This Day In Music: August 16
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August 16, 2022 ~ David Raskin, commonly known as blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Kal David, passed away ~ Got his stage name fronting the neighborhood band Kal David & the Exceptions in the early 1960s. The band also included Peter Cetera of future Chicago-fame and Marty Grebb who would later play for the Buckinghams. Formed the duo the Rovin' Kind with future Poco-guitarist Paul Cotton. Fronted the 1970s outfit the Fabulous Rhinestones, known for the acclaimed albums The Fabulous Rhinestones, Freewheelin' and Rhinestones. Would go on to back artists such as Etta James, Johnny Rivers and John Mayall, and record prolifically as a solo artist, often accompanied by his wife singer Lauri Bono ~ Raskin was born in 1943
August 16, 2022 ~ Operatic baritone Matti Lehtinen passed away in Helsinki, Finland ~ Associated with the Cologne Opera from 1952 through 1955. Freelanced in opera, oratorio and lieder until 1963 before returning to his previous position at the Finnish National Opera, where over the years he appeared in over 60 operatic roles ~ Lehtinen was born in 1922
August 16, 2022 ~ Ricardo Capuano, commonly known as pop rock singer, guitarist Rico, passed away in Govan, UK ~ Member of 1990s outfit Perfect World. Released his solo debut album, Sanctuary Medicines, in 1999. Best known for guesting on Crazier, a 2003 UK top 20 hit with regular collaborator Gary Numan ~ Capuano was born in 1971
 
August 16, 2018 ~ Singer Aretha Franklin passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Undisputed Queen of Soul. Had no less than eighty-eight singles hit the US singles charts starting in 1955 including hits such as RESPECT, Chain Of Fools, Think, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, I Say A Little Prayer, Rock Steady, Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do), Chain Of Fools, Day Dreaming, and Who's Zoomin' Who ~ Franklin was born in 1942
August 16, 2018 ~ Clarence Linberg Miller, commonly known as reggae singer, actor Count Prince Miller, passed away ~ Drew critical comparison to Judge Dread. Perhaps best known for his 1971 song Mule Train (Parts 1 & 2), notably covered by Sly & Robbie in the 1980s ~ Miller was born in 1934
 
August 16, 2008 ~ Singer, songwriter, actor, painter Dorival Caymmi passed away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Father of singers Nana Caymmi, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi. Helped birth Brazil's bossa nova movement. Best known for songs such as Samba Da Minha Terra, Dorlice, Saudade Da Bahia, Promessa De Pescador and Milagre, considered staples of modern Brazilian music and popular to this day ~ Caymmi was born in 1914
August 16, 2008 ~ Ska, rocksteady, reggae trumpeter Johnny Moore, full name John Arlington Moore, passed away ~ Following a stint in the Army, including playing in the Jamaica Military Band, has worked with the Mapletof Poulle Orchestra and Eric Dean, dismissed from the latter's band for growing dreadlocks. Would go on to session for Count Ossie and play with band the Cavaliers, alongside Jackie Mittoo, Lloyd Brevet and others. The studio band would evolve into the pivotal ska, rocksteady unit the Skatalites. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with the Soul Vendors, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Lee Scratch Perry, the Jamaica All-Stars, and others ~ Moore was born in 1938
 
August 16, 2007 ~ Drummer Max Roach, full name Maxwell Lemuel Roach, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Pioneering bop, bebop percussionist. Closely associated with Clifford Brown. Over 50 albums to his name as a leader or co-leader, especially acclaimed for the albums Jazz At Massey Hall, Max Roach Plus Four, and Deeds Not Words. In-demand sideman, present on pivotal recordings by Miles Davis (The Birth Of The Cool), Billy Eckstine, Duke Ellington, Slide Hampton, JJ Johnson, Booker Little, Charles Mingus (Mingus At The Bohemia), Thelonious Monk (Brilliant Corners), Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Rollins (Saxophone Colossus), Stanley Turrentine, Dinah Washington, Joe Wilder, and othjers ~ Roach was born in 1924
 
August 16, 2000 ~ Guitarist, producer Alan Caddy passed away ~ Original member, lead guitarist of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, known for their 1960 UK No.1 hit Shakin' All Over. Co-founding member of the Tornados, which would become the first British act to have a single reach the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their 1962 single Telstar. As a solo artist Caddy is known for his 1964 Tornado hit before venturing into producing, arranging and working as a session musician ~ Caddy was born in 1940
 
August 16, 1997 ~ Singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan passed away London, UK ~ Iconic world musician known for his collaborations with Western musicians, most notably Peter Gabriel ~ Khan was born in 1948
 
August 16, 1995 ~ R&B, soul singer, keyboardist, songwriter Bobby DeBarge, full name Robert Louis DeBarge, passed away in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA ~ Co-founding member of Switch, known for their 1978 eponymous Switch debut album, co-produced by Jermaine Jackson, spawning the hits There'll Never Be and I Want To Be Free. Co-produced his siblings' 1981 The DeBarges debut album, later joining DeBarge as an official member. Released a sole solo album, It's Not Over, just prior to his death of AIDS complications ~ DeBarge was born in 1956
 
August 16, 1992 ~ Folk rock singer, songwriter, producer Mark Heard, full name John Mark Heard III, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Sam Phillips, Pierce Pettis, Phil Keaggy, the Vigilantes Of Love, REM's Peter Buck, the Choir, Randy Stonehill, Olivia Newton-John, and others ~ Heard was born in 1951
 
August 16, 1986 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Ashton Shepherd, full name Ashton Delilah Shepherd, born in Coffeeville, Alabama, USA ~ Known for Takin' Of This Pain and Sounds So Good of her 2008 Sounds So Good debut album and Look It Up of her 2011 Where Country Grows sophomore album
 
August 16, 1980 ~ Chris Moore, commonly known as hip-hop, alternative hip-hop rapper, producer Atari Blitzkrieg, born ~ In-demand collaborator. As a solo artist released his full-length Kick Punch Fight Rhyme debut album in 2009
August 16, 1980 ~ Heavy metal, groove metal bassist, guitarist, singer Jared MacEachern born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA ~ Best known as singer and rhythm guitarist of Sanctity. Joined Machine Head in 2013, replacing Adam Duce
 
August 16, 1977 ~ Singer Elvis Presley, full name Elvis Aaron Presley, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ One of the most important cultural icons of the 20th century. Discovered by Sam Phillips. Drew from pop, country, R&B, gospel. Known for songs such as Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up, Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don't, Hard Headed Woman, A Big Hunk Of Love, Stuck On You, It's Now Or Never, Suspicious Minds, and others ~ Presley was born in 1935
 
August 16, 1973 ~ Rock, alternative rock, psychedelic rock singer Jason Sebastian Russo born ~ Member of Mercury Rev from 1994 through 2001. Also worked with Hopewell and Common Prayer
 
August 16, 1972 ~ Rock guitarist Erin Smith born in Washington DC, USA ~ Best known as member of Bratmobile. During the band's hiatus in the mid-1990s formed Cold Cold Hearts with bandmate Allison Wolfe
 
August 16, 1971 ~ Singer, actress Elsie Baker passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ First performed on stage at just 10 months old and would continue to sing and act until just before her death. Best known for I Love You Truly from the 1946 It's A Wonderful Life film ~ Baker was born in 1883
 
August 16, 1968 ~ Robert Dewees Cutshall, commonly known as jazz trombonist Cutty Cutshall, passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Worked with Charley Dornberger, Jan Savitt, Benny Goodman, Billy Butterfield, Peanuts Hucko, Bob Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett, and others. Suffered a heart attack while on tour with Eddie Condon, passing away in his hotel room ~ Cutshall was born in 1911
August 16, 1968 ~ Guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, programmer, producer, engineer, singer Dave Trumfio born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Formed the 1990s new wave outfit the Pulsars with his brother drummer Harry Trumfio. Has also played with Ashtray Boy, the Mekons, Sally Timms. As a producer and engineer has worked with Evil Beaver, Wilco, Alternative TV, the Young Marble Giants, the Pretty Things, OK Go, Patrick Park, the Aluminum Group, the Baldwin Brothers, Franklin Bruno, Built To Spill, the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Rentals, Papa Vs Pretty, and others
 
August 16, 1967 ~ Singer, songwriter, actor Donovan Leitch Jr born in London, UK ~ Son of 1960s singer Donovan. Member of hard rock band Camp Freddy. Member of neo-glam pop band Nancy Boy. The latter also included Jason Nesmith, son of the Monkees singer Michael Nesmith
 
August 16, 1966 ~ Composer Roger Verhaart born in Maastricht, the Netherlands ~ Best known for composing the music to the film Pocket-knife and the TV series Kinderen Van Waterland ~ Verhaart passed away in 2021
 
August 16, 1965 ~ Schlager, pop singer, songwriter Jari Sillanpää, full name Jari Veikko Sillanpää, born in Ludvika, Sweden ~ Released his eponymous Jari Sillanpää in 1996. Internationally best known for representing Finland in the 2004 Eurovision Songfestival with Takes 2 To Tango, which reached 14th place
 
August 16, 1962 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Ayub Bachchu born in Patiya, Bangladesh ~ Best known as founder, frontman, lead singer of LRB ~ Bachchu passed away in 2018
 
August 16, 1961 ~ Bassist, violincellist, singer Laurent Pardo born in Rouen, France ~ Best known for backing Elliott Murphy ~ Pardo passed away in 2016
 
August 16, 1960 ~ Singer Brenda Lee records Emotions at Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee ~ Written by Mel Tillis and Ramsey Kearney. Produced by Owen Bradley. Released the following December, paired with I'm Learning About Love on the flipside, the single would reach Billboard top 10
 
August 16, 1959 ~ Jazz leader saxophonist Ellery Eskelin born in Wichita, Kansas, USA ~ Over two dozens albums to his name as a leader. Closely associated with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black. In-demand sideman, has worked with Joey Baron, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Marc Ribot, David Liebman, Han Bennink, Sylvie Courvoisier, Bobby Previte, Daniel Humair, Open Loose, Bobby Previte, and others
 
August 16, 1957 ~ Siblings the Everly Brothers record Wake Up Little Susie ~ Written by husband and wife team Boudleaux Bryant and Felice Bryant. Released the following September as a single, b/w I Wonder If I Care As Much, and included on the eponymous The Everly Brothers. Despite being banned by some radio stations for its at the time deemed inappropriate lyrics, telling of a boy and girl falling asleep at the movies and waking up way past her curfew, the song would go on to top the pop charts and become not only of the band's best-known but also one of the era-defining songs
 
August 16, 1954 ~ Pop, rock, folk singer, guitarist, pianist Deborah Holland born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Rose to fame in the mid-1980s as lead singer of Animal Logic, which also included the Police's Stewart Copeland. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with 1994's Freudian Slip, and formed the folk trio the Refugees with Cindy Bullens and Wendy Waldman
 
August 16, 1953 ~ R&B, funk singer James JT Taylor born in Morristown, New Jersey, USA ~ Lead singer of Kool & the Gang from 1979 through 1988, rejoining in 1995. Present on some of the band's best-known including Ladies Night, Too Hot, Celebration, Get Down On It, Joanna, Fresh and Cherish
August 16, 1953 ~ Miroslav Aleksic, commonly known as rock bassist, singer Misa Aleksic, born in Belgrade, FPR Yugoslavia ~ Influenced by Grand Funk Railroad, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin. Co-founded Riblja Corba in 1978 with Bora Dordevic, considered one of the most important and influential Yugoslavian rock acts ~ Aleksic passed away in 2020
 
August 16, 1951 ~ Blues, folk-blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Eric Bibb, full name Eric Charles Bibb, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Folk and world music-influenced blues guitarist recording since the early 1970s. Best known for a number of 1990s, 2000s acclaimed albums featuring high-profile collaborators including Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Odetta, Guy Davis, Charlie Musselwhite, and others
 
August 16, 1950 ~ Jazz drummer Alvin Queen born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Has been playing professionally since age 16. Has worked with Ruth Brown, Don Pullen, Wild Bill Davis, Benny Green, Tiny Grimes, Billy Cobham, Horace Silver, George Benson, Charles Tolliver, Michael Brecker, Kenny Drew, Oscar Peterson, Bennie Wallace, Dusko Gojkovic, Johnny Griffin, George Coleman, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Horace Parlan, John Hicks, and others
 
August 16, 1949 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Bill Spooner, also known as William Sputnik Spooner, born in Phoenix, Arkansas, USA ~ Co-founded the Tubes, best known for their 1983 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit She's A Beauty of their Outside Inside album. The song was co-written by Toto's Steve Lukather
 
August 16, 1948 ~ Singer Barry Hay, full name Barry Andrew Hay, born in Faisabad, India ~ Frontman of the Golden Earring, active from 1961 through 2021. The band is regarded as one of the most successfull Dutch bands especially acclaimed for their energetic live shows. Well-known songs include Dong-dong-diki-digi-dong, Another 45 Miles, She Flies On Strange Wings, Bombay, Long Blond Animal, Twilight Zone, The Devil Made Me Do It, Candy's Going Bad, When The Lady Smiles, Going To The Run. Internationally best known for Radar Love, which reached Billboard Hot 100 top 20 in 1974
August 16, 1948 ~ Victor Hayden, commonly known as clarinetist, painter, producer the Mascara Snake, born ~ Cousin of Captain Beefheart. Appeared on Beefheart's 1968 LP Trout Mask Replica. Co-founded Alchemy Records. Served as A&R director for Pig Records. Also produced for Ever Rat Records and Subcore Records ~ Hayden passed away in 2018
 
August 16, 1946 ~ Drummer Gordon Fleet born in Bootle, UK ~ Original drummer of the Easybeats, known for songs such as She's So Fine, Come And See Her, Sorry and perhaps their best-known Friday On My Mind
 
August 16, 1945 ~ Chanson, pop, disco singer Annie Chancelll, born in Créteil, France ~ Scored numerous hits in her native France during the 1960s and 1970s, including L'Ecole Est Fnie, Vous Les Copains (a French cover of Manfred Mann's Do Wah Diddy Diddy), and Petite Fille De Francais Moyens. Internationally best known as the Sheila in Sheila & B Devotion. The 1977 single Love Me Baby became a club and chart hit across Europe. The 1979 single Spacer, a collaboration with Chic 's Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, would make it across the Atlantic
August 16, 1945 ~ Bassist, guitarist, singer Gary Loizzo, Gary Alexander Loizzo, born ~ Fronted the American Breed, best known for their 1967 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Bend Me Shape Me ~ Loizzo passed away in 2016
 
August 16, 1944 ~ Singer, songwriter Kevin Ayers born in Herne Bay, UK ~ Important and influential figure in British progressive rock, psychedelic rock as a solo artist, in-demand collaborator and as founding and key member of Soft Machine. Worked with Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, Bridget St John, John Cale, Elton John, Robert Wyatt, Mike Oldfield, Ollie Halsall, Lol Coxhill, Zoot Money, and others ~ Ayers passed away in 2013
 
August 16, 1942 ~ Barbara Ann Smith, commonly known as R&B singer, songwriter Barbara George born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for the R&B crossover classic I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) of her sole mostly self-penned 1961 album of the same name. The single would make top 10 Billboard Hot 100 and top the Billboard R&B charts in 1961. The song would later be covered by Fats Domino, Cher, Bonnie Raitt, and others. Two subsequent singles, You Talk About Love and Send For Me (If You Need Some Lovin') would also chart but fail to reach the same level of succes ~ George passed away in 2006
 
August 16, 1941 ~ Operatic tenor John Coates passed away in London, UK ~ Acclaimed for his intense artistis expression and memorable stage presence enjoying a career that spanned four decades. Has worked with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, the Berlin Royal Opera, and others ~ Coates was born in 1865
 
August 16, 1940 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Alix Dobkin, full name Alix Cecil Dobkin, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Emerged from the Greenwich Village coffeehouse scene. Actively recording since the early 1970s. Best known for her Lavender Jane Loves Women, released in 1973 ~ Dobkin passed away in 2021
August 16, 1940 ~ Thomas Harvey Bonniwell, commonly known as singer, songwriter Sean Bonniwell born in San Jose, California, USA ~ Frontman and thriving creative force of 1960s garage rockers the Music Machine, known for Talk Talk, a Billboard top 20 hit in 1966 ~ Bonniwell passed away in 2011
 
August 16, 1939 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Billy Joe Shaver born in Corsicana, Texas, USA ~ Revered working man's intellectual and storyteller. Had his songs recorded by Waylon Jennings (Honky Tonk Heroes), Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare (Ride Me Down Easy), Tom T Hall, JD Crowe (To Be Loved By A Woman), Jerry Lee Lewis (Bottom Dollar), and others. Known for songs such as I Been To Georgia On A Fast Train, Live Forever, You Asked Me To, I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be A Diamond Someday), You Just Can't Beat Jesus Christ and Old Five And Dimers Like Me. Has worked with Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Chuck Leavell, Dickey Betts, Charlie Daniels, Flaco Jiménez, Al Kooper, and others ~ Shaver passed away in 2020
August 16, 1939 ~ Banjoist, steel guitarist, guitarist, dobroist, mandolinist Eric Weissberg born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Best known for his banjo solo in Dueling Banjos working with Steve Mandell, used as the theme for the 1972 film Deliverance. Co-founded bluegrass outfit the Greenbriar Boys, known for guesting on a number of Joan Baez albums starting with Joan Baez Vol.2 released in 1962 ~ Weissberg passed away in 2020
 
August 16, 1938 ~ Blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Robert Johnson, full name Robert Leroy Johnson, passed away in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA ~ Hugely important blues guitarist, arguably the most important pre-war blues musician. Has been cited as a major influence by blues, rock and pop artists including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones-guitarist Keith Richards, Led Zeppelin-singer Robert Plant, and by numerous others. Johnson released only a mere 11 songs before his untimely death at age 27, all of which have become blues standards. Best known for songs such as Kind Hearted Woman Blues, Cross Road Blues, Me And The Devil Blues, Hell Hound On My Trail and perhaps his best-known I'll Believe I'll Dust My Broom ~ Johnson was born in 1911
 
August 16, 1937 ~ Composer David Behrman born in Salzburg, Austria ~ Considered a pioneer in electronic, computer music. Co-founded the collective the Sonic Arts Union in 1966 with Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma. Especially acclaimed for his 1976 On The Other Ocean solo debut album, considered a landmark album in the genre
 
August 16, 1936 ~ Singer, songwriter Billy Roberts, full name William Moses Roberts Jr, born in Greenville, South Carolina, USA ~ Remembered for penning Hey Joe Where You Gonna Go, first recorded by the Leaves in 1965 but best known as recorded by Jimi Hendrix, retitled Hey Joe. The song has been covered by well over a hundred artists ~ Roberts passed away in 2017
 
August 16, 1935 ~ Anna Jean Harris, commonly known as jazz, R&B singer, actress Jean Dushon, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Influenced by Dinah Washington. Best known for the first version of For Once In My Life in 1966, later recorded by Connie Haines, Barbara McNair, and perhaps most notably by Stevie Wonder. Worked with Cootie Williams, Phil Spector, Lou Donaldson, Ramsey Lewis (including on More (Theme From Mondo Cane)), Herman Foster, Oliver Nelson, Ray Charles, Count Basie, and others
August 16, 1935 ~ Country singer Patsy Montana, accompanied by the Prairie Ramblers, records I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart at ARC Studios, New York, New York ~ Penned by Montana, based on Stuart Hamblen's Texas Plains. Produced by Art Satherley. Released as a single later the same year, b/w Ridin' Old Paint, it would become the first single by a female artist to sell over a million copies
 
August 16, 1934 ~ Revoyda Frierson, commonly known as traditional pop, R&B singer, actress Ketty Lester born in Hope, Kansas, USA ~ As a singer best known for Love Letters, a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit in 1962. Also known as an actress, notably as Hester-Sue Terhune in the TV series The Little House On The Prairie
 
August 16, 1930 ~ Guillermina Jimenez Chabolia, commonly known as singer, actress Flor Silvestre, born in Salamanca, Mexico ~ Sister of singers La Prieta Linda and Mary Jiménez. Dubbed “La Sentimental” for her melodious voice. As a singer best known for songs such as Imposible Olvidarte, Que Dios Te Perdone, Viejo Nopal, Guadalajara, Cielo Rojo, Carino Santo, Toda Una Vida, Celosa, and others. As an actress appeared in over 70 films ~ Chabolia passed away in 2020
August 16, 1930 ~ Gilliam Barmon Grayson, commonly known as old-time fiddler, singer GB Grayson, passed away in Johnson County, Tennessee, USA ~ Influential early country musician known for a handful of important recordings in the mid to late 1920, often in partnership with Henry Whitter. Best remembered for recordings such as Going Down The Lee Highway, Rose Connally, Ommie Wise and Train 45. In later years songs written, co-written, adapted or first recorded by Grayson would be covered by the Kingston Trio (Tom Dooley), the Rolling Stones (Handsome Molly), Ralph Stanley (Little Maggie), and others ~ Grayson was born in 1887
 
August 16, 1929 ~ Pianist Bill Evans, full name William John Evans, born in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with George Russell, Miles Davis (notably on the pivotal Kind Of Blue album), Scott LaFaro, Paul Motian, Jerry Wald, Lucy Reed, Tony Scott, Don Elliott, Joe Puma, Charles Mingus, Sahib Shihab, Idrees Sulieman, Pepper Adams, Eddie Costa, Helen Merrill, Michel Legrand, Art Farmer, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, John Lewis, Frank Minion, Mark Murphy, Tadd Dameron, Benny Golson, and others ~ Evans passed away in 1980
 
August 16, 1928 ~ Jazz pianist Carl Perkins born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Curtis Counce, Tiny Bradshaw, Big Jay McNeely, Miles Davis, Oscar Moore, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Frank Morgan, Pepper Adams, Chet Baker, Victor Feldman, Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, Leroy Vinnegar, and others ~ Perkins passed away in 1958
 
August 16, 1927 ~ Dennis Moss, commonly known as jazz tenor saxophonist Danny Moss, born in Redhill, UK ~ Worked with Vic Lewis, Ted Heath, Johnny Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney, Buck Clayton, Louis Armstrong, and others ~ Moss passed away in 2008
 
August 16, 1925 ~ Blues singer Edna Hicks passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best remembered for her recordings of Hard Luck Blues, Poor Me BLues, Down Hearted Blues, and Gulf Coast Blues. Half-sister of singer Lizzie Miles ~ Hicks was born ca.1891
August 16, 1925 ~ Malcolm Earl Waldron, commonly known as jazz pianist, composer, arranger Mal Waldron, was born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Recorded over 100 albums under his own name. Composed John Coltrane's Soul Eyes. Worked with Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Jackie McLean, Eric Dolphy, Lucky Millinder, Lucky Thompson, Jackie McLean, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Booker Little, Ben Webster, Kenny Clarke, Joe Henderson, Herbie Lewis, Freddie Waits, Steve Lacy, Gene Ammons, Benny Bailey, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter, Teddy Charles, Nathan Davis, Terumasa Hino, Billie Holiday, John Laporta, Phil Woods, Webster Young, and others ~ Waldron passed away in 2002
 
August 16, 1923 ~ Electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Eddie Kirkland born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Influenced by Blind Blake. Worked with John Lee Hooker, Syd Nathan, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, David Honeyboy Edwards, Foghat, Gregg Hoover, James Thacker, Darren Thiboutot, and others ~ Kirkland passed away in 2011
 
August 16, 1922 ~ Pianist, organist, bandleader, arranger Ernie Freeman, full name Ernest Aaron Freeman, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Active since the 1940s, initially in jazz and later branching out into R&B and pop. Session musician on numerous 1950s R&B and rock & roll records, including on the Platters's The Great Pretender. Member of the Ernie Fields Orchestra, which became the house band for Rendezvous Records in 1958. Musical director of Reprise Records. Arranged virtually every recording for Snuff Garrett at Liberty Records. Conducted string arrangements for Simon & Garfunkel's acclaimed Bridge Over Troubled Waters album. Over the course of his career has worked, in one capacity or another, with Woody Herman, Dinah Washington, Earl Bostic, Plas Johnson, Earl Palmer, Duane Eddy, Bobby Byrd, Frank Sinatra, Connie Francis, Petula Clark, Julie London, Bobby Vee, Johnny Burnette, Gene McDaniels, Timi Yuro, Johnny Otis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Charlie Barnet, and numerous others ~ Freeman passed away in 1981
 
August 16, 1921 ~ Twin brothers Gido Kokars and Imants Kokars born in Gulbene, Latvia ~ Twin brothers, both would go on to become celebrated conductors ~ Imants passed away in 2011, Gido in 2017
August 16, 1921 ~ Jazz trumpeter, bandleader Jesse Miller born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Worked with Tiny Bradshaw, King Kolax, Milt Larkin, Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, Truck Parham, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, Thomas Crump, Eddie Johnson, Ike Day, Gene Ammons, and others ~ Miller passed away in 1950
 
August 16, 1915 ~ Albert George Hibbler, commonly known as singer Al Hibbler born in Tyro, Mississippi, USA ~ Started professionally with Dub Jenkins. Also sang with Jay McShann before moving on to the Duke Ellington Orchestra with whom he would stay for eight years. Considered among the best of Duke Ellington's male vocalists, he would be featured on songs such as Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues and on I'm Just A Lucky So And So. Hibbler left Duke in 1951 due to a dispute over wages. He would continue to sing in bands, including with Johnny Hodges and with Count Basie, before reaching solo success in the mid-1950s with songs such as Unchained Melody, He, 11th Hour Medley, and Never Turn Back. By the end of the decade Hibbler became active in the civil rights movement and the notoriety of his activism discouraged major labels. Frank Sinatra nevertheless supported Hibbler and signed him to his label but Hibbler would only sporadically record afterwards ~ Hibbler passed away in 2001
August 16, 1915 ~ Jazz trombonist, saxophonist Murray McEachern born in Toronto, Canada ~ Best known for his associations with Benny Goodman including on the pivotal 1937 recording of Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing) and with the Casa Loma Orchestra. Also worked with Lucio Agostini, Percy Faith, Jack Hylton, Phil Moore, and others ~ McEachern passed away in 1982
 
August 16, 1913 ~ Orchestrator, composer, songwriter Joseph J Lilley born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA ~ Best known for his work in various roles in Hollywood musicals, notably for Paramount Studios, since the early 1940s. Notable credits include Variety Girl, Mr Music, The Stooge and serving as musical director for a number of Elvis Presley films notably GI Blues, Blue Hawaii, Girls Girls Girls, and Fun In Acapulco ~ Lilley passed away in 1971
 
August 16, 1888 ~ Armand John Piron, commonly known as jazz violinist, bandleader AJ Piron, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Popular danceband leader. Best known for I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate and The Purple Rose Of Cairo. Employed sidemen such as Lorenzo Tio, John Lindsay, Peter Bocage, and others ~ Piron passed away in 1943
 
August 16, 1884 ~ Vaudeville singer, dancer, songwriter George A Whiting born ~ As a performer toured with singer Sadie Burt, whom he later married. Best known for co-writing My Blue Heaven with Walter Donaldson. It would be a huge hit for Gene Austin in 1928, selling over 5 million copies, and become a standard ~ Whiting passed away in 1943