ~ Elias Kahn, commonly known as composer, pianist, accordionist, conspiracy theorist Elias Davidsson, passed away in Germany ~ Best known for composing several avant-garde electronic works, most notably Piano Trio and Landlög. Davidsson is also known as a publisher, 9/11 truther and conspiracy theorist ~ Davidsson was born in 1941
April 7, 2020 ~ Traditional jazz banjoist, bandleader Eddy Davis, full name Eddy Ray Davis, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his association with filmmaker, comedian, clarinetist Woody Allen, who played in Davis's the New Orleans Jazz Band starting in the 1960s. Davis has also appeared in several of Allen's movies. Admired by peers Davis appears on dozens of albums starting in the late 1950s, including recordings by Leon Redbone, Turk Murphy, Doc Cheatham, Frank Vignola, and others ~ Davis was born in 1940
April 7, 2020 ~ Singer, songwriter John Prine passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Important figure in Chicago folk revival. Generally regarded as one of the most influentual songwriters of his generation, known for mixing dry wit with serious songs with social commentary. Discovered by Kris Kristofferson. Admired by artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Kacey Musgraves, and others. Known for songs such as Illegal Smile, Angel From Montgomery (notably covered by Bonnie Raitt), The Great Compromise, Dear Abby, Saigon, The 20th Century Is Almost Over, and others ~ Prine was born in 1946
April 7, 2019 ~ Opera baritone William B Murray passed away ~ Worked with the Landestheater Detmold, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Alla Scalla, the Oper Hamburg, the Opera Torinho, the Houston Grand Opera, the New York City Opera, and others ~ Murray was born in 1935
April 7, 2018 ~ Singer Ruti Olajugbagbe wins The Voice UK ~ Olajugbagbe wins the 7th season of talent show The Voice UK aired on ITV. The other finalists were Donel Mangena, Belle Voci and Lauren Bannon
April 7, 2016 ~ Country singer Trent Harmon wins American Idol ~ Country singer Trent Harmon beats singer, songwriter La'Porsha Renae in the finale of the 15th season of talent show American Idol aired on Fox. It would be the last season on Fox, the show would be revived on ABC, starting in 2018
April 7, 2015 ~ Stanley Friberg, commonly known as singer Stan Freiberg passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Author, actor, singer, comedian, puppeteer, radio personality. As a singer best known for a number of 1950s recordings, most notably I've Got You Under My Skin, Try, St George And The Dragonet, the latter a Billboard No.1 hit in 1953 ~ Friberg was born in 1926
April 7, 2013 ~ Ivory Mitchell Jr, commonly known as pianist Dwike Mitchell, passed away in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Half of the Mitchell-Ruff Duo, the other half being hornist, double-bassist Willie Ruff. Also worked with Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, and others ~ Mitchell was born in 1930
April 7, 2010 ~ Jazz, blues saxophonist Eddie Johnson passed away ~ Played with Cootie Williams, Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and with James Moody ~ Johnson was born in 1920
April 7, 2008 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Phil Urso passed away in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Worked with Elliot Lawrence, Woody Herman, Terry Gibbs, Miles Davis, Oscar Pettiford, Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Brookmeyer, Chet Baker, Claude Thornhill, and others ~ Urso was born in 1925
April 7, 2007 ~ Opera, theatre, TV director Colin Graham passed away in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Closely associated with composer Benjamin Britten. Has worked with the Royal Opera House, the English National Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Opera Theater Of Saint Louis, the Metropolitan Opera, and others ~ Graham was born in 1931
April 7, 2007 ~ William H Bates, commonly known as blues guitarist Lefty Bates, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with the El-Dorados, the Flamingos, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Etta James, the Aristo Kats, the Hi-de-ho Boys, Moroccos, the Impressions, and others ~ Bates was born in 1920
April 7, 2003 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Jutta Hipp passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Listened clandestinely to jazz banned by the Nazi authorities. After the war worked with Hans Koller, Emil Mangelsdorff, Atilla Zoller, Peter Ind, Ed Thigpen, Zoot Sims, and others ~ Hipp was born in 1925
April 7, 2002 ~ Jacoba Adriana Hollestelle, commonly known as pop singer Conny Vandenbos, passed away in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Best known for songs such as Ik Ben Gelukkig Zonder Jou, Paleis Met De Gouden Muren, Sjakie Van De Hoek and perhaps her best-known Een Roosje Mijn Roosje ~ Hollestelle was born in 1937
April 7, 2000 ~ Heinz Burt, mononymously known as bassist, singer Heinz, passed away in Eastleigh, UK ~ Protégé of producer, engineer Joe Meek who would style his image. Member of the Tornados, known for their instrumental hit Telstar. As a solo artist best known for Just Like Eddie, a tribute to Heinz's biggest influence Eddie Cochran produced by Meek ~ Burt was born in 1942
April 7, 1994 ~ Singer, guitarist Ken Carson passed away ~ Early member of the Sons Of The Pioneers, present on recordings such as Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Cool Water ~ Carson was born in 1914
April 7, 1994 ~ Lee John Collinson, commonly known as rock, pub rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Lee Brilleaux passed away in London, UK ~ Helped found Stiff Records in 1976 with a loan of £500. Co-founded Dr Feelgood with Wilko Johnson in 1971, known best for their 1979 UK top 10 hit Milk And Alcohol, serving as the band's lead singer, occasional guitarist and sole constant member, his last performance just months before his death ~ Collinson was born in 1952
April 7, 1992 ~ Singer, actress Alexis Jordan born in Columbia, South Carolina, USA ~ Contestant on the 1st season of talent show America's Got Talent in 2006 at age 14. Even though she was eliminated from the show subsequent Youtube uploads would garner enough views to draw attention form the production team Stargate and rapper Jay-Z who would sign her to their StarRoc label. Jordan's 2010 debut single Happiness would reach top 10 across Europe, including No.1 positions in the Netherlands and Norway. A full-length eponymous Alexis Jordan debut album would be released the next year
April 7, 1991 ~ Singer Anne-Marie Nicholson, mononymously known simply as Anne-Marie, born in Essex, UK ~ First gained attention appearing as featured vocalist on songs such as Clean Bandit's 2016 hit Rockabye. Released her full-length Speak Your Mind in 2018, spawning the UK top 20 hits Alarm and Ciao Adios. Also known for subsequent hit recordings such as Friends featuring Marshmello, 2002, Rewrite The Stars featuring James Arthur, and Don't Play featuring KSI and Digital Farm Animals
April 7, 1991 ~ Label executive Henry Glover, full name Henry Bernard Glover, passed away in St ALbans, New York, USA ~ Gained eminence in the late-1940s to become one of the music industry's most successful black executives. Producer, arranger, songwriter, engineer, trumpeter, talen scout, A&R executive. Closely associated with the King label, playing a pivotal role in its development. Also worked for Roulette and RCO Productions labels. Worked with a host of artists from country, R&B, pop, rock and jazz, including the Delmore Brothers (co-wrote Blues Stay Away From Me), Ronnie Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, Moon Mullican, Grandpa Jones, the York Brothers, Bull Moose Jackson, Tiny Bradshaw, Bill Doggett, Wynonie Harris, Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, Little Willie John, James Brown, Swallows, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Sonny Stitt, Ronnie Hawkins, Joey Dee & the Starliters (including co-writing their No.1 hit The Peppermint Twist (Part 1)), Larry Dale, Titus Turner, Paul Butterfield, Garth Hudson, and others ~ Glover was born in 1921
April 7, 1989 ~ String player, singer Clyde Moody passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Dubbed “the Hillbilly Waltz King” and generally regarded as one of the pioneers of Bluegrass. Active since the late 1930s, starting out as a member of JE Mainer's Mountainers. Has also worked with Bill Monroe's the Blue Grass Boys, notably present on songs such as Cryin' Holy Unto My Lord, Mule Skinner Blues and Dog House Blues. Has also worked with Brown's Ferry Four and sang with Elvis Presley on a 1955 six-week tour ~ Moody was born in 1915
April 7, 1989 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Dan Costa, full name Daniel Greco Costa, born in London, UK ~ Best known for his debut album Suite Trés Rio, released in 2016
April 7, 1987 ~ Marietta Williams, commonly known as jazz singer Maxine Sullivan, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ A precursor to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Best known for her 1937 swing rendition of the Scottish folk song Loch Lomond. Named a key influence by Peggy Lee. Widow of stride pianist Cliff Jackson ~ Williams was born in 1911
April 7, 1981 ~ Zydeco accordionist, singer Chris Ardoin born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA ~ Helped shape nouveau zydeco, injecting elements of hip-hop, reggae and R&B into traditional zydeco. Formed Double Clutchin' with his elder brother drummer Sean Ardoin, debuting with the That's Da Lick album in 1994. The band was renamed to NuStep in the early 2000s and is still fronted by Chris
April 7, 1981 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Krzysztof Klenczon passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as member of Czerwone Gitary from 1965 through 1970, also writing or co-writing several of the band's best known including Taka Jak Ty, Nikt Na Swieciie Nie Wie, Kwiaty We Wlosach, and Jesien Idzle Przez Park ~ Klenczon was born in 1942
April 7, 1978 ~ Singer, songwriter Duncan James ~ Member of boy band Blue, known best for a string of early 2000s hits. The band's first three albums all topped the UK albums charts. Well-known songs include Too Close, If You Come Back and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word featuring Elton John. The band disbanded in 2005 but has reunited since and represented England at the 2011 Eurovision Songfestival with the song I Can which reached 11th place
April 7, 1976 ~ James Emory Gordon, commonly known as jazz bassist Jimmy Garrison, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known as a member of John Coltrane Quartet, backing John Coltrane from 1961 through 1967. Also worked with Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Philly Joe Jones, Bill Barron, Lee Konitz, Jackie McLean, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Lennie Tristano, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Walter Bishop Jr, Cal Massey, Hampton Hawes, Archie Shepp, Clifford Thornton, Elvin Jones, Ted Curson, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, and others ~ Garrison was born in 1934
April 7, 1973 ~ Singer Anne-Marie David wins the 18th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Luxembourg, Luxembourg ~ Representing Luxembourg David wins with the song Tu Te Reconnaitres written by Claude Morgan and Vline Buggy
April 7, 1971 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself at IBC Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Barry Gibb. Produced by the band and manager Robert Stigwood. Included on the Trafalgar album. Released as a single in October 1971, b/w Walking Back To Waterloo. Despite a warm critical reception the single would chart poorly, especially compared to their previous single How Can You Mend A Broken Heart which was a smash hit in several countries
April 7, 1965 ~ Gypsy jazz, swing, jazz fusion guitarist Sylvain Luc born in Bayonne, France ~ Leader and sideman. Praised for his fingerstyle playing technique. Worked with Steve Gadd, Richard Bona, Al Jarreau, Biréli Lagrène, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Manu Katché, Jacky Terrasson, Steve Lukather, Billy Cobham, Victor Bailey, Larry Coryell, Al di Meola, Tommy Emmanuel, and others
April 7, 1964 ~ Singer Mark Kibble born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of a capella gospel quartet Take 6, known for integrating jazz with spiritual and inspirational music. The band has collaborated with Ray Charles, Gordon Goodwin, Don Henley, Whitney Houston, Quincy Jones, Queen Latifah, the Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, CeCe Winans, Stevie Wonder, and numerous others
April 7, 1962 ~ Pedal steel guitarist Robby Turner born ~ Best known for his close association with Waylon Jennings. Also worked with George Jones, Chet Atkins, Loretta Lynn, BB King, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, the Highwaymen, Toy Caldwell, Gin Blossoms, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeff Foxworthy, Jim Lauderdale, Travis Tritt, Kieran McGee, John Prine, Tanya Tucker, Chely Wright, David Ball, Matt King, Deryl Dodd, Sara Evans, Rodney Crowell, Charlie Robison, Mark Chesnutt, Pam Tillis, the Dixie Chicks, Gary Allan, Rodney Carrington, Claudia Church, Shooter Jennings, Tony Joe White, Steve Forbert, the Wrights, the Oak Ridge Boys, Whiskey Myers, the Burns Sisters, Colter Wall, and others
April 7, 1960 ~ Guitarist Simon Climie born ~ Formed the duo Climie Fisher with Naked Eyes-keyboardist Rob Fisher, best known for the late 1980s hits Rise To The Occasion and Love Changes Everything
April 7, 1958 ~ Singer Wanda Jackson records Let's Have A Party in Hollywood, California ~ Written by Jessie Mae Robinson. Produced by Ken Nelson. Released as a single, paired with Cool Love on the flipside, in June 1960. Previously recorded by Elvis Presley for the movie Loving You. Later performed by Led Zeppelin and T.Rex during their live sets, and included on their albums by glam rockers Mud and rock & rollers Dr Feelgood
April 7, 1957 ~ Singer Yann-Fañch Kemener born in St Trephine, France ~ Traditional Breton folk singer best known for reviving the tradition of “chant et contre-chant”, especially in partnership with with Erik Marchand ~ Kemener passed away in 2019
April 7, 1953 ~ Joseph William Mobley, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist Bill Mobley, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Herman Green, James Williams, Bill Pierce, Donald Brown, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Dick Johnson, Geoffrey Keezer, Marvin Smitty Smith, Clifford Jordan, Harold Mabern, and others
April 7, 1951 ~ Jazz, hard bop saxophonist Bob Berg, full name Robert Berg, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Backed Horace Silver from 1973 through 1976, Cedar Walton from 1977 through 1983, Miles Davis from 1984 through 1987. Recorded about a dozen albums as a leader, notably New Birth released in 1978. Has collaborated with artists such as Mike Stern, Tom Harrell, Chroma, Pino Daniele, Niels Lan Doky, Al Foster, Idris Muhammad, the Players Association, Randy Brecker, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Tom Coster, Ben Sidran, Ulf Wakenius, Steps Ahead, and others ~ Berg passed away in 2002
April 7, 1951 ~ Drummer Bruce Gary born in Burbank, California, USA ~ Perhaps best known as member of the Knack, including on the hit My Sharone. Has also workled with Albert Collins, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Stephen Stills, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Bang, Harry Nilsson, Sheryl Crow, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, and others ~ Gary passed away in 2006
April 7, 1951 ~ Janis Eddy Fink, commonly known as folk-pop, soft rock singer, songwriter Janis Ian born in New York, New York, USA ~ Influenced by folk pioneers such as Joan Baez and Odetta. Wrote and first recorded her debut single, Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking), at age 14. It became a Billboard top 20 hit in 1967 upon its second re-release in 1967. Best known for her single At Seventeen, a Billboard top 10 hit in 1975
April 7, 1951 ~ Country drummer, singer John Dittrich born in Union, New Jersey, USA ~ Co-founding, longtime member of Restless Heart, best known for a string of 1980s country hits That Rock Won't Roll, I'll Still Be Loving You, Why Does It Have To Be (Wrong Or Right), The Blueest Eyes and A Tender Lie
April 7, 1950 ~ Singer Steve Ellis born in Edgeware, UK ~ Best known as lead vocalist on Love Affair's Everlasting Love
April 7, 1949 ~ Eddie Wilbur Rich, commonly known as rock, blues, R&B bassist, guitarist, singer Billy Rich, born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA ~ Best known for backing Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, and especially Taj Mahal. Also worked with 7 Wonders Combo, the Whispers, John McLaughlin, Paul Butterfield's 1970s band Better Days, and with Geoff Muldaur
April 7, 1949 ~ Tyrone Garfield Kersey, commonly known as keyboardist, arranger, producer, songwriter Ron Kersey, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of the Trammps, co-wrote their smash hit Disco Inferno. Also worked with MFSB, the Salsoul Orchestra, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, the O'Jays, and others. Produced Stephanie Mills's I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love. Co-wrote Stacy Lattisaw's Every Drop Of Your Love, co-wrote Evelyn Champagne King's Send For Me ~ Kersey passed away in 2005
April 7, 1948 ~ Carol Strickland, commonly known as disco singer Carol Douglas, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Best known for her recording Doctor's Orders, a pioneering disco hit which reached the Billboard top 20 in 1974. Subsequent singles throughout the 1970s, such as Midnight Love Affair, Night Fever and Burnin', would reach the higher echelons of the dance charts
April 7, 1948 ~ Drummer Dallas Taylor, full name Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr, born in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Member of late 1960s psychedelic rock band Clear Light. Best known for appearing on Crosby Stills & Nash's 1969 eponymous Crosby Stills & Nash debut album and its follow-up acclaimed 1970 landmark Deja Vu album. Has also worked with Stephen Stills, including in Manassas, guested on the Byrds' 1973 The Byrds reunion album, played with Van Morrison at the 1974 Montreux Festival, and toured with Paul Butterfield ~ Taylor passed away in 2015
April 7, 1948 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter John Oates born in New York, New York, USA ~ Half of Hall & Oates, the other half being Daryl Hall, known for hits such as Rich Girl, Kiss On My List, Private Eyes, I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Maneater, Out Of Touch, Adult Education, and others. Released a number of solo albums, starting with Phunk Shui in 2002. Guested on Handsome Boy Modeling School's Greatest Mistake alongside Jamie Cullum
April 7, 1946 ~ Composer Barbara Benary born in Bay Shore, New York, USA ~ Known for works such as Gauntlet Or The Moon's On Fire, Karna and The Story Of Esther ~ Benary passed away in 2019
April 7, 1946 ~ Davidson C Nelson, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer Dave Nelson, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Classically trained pianist, violinist. Best known as jazz trumpeter. Worked with the Marie Luis Orchestra, Ma Rainey, Jelly Roll Morton, Edgar Hayes, Jimmie Noone, Leroy Pickett, Luis Russell, King Oliver, Jimmy McLinn, and others ~ Nelson was born ca.1905
April 7, 1944 ~ Singer Noëlle Cordier born in Paris, France ~ Internationally best known for representing France at the 1967 Eurovision Songfestival with Il Doit Faire Beau La-Bas, reaching 3rd place
April 7, 1944 ~ Jazz saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, full name Pascel Emmanuel LaBarbera born in Mount Morris, New York, USA ~ Brother of trumpeter John LaBarbera and drummer Joe LaBarbera. Leader and sideman. Closely asociated with drummer Buddy Rich, backing Rich from 1967 to 1973. Has also worked with Woody Herman, Louie Bellson, Santana, Elvin Jones, and others
April 7, 1938 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Alexander von Schlippenbach born in Berlin, Germany ~ Co-founded the Globe Unity Orchestra. Founded the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, whose members at one time or another included Willem Breuker, Paul Lovens, Misha Mengelberg, Evan Parker, Aki Takase, and Kenny Wheeler
April 7, 1938 ~ Bebop, hard bop, post-bop trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, full name Frederick Dwayne Hubbard, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Philly Joe Jones, Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, Eric Dolphy, JJ Johnson, Quincy Jones, Tina Brooks, McCoy Tyner, Sam Jones, Clifford Jarvis, Ornette Coleman, Oliver Nelson, Herbie Hancock, Eric Dolphy, Wayne Shorter, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison, Ron Carter, Art Blakey, the Jazz Messengers, Manny Albam, Walter Benton, Kenny Drew, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, JJ Johnson, Chaka Khan, Don Sebesky, Stanley Turrentine, and others ~ Hubbard passed away in 2008
April 7, 1938 ~ Bassist Spencer Dryden, full name Spencer Charles Dryden, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his association with psychedelic rock outfit the Jefferson Airplane, remaining with the band from 1966 through 1970 including on the band's masterpiece Surrealistic Pillow which spawned the hits Somebody To Love and White Rabbit. Member of country rock band the New Riders Of The Purple Sage from 1971 through 1977, after which he became the band's manager. Has also worked with the Peanut Butter Conspiracy and rock supergroup Dinosaurs ~ Dryden passed away in 2005
April 7, 1937 ~ R&B, funk, soul singer, guitarist Don Julian, full name Donald Ray Julian, born in Houston, USA ~ Fronted Meadowlarks, considered the first integrated doo-wop group, known for their 1964 single The Jerk. Julian also wrote and performed the score to the 1973 blaxploitation film Savage and recorded several solo albums ~ Julian passed away in 1998
April 7, 1936 ~ Mary Ellen Reynolds, commonly known as dancer, actress, singer Marilyn Miller, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the most popular Broadway musical stars of the 1920s and 1930s. Rose to fame with her appearances in the 1918 Ziegfeld Follies and headlining the next year's edition playing the role of producer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr's wife. Rumored to be Ziegfeld's mistress, though this was never proven. Also known for roles in stage productions of Peter Pan, Sunny and Rosalie, becoming the highest-paid Broadway star by the late 1920s ~ Reynolds was born in 1898
April 7, 1935 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Bobby Bare, full name Robert Joseph Bare Sr, born in Ironton, Ohio, USA ~ Active since the early 1960s. Known best for his signature song 500 Miles Away From Home, which crossed over to the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 peaking at No.10 in 1963. Father of singer Bobby Bare Jr. Member of late 1990s country supergroup Old Dogs which also included Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis and Waylon Jennings
April 7, 1934 ~ Jazz, pop, rock pianist, vibraphonist, percussionist Victor Feldman born in London, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Roy Fox, Ronnie Scott, Woody Herman, Buddy DeFranco, Benny Goodman, George Shearing, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Fuse One, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan (Do It Again), Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, Joe Walsh, and others ~ Feldman passed away in 1987
April 7, 1932 ~ Calvin Grant Shofner, commonly known as country singer, guitarist Cal Smith born in Gans, Oklahoma, USA ~ Member of Ernest Tubb's backing unit the Texas Troubadours from 1960 through 1969. As a solo artist known best for Country Bumpkin and It's Time To Pay The Fiddler, both hits in 1974. Other well-known recordings of his include She Talked A Lot About Texas, I Just Came Home To Count The Memories and Come See About Me ~ Shofner passed away in 2013
April 7, 1927 ~ Drummer, social activist Babatunde Olatunji born in Alido, British Nigeria ~ 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 passed away in 2003
April 7, 1925 ~ Marcelle Chailleux, commonly known as blues producer, promoter Marcelle Morgantini, born ~ Married to Jacques Morgantini. The duo serving as producers and promoters of previously underrated and little- or unrecorded American blues artists including Andrew Odom, Willie Kent, Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, Eddy Clearwater, Magic Slim, John Littlejohn, and others ~ Chailleux passed away in 2007
April 7, 1921 ~ Alvin Cooper, commonly known as jazz trombonist Al Hayse born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Played with Snookum Russell, Kelly Martin, Bill McKinney, Lionel Hampton, Milt Buckner, Gigi Gryce, and with Clifford Brown. Hayse also composed Sergeant's Mess, first recorded by Stan Kenton. Hayse quit the music scene after the 1950s ~ Hayse passed away in 1982
April 7, 1920 ~ Robindro Shaunker Chowdhury, commonly known as sitar player, singer Ravi Shankar, born in Benares, British India ~ Father of singer Norah Jones. Popularized the use of sitar and other Indian instruments through his friendship with and influence on Yehudi Menuhin and in particular the Beatles guitarist George Harrison ~ Chowdhury passed away in 2012
April 7, 1918 ~ Michael Andrew Hucko, commonly known as big band clarinetist Peanuts Hucko, born in Syracuse, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Noted for his clarinet solo on Cole Porter's What Is This Thing Called Love. Worked with Charlie Spivak, Benny Goodman, Ray McKinley, Eddie Condon, Jack Teagarden, Louis Armstrong, Al Cohn, Warren Covington, the Lawson-Haggart Band, and others. Led the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the 1970s ~ Hucko passed away in 2003
April 7, 1915 ~ Eleanora Fagan, commonly known as jazz, swing singer Billie Holiday, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Iconic singer pioneered jazz singing. Active from the mid-1930s until her death at age 44. Known for her emotive voice, tragic lifestory and struggles with men and substance abuse. Well-known songs include What A Little Moonlight Can Do, A Fine Romance, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Carelessly, Mean To Me, I'm Gonna Lock My Heart, Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) and perhaps her best-known Strange Fruit ~ Fagan passed away in 1959
April 7, 1914 ~ Ralph Elias Flenniken, commonly known as big band leader, pianist, composer, arranger Ralph Flanagan, born in Lorain, Ohio, USA ~ Worked with Hal McIntyre, Sammy Kaye, Blue Barron, Charlie Barnet, Alvino Rey, and others ~ Flenniken passed away in 1995
April 7, 1912 ~ Jacob Louis Schwartz, commonly known as songwriter Jack Lawrence, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Wrote All Or Nothing At All, Frank Sinatra's first solo hit. Co-wrote Tenderly, Sarah Vaughan's first hit. Others songs written or co-written by Lawrence include Music From Beyond The Moon (Vic Damone, Tony Martin), If I Didn't Care (the Ink Spots, Bob Crosby, the Platters, Brenda Lee), With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair (Kay Kyser, Georgie Auld, Frances Langford), Yes My Darling Daughter (Dinah Shore, Eydie Gormé, Sandie Shaw), Tenderly (Dick Farney, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole), and Foolin' Myself (Chick Bullock, Teddy Wilson) ~ Schwartz passed away in 2009
April 7, 1908 ~ Bandleader, conductor, composer Percy Faith born in Toronto, Canada ~ Popularized easy listening. Rose to fame in the 1950s. Closely associated with Mitch Miller. In-demand arranger for pop singers such as Tony Bennett, Doris Day, Johnny Mathis, Guy Mitchell. As a bandleader best known for Delicado, The Song From Moulin Rouge and Theme From A Summer Place ~ Faith passed away in 1976
April 7, 1897 ~ Jazz trumpeter Isaiah Morgan born in Bertrandville, Louisiana, USA ~ Member of the Young Morgan Band, alongside his brothers double-bassist Al Morgan, trumpeter Sam Morgan and clarinetist Andrew Morgan ~ Morgan passed away 1955