This Day In Music: August 18
August 17 ~ Birthdays/All ~ August 19
August 18, 2022 ~ Clarinetist, saxophonist Rolf Kühn passed away in Berlin, Germany ~ Brother of pianist Joachim Kühn, with whom he also regularly worked. Leader and sideman. Critically compared to Benny Goodman. Worked with Horst Jankowski, Buddy DeFranco, Urbie Green, Eartha Kitt, Oscar Pettiford, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eddie Costa, Julia Hülsmann, and others ~ Kühn was born in 1929
August 18, 2020 ~ Harold Joseph Singer, commonly known as R&B saxophonist, bandleader Hal Cornbread Singer, passed away in Chatou, France ~ Best known for Fine As Wine, Corn Bread and Beef Stew. Leader, sideman, saxophonist, session musician. Worked with Ernie Fields, Jay McShann, Hot Lips Page, Earl Hines, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Al Grey, and others ~ Singer was born in 1919
August 18, 2020 ~ Bluegrass singer, songwriter Steve Gulley passed away in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA ~ Father of singer, guitarist Brad Gulley. Rose to prominence as lead singer of Mountain Heart. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with Quicksilver, Tim Stafford, Dale Ann Bradley, Grasstowne, and others ~ Gulley was born in 1962
August 18, 2018 ~ Percussionist, bongos player Jack Costanzo passed away om Lakeside, California, USA ~ Worked with the Lecuona Cuban Boys, Desi Arnaz, René Touzet, Nat King Cole, Billy May, Peggy Lee, Danny Kaye, Pérez Prado, Charlie Barnet, Pete Rugolo, Betty Grable, Harry James, Judy Garland, Patti Page, Jane Powell, Ray Anthony, Frances Faye, Dinah Shore, Xavier Cugat, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, Eddie Fisher, and others ~ Costanzo was born in 1919
August 18, 2017 ~ Albert Austin Burges, commonly known as rockabilly, country guitarist. singer Sonny Burgess passed away in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA ~ Member of the Pacers, known for the 1956 single We Wanna Boogie b/w Red Headed Woman. Both songs written by Burgess and considered rock & roll classics. Also a member of the Rocky Road Ramblers ~ Burgess was born in 1929
August 18, 2015 ~ Jazz pianist, steelpan player Russell Henderson, full name Russell Audley Ferdinand Henderson, passed away ~ Worked with Lord Pretender, the Mighty Growler, Roaring Lion, Beryl McBurnie, Joe Harriott, Shake Keane, Lord Kitchener, Young Tiger, and others. Best known for founding the Russ Henderson Steel Band, Britain's first steelband combo, in 1952 ~ Henderson was born in 1924
August 18, 2012 ~ Philip Wallach Blondheim III, commonly known as singer, songwriter Scott McKenzie, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of Journeymen. Best known as a solo artist, especially remembered for his 1967 hit San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) written and co-produced by the Mamas & the Papas singer John Phillips. McKenzie was backed by Phillips on guitar, Joe Osborn on bass, Hal Blaine on drums ~ McKenzie was born in 1939
August 18, 2010 ~ Bassist, guitarist, singer Kenny Edwards, full name Kenneth Michael Edwards, passed away ~ Best known for his associations with Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff. Founding member of the Stone Poneys. Founding member of Bryndle. Has also worked with Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, JD Souther, Don Henley, Brian Wilson, Warren Zevon, Art Garfunkel, Vince Gill, Mac McAnally, David Lee Murphy, Jennifer Warnes, Danny Kortchmar, Lowell George, Glen Phillips, Natalie D Napoleon, Nina Gerber, Bobby Kimmel, Wendy Waldman, Rod Taylor, Rita Coolidge, BW Stevenson, Andrew Gold, Iain Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr, the Brothers FIgaro, the Williams Brothers, Wynonna Judd, Dorothy Moskowitz, Antara & Delilah, Dick Annegarn, and others ~ Kimmel was born in 1946
August 18, 2008 ~ Singer Pervis Jackson passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Member of the Spinners from its inception in 1954 until his death, known for songs such as It's A Shame, Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, Then Came You with Dionne Warwick, The Rubberband Man and Working My Way Back To You ~ Jackson was born in 1938
August 18, 2007 ~ Lucien Harrigan, commonly known as soul, funk, soul jazz, R&B, bossa nova singer, guitarist Jon Lucien, passed away in Orlando, Florida, USA ~ Drew comparisons with Nat King Cole and Lou Rawls. Best known for his 1973 recording Rashida ~ Harrigan was born in 1942
August 18, 2007 ~ Dessie Mae Williams, commonly known as blues, jazz singer Odessa Harris, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Toured with BB King, who gave Harris her stage name. As a solo artist known for a handful of underpromoted early-1960s singles including Rocking Good Way, Nothing In The World, and Since I Fell For You. Also worked with Robert Nighthawk, Sonny Freeman, Marcus Belgrave, and others. ~ Williams was born in 1936
August 18, 2004 ~ Bluegrass singer, guitarist Charlie Waller, full name Charles Otis Waller, passed away in Gordonsville, Virginia, USA ~ Lead singer, guitarist of the Country Gentlemen for nearly five decades. Had previously played with the Stoney Mountain Boys and Buzz Busby & the Bayou Boys ~ Waller was born in 1935
August 18, 2004 ~ Composer, conductor Elmer Bernstein passed away in Ojai, California, USA ~ Composed over 150 movie scores including The Magnificent Seven, To Kill A Mockingbird, Animal House, Ghostbusters. Won an Academy Award for the music to 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie ~ Bernstein was born in 1922
August 18, 2004 ~ Jazz drummer Joe Dodge, full name Joseph George Dodge, passed away n Lake Elsinore, California, USA ~ Best known for his association with Dave Brubeck. Appeared on half a dozen Brubeck albums, starting with 1953's Jazz At The College Of The Pacific ~ Dodge was born in 1922
August 18, 2003 ~ Bassist, singer Tony Jackson, full name Anthony Paul Jackson, passed away in Nottingham, UK ~ Founded skiffle group the Martinis. Best known though as member of the Searchers. Sang lead on the Doc Pomus/ Mort Shuman-penned Sweets For My Sweet, originally a hit for the Drifters, and on Sugar And Spice. Unhappy with the band's shift to a softer pop sound Jackson left the band in 1964 and formed the Vibrations ~ Jackson was born in 1938
August 18, 1994 ~ Carl Gustaf Mauritz Nilsson, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, trombonist, bandleader, composer Charles Redland, passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Enjoyed popularity in Sweden from the 1930s onwards. Recorded with Benny Carter by the mid-1930s. Has composed music for over 80 films, as well as for radio and TV programs ~ Nilsson was born in 1911
August 18, 1990 ~ Grethe Clemmensen, commonly known as singer Grethe Ingmann, passed away in Frederikssund, Denmark ~ Best remembered for winning the 1963 Eurovision Songfestival representing her native Denmark with the jazz waltz Dansevise performed with her guitar virtuoso husband Jørgen Ingmann ~ Clemmensen was born in 1938
August 18, 1988 ~ Kwon Ji-yong, commonly known as rapper, singer, producer, songwriter, fashion designer G-Dragon, born in Seoul, South Korea ~ Known as “the King of K-pop”. Leader of hip-hop boy band the Big Band. Debuted as a solo artist in 2009 with the album Heartbreaker, which became the best-selling album by a Korean soloist, and has recorded to commercial succes since
August 18, 1983 ~ Michael Holbrook Penniman, commonly known as singer, actor, songwriter Mika, born in Beirut, Lebanon ~ Best known for songs such as Grace Kelly, Relax (Take It Easy), and Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)
August 18, 1980 ~ Singer, pianist, songwriter Vanessa Carlton born in Milford, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for her 2002 Be Not Nobody platinum debut album which included the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single A Thousand Miles. Carlton would continue to record but failed to reach the same level of succes
August 18, 1974 ~ Jazz trumpeter John Anderson passed away ~ Worked with Count Basie, Buddy Collette, Chico Hamilton, Stan Kenton, and others ~ Anderson was born in 1921
August 18, 1969 ~ Singer Leslie Hutchinson, full name Leslie Arthur Julien Hutchinson, passed away in London, UK ~ Popular cabaret star during the 1920s and 1930s known for his renditions of These Foolish Things, Begin The Beguine and Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) ~ Hutchinson was born in 1900
August 18, 1968 ~ Jazz, pop pianist Cy Walter, full name Cyril Frank Walter, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Sometimes referred to as “the Art Tatum of Park Avenue” praised for his improvisatory skill. Active since the late 1930s. Closely associated with Stan Freeman. Solo pianist, bandleader, accompanist for artists including Mabel Mercer, Greta Keller, Lee Wiley, and others ~ Walter was born in 1915
August 18, 1967 ~ Drummer, singer Blas Elias born in Kenedy, Texas, USA ~ Original drummer of hard rock, glam metal outfit Slaughter. Also worked with Blue Man Group, the Sin City Sinners and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
August 18, 1967 ~ Songwriter James Cavanaugh passed away ~ Songwriter best known for co-writing songs such as I'd Do It All Over Again, You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You, Gaucho Serenade, and Mississippi Mud ~ Cavanaugh was born ca.1892
August 18, 1962 ~ Soul, R&B, pop singer Dionne Warwick records Don't Make Me Over at Bell Sound Studios, New York, New York ~ Written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Released the following November as Warwick's debut single. It would reach top 10 on the Billboard R&B charts. The song remains a staple of soul radio and stands as one of the era's most defining and enduring classics
August 18, 1962 ~ Twin siblings singer Jayney Klimek and keyboardist, composer Johnny Klimek born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Both siblings were co-founding members of the Other Ones, best known for the 1987 hit Holiday. Jayney would go on to guest on recordings by Tony Banks, Paul van Dyk, Alphaville and Terranova. Johnny would go on to work in the Berlin underground scene and write or co-write a number of film scores, often partnering up with Reinhold Heil, notably the 2012 Cloud Atlas
August 18, 1957 ~ Contemporary classical composer, conductor Tan Dun born near Changsha, China ~ Leading contemporary classical composer. As a child fascinted by the rituals and ceremonies of the village shaman, typically set to music made with natural objects such as rocks and water. Due to the bans enacted during China's Cultural Revolution he was discouraged from pursuing a career in music and was sent to work as a rice planter. Self-taught on traditional string instruments he was however selected to study at the Beijing Conservatory. Influenced by Toru Takemitsu, George Crumb, Chou Wen-Chung, and through studies in America composers such as Philip Glass, John Cage, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich. Would go on to compose operas, orchestral works, symphonies, concertos, chamber music. Earned widespread acclaim after composing the score for the 2000 Crouching Tiger (Hidden Dragon) film, earning several awards including an Academy Award
August 18, 1956 ~ Film composer, conductor John Debney, full name John Cardon Debney, born in Glendale, California, USA ~ Known for composing scores for films such The Passion Of The Christ, Bruce Almighy, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sin City, Chicken Little, Spy Kids, The Scorpion King, The Princess Diaries, and others
August 18, 1956 ~ Bass guitarist, double-bassist, keyboardist Tony Garnier born in St Paul, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known as long-time Bob Dylan sideman starting in 1989. Also worked with Asleep At The Wheel, the Lounge Lizards, Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright III, Paul Simon, Marc Ribot, Eric Andersen, Chris O'Connell, David Johanson, the Saturday Night Live Band, and others
August 18, 1949 ~ Trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader Paul Mares passed away ~ Best known for leading the New Orleans Rhytm Kings, one of the most popular bands in Chicago during the early 1920s ~ Mares was born in 1900
August 18, 1945 ~ Singer Barbara Harris, full name Barbara Ann Harris born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA ~ Lead singer for R&B girl group the Toys which also included June Montiero and Barbara Parritt, known for their 1965 hit recording A Lover's Concerto which reached the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. Its follow-up, 1966's The Attack featured in the beach movie It's A Bikini World, would also reach the Billboard Hot 100 top 20
August 18, 1945 ~ Preacher Reverend JM Gates, full name JM Gates, passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Recorded reportedly some 200 sermons and gospel songs extensively from the 1920 through the 1940s ~ Gates was born in 1884
August 18, 1945 ~ Singer Sarah Dash born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Closely associated with Patti Labelle, as a member of both the Blue-belles and Labelle including on the 1974 Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit Lady Marmalade. Has released a number of solo albums, starting with the 1978 eponymous Sarah Dash which spawned the disco hit Sinner Man. Guested on recordings by the O'Jays, Nile Rodgers, the Marshall Tucker Band, David Johanson, and notably on the Rolling Stones' 1989 Steel Wheels as well as on Keith Richards' 1992 Main Offender solo album ~ Dash passed away in 2021
August 18, 1945 ~ Guitarist Vince Melouney born in Sydney, Australia ~ Best known for his association with the Bee Gees, recording with the band from 1967 through 1967 during the band's initial period of success. Has also worked with the Vibratones, Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, Fanny Adams, the Cleves, and others
August 18, 1944 ~ Trumpeter Oscar Brashear born ~ Worked with Woody Herman, Count Basie, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, James Moody, Gerald Wilson, Harold Land, Oliver Nelson, Shelly Manne, Quincy Jones, Horace Silver, Duke Pearson, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Benny Golson, BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Freddie Hubbard, Karma, Joe Farrell, the Crusaders, McCoy Tyner, Randy Newman, Frank Sinatra, Earth Wind & Fire, Carole King, Benny Carter, Ry Cooder, and others
August 18, 1943 ~ Colin David Tooley, commonly known as singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist Carl Wayne was born in Winson Green, UK ~ Influenced by Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. Best remembered as lead singer of the Move, known for 1960s hits such as Night Of Fear, I Can Hear The Grass Grow, Flowers In The Rain, The Fire Brigade and perhaps their best-known Blackberry Way. Has also worked with the Vikings, the Hollies, the Electric Light Orchestra, and others. As a solo artist known for the minor hit You're A Star and for rejecting Sugar Baby Love, which then served as breakout hit for the Rubettes ~ Wayne passed away in 2004
August 18, 1941 ~ Carl Lomax Kidd, commonly known as producer, impresario Maxx Kidd, born in Charleston, West Virginia, USA ~ Regarded as one of the most significant figures in Go-go music ~ Kidd passed away in 2017
August 18, 1939 ~ Singer Carmen Romano born ~ Original member of doo-wop outfit the Elegants, alongside Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardogno, Vito Picone and James Moschello, known for Little Star, a million-seller in 1958
August 18, 1939 ~ John Preston Courville, commonly known as singer Johnny Preston, born in Port Arthur, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his 1960 hit Running Bear, written by the Big Bopper and featuring backing vocals by George Jones. Other Preston hits would include The Cradle Of Love and I'm Starting To Go Steady ~ Courville passed away in 2011
August 18, 1939 ~ Soul, R&B singer Maxine Brown, full name Maxine Ella Brown, born in Kingstree, South Carolina, USA ~ As a teenager started out in gospel groups such as the Angelairs and the Royaltones. Debuted with the self-penned All In My Mind, a smash hit on the R&B charts, crossing over to the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 reaching the top 20. Also known for songs such as FUnny, It's Gonna Be Alright, the Gerry Goffin/ Carole King-penned Oh No Not My Baby, and a string of duets with Chuck Jackson such as Something You Got, Hold On I'm Coming and Daddy's Home. Many of Brown's recordings featured backing vocals by Cissy Houston and the Sweet Inspirations. Brown also closely worked with then-unknown songwriters Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson
August 18, 1920 ~ Donald Douglas Lamond, commonly known as jazz, swing, bebop, big band drummer Don Lamond, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Active from the 1940s through the early 1980s. Leader and sideman. Has worked with Woody Herman, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Benny Goodman, Ruby Braff, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Sonny Stitt, Johnny Guarnieri, Jack Teagarden, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Red Norvo, Maxine Sullivan, Bucky Pizzarelli, and others ~ Lamond passed away in 2003
August 18, 1918 ~ Gilbert Vandine Houston, commonly known as folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Cisco Houston, born in Wilmington, Delaware, USA ~ Closely associated with Woody Guthrie, touring with Guthrie as early as the late 1930s and joining him in the Almanac Singers later. As a solo artist known for songs such as Great July Jones, Crazy Heart, What Did The Deep Blue Sea Say and Dollar Down. Influential on later folk singers, some of which recorded tribute songs such as Tom Paxton (Fare Thee Well Cisco), Peter La Farge (Cisco Houston Passed This Way) and Tom McGrath (Blues For Cisco Houston) ~ Houston passed away in 1961
August 18, 1914 ~ Singer Irmgard Osterwall born in Sweden ~ Considered one of Sweden's first jazz singers. Retired from music in 1950. Sister of double-bassist Arthur Osterwal and bandleader Seymour Osterwall ~ Osterwall passed away in 1980
August 18, 1908 ~ Jazz pianist Zinky Cohn born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Jimmie Noone, Leon Washington, Frankie Franko, Georgia White ~ Cohn passed away in 1952
August 18, 1907 ~ Bandleader, producer, engineer Enoch Light born in Canton, Ohio, USA ~ Classically trained violinist. Led various dance bands from the late 1920s onwards, most notably the Light Brigade. Pioneered the use of stereo recording and as a result received little airplay early on in his career, most stations broadcasting on the mono AM band ~ Light passed away in 1978
August 18, 1906 ~ Blues pianist, guitarist Curtis Jones born in Naples, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his recordings of Lonesome Bedroom Blues, Tin Pan Alley and Decoration Blues, the latter covered by Sonny Boy Williamson I. One of Jones' songs, Highway 51, was included on Bob Dylan's 1962 eponymous debut album Bob Dylan ~ Jones passed away in 1971
August 18, 1872 ~ Marimba player, recording manager Harry Yerkes born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Though largely forgotten today considered by to have predated jazz-fusion. Provided a link between ragtime and early jazz, many of his work better classified as light classical. Enjoyed popularity with a number of ensembles bearing his name, often playing a behind the scene role as band managaer, organizer, producer. Best known for founding the Yerkes Jazarim Orchestra and the Yerkes Marimbaphone Band, peaking in the late 1910s and early 1920s ~ Yerkes passed away in 1954