This Day In Music: August 8
August 7 ~ Birthdays/All ~ August 9
August 8, 2022 ~ Bassist, singer, songwriter Darryl Hunt, full name Darryl Gatwick Hunt, passed away in London, UK ~ Best known as bassist of the Pogues, joining in 1986 as replacement for Cait O'Riordan and remaining with the band through 1996. Wrote the track Love You Till The End of the 1996 Pogue Mahone album ~ Hunt was born in 1950
August 8, 2022 ~ Songwriter, producer Lamont Dozier passed away ~ One third of renowned Motown songwriting, production team Holland-Dozier-Holland, responsible for numerous hits by artists such as Martha & the Vandellas (Heat Wave), the Andantes, the Supremes (Stop In The Name Of Love), Mary Wells, the Four Tops, the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye (How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You), the Elgins, Honey Cone, and others ~ Dozier was born in 1941
August 8, 2022 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter Olivia Newton-John passed away in Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA ~ Starred in the 1978 Grease musical film alongside John Travolta, lead singer on Hopelessly Devoted To You and dueting on You're The One That I Want and Summer Nights. As a solo artist well over two dozen albums to her name, focusing on pop and country-pop, starting with If Not For You released in 1971. Well-known songs include Let Me Be There, If You Love Me Let Me Know, I Honestly Love You, Have You Never Been Mellow, A Little More Love, Magic, Physical and Xanadu, the latter a collaborative effort with the Electric Light Orchestra ~ Newton-John was born in 1948
August 8, 2021 ~ R&B, jazz fusion guitarist Bruce Conte, full name Bruce Anthony Conte, passed away in Cebu, Philippines ~ Influenced by Albert King, Grant Green, George Benson, Jimmy Nolen. Best known as member of Tower Of Power from 1972 through 1979, including on the band's eponymous 1973 Tower Of Power album which spawned the hit What Is Hip ~ Conte was born in 1950
August 8, 2020 ~ Soul, jazz, gospel singer, songwriter, actress Salome Bey passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Sister of Andy Bey and Geraldine Bey, with whom she also worked. Moved to Canada in 1964. Honorary citizen, dubbed “Canada's First Lady of Blues”. Recorded two albums with Horace Silver ~ Bey was born in 1933
August 8, 2018 ~ Tenor Arthur Davies passed away ~ Worked with with the Royal Opera London, the English National Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Cincinnati Opera, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Leipzig Opera, the Municipal theater of Santiago, the New Orleans Opera, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, de Vlaamse Opera, the Teatro Colón, and others ~ Davies was born in 1941
August 8, 2017 ~ Actress, singer Barbara Cook passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ First came to prominence in the 1950s in the Broadway musicals Plain & Fancy, Candide, and The Music Man ~ Cook was born in 1927
August 8, 2017 ~ Country, soft rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Glen Campbell, full name Glen Travis Campbell, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ In-demand session musician. Member of the Champs, the Hondells, the Wrecking Crew. Worked with the Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, the Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard, Phil Spector, the Everly Brothers, Shelley Fabares, Paul Revere & the Raiders, the Kingston Trio, Roger Miller, Gene Clark, Lou Rawls, Elvis Presley. Solo artist since the mid-1960s known for songs such as The Universal Soldier, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights ~ Campbell was born in 1936
August 8, 2013 ~ Producer, songwriter, pianist Cowboy Jack Clement passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Producer at Sun Records. Worked with Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis. Wrote Ballad Of A Teenage Queen, Guess Things Happen That Way, The One On The Right Is On The Left and produced Ring Of Fire for Johnny Cash. Other artists who have recorded Clement's songs include Dolly Parton, Ray Charles, Bobby Bare, Elvis Presley, Jim Reeves, Cliff Richard, Charley Pride, Tom Jones, Dickey Lee, Hank Snow, and others. Produced portions of U2's Rattle & Hum, notably the tracks When Love Comes To Town and Angel Of Harlem ~ Clement passed away in 1931
August 8, 2010 ~ John Russell Parnell, commonly known as producer, bandleader, drummer, composer Jack Parnell, passed away in Suffolk, UK ~ The “real” conductor of The Muppet Show Orchestra. Musical director for Benny Hill Show. Composed for TV, including well-known themes for shows such as Father Brown, Family Fortunes and Love Story. Worked with Kenny Baker, Don Lusher, Betty Smith, Tony Lee, Tony Archer, Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Ross, Kathy Stobart, the London Big Band, and others ~ Parnell was born in 1923
August 8, 2006 ~ Irving Sidney Jordan, commonly known as jazz pianist Duke Jordan, passed away in Valby, Denmark ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Gene Ramey, Oscar Pettiford, Gigi Gryce, Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Reece, Stanley Turrentine, Reggie Workman, Cecil Payne, Mads Vinding, Ed Thigpen, Chuck Wayne, Wilbur Little, Billy Hart, Art Pepper, Gene Ammons, Ernestine Anderson, Chet Baker, Paul Bascomb, Eddie Bert, Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell, Joe Carroll, Coleman Hawkins, Howard McGhee, Charles McPherson, the Birdlanders, Barney Wilen, and others ~ Jordan was born in 1922
August 8, 2002 ~ Jazz drummer Ronnie Stephenson passed away ~ One of the most in-demand British jazz drummers of the 1960s. Has worked with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Zoot Sims, Quincy Jones, Paul Gonsalves, Johnny Griffin, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Stitt, Barney Kessel, Benny Golson, Benny Goodman, Nelson Riddle, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, Tony Bennett, Ronnie Ross, Stan Tracey, Ted Heath, Dick Morrisey, Terry Smith, Jack Parnell, Johnny Dankworth, Tubby Hayes, Cleo Laine, Kurt Edelhagen, Peter Herbolzheimer, Horst Jankowski, Paul Kuhn, Rolf Kühn, Kenny Clarke, Victor Feldman, Heinz von Hermann, Hans Rettenbacjer, Tom Jones, Matt Monro, Engelbert Humperdinck, Cilla Black, Shirley Bassey, Wes Montgomery, JJ Jackson, Terry Smith, and others ~ Stephenson was born in 1937
August 8, 2002 ~ Jazz double-bassist Wilber Morris passed away ~ Brother of cornetist Butch Morris. Leader and sideman. Worked with Interface, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Simmons, Alan Silva, Joe McPhee, Horace Tapscott, Butch Morris, Arthur Blythe, Charles Gayle, William Parker, Billy Bang, Charles Tyler, Denis Charles, Roy Campbell Jr, Avram Fefer, Borah Bergman, David Murray, Kevin Norton, and others ~ Morris was born in 1937
August 8, 1996 ~ Jazz, gypsy jazz guitarist Didi Duprat, full name René Didi Duprat, passed away ~ Influenced by Django Reinhardt. Has worked with Michel Warlop, Gus Viseur, Louis Ferrari, Yves Montand, Tony Muréna, Juliette Gréco, Dalida, Marlene Dietrich, and others ~ Duprat was born in 1926
August 8, 1994 ~ R&B, jazz guitarist, vibraphonist Dave Hamilton, full name David Lewis Hamilton, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Member of the Helen Pennington Quartet, the Noc-Tunes, the Peppers. In-demand session musician since the late 1950s, appearing on recordings by Jackie Wilson (Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet), Lonely Teardrops), John Lee Hooker (Boom Boom), Marvin Gaye (Stubborn Kind Of Fellow), Mary Wells (My Guy). Released his Blue Vibrations solo debut album in 1964 ~ Hamilton was born in 1920
August 8, 1991 ~ Vaughn Cotillard, commonly known as post-punk, new wave singer Vaughn Toulouse, passed away ~ Known for the 1983 single Fickle Public Speaking released under the monniker Main T Possee, wittern and produced by Paul Weller. Founding member of Guns For Hire and its successor Department S ~ Cotillard was born in 1959
August 8, 1990 ~ Alternative rock guitarist Joel Rundell passed away ~ Co-founding member, lead guitarist of Better Than Ezra, appearing on the band's 1990 Surprise debut album ~ Rundell was born in 1965
August 8, 1988 ~ Singer, poet, songwriter, author, actor, activist Félix Leclerc passed away in Saint-Pierre-De-L'Ile-D'Orléans, Canada ~ Best known for songs such as Moi Mes Soulliers, Le P'tit Bonheur and Le Tour De L'Ile ~ Leclerc was born in 1914
August 8, 1981 ~ Singer, rapper, producer Bradley McIntosh, full name Bradley John McIntosh, born in Lambeth, UK ~ Member of S Club 7, known for a number of UK hits starting in 1999, notably Bring It All Back, You're My Number One, Never Had A Dream Come True, Don't Stop Movin' and Have You Ever
August 8, 1977 ~ Gospel, R&B, funk, soul pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, full name Robert Jermaine Randolph, born in Irvington, New Jersey, USA ~ Acclaimed steel guitarist active since the early 2000s, usually with his backing unit the Family Band. Influenced by secular artists such as Earth Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone. Has opened for Eric Clapton and worked with producers such as T-Bone Burnett. Has guested on recordings by Soulive, the Dave Matthews Band, Buddy Guy, Ringo Starr, Third Day, Robbie Robertson, Randy Bachman, Sawyer Brown, and others
August 8, 1976 ~ Singer, songwriter Drew Lachey born in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ~ Member of 98°, which also included his brother Nick Lachey. The band is known for a string of late 1990s hits including Because Of You, The Hardest Thing, Thank God I Found You featuring Mariah Carey & Joe and Give Me Just One Night (Una Nocha), all of which reached top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
August 8, 1976 ~ Joshua Scott Chasez, commonly known as pop, dance-pop dancer, singer, songwriter JC Chasez, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Cast member of Mickey Mouse Club. Rose to fame as member of late 1990s boyband NSYNC, known for songs such as I Want You Back, (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You, Music Of My Heart with Gloria Estefan, It's Gonna Be Me and This I Promise You. After the band folded in the early 2000s Chasez has written and produced for artists such as Girls Aloud, Basement Jaxx, David Archuleta and Matthew Morrison. Released his Schizophrenic solo debut album in 2004
August 8, 1976 ~ Heavy metal, black metal guitarist, bassist, singer Saint Vincent born in Montreuil, France ~ Influenced by Megadeth and Darkthrone. Best known for co-founding and fronting industrial metal outfit Blacklodge. Also worked with Vorkreist, the Arrival Of Satan, Loudblast, Secrets Of The Moon, Faust, and others
August 8, 1975 ~ Julian Edwin Adderley, commonly known as alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, passed away in Gary, Indiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for his 1966 soul jazz single Mercy Mercy Mercy, which became a surprise crossover hit reaching top 20 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Closely associated with Miles Davis, notably on the quintessential jazz albums Milestones and Kind Of Blue. Davis in turn backed Adderley on the latter's 1958 Somethin' Else album which also featured Art Blakey and Hank Jones. Has also worked with his brother Nat Adderley, Charles Lloyd, Yusef Lateef, Bobby Timmons, Victor Feldman, Joe Zawinul, George Duke, Walter Booker, Victor Gaskin, and others ~ Adderley was born in 1928
August 8, 1974 ~ Bandleader, pianist Henry Kings passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Best remembered as orchestra leader of the Burns & Allen radio program ~ King was born ca.1906
August 8, 1973 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Mark Wills, full name Daryl Mark Williams, born in Cleveland, Tennessee, USA ~ Released his eponymous Mark Wills debut album in 1996. Best known for its follow-up album 1998's Wish You Were Here, all of its five singles reaching Billboard Country top 10 including the charttopping title track Wish You Were Here. Two songs originally recorded by Wills, Somebody and What Hurts The Most, would also both reach the No.1 spot in the cover versions of respectively Reba McEntire and Rascal Flatts
August 8, 1970 ~ Gina Mary Gardiner, commonly known as singer Gina G, born in Brisbane, Australia ~ Australian singer represented England at the 1996 Eurovision Songfestival held in Oslo with the song Ooh Aah (Just A Little Bit). The song would reach 2n place, losing out to Ireland's entry of Eimar Quinn performing The Voice. Gina's Ooh Aah would top the English charts though as well as crack the American top 20. She is also known for songs such as I Belong To You, Fresh, Ti Amo and Gimme Some Love, all mid to late-1990s UK top 30 hits
August 8, 1965 ~ Aaron Abeyta, commonly known as punk rock, ska punk, skate punk singer, guitarist, trumpeter, trombonist El Hefe, born ~ Best known as lead guitarist, trumpeter of NOFX. Given his nickname “El Hefe”, meaning “the Boss”, by bandmate Fat Mike
August 8, 1963 ~ Alternative rock singer Caroline Crawley born in Bournemouth, UK ~ Co-founded Spelleyan Orphan with guitarist Jemaur Tayle. Co-founded Babacar, which alo included the Cure's Boris Williams. Guested on This Mortal Coil's Blood album ~ Crawley passed away in 2016
August 8, 1962 ~ Pop, rock band the Beach Boys record Ten Little Indians ~ Written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher. Produced by Nick Venet. Included on the band's 1962 Surfin' Safari debut album. Released as a single, b/w County Fair. Mike Love lead vocals and saxophone. The rest of the band: Brian Wilson bass, Dennis Wilson drums, David Marks and Carl Wilson on guitar, with all singing harmony and backing vocals
August 8, 1962 ~ Mohandas Dewese, commonly known as rapper, singer Kool Moe Dee, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Influenced artists such as Big Daddy Kane, the Beastie Boys, KRS One, Will Smith, Tupac Shakur, and others. Member of 1980s outfit the Treacherous Three. Regarded as one of the pioneers of new jack swing. As a solo artist best known for songs such as Go See The Doctor, Wild Wild West, Let's Go and I Go To Work
August 8, 1962 ~ Bassist Ralph Rieckermann born in Lümbeck, Germany ~ Best known as bassist of the Scorpions, appearing on the 1993 Face The Heat album
August 8, 1961 ~ David Howell Evans, commonly known as rock, pop rock guitarist the Edge, born in Barkings, UK ~ Co-founding member of U2, known for pivotal albums such as 1987's The Joshua Tree, 1988's Rattle & Hum and 1991's Achtung Baby. By estimation the band has sold over 150 million records since their inception in the early 1980s. Evans also composed the soundtrack for The Captive released in 1986. Has co-written the song GoldenEye with bandmate Bono for the James Bond-film of the same name. The duo also wrote, and were featured on She's A Mystery To Me included on Roy Orbison's final studio album Mystery Girl recorded shortly before Orbison's untimely death
August 8, 1959 ~ Clarinetist Ben Goldberg born in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ First gained attention as member of the New Klezmer Trio alongside bassist Dan Seamans and percussionist Kenny Wollesen. Has also worked with Jamie Saft, Kris Davis, Nels Cline, Allison Miller. Myra Melford, the Renga Ensemble, Tin Hat, and others
August 8, 1958 ~ Keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter Chris Foreman, full name Christopher John Foreman, born in London, UK ~ Co-founded UK ska band Madness with Mike Barson and Lee Thompson, known for 1980s hits such as One Step Beyond, My Girl, Baggy Trousers, Embarrasment, Grey Day, House Of Fun, Our House and It Must Be Love
August 8, 1957 ~ Alternative rock, janglo pop keyboardist Dennis Drew, full name Dennis Arnold Drew, born in Jamestown, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member 10,000 Maniacs, known for songs such as What's The Matter Here, Trouble Me, These Are Days, Candy Everybody Wants and Because The Night. Drew, bassist Steve Gustafson and guitarist John Lombardo are the three remaining original members, playing with the band since its inception in 1981
August 8, 1953 ~ Songwriter, singer Todd Cerney, full name Todd David Cerney, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Member of 1990s outfit Toast teaming up with former Bread members Jimmy Griffin, Robb Royer and Larry Knechtel. Best known as a songwriter. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as I'll Fall In Love Again (Steve Carlisle), The Blue House Of Broken Hearts (Levon Helm), Too Late (the Kendalls), I'll Still Be Loving You (Restless Heart), Notorious (Loverboy), Let Go (Cheap Trick), If Ever A Love There Was (the Four Tops), Forget About Love (Eddie Money), Don't Stop Now (the Cover Girls), No Mercy (Ty Herndon), Good Morning Beautiful (Steve Holy), Blues Is My Business (Etta James), Tell Me That You Love Me (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton), and Keep On Rolling (Bo Bice). Cerney also played guitar, mandolin, keyboards and sang with some of the aforementioned as well as with the Dixie Chicks, the Nashville Songwriters Band, and others ~ Cerney passed away in 2011
August 8, 1952 ~ Drummer Anton Fig born in Cape Town, South Africa ~ In-demand session drummer. Well known for his work with Kiss, Ace Frehley and with Paul Shaffer in the house band on David Letterman's late-night TV talk show. Has also worked with Spider, Warren Zevon, BB King, Peter Frampton, Joan Armatrading, Cyndi Lauper, John Waite, Joe Bonamassa, Madonna, Gary Moore, Joe Satriani, Paul Butterfield, Chris Spedding, Paul Simon, Jennifer Rush, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, and others
August 8, 1951 ~ Trumpeter Laurie Frink, full name Laurie Ann Frink, born in Pender, Nebraska, USA ~ Worked with Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, George Russell, Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider, John Hollenbeck, Darcy James Argue, Ryan Truesdell, Jentsch Group Large, and others ~ Frink passed away in 2013
August 8, 1950 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Jamie O'Hara born ~ Noted for penning Grandpa Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days, a 1986 Grammy Award-winning hit for the Judds. Formed the duo the O'Kanes with Kieran Kane, known for songs such as Can't Stop My Heart From Loving You. Has also recorded as a solo artist and written for artists such as Shelby Lynne, Ronnie McDowell (Older Women), Gary Allan, Trisha Yearwood, and others ~ O'Hara passed away in 2021
August 8, 1950 ~ Liberatori DeVitto, commonly known as pop, pop rock, rock drummer Liberty DeVitto, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as drummer for Billy Joel for over three decades starting on Turnstiles album released in 1976. Has also worked with Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Karen Carpenter, Stevie Nicks, Meat Loaf, and others
August 8, 1949 ~ R&B, soul singer Airrion Love born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of the Monarchs. Co-founding member of the Stylistics, known for a string of 1970 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits including You Are Everything, Betcha By Golly Wow, Break Up To Make Up and You Make Me Feel Brand New. The latter featured Love as co-lead singer
August 8, 1949 ~ Actor, singer Keith Carradine born in San Mateo, California, USA ~ Best known as an actor. As a singer known for two 1970s albums, namely I'm Easy and Lost & Found. The self-penned title track of the former, I'm Easy, was used in the Robert Altman-film Nashville and earned Carradine an Academy Award for Best Best Original Song
August 8, 1949 ~ Singer Marie-France Dufour born in Nancy, France ~ Known for her 1971 hit Soleil. Represented Monaco in the 1973 Eurovision Songfestival with Un Train Qui Part reaching 8th place ~ Dufour passed away in 1990
August 8, 1946 ~ Country, folk singer, songwriter Merle Travis records Sixteen Tons at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California ~ Self-penned, Travis taking inspiration from his family, Travis' brother John had written the line “You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt,” while his father would regularly say he couldn't afford to die as he “owed his soul to the company store.” Released the next year as a single, Dark As A Dungeon on the flipside, it would become a signature song for Travis. Over the years the song would be covered by numerous artists, notably Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1955 and Frankie Laine the following year
August 8, 1944 ~ Guitarist John Renbourn born in Marylebone, UK ~ Worked with Bert Jansch, Pentangle, Mac Macleod, Dorris Henderson, Duck Baker, Robin Williamson, Jacquie McShee, Sue Draheim, Stefan Grossman, John Paul Jones, Archie Fisher, Ship Of Fools, Maggie Boyle, Steve Tilston, Wizz Jones, and others ~ Renbourn passed away in 2015
August 8, 1943 ~ Singer Teru Harangozo born in Batya, Hungary ~ Received the first ever Hungarian gold record with the 1966 single Minden Ember Boldog Akar Lenni ~ Harangozó passed away in 2015
August 8, 1942 ~ Rock, pop rock, hard rock bassist, singer John Gustafson, full name John Frederick Gustafson, born in Liverpool, UK ~ Renowned bassist worked with the Big Three, the Merseybeats, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan, Quatermass, Roxy Music (Love Is The Drug), Juan Martin, Steve Hackett, Gordon Giltrap, and others ~ Gustafson passed away in 2014
August 8, 1941 ~ Juan Peña Fernández, commonly known as flamenco guitarist, singer El Lebrijano, born in Lebrija, Spain ~ Acclaimed flamenco-fusion musician active since the early 1950s, initially as an accompaniest and later turning to singing. Closely associated with Paco de Lucia. As a solo artist known for pivotal flamenco albums such as Casablanca, Open Doors and Encuentros ~ Fernández passed away in 2016
August 8, 1941 ~ Guitarist Peter Poa born ~ Best known for his 1963 instrumental White Rabbit ~ Posa passed away in 2019
August 8, 1940 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist Johnny Dodds passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Brother of drummer Baby Dodds. Leader and sideman. Considered one on the premier clarinetists of his day. Worked with King Oliver, Frankie Duson, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, Lovie Austin, Louis Armstrong, and others ~ Dodds was born in 1892
August 8, 1939 ~ Singer Philip Balsley born in Augusta Country, Virginia, USA ~ Member of the Statler Brothers, one of the longest-running country acts active from the 1960s through the 1990s. Well-known songs include Flowers On The Wall, Bed Of Rose's, Do You Remember These, Class Of '57, I'll Go To My Grave Loving You, Do You Know You Are My Sunshine, You'll Be Back Every Night In My Dreams, My Only Love and Too Much On My Heart
August 8, 1938 ~ Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingolia, commonly known as actress, singer Connie Stevens born in New York, New York, USA ~ Debuted as an actress in 1957 in the film Young And Dangerous. Released her Concetta debut album the following year. Guested on Edd Byrnes' 1959 hit Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb). Scored a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit with Sixteen Reasons in 1960
August 8, 1937 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter, poet, author Bruno Lauzi born in Asmara, Italian Eastern Africa ~ Renowned singer with over two dozen albums to his name starting in the 1960s. Well-known songs include Ritornerai, Amore Caro Amore Bello, Onda Su Onda and Genova Per Noi. Had his songs recorded by the likes of Sergio Endrigo, Ivana Spagna, Mia Martini, Georges Moustaki, Ornella Vanoni, and others. Briefly pursued a political career in the 1980s, but without much success. Also known as an author with over half a dozen publications to his name, both poetry and prose ~ Lauzi passed away in 2006
August 8, 1937 ~ Singer, songwriter, poet, actor Cornelis Vreeswijk born in IJmuiden, the Netherlands ~ Emigrated to Sweden at age 12. Regarded as one of Sweden's most influential troubadours. Played Pontius Pilate in the Swedish version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Influenced by Josh White, Georges Brassens, Leadbelly. Known for songs such as Angbatsblus (Steam Boat Blues), Jubelvia For Fiffiga Nanette (Joyful Song For Clever Nanette), Polaren Par My Buddy Par, and Blues For Fatumeh. Renowned interpreter of the songs of Michael Bellman, Evert Taube, and of Lars Forssell. In the Netherlands best known for a handful of Dutch songs, especially 1972's Veronica, picked up by pirate radio station Veronica, and 1966's De Nozem & De Non (The Greaser & The Nun. The latter initially made little impact, yet has since become a classic ~ Vreeswijk passed away in 1987
August 8, 1937 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Jorge Cafrune, full name Jorge Antonio Cafrune, born in Jujuy, Argentina ~ One of the most popular folk singers of his day. Active since the late 1950s. Perhaps best known for Zamba De Mi Esperanza, a politically controversial song drawing the ire of the Videla administration ~ Cafrune passed away in 1978
August 8, 1935 ~ Singer, songwriter John Barnes Wells passed away in Roxbury, New York, USA ~ Popular tenor during the early 1900s. Perhaps best known for starring in a 1903 production of The Wizard Of Oz ~ Wells was born in 1880
August 8, 1934 ~ Piedmont blues singer, guitarist Buddy Moss records Hey Lawdy Mama ~ Originally titled Oh Lordy Mama. Released later the same year paired with Misery Man Blues on the flip side. Became a jazz and blues standard covered by Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Noble Sissle, Freddie King (as See See Mama), Junior Wells & Buddy Guy (on the collaborative 1965 album Hoodoo Man Blues), Cream and others
August 8, 1933 ~ Singer, actor Ed Kenney, full name Edward Kamanaloga Kenney Jr, born ~ Best known for his role of Wang Ta in the original Broadway production of Flower Drum Song ~ Kenney passed away in 2018
August 8, 1933 ~ Joseph Arrington Jr, commonly known as singer Joe Tex, born in Rogers, Texas, USA ~ Popular Southern soul singer, drew from funk, country, gospel and R&B. Best known for songs such as Hold What You've Got, Skinny Legs And All, I Gotcha and Ain't Gonna Bump No More With No Big Fat Woman ~ Tex passed away in 1982
August 8, 1932 ~ Dorothy Jeanne Thompson, commonly known as harpist Dorothy Ashby, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Leader and sidewoman. Hailed in her day as one of the most accomplished jazz harpists, establising the harp as a valid improvisational instrument. Has worked with Jimmy Cobb, Ed Thigpen, Frank Wess, Louis Armstrong, Woody Herman, Bill Withers, Minnie Riperton, Stevie Wonder (Songs In The Key Of Life), Sonny Criss, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Womack, and others ~ Thompson passed away in 1986
August 8, 1932 ~ Country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis born in Tampa, Florida, USA ~ Active since the 1950s, most successfully during the 1970s. Member of Old Dogs. Employed sidemen such as Buddy Cannon, Paul Franklin and Hoot Hester in his backing band the Statesiders. Father of singer Pam Tillis. As a singer known for songs such as I Ain't Never, Good Woman Blues, Coca Cola Cowboy, Life Turned Her That Way, Heaven Everyday and The Arms Of A Fool. As a songwriter Tillis had his songs recorded by a wide array of country artists including Webb Pierce (I'm Tired). Ray Price, Brenda Lee, Bobby Bare (Detroit City), Tom Jones, Wanda Jackson, Stonewall Jackson, Charley Pride (Snakes Crawl At Night), Kenny Rogers (Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town), the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons, Barbara Mandrell, Jamey Johnson, Waylon Jennings (Mental Revenge), Ricky Skaggs, Randy Travis, and others ~ Tillis passed away in 2017
August 8, 1928 ~ Jazz, swing clarinetist, saxophonist, flautist Don Burrows, full name Donald Vernon Burrows, born in Sydney, Australia ~ Closely associated with James Morrison. Also worked with George Golla, Ed Gaston, Alan Turnbull, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Stéphane Grappelli, Cleo Laine, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Kevin Hunt, and others ~ Burrows passed away in 2020
August 8, 1928 ~ Singer, songwriter Simon Diaz, full name Simon Narciso Diaz Marquez, born in Babracoas, Venezuela ~ Penned Caballo Viejo, which was recorded by the Gipsy Kings as Bamboleo. Other artists who recorded songs written or co-written by Díaz include Plácido Domingo, Ray Conniff, Julio Iglesias, Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ivan Lins, Cheo Feliciano, Juan Gabriel, Maria Dolores Pradera, Tania Libertad, Ry Cooder, Devendra Banhart, and others ~ Díz passed away in 2014
August 8, 1927 ~ Basil Philip Kirchinsky, commonly known as drummer, composer Basil Kirchin, born in Blackpool, UK ~ Son of bandleader Ivor Kirchin. Drummed in his father's big band starting at age 13. A number of early 1950s recordings by the Kirchin Band would be produced by George Martin who would later go on to work extensively with the Beatles. Kirchin would go on to score films and experiment with electronic music through use of tape manipulation with sounds of birds, insects and other animals. Has worked with Harry Roy, Teddy Foster, Jack Nathan, Ted Heath, Keith Herd, Big Jim Sullivan, Tubby Hayes. His electronic music influenced later stars such as Brian Eno and David Byrne ~ Kirchin passed away 2005
August 8, 1926 ~ James Earl Brown, commonly known as trumpeter, saxophonist, singer Jumping Jimmy Brown, born in Great Bend, Kansas, USA ~ Married to Ruth Brown, with whom Brown also performed as the duo Brown & Brown. Also worked with Paul Williams, Etta James, Nat King Cole, Debbie Reynolds, Count Basie, and others ~ Brown passed away in 2006
August 8, 1926 ~ Urban Clifford Green, commonly known as trombonist Urbie Green, born in Mobile, Alabama, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Appears on over 250 recordings. Two dozen albums to his own name. Influenced by Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Perry Como, and Louis Armstrong. Highly respected by fellow trombonists. Worked with Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Jenney, Walter Wanderley, Herbie Mann, Manny Albam, Steve Allen, Count Basie, Ray Bryant, Trigger Alpert, Kenny Burrell, Buck Clayton, Ray Conniff, Paul Desmond, Gil Evans, Art Farmer, Aretha Franklin (Soul '69), Johnny Griffin, Billie Holiday (Lady In Satin), Milt Jackson, JJ Johnson, Quincy Jones, Blue Mitchell, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Stitt, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Wilder, Dinah Washington, Joe Newman, and others ~ Green passed away in 2018
August 8, 1921 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Webb Pierce, full name Michael Webb Pierce, born in West Monroe, Louisiana, USA ~ Pivotal to development of honky tonk. Known for recordings such as In The Jailhouse Now, Love Love Love, There Stands The Glass, Wondering, and Teenage Boogie. The latter would be covered by T.Rex under the name I Love To Boogie, with songwriting credits not to Pierce but to Marc Bolan. Worked with artists such as Floyd Cramer, Faron Young, Tillman Franks, Doyle Wilburn, Kitty Wells, and others ~ Pierce passed away in 1991
August 8, 1920 ~ Jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon born in Gurdon, Kansas, USA ~ Active since the mid-1940s. In-demand singer worked with a host of artists including Teddy Weatherford, Jay McShann (notably on the 1949 recording of Ain't Nobody's BUsiness), Jimmy Rowles, Earl Hines, Vernon Alley, Mel Lewis, Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wiggins, John Clayton, Paul Humphrey, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Harry Sweets Edison, Jimmy Smith, Long John Baldry, Junior Mance, Jimmy Woode, Kenny Clarke, Gerry Mulligan, Jim Mullen, Count Basie, Van Morrison, the Dutch Swing College Band, Gene GIlbeaux, Robben Ford, Russell Ferrante, Joe Sample, and others ~ Witherspoon passed away in 1997
August 8, 1914 ~ Easy listening, film composer, arranger, conductor Pete King born ~ Known for his work conducting for films such as The Pied Piper Of Hamelin, The Family Jewels and The Last Of The Secret Agents. Also worked as arranger for TV shows such as Happy Days and The Brady Bunch ~ King passed away in 1982
August 8, 1913 ~ Arranger Axel Stordahl born in Staten Island, New York, USA ~ Credited with helping bring pop into the modern age. Perhaps best known for his work with Frank Sinatra in the 1940s. Co-wrote Day By Day, recorded by Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Les Brown, and others. Has also worked with Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Eddie Fisher, Dinah Shore, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, and others ~ Stordahl passed away in 1963
August 8, 1910 ~ Lucius Venable Millinder, commonly known as swing, jump blues, R&B bandleader Lucky Millinder, born in Alliston, Alabama, USA ~ Could neither read nor write music, did not play any instrument. Yet rose to fame leading the Mills Blue Rhythm Band during the 1930s, at the time regarded as the greatest big band to play rhythm & blues employing numerous sidemen including Henry Red Allen, Charlie Shavers, Harry Sweets Edison and JC Higginbotham influential to the dawn of rock & roll ~ Millinder passed away in 1966
August 8, 1907 ~ Saxophonist, bandleader, arranger, songwriter Benny Carter, full name Bennet Lester Carter, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Alto sax pioneer. Also played trumpet, clarinet, piano. Arranger, sideman. Worked with June Clark, Billy Paige, Earl Hines, the Wilberforce Collegians, Horace Henderson, the Paradise Ten, Charlie Johnson, Fletcher Henderson, mcKinney's Cotton Pickers, Chu Berry, Sid Catlett, Cozy Cole, Bill Coleman, Ben Webster, Dickey Wells, Teddy Wilson, Red Allen, Dickey Wells, Wayman Carver, Coleman Hawkins, JC Higginbotham, Chu Berry, the BBC Big Band, Shad Collins, Sidney De Paris, Vic Dickenson, Freddie Webster, Eddie Barefield, Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, JJ Johnson, Max Roach, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, and numerous others ~ Carter passed away in 2003
August 8, 1905 ~ Composer André Jolivet born in Paris, France ~ Founder of the La Jeune France movement along with composers Olivier Messiaen, Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur and Yves Baudrier ~ Jolivet passed away in 1974
August 8, 1904 ~ Pierre Paquet, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, arranger, composer Peter Packay, born in Brussels, Belgium ~ Despite an accident leaving him crippled in one arm decided ti learn to play the trumpet. Worked with the Varsity Ramblers, the Red Beans, David Bee, Packay's Swing Academy, Billy Arnold, and others. As a composer known for songs such as Alabama Mamma, The Blue Duke, Dixie Melody and Lullaby For A Mexican Alligator ~ Paquet passed away in 1965