This Day In Music: August 25
August 24 ~ Birthdays/All ~ August 26
 
August 25, 2022 ~ Jazz, bebop organist, trumpeter, saxophonist Joey DeFrancesco passed away ~ Son of organist John DeFrancesco, brother of blues guitarist Johnny DeFrancesco. Signed his first record deal at age 16. Revived the organ as a viable jazz instrument. Well over two dozen albums to his name as a leader, especially acclaimed for his 1989 All Of Me debut album and its follow-up Where Were You released a year later. In-demand sideman, both on record and tour. Has worked with Miles Davis, Houston Person, John McLaughlin. Other notable collaborations include Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Jimmy Smith and Van Morrison ~ DeFrancesco was born in 1971
August 25, 2022 ~ Blues, R&B, gospel singer Mable John passed away ~ First female to be signed to Berry Gordy Jr's Tamla-Motown label where she released the singles Who Wouldn't Love A Man Like That, No Love and Actions Speak Louder Than Words. Dropped from the label for lack of success by 1962. Would go on to work as a backing singer for Ray Charles. By the mid-1960s John landed at Stax/Volt, for whom she scored a Billboard R&B top 10 hit with Your Good Thing Is About To End ~ John was born in 1930
 
August 25, 2021 ~ Jesús Arturo Garcia Peña, commonly known as cumbia singer, songwriter Mario Gareña, passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA ~ Active since the early 1950s. Member of the Orquestra Sonolux. As a solo singer known best for Yo Me Llamo Cumbia and Te Dejo La Ciudad Sin Mi. Has also ventured into acting, notably on the telenovela Oro in the 1980s. Ran in the 1990 Colombian presidential election, receiving only some 2,400 votes, after which he retired from music ~ Peña was born in 1932
 
August 25, 2020 ~ Saxophonist, composer Georges Boeuf passed away in Marseille, France ~ Composed operas, film scores, orchestral works and chamber music. Notable film scores include Transit, Le Matelot 512 and Retour A Marseille. Also well-known for the opera Verlaine Paul based on the work of poet Franck Venaille, which premiered in 1996 ~ Boeuf was born in 1937
August 25, 2020 ~ Singer Gerry McGhee passed away ~ Lead singer of Brighton Rock, known best for One More Try of their 1988 Take A Deep Breath album ~ McGhee was born in 1962
August 25, 2020 ~ Jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist Itaru Oki passed away ~ Co-founded ESSG, wotking alongside Masahiko Satoh, Mototeru Takagi, Masahiko Togashi. Has also worked with Takashi Kako, Art Farmer, Maynard Ferguson, Noah Howard, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Michel Pilz, Sam Rivers, the World Residents, and others ~ Oki was born in 1941
 
August 25, 2018 ~ Singer, guitarist Neil Young and actress Daryl Hannah get married ~ In a secret ceremony in Atascadero, California, Young and Hannah get married. It would be Hannah's first marriage, Young had been previously married to Pegi Young from 1978 through 2014 and to Susan Acevedo from 1968 through 1970
August 25, 2018 ~ Composer, conductor Noam Sheriff passed away ~ Worked with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and others ~ Sheriff was born in 1935
 
August 25, 2016 ~ Recording engineer Rudy van Gelder, full name Rudolph van Gelder passed away in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA ~ Revered recording engineer. Worked with just about anyone in jazz including on key albums such as Love Supreme (John Coltrane), Walking (Miles Davis), Saxophone Colossus (Sonny Rollins), and Song For My Father (Horace Silver). Also recorded sessions with Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Grant Green, and numerous others ~ Van Gelder was born in 1924
 
August 25, 2014 ~ Ska, rocksteady, reggae DJ, percussionist, singer, producer Uziah Thompson, also known as Uziah Sticky Thompson, passed away in Miami, Florida, USA ~ In-demand session musician and sideman. Appeared on classic recordings by the Skatalites, notably Ball Of Fire, El Pussy Cat Ska and Guns Of Navarone. Would go on to work with Joe Gibbs, Big Youth, Dennis Brown, the Congos, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, Serge Gainsbourg, Sinéad O'Connor, Stephen Marley, the GG All-Stars, and others ~ Thompson was born in 1936
 
August 25, 2008 ~ Bassist Adam Nodelman born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Borbetomagus, Motherhead Bug, Crash Worship, Missing Foundation, the Sunburned Hand Of The Sun, and with Sulfur ~ Nodelman born in 1966
 
August 25, 2006 ~ Singer Bob Minsky born ~ Formed the Roommates with Steve Susskind, then both aged 15. The duo would become a quartet with the addition of Jack Carlson and Felix Alvarez. The band would record a number of unnoticed singles, until teaming up with singer Cathy Jean for Please Love Me Forever. Billed as Cathy Jean & the Roommates the single would reach top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961 ~ Minsky was born in 1942
 
August 25, 2005 ~ Classical cellist Eleanor Warren, full name Eleanor Catherine Warren, passed away ~ Married to pianist, conductor Walter Susskind from 1943 to 1953 ~ Warren was born in 1919
 
August 25, 2002 ~ Bass-baritone singer, actor William Warfield, full name William Caesar Warfield, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his roles in the Broadway opera Regina and in a 1952 production of Porgy & Bess opposite Leontyne Price, with whom he was married from 1953 until 1972 ~ Warfield was born in 1920
 
August 25, 2001 ~ Singer Aaliyah Dana Houghton, commonly known simply as Aaliyah, passed away in Marsh Harbour, the Bahamas ~ First gained attention at age 10 appearing on Star Search singing alongside Gladys Knight. Signed to Jive Records at age 12. Debuted in 1994 with the Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, produced by R Kelly. Would go on to work with producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott on her 1996 sophomore album One In A Million. Best known for Billboard top 20 hits such as At Your Best (You Are Love), The One I Gave My Heart To, Try Again, and Miss You. Killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas ~ Houghton was born in 1979
 
August 25, 2000 ~ Fiddler, bandleader Cliff Bruner, full name Clifton Lafayette Bruner, passed away in Texas City, Texas, USA ~ Popular Western swing bandleader of the 1930s and 1940s, merging elements of traditional music, blues, folk, jazz and country. Best known for songs such as It Makes No Difference Now, Sorry, Kelly Swing, I'll Keep On Loving You, When You're Smiling and perhaps his best-known Truck Driver's Blues. Many of Bruner's recordings would feature a then-unknown and future piano star Moon Mullican on vocals ~ Bruner was born in 1915
August 25, 2000 ~ Bernard Alfred Nitzsche, commonly known as producer, songwriter, arranger Jack Nitzsche, passed away in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Important behind the scenes musician and mentor to many, especially the top stars of the 1970s. First gained attention in the early 1960s as arranger serving as producer Phil Spector's right-hand. Credited on several early albums by the Rolling Stones as playing “the Nitzsche-phone” which would basically mean piano, keyboard or organ. Present on albums such as The Rolling Stones Now, Out Of Our Heads, Aftermath and Between The Buttons. Noted for his contributions to hit singles such as Paint It Black and Let's Spend The Night Together and especially for the piano solo on Angie. Wrote the music for over a dozen feature films including the Excorcist and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Has also worked with Earl Palmer, Leon Russell, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, Graham Parker, and numerous others ~ Nitzsche was born in 1937
 
August 25, 1999 ~ Keyboardist Rob Fisher passed away ~ First gained attention as member of Naked Eyes. Best known for forming the duo Climie Fisher with Simon Climie, known for the late 1980s hits Rise To The Occasion and Love Changes Everything ~ Fisher was born in 1958
August 25, 1999 ~ Newell Lynn Willcox, commonly known as jazz trombonist Spiegle Willcox, passed away in Cortland, New York, USA ~ Worked with Paul Whiteman, the California Ramblers, Jean Goldkette, Vince Giordano, and others ~ Willcox was born in 1903
 
August 25, 1996 ~ Albert Lapeyrere, commonly known as jazz singer, drummer, bandleader Fred Adison, passed away in Nice, France ~ Worked with Ray Ventura, Jacques Hélian, Django Reinhardt, Luis Mariano, Gloria Lasso, and others ~ Adison was born in 1908
 
August 25, 1995 ~ Arnoldus Treffers, commonly known as rock singer Arnie Treffers, passed away in Westeremden, the Netherlands ~ Fronted Long Tall Ernie & the Shakers, known for the 1977 international hit Do You Remember. Also worked with its predecessor the Moans ~ Treffers was born in 1947
 
August 25, 1992 ~ Louis Kevin Celestin, commonly kn0own as electronic, hip-hop, electronic, dance, funk, house producer, DJ Kaytranada, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti ~ Forms the alternative hip-hop duo the Celestics with his brother Lou Phelps. As a solo artist debuted in 2016 with the acclaimed 99.9% album. Its follow-up, 2019's Bubba, would earn him two Grammy Awards. Has served as producer for acts such as Costa Joe, Koriass, the Alaclair Ensemble, Mobb Deep, Vic Mensa, Mick Jenkins, Anderson Paak, Chance The Rapper, Alicia Keys, Matt Martians, Snoop Dogg, Craig David, and others
 
August 25, 1988 ~ Singer, songwriter, actress Alexandra Burke, full name Alexandra Imela Cecili Ewen Burke, born in Islington, UK ~ Won the 5th edition of the X-Factor in 2008. Known for singles such as Hallelujah, Bad Boys, All Night Long, Start Without You, Broken Heels, and The Silence
August 25, 1988 ~ Actor, singer, dancer Ray Quinn, full name Raymond Arthur Quinn, born in Knowsley, UK ~ Contestant in the third edition of the X-Factor in 2006, reaching second place behind Leona Lewis
 
August 25, 1987 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Amy MacDonald, full name Amy Elizabeth MacDonald, born in Bishopbriggs, UK ~ Cites Travis, the Killers, Rammstein, as influences. Debuted in 2007 with the album This Is The Life, which spawned the hit singles Mr Rock & Roll and This Is The Life. The album would reach the higher echelons of the charts across Europe including No.1 positions in the Netherlands and the singer's native UK. Macdonald has been recording to critical acclaim and commercial succes since
 
August 25, 1985 ~ Roots singer, guitarist, songwriter Dani Wilde, full name Danielle Christina Wilde, born in Hullavington, UK ~ Plays roots music, blues infused with country, gospel and soul. Released her Heal My Blues debut album in 2007 and has been recording steadily to critical acclaim since. Has opened for artists such as Journey, Foreigner, Johnny Winter and Robben Ford
 
August 25, 1984 ~ Jazz bassist, composer Linda May Han Oh born in Malaysia ~ Leader and sidewoman. Released her Entry debut album in 2008, featuring backing from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and drummer Obed Calvaire. Has guested on recordings by Dave Douglas, Art Hirahara, Jim Snidero, Fabian Almazan, Quentin Angus, Dr Anthony Branker, Joe Lovano, Florian Weber, and others
 
August 25, 1983 ~ Soul, hip-hop, pop singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter Nikki Jean, full name Nicholle Jean Leary, born in St Paul, Minnesota, USA ~ Member of Nouveau Riche. Also worked as a solo artist and collaborated with Ab-Soul, Black Thought, Lupe Fiasco (Hip-hop Saved My Life, Brother Ali, and others
 
August 25, 1982 ~ Trombonist, composer, producer Michael Dease born in Augusta, Georgia, USA ~ Worked with Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Claudio Roditi, Sharel Cassity, Wycliffe Gordon, David Sanborn, Matt Garrison, Alicia Keys, and others
 
August 25, 1980 ~ Jazz drummer, percussionist Paul Hausken born in Rennesoy, Norway ~ Worked with In The Country, Morten Qvenild, Roger Arntzen, Susanna Wallumrød, Bull Of The Year, Zahl, Music For A While, Tore Augestad, Mathias Eick, Ivar Grydeland, and others
 
August 25, 1979 ~ Singer Ray Eberle passed away in Douglasville, Georgia, USA ~ Baby brother of singer Bob Eberly. Pitched by Glenn Miller to join his orchestra despite having no formal training. Sang lead on Miller's classics Sometime, Polka Dots And Moonbeams and At Last, the latter a top 10 hit in 1942. Fired on the spot for getting stuck in traffic and showing up late for a rehearsal. Eberly went on to lead his orchestras, the Ray Eberle Orchestra and the Serenade In Blue Orchestra, from 1943 until his death ~ Eberle was born in 1919
August 25, 1979 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader, composer Stan Kenton, full name Stanley Newcomb Kenton, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Revered bandleader leading his orchestra for well over four decades working in progressive jazz, West Coast jazz, swing, orchestral jazz and other idioms. Has worked with Maynard Ferguson, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, Nat King Cole, Anita O'Day, Lucky Thompson, June Christy, Chris Connor, Art Pepper, Pete Rugolo, Peter Erskine, Eddie Safranksi, and others ~ Kenton was born in 1911
 
August 25, 1975 ~ Jazz, hip-hop percussionist, keyboardist, bassist, turntablist, producer Karriem Riggins born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Son of keyboardist Emmanuel Riggins. Worked with a number of jazz artists, namely Betty Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Stephen Scott, Benny Green, Roy Hargrove and Ray Brown, prior to venturing into hip-hop. Served as bandleader for rapper Common. Has produced for artists such as Slum Village, J Dilla, the Roots, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Kaytranada, Earl Sweatshirt, Phat Kat, Consequence, Dwele, and others
 
August 25, 1974 ~ Accordionist Gus Viseur, full name Gustave Joseph Viseur, passed away in Le Havre, France ~ Worked with Medard Ferrero, René Bazin, Boris Sarbek, Philippe Brun, Joseph Reinhardt, Baro Ferret, Edith Piaf, and others ~ Viseur was born in 1915
 
August 25, 1973 ~ Dwight Conroy Farrell, commonly known as rapper, producer Count Bass D, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Worked with the Verbs, Vitamin C, 7L, Esoteric, MF Grimm, MF Doom, Shape Of Broad Minds, Elemental, Shafiq Husayn, J Rawls, Blueprint, and others
August 25, 1973 ~ Hayk Hakobyan, commonly known as singer, songwriter Hayko, born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR ~ Internationally best known for representing his native Armenia in the 2007 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 8th place with Anytime You Need ~ Hakobyan passed away in 2021
 
August 25, 1971 ~ Bandleader, singer Ted Lewis, full name Theodore Leopold Friedman, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Known as “Mr Entertainment”. Started serving under Earl Fuller in the late 1910s. Led his own band by the end of the decade, marketed as Columbia Records' answer to the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Employed clarinetists such as Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Frank Teschemacher, Don Murray. Also included sidemen such as trumpeter Muggsy Spanier and trombonist George Brunies. Particular popular during the 1920s, second only to Paul Whiteman's orchestra ~ Lewis was born in 1890
 
August 25, 1970 ~ Singer Elton John plays his first live set in America ~ A little-known Elton John plays his first live set in America, co-headlining with singer David Ackles at the Troubadour, Hollywood. The show would get warm reviews, giving the then little-known Elton John's career a massive boost
August 25, 1970 ~ Pop, country pop singer Glen Campbell records It's Only Make Believe at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California ~ Written by Jack Nance and Conway Twitty, the latter taking it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959. Campbell would reach top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic with his Al De Lory-produced single, paired with Pave Your Way Into Tomorrow on the flipside
August 25, 1970 ~ Singer Jo Dee Messina, full name Jo Dee Marie Messina, born in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA ~ Released her eponymous debut album, Jo Dee Messina, in 1996 which spawned the country hits Heads Carolina Tails Califonia and You're Not In Kansas Anymore. Broke through to mainstream pop audiences with her follow-up album, 1998's I'm Alright, and hits such as Bye Bye, Stand Beside Me, I'm Alright and the Dottie West cover Lesson In Leaving
 
August 25, 1969 ~ Jazz trombonist Oyvind Brække born in Bærum, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the Bodega Band, Chick Corea, Eirik Hegdal, the Source, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Per Zanussi, Erlend Skomsvoll, Knut Kristiansen, Jacob Young, Trygve Seim, Per Oddvar Johansen, the Dingobats, Sverre Gjørvad, Motorpsycho, Come Shine, the Crimetime Orchestra, Håvard Lund, Christof Lauer, Torbjörn Zetterberg, Sharp Nine, Lars Andreas Haug, Frøy Aagre, and others
 
August 25, 1966 ~ Louis Sharp, commonly known as rapper, singer, producer, songwriter K7, born in USA ~ Frontman of freestyle group TKA. As a solo artist best known for his 1993 hit Come On which reached the top 20 in America and England
 
August 25, 1963 ~ Gregory Edward Jacobs, commonly known as hip-hop, jazz, funk rapper, keyboardist, producer Shock G, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Member of Digital Underground. Noted for co-producing Tupac Shakur's 2Pacalypse Now debut album ~ Jacobs passed away in 2021
 
August 25, 1961 ~ Country singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter, actor Billy Ray Cyrus born in Flatwoods, Kentucky, USA ~ Became a household name with the hit single Achy Breaky Heart of his 1992 Some Gave All debut album. Other well-known songs include Could've Been Me, In The Heart Of A Woman, Busy Man and Ready Set Don't Go with his daughter Miley Cyrus. Billy Ray's other children include singers Brandi Cyrus, Trace Cyrus and Noah Cyrus
 
August 25, 1960 ~ Rock singer, bassist, keyboardist Marciano Cantero born in Mendoza, Argentina ~ Influenced by the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Lead singer of Los Enanitos Verdes, which he co-founded with Felipe Staiti and Daniel Piccolo in 1979. Started a parallel solo career in 1990 with the Luna Nueva album. Has also collaborated with Andrés de León, Vanaz, Los Rancheros, and others ~ Cantero passed away in 2022
 
August 25, 1959 ~ Singer Connie Francis records Mamma ~ Written by Cesare Andrea Bixio and Bixio Cherubini, originally titled Mama Son Tanto Felice and first recorded by Beniamino Gigli, it would be covered by numerous artists in numerous langugages. English lyrics would be written by Harold Barlow and Phil Brito. Francis would include her version, featuring both English and Italian lyrics, on her 1959 Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites album . The single released in early 1960 would reach top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic
 
August 25, 1958 ~ Oscar Hibbert, commonly known as reggae singer Junior Delgado, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Member of Time Unlimited, known for the hit Reaction. As a solo artist active since the mid-1970s with songs such as Everyday Natty, Sons Of Slaves, Broadwater Farm, and others ~ Hibbert passed away in 2005
 
August 25, 1956 ~ Rock, Southern rock guitarist, singer Jerry Riggs born in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA ~ Member of Lynx. Member of Raggedy Ann which evolved into Riggs, known for Radar Rider and Heartbeat. Has also worked with Pat Travers, Bobby Friss, 38 Special, and others
 
August 25, 1955 ~ Alternative rock, post-punk, new wave, gothic rock guitarist, keyboardist, saxophonist John McGeoch, full name John Alexander McGeoch, born in Greenock, UK ~ Regarded by some as one of the most influential post-punk guitarist known for his associations with Magazine, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Visage and Public Image Ltd. Cited as a primary influence by guitarists such as the Smiths' Johnny Marr, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante ~ McGeoch passed away in 2004
August 25, 1955 ~ Folk singer Luisa Molina, full name Luisa Gabriela Molina Terrazas, born in Uyini, Bolivia ~ Co-founding member of Grupo Femenino Bolivia. As a solo artist known for songs such as Vas Allorar, Gaviota, Ironias De Amor, Le Lenera and Faiso Amor Y Falso Corazon ~ Molina passed away in 2021
 
August 25, 1954 ~ Declan Patrick McManus, commonly known as new wave, power pop, punk rock, pub rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, drummer, Elvis Costello born in Paddington, UK ~ Emerged from the UK pub rock scene debuting with the acclaimed 1977 My Aim Is True album with his backing unit the Attractions. Well-known songs include Watching The Detectives, Oliver's Army, Everyday I Write The Book and Veronica. Co-wrote music for several films, notably the Academy Award-nominated The Scarlet Tide co-written with T-Bone Burnett, recorded by Alison Krauss for the film Cold Mountain. In-demand collaborator, has worked with Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, Madness, Allen Toussaint, Lucinda Williams, Lee Konitz, Brian Eno, Rubén Blades, and others
 
August 25, 1950 ~ Jazz bassist Charles Fambrough born ~ Leader and sideman. Member of Art Blakey's backing unit the Jazz Messengers during the early 1980s. Has worked with Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Joe Ford, Steve Turre, Grover Washington Jr, Lenny White, McCoy Tyner, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and others ~ Fambrough passed away in 2011
August 25, 1950 ~ William Paul Borsey Jr, commonly known as rock singer, guitarist, dobroist, flutist, songwriter Willy DeVille, born in Stamford, Connecticut, USA ~ Fronted rock band Mink DeVille from 1974 through 1986, the house band at the famed CBGB New York nightclub, often regarded as birth place of punk rock. The band is acclaimed especially for their 1977 Cabretta debut album and 1980 Le Chat Blue album. Has subsequently recorded as a solo artist. In-demand guest and collaborator, has worked with the likes of Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and others ~ Borsey passed away in 2009
 
August 25, 1949 ~ Chaim Witz, commonly known as hard rock, heavy metal bassist, singer Gene Simmons, born in Haifa, Israel ~ Took his stage name from 1950s rockabilly singer Jumpin' Gene Simmons. Best known as member of Kiss, which he co-founded with Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss. Sang lead on songs such as Rock & Roll All Nite, Deuce, A World Without Heroes, I Love It Loud, Calling Dr Love, Unholy, You Wanted The Best and Christine Sixteen
 
August 25, 1948 ~ Drummer Danny Smythe born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Original the Box Tops drummer, remaining with the band through 1968 before returing to school. Present on hits such as Cry Like A Baby and The Letter ~ Smythe passed away in 2016
 
August 25, 1947 ~ Jazz, jazz-rock, progressive rock pianist Keith Tippett born in Bristol, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Married to Julie Driscoll, with whom he also worked. Also collaborated with Elton Dean, Nic Evans, Mark Charig, Centipede, Stan Tracey, Robert Wyatt, King Crimson, Dudu Pukwana, Louis Moholo, Paul Dunmall, Mujician, Harold McNair, Peter Sinfield, David Sylvian, Toyah, Amalgam, the Dedication Orchestra, Low Flying Aircraft, and others ~ Tippett passed away in 2020
 
August 25, 1945 ~ Singer, actress Martha Veléz, full name Martha Carmen Josephine Hernandez Rosario de Veléz, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Child prodigy. Won an opera scholarship at age 12. Recording since the early 1960s. Member of the Gaslight Singers alongside Earl Mann, Al Alcabes and Jeff Hyman. Recorded a blues-rock album, Fiends And Angels, in 1969 backed by rockers such as Cream's Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, Chicken Shack's Stan Webb, Free's Paul Kossoff, Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch Mitchell and Brian Auger
 
August 25, 1944 ~ Patrick Carmen Azzara, commonly known as jazz guitarist, composer Pat Martino, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Admired guitarist quintessential to post-bop, fusion and soul-jazz movements. Noted for his mathematical approach of the instrument. Began playing professionally at age 15. Played and recorded with Eric Kloss and with Willis Jackson early in his career, the latter being pivotal to Martino's career. Martino also worked with organists including Charles Earland, Richard Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts, Jimmy Smith, Gene Ludwig, Robert Piere, and Joey DeFrancesco. In 1980 an aneurysm left Martino with amnesia and no recollection or knowledge of his career or how to play the guitar, forced to learn how to play from zero ~ Azzara passed away in 2021
 
August 25, 1943 ~ Jazz, free jazz, avant-garde jazz drummer Günter Sommer born in Dresden, West Germany ~ Known best for his 1979 Hormusik solo album and Touch The Earth with Peter Kowald and Wadada Leo Smith released later the same year. Has also worked with with Peter Brötzmann, Irene Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, Didier Levallet, Theo Jörgensmann, and others
August 25, 1943 ~ Singer Walter Lee Williams born ~ Original member of the O'Jays, known for songs such as Back Stabbers, Love Train, I Love Music (Part 1), and others
 
August 25, 1942 ~ Conductor, orchestra leader Terje Fjærn, full name Terje Egil Tolå Fjærn, born in Molde, Norway ~ Married to singer Gro Anita Schønn, with whom he also worked, from 1950 until her death in 2001 . Has also collaborated with Stein Ingebrigtsen, Inger Lise Rypdal, Einar Schanke, and others ~ Fjærn passed away in 2016
 
August 25, 1934 ~ Radio, TV host, singer, entertainer Jimmy Hannan born in Sunny Hills, Australia ~ Popular variety show host of the 1960s and 1970s. Regularly appeared on variety show In Melbourne Tonight. Hosted musical variety show Tonight With Jimmy. Hosted music show Saturday Date. Previously a teen idol. Known for the 1963 single Beach Ball, originally recorded by City Surfers, written by Roger McGuinn ~ Hannan passed away in 2019
 
August 25, 1933 ~ Jazz guitarist, composer Rune Gustafsson, full name Rune Urban Gustaffson, born in Gothenburg, Sweden ~ Composed the scores to a number of Swedish films including The Man Who Quit Smoking, Release The Prisoners To Spring and Sunday's Children. Leader and sideman. Worked with Jan Johansson, Georg Riedel, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Egil Johansen, Red Mitchell, Ed Thigpen, Zoot Sims, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Arne Domnerus, Jan Allan, and others ~ Gustafsson passed away in 2012
 
August 25, 1929 ~ Henry Gibson Dan, commonly known as folk, jazz, hula singer, songwriter Seaman Dan, born on Thursday Island, Australia ~ Regular performer at local events for decades. Gained international fame in the 2000s with a fusion of American, Australian, African and Polynesian genres, especially the hula genre of his native Thursday Island. Acclaimed for the albums Perfect Pearl and Sailing Home, released respectively in 2004 and 2009 ~ Dan passed away in 2020
 
August 25, 1928 ~ Fiddler Jerry Rivers born in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Nicknamed “Burrhead” for his haircut. Member of Hank Williams' backing unit the Drifting Cowboys, present on most of Williams' best known including Long Gone Lonesome Blues, Cold Cold Heart, Moanin' The Blues, Hey Good Lookin' and Jambalaya (On The Bayou) ~ Rivers passed away in 1996
 
August 25, 1925 ~ Blues, jazz singer Carrie Smith, full name Carrie Louise Smith, born in Fort Gaines, Georgia, USA ~ Worked with the New York Jazz Repertory Company, Tyree Glenn, Yank Lawson, the World's Greatest Jazz Band, Doc Cheatham, Buddy Tate, Hank Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Winard Harper, Clark Terry, Bross Townsend, and others ~ Smith passed away in 2012
 
August 25, 1922 ~ Yitzhak-Meir Gitlis, commonly known as virtuoso violinist Ivry Gitlis, born in Haifa, Palestine ~ Has worked with the London Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and others ~ Gitlis passed away in 2020
 
August 25, 1918 ~ Jazz drummer, singer Freddie Kohlmann born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with AJ Piron, Joe Robichaux, Papa Celestin, Sam Morgan, Albert Ammons, Stuff Smith, Earl Hines, Lee Collins, Louis Armstrong, the Jambalaya Four, Billie Holiday, Art Hodes, Louis Cottrell Jr, the Dukes Of Dixieland, the Onward Brass Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Albert Nicholas, Art Hodes, Bob Wilber, Harry Connick Jr, Dr John, Chris Barber, the Excelsior Brass Band, the Heritage Hall Jazz Band, and others ~ Kohlman passed away in 1990
August 25, 1918 ~ Composer, conductor Leonard Bernstein born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA ~ Longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic. As a composer best known for composing the scores of West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On The Waterfront, and others ~ Bernstein passed away in 1990
 
August 25, 1915 ~ Violist, violinist Walter Trampler born in Munich, Germany ~ Played with the Strub Quartet from 1934 through 1938. Principal violist of the Berlin Radio Orchestra before emigrating to America in 1939 where he would serve in the Army during World War II. Founding member of the Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center. Member of the Yale Quartet alongside Broadus Erle, Syoko Aki and Aldo Parisot ~ Trampler passed away in 1997