This Day In Music: December 13
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December 13, 2021 ~ Soul, R&B singer Joe Simon passed away ~ Member of gospel outfit the Golden West Singers. Dubbed “the mouth of the South” for his distinctive voice, critically compared to Otis Redding and Jackie Wilson. As a solo artist known for a two decade career, charting with R&B singles such as The Chokin' Kind, The Power Of Love and perhaps his best-known Get Down Get Down Get On The Floor. Was backed by Sly Stone and Larry Graham on his first major hit My Adorable One ~ Simon was born in 1943
December 13, 2021 ~ Punk rock guitarist John Nolan passed away ~ Member of Behind The Magnolia. Member of Bored, present on the band's debut album Negative Waves and its follow-up Take It Out On You album. Left the band in 1991 along with Tim Hemensley to form the Powder Monkeys, releasing the albums Smashed On A Knee, Time Wounds All Heels and Lost City Blues before disbanding in the early 2000s ~ Nolan was born ca.1966
 
December 13, 2020 ~ Pauline Anna Strom, commonly known as keyboardist, electronic composer the Trans-Milennia Consort, passed away ~ Released her eponymous The Trans-Millenia Consort debut album in 1982. Strom said she translated visual ideas into sound, mapping an inner world of imagined pasts, possible futures and alternate realities. Retired from music by the late 1980s to focus on building a spiritual healing practice. A collection of shelved tapes would be bundled into the 2017 Trans-Millenia Music album, rekindling interest in her music. Strom was working on new material at the time of her unexpected death, the project posthumously released as Angel Tears In Sunlight in 2021 ~ Strom was born in 1946
 
December 13, 2019 ~ Trumpeter, cornetist, conductor Bram Gay, full name Bramwell Clifford Gay, passed away in France ~ Joined the Foden's Band at age 13. Would go on to work with the Royal Opera House starting in the early 1970s, serving as its orchestra director from 1974 through 1995 ~ Gay was born in 1930
December 13, 2019 ~ Emilio Joseph Radocchia, commonly known as jazz, classical, rock vibraphonist Emil Richard, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Lionel Hampton. Active since the early 1950s, beginning his career in music working with artists such as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Charles Mingus, Ed Thigpen and appearing on recordings by Perry Como, Ray Charles, Mitchell Ayres. Played bongos on the original version of the Mission Impossible theme composed and performed by Lalo Schifrin. Would continue to work well into the 2010s, notable collaborations including Frank Capp, Paul Horn, Louie Bellson, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, George Shearing, Maria Muldaur, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Marvin Gaye (Let's Get It On), Herb Alpert, the Bee Gees (Saturday Night Fever), Ry Cooder, Donovan, Blondie (Autoamerican, Tom Waits, Queen Latifah, Gregory Porter, Josh Groban, and numerous others ~ Radocchia was born in 1932
December 13, 2019 ~ Singer, guitarist Roy Loney passed away ~ Influential on punk and power-pop. Original lead singer of the Flamin' Groovies, remaining with the band from 1965 through 1971. Present on the band's first three critically acclaimed albums, namely Supersnazz, Flamingo and Teenage Head ~ Loney was born in 1946
 
December 13, 2018 ~ Singer Nancy Wilson passed away in Pioneertown, California, USA ~ Recorded over 70 albums. Best known for her recordings of You Don't Know How Glad I Am and Guess Who I Saw Today. Worked with Hank Jones, the Great Jazz Trio, the Griffith Park Band, Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Ramsey Lewis, Barry Manilow (co-produced Wilson's With My Lover Beside Me album), and others ~ Wilson was born in 1937
 
December 13, 2017 ~ Warrel George Baker, commonly known as reavy metal, progressive metal, thrash metal, power metal singer Warrel Dane, passed away in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Classically trained. Infuenced by Ronnie James Dio, Rob Halford, George Strait and Bruce Dickinson. Best known as lead singer of Sanctuary and Nevermore. Has also worked with Serpent's Knight, Sanctuary, Behemoth, Shaded Enmity. Released his sole Praises To The War Machine solo album in 2008 and was working on a second album at the time of his death ~ Baker was born in 1961
 
December 13, 2016 ~ Singer, songwriter Betsy Pecanins passed away ~ Dubbed “the Queen of Blues” in Mexico. Over a dozen albums to her name, starting with Viendo Tus Ojos released in 1980 ~ Pecanins was born ca.1954
December 13, 2016 ~ Country-soul singer Sundance Head wins NBC's The Voice ~ Sundance Head wins the 11th season of NBC's talent show The Voice, runner-up would be country singer Billy Gilman
 
December 13, 2015 ~ Singer Louisa Johnson wins X-Factor ~ Johnson wins the 12th edition of British talent show the X-Factor. Runner-ups would be the duo Reggie 'n Bollie in 2nd place, singer Che Chesterman in 3rd
December 13, 2015 ~ Producer, songwriter Luigi Creatore passed away in Boca Raton, Florida, USA ~ Son of bandleader Giuseppe Creatore. Half of producer, songwriter team Hugo & Luigi, the other half being Hugo Peretti. Worked with artists such as Valerie Carr, Jimmie Rodgers, Perry Como, Sam Cooke, Ray Peterson, the Tokens, Elvis Presley (Can't Help Falling In Love), the Stylistics, the Softones, and others ~ Creatore was born in 1921
 
December 13, 2010 ~ Flamenco singer Enrique Morente, full name Enrique Morente COtelo, passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Considered both a hugely influential flamenco singer and a controversial one for updating the genre with inluences from other genres ~ Morente was born in 1942
 
December 13, 2009 ~ Bebop pianist Joe Castro passed away ~ Played with Teddy Edwards, Billy Higgins, Leroy Vinnegar, Philly Joe Jones, Anita O'Day, June Christy, Chico Hamilton, Red Mitchell, Ed Shonk, Howard Robert, Zoot Sims, Stan Kenton, and others ~ Castro was born in 1927
December 13, 2009 ~ Singer, songwriter Joe McElderry wins X-Factor ~ McElderry wins the 6th edition of British talent show the X-Factor. Runner-ups would be singer, songwriter Olly Murs in 2nd place, singer Stacey Solomon in 3rd
 
December 13, 2008 ~ Singer Alexandra Burke wins X-Factor ~ Burke wins the 5th edition of British talent show the X-Factor. Runner-ups would be pop, R&B group JLS in 2nd place, singer Eoghan Quigg in 3rd
 
December 13, 2007 ~ Philippe Mathevet, commonly known as mime, singer, actor Philippe Clay, passed away ~ Known for his interpretations of songs by Charles Aznavour, Claude Nougaro, Jean-Roger Caussimon, Boris Vian, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean Yanne, Leo Ferré, Jacques Datin, and others ~ Mathevet was born in 1927
 
December 13, 2006 ~ John William Henderson, commonly known as blues slide guitarist Homesick James, passed away in Springfield, Missouri, USA ~ Worked with Yank Rachell, Sleepy John Estes, Blind Boy Fuller, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Big Joe Williams, Horace Henderson, Leroy Foster, Snooky Pryor, Elmore James (including on recordings such as Dust My Broom, The Sky Is Crying, and Roll & Tumble), Floyd Jones, Lazy Bill Lucas, and others ~ Henderson was born in 1910
 
December 13, 2005 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Dick Nolan, full name Richard Francis Nolan, passed away in Carbonear, Canada ~ Over 40 albums to his name during a 50-year career. Dubbed “the Johnny Cash of Newfoundland”. Known for songs such as Golden Rocket, The Fool, Home Again This Year and perhaps his best known Aunt Martha's Sheep ~ Nolan was born in 1939
 
December 13, 2003 ~ Singer, actress Maisy Stella, full name Maisy Jude Marion Stella, born in Oshawa, Canada ~ Rose to fame appearing on the musical drama series Nashville alongside her sister Lennon Stella. During their time on the show the siblings also formed the duo Lennon & Maisy, performing mostly country covers. Released a solo single, Riding Free, in 2017 for the soundtrack of the animated series Spirit Riding Free
December 13, 2003 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist Webster Young passed away in Vancouver, Washington, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Known for his lyrical style. Has worked with John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Hampton Hawes, Jackie McLean, Ike Turner, Lester Young, Bud Powell, Paul Quinichette, Joe Puma, Mal Waldron, Ed Thigpen, Earl May, Ray Draper, and others ~ Young was born in 1932
 
December 13, 2002 ~ Folk rock, rock & roll guitarist Zal Yanovsky passed away in Kingston, Canada ~ One of the first rock & roll performers to wear a cowboy hat, a trend followed by Sonny Bono, Johnny Rivers, David Crosby. Teamed with Denny Doherty in the Halifax Three, the duo later joining Cass Elliott in the Mugwumps. Doherty and Elliot would go on to reach fame in the Mamas & the Papas, Yanovsky would reach fame co-founding Lovin' Spoonful with John Sebastian, scoring the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Do You Believe In Magic, You Didn't Have To Be So Nice, Daydream, Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind, Summer In The City, Rain On The Roof, and Nashville Cats ~ Yanovsky was born in 1944
 
December 13, 2001 ~ Heavy metal, hard rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Chuck Schuldiner passed away in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA ~ Sometimes referred to as “the Godfather of Death Metal”. Best known as guitarist, lead singer of metal outfit Death from the band's inception in 1983 until his death in 2001 ~ Schuldiner was born in 1967
 
December 13, 1997 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Kurt Winter passed away ~ Best known as member of the Guess Who. Had previously played with the Gettysburg Address, the Fifth, and with Brother. ~ Winter was born in 1946
 
December 13, 1996 ~ Edith Mae Stith, commonly known as jazz, blues, show tunes singer, dancer Mae Barnes, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Introduced the Charleston dance to Broadway in the 1924 Runnin' Wild musical. Would go on to become a successful nightclub singer. Has released a number of albums in the 1950s ~ Stith was born ca.1907
 
December 13, 1992 ~ R&B, pop, soul singer Elbert Wilkins passed away ~ Co-founding member of the Dramatics, known for songs such as Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get, In The Rain and Be My Girl ~ Wilkins was born in 1947
 
December 13, 1991 ~ Pop, rock, folk singer, songwriter Dermot Kennedy, full name Dermot Joseph Kennedy, born in Rathcoole, Ireland ~ Best known for his 2019 single Outnumbered and his 2020 single Giants, both taken of his 2019 major-label Without Fear debut album
 
December 13, 1989 ~ Singer, songwriter Taylor Swift born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Active since her mid-teens, starting in country and country-pop and over time ventured into pop, rock, synthpop, alternative pop-rock. Would become one of all-time best-selling artists reportedly selling over 200 million records worldwide. Debuted in 2006 with the eponymous Taylor Swift debut album. Know for songs such as Teardrops On My Guitar, Love Story, You Belong With Me, Fearless, Today Was A Fairytale, Mine, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble, Red, Shake It Off, Blank Space, Bad Blood featuring Kendrick Lamar, I Don't Wanna Live Forever with Zayn Malik, Me, Cardigan, and Willow
 
December 13, 1984 ~ William McLane, commonly known as jazz double-bassist Bill Pemberton, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Frankie Newton, Herman Chittison, Mercer Ellington, Eddie Barefield, Billy Kyle, Art Tatum, Rex Stewart, Earl Hines, Buck Clayton, Ruby Braff, Max Kaminsky, Vic Dickenson, Benny Carter, Panama Francis, Bill Coleman, Doc Cheatham, and others ~ McLane was born in 1918
 
December 13, 1983 ~ Javid David Alvarez Fernandez, commonly known as reggeaton singer J-Alvarez, born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico ~ Best known for singles such as Junto Al Amanecer, La Opregunta and Esa Boquita
December 13, 1983 ~ Alternative metal, post-grunge, alternative rock bassist, keyboardist, guitarist Matt Deis, full name Matthew Christopher Deis, born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, USA ~ Best known as member of CKY from 2005 through 2010, and again from 2015 through 2019. Has also worked with metalcore outfit All That Remains from 2003 through 2005, notably present on the This Darkened Heart album. Has also worked with GWAR, Slipknot, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage. Served as touring bassist for husband and wife country duo Thompson Square in 2021
 
December 13, 1981 ~ Amy Lynn Hartzler, commonly known as singer, songwriter Amy Lee, born in Riverside, California, USA ~ Lead singer, co-founding member of Evanescence, known for songs such as Bring Me To Life, My Immortal, Call Me When Your Sober. Has also collaborated with Korn, Seether, David Hodges, and others
December 13, 1981 ~ Sena Verdi, commonly known as singer, producer, songwriter Lyonheart, born in Tehran, Iran ~ Influenced by the Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis, the Stone Roses, Radiohead, U2. Also known under the moniker Senadee. Has worked in a variety of roles with hip-hop, R&B, pop and dance artists including Akala, BT, Paul Oakenfold, Chicane, Ben Gold, Matt Hardwick, RALE, Ørjan Nilsen, Dave Winnel, and others
December 13, 1981 ~ Dewey Markham, commonly known as singer, dancer, actor Pigmeat Markham, passed away in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Widely considered a forerunner of rap. Best known for his Here Comes The Judge, it would reach the Billboard top 20 in 1968 ~ Markham was born in 1904
 
December 13, 1979 ~ Alternative rock, electronic, pop singer, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, songwriter Luke Steele born in Perth, Australia ~ Influenced by a wide array of artists including Cole Porter, the Cure, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Carole King, and Kool & the Gang. Best known as lead singer and primary songwriter of alternative rock band Sleepy Jackson, best known for God Lead Your Soul of their 2006 Personality (One Was A Spider One Was A Bird) sophomore album. Forms the duo Empire Of The Sun with Pnau's Nick Littlemore. Formed DREAMS with Silverchair's Daniel Johns, releasing their No One Defeats Us debut album in 2018. Co-wrote and co-produced Rather Die Young of Beyoncé's 2011 4 album.
December 13, 1979 ~ Opera, popera, classical crossover singer Matthew Stiff born in Grimsby, UK ~ Member of classical boyband G4 through 2007, runner up in the 2004 edition of the talent contest the X-Factor. The band is known for doing classically styled versions of popular pop songs. The single Bohemian Rhapsody taken of their 2005 eponymous G4 debut album would reach the UK top 10
 
December 13, 1978 ~ Post-rock, avant-garde, dream pop cellist, singer, composer, film composer Rebecca Foon born in Vancouver, Canada ~ Noted as a member of modern chamber ensemble Esmerine and as a solo artist, recording both under her own name and the moniker Saltland earning critical acclaim for her 2013 I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us album featuring backing from Sarah Neufeld, Colin Stetson and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry. Has also worked with Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra, Set Fire To Flames, Fifths Of Seven, HRSTA, the Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary, and others
 
December 13, 1977 ~ Lucas Boyd, commonly known as rapper, producer Classified, born in Enfield, Canada ~ Released his full-length debut album, Time's Up Kid, in 1995. Best known for the singles Oh Canada and Inner Ninja featuring David Myles. Both reached the Canadian top 20, respectively in 2009 and 2012
December 13, 1977 ~ Power metal, contemporary classical, progressive rock, jazz fusion bassist, composer Lauri Porra born in Helsinki, Finland ~ Married to conductor Dalia Stasevska. To metal audiences best known for his work with bands such as Sinergy, Warmen, Almah, and perhaps most notably Stratovarius. Renowned solo artist with several instrumental albums to his name, starting with the eponymous Lauri Porra album released in 2005. Performs live with both the Lauri Porra Flyover Ensemble for his own work and with Bach Reimagined project, reworking Johann Sebastian Bach's cello suites for electric bass, cello and electronics. Had his orchestral work performed by renowned classical orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the New Bedford Symphony. Also noted as a film composer and in-demand session musician appearing on numerous records from contemporary classical to electronic and from pop to hip-hop
 
December 13, 1975 ~ Rock, hard rock, power pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Robert Pehrsson born ~ Active since the late 1980s, initially playing death and thrash metal and over time toning down to hard rock and power pop. Has worked with acts such as Death Breath, Dundertåget, Imperial State Electric, Masticator, Runemagick, and others. Released his Long Way To The Light solo debut album in 2016, noted for songs such as Haunt My Mind and Can't Change
 
December 13, 1974 ~ Guitarist Nick McCarthy, full name Nicholas John McCarthy, born in Blackpool, UK ~ Original member of Franz Ferdinand, remaining with the band until 2016 when he was replaced by Dino Bardot. Present on hits such as Take Me Out, Do You Want To, Ulysses, No You Girls, and others
 
December 13, 1972 ~ Death metal, heavy metal singer, bassist Matti Kärki born in Sweden ~ Best known as member of Dismember. pioneer of Swedish death metal and considered one of “the Big Four” alongside Entombed, Grave and Unleashed. Has also worked with Carnage, Therion, Murder Squad, Carbonized, General Surgery, and others
 
December 13, 1971 ~ Harry Lawrence Hill, commonly known as bandleader Tiny Hill, passed away ~ Billed as “America's Biggest Bandleader” because of his weight of over 365 lb. Worked with Byron Dunbar, Dick Coffeen, Harold King, John Nereuil, Jim Shielf, Reighton Corrington, Bobby Walter, Bob Kramar, Nook Schreier, Buddy Milton, Bobby Anderson, Russ Phillips, Sterling Bose, Harry Taff, Jimmy James, Buddy Walden, Vic Jaroney, Jim Turner, Clarence Pfiefer, Pat Paterson, Jimmy Shields, Wally Fobart, Ralph Morse, and others. Worked as A&R representative at Mercury Records for three years in the mid 1940s ~ Hill was born in 1906
 
December 13, 1967 ~ Bobby Ervin, commonly known as hip-hop DJ, producer DJ Bobcat, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of Uncle Jamm's Army. Has worled with Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, Lyor Cohen, Steve Rifkind, Madonna, Guy Oseary, Jermaine Dupri. Has written, produced for LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Mack 10, Tupac Shakur, MC Ren, Sir Mix-a-lot, Nas, King T, Candyman, Yo-Yo, and others
December 13, 1967 ~ Eric Marion Bishop, commonly known as singer, songwriter, actor Jamie Foxx, born in Terrell, Texas, USA ~ Rose to fame portraying Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical movie Ray, earning him numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. As a singer known for a number of high-profile collaborations such as with Twista on Slow Jamz and with Kanye West on Gold Digger, both of which topped the Billboard Hot 100, and a number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums starting with 2005's Unpredictable
 
December 13, 1966 ~ Rock guitarist, singer Jimi Hendrix records Foxy Lady at CBS, London, UK ~ Written by Hendrix. Produced by Chas Chandler. Included on the band's 1967 Are You Experienced debut album. Also released in America as a single in the fall of 1967, one month before the release of the band's Axis (Bold As Love) sophomore album
December 13, 1966 ~ Bassist, guitarist, pianist John Munson born ~ Member of Trip Shakespeare from 1985 until the band folded around 1992. Would subsequently found Pleasure with bandmate Dan Wilson and Jacobn Schlichter, the band soon renamed to Semisonic and best known for the single Closing Time of their 1998 Feeling Strangely Fine sophomore album
December 13, 1966 ~ Lawrence Mullins, commonly known as rock percussionist, keyboardist, producer Toby Dammit, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known as drummer for Iggy Pop, backing Iggy from 1990 to 2000 present on the albums American Caesar, Naughty Little Doggie and Avenue B. Has also worked with Swans, Angels Of Light, the Residents, Stephan Eicher, Nick Cave's backing unit the Bad Seeds, the Panther Burns, and others
 
December 13, 1965 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal singer Michael Jagosz, full name Michael Theodore Jagosz, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Influenced by Ronnie James Dio, Ian Gillan, Rob Halford. Original lead singer, co-founding member of the LA Guns, present on the band's 1985 Collector's Edition No.1 debut EP. After the band folded in 1985 Jagosz has worked with Abattoir, Eden, and with Stoneheart ~ Jagosz passed away in 2014
 
December 13, 1964 ~ Hideto Matsumoto, commonly known as alternative rock singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter Hide, born in Yokosuka, Japan ~ Member of Saver Tiger, known for songs such as Dead Angle and Emergency Express. Rose to fame as member of X-Japan joining the band in 1987, a band credited with pioneering visual kei. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Celebration, Joker and Scars. After the band disbanded in 1997 Matsumoto would focus on his solo career and co-found the international supergroup Zilch. By the time of his death by suicide at age 33 Matsumoto was considered an icon, representative of rebellion against a conformist society, and his death marked as the end of an era ~ Matsumoto passed away in 1998
December 13, 1964 ~ Judge Kenneth Peterson, commonly known as guitarist, keyboardist, singer Lucky Peterson, born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Comtemporary blues singer, drawing from soul, R&B, gospel, rock & roll and other idioms. Has backed artists such as Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton. Best known for a number of well-received late 1980s, 1990s albums, notably Lucky Strikes, I'm Ready and Beyond Cool ~ Peterson passed away in 2020
 
December 13, 1963 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor Stan Jones, full name Stanley Davis Jones, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for penning and first recording Ghost Riders In The Sky, covered by over 50 artists including the Outlaws, Bing Crosby, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Gene Autry, the Sons Of The Pioneers, Elvis Presley and Dick Dale ~ Jones was born in 1914
 
December 13, 1962 ~ Electric guitarist, singer, bandleader Caspar Brötzmann born in Wuppertal, West Germany ~ Son of saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. Has worked with Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Pigface, Page Hamilton, and others
December 13, 1962 ~ Pianist, singer, songwriter Harry Barris passed away in Burbank, California, USA ~ One of the earliest to incorporate “scat singing” in his technique. Worked with Paul Ash, Paul Whiteman, the Rhythm Boys, Gus Arnheim, Bing Crosby, Joe E Brown, and others ~ Barris was born in 1905
December 13, 1962 ~ Singer John Wiggins born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Half of sibling outfit John & Audrey Wiggins, the other half being Audrey Wiggins, known for songs such as Falling Out Of Love, Somewhere In Love and Has Anybody Seen My Amy. John would go on to become a Nashville songwriter, penning or co-penning songs for Joe Nichols (Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off), Blake Shelton, Randy Houser (Anything Goes), Ron Williams, and others
 
December 13, 1961 ~ New wave, pop rock singer, songwriter Per Øystein Sørensen born in Oslo, Norway ~ Joined new wave band Fra Lippo Lippi in 1982, first appearing on the band's Small Mercies sophomore album. The band is best known for Shouldn't Have To Be Like That of their 1985 Songs. The band would cease recording in the early 1990s but resurged in 2000, finding rekindled popularity especially in Philippines. Sørensen released his Våge solo debut album in 2009
December 13, 1961 ~ Jazz, blues singer, pianist Willard McDaniel passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked wtih Roy Milton, Gene Phillips, and others ~ McDaniel was born in 1915
 
December 13, 1960 ~ Patricia Daniels, commonly known as house, R&B singer Adeva, born in Paterson, New Jersey, USA ~ Known for a string of late-1980s, early-1990s UK hits including Warning, I Thank You and Respect. In her native America best known for the dance hit It Should've Been Me released in 1991
December 13, 1960 ~ Thomas Miller, commonly known as punk rock, art punk, post-punk singer, guitarist, songwriter Tom Verlaine, born in Morristown, New Jersey, USA ~ Influenced by Stan Getz, Miles Davis's electric work, the Velvet Underground and the Rolling Stones, especially citing the latter's 19th Nervous Breakdown. Formed the short-lived the Neon Boys with Richard Hell and Billy Ficca, quickly disbanding after failing to attract a second guitarist despite auditions from both the Ramones' Dee Dee Ramone and Blondie's Chris Stein. Rose to fame as frontman of Television, known best for their acclaimed 1977 Marquee Moon debut album considered one of the defining albums of the post-punk era drawing from avant-garde jazz and 1960s rock. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the eponymous Tom Verlaine album released in 1979. Notably collaborated with once-girlfriend Patti Smith including playing guitar on Smith's debut album Horses. Tapped to produce Jeff Buckley's second studio album, a project that never materialized due to Buckley's untimely death. Verlaine was also a member of supergroup the Million Dollar Bashers which also included Lee Ranaldo, Nels Cline, John Medeski and others
December 13, 1960 ~ Guitarist, bassist, singer Trey Gunn born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Best known as member of King Crimson from 1994 through 2003. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with Robert Fripp, Toyah, David Sylvian, Tool, Puscifer, Sean Malone, Gordian Knot, Vernon Reid, John Paul Jones, Matt Chamberlain, Bill Rieflin, Sunday All Over The World, UKZ, and others
 
December 13, 1959 ~ Bandleader, pianist Charlie Fess Johnson passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Led the Paradise Ten, whose sidemen at one time or another included Jabbo Smith, Leonard Davis, Sidney De Paris, Thomas Morris, Charlie Irvis, Jimmy Harrison, Benny Carter, Edgar Sampson, and others ~ Johnson was born in 1891
December 13, 1959 ~ Jazz guitarist Staffan William-Olsson born in Gothenburg, Sweden ~ Member of Real Thing. Influenced by blues and rock such as Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, as well as by jazz-rock artists such as George Benson, the Weather Report and John McLaughlin. Has worked with Bob Berg, Lee Konitz, Palle Mikkelborg, Terje Gewelt, the Bohuslän Big Band, Even Kruse Skatrud, Adam Nussbaum, and others
 
December 13, 1958 ~ Dana Strumwasser, commonly known as bassist Dana Strum, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Best known as bassist for Slaughter, co-founded with Vinnie Vincent Invasion bandmate Mark Slaughter. Also worked with Rod Falconer, Danny Spanos, Vince Neil, and others
December 13, 1958 ~ Blues guitarist, singer Lurrie Bell born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Son of blues harpist Carey Bell. Lurrie worked with Eddy Clearwater, Big Walter Horton, Eddie Taylor, Koko Taylor, Eddie C Campbell, the Sons of Blues, Billy Branch, Freddie Dixon, and others
 
December 13, 1957 ~ Guitarist David Tronzo born in Rochester, New York, USA ~ Revered for his electric slide guitar technique. Noted for the Night In Amnesia album released in 1995, a collaborative effort with David Bowie-guitarist Reeves Gabrels. Member of Spanish Fly, Slow Poke, the Lounge Lizards, Club D'Elf, V16. Guested on recordings by David Sanborn, Marshall Crenshaw, John Zorn, John Cale, Curtis Stigers, Julian Dawson, Mike Mainieri, Heather Eatman, Janis Siegel, and others
December 13, 1957 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion, pop saxophonist Eric Marienthal born in Sacramento, California, USA ~ Worked with Al Hirt, Chuck Loeb, Gordon Goodwin, Russell Ferrante, Randy Brecker, and extensively with Chick Corea Electric Band
December 13, 1957 ~ Singer, songwriter, actor Morris Day born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Lead singer of the Time, best known for appearing in the Prince film Purple Rain. The band also included future famed R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. As a solo artist Day is best known a number of modestly successful mid to late 1980s singles, notably 1985's The Color Of Success and 1987's Daydreaming
 
December 13, 1956 ~ Arabic, classical, operatic soprano singer Majida El-Roumi, full name Majida El-Roumi Baradhy, born in Kfarshima, Lebanon ~ Daughter of singer, composer Halim El-Roumi. As a teen snuck out of the house to participate in the talent contest Studio El Fan, aired on Télé Liban. Her succes on the show softened her father, now allowing her to pursue a career in music on the condition she continued higher education. Majida released her debut single, Am Behlamak, in 1975. Her full-length debut album, Wadaa, followed the next year. After completing her studies in Arabic Literature she would focus on her music career, recording mostly to warm reception and gracing stages the world over
 
December 13, 1954 ~ Country singer, songwriter John Anderson born in Apopka, Florida, USA ~ Known for songs such as I've Got A Feelin' Somebody's Been Stealin', Wild And Blue, Swingin', Black Sheep, Straight Tequila Night, Money In The Bank, and others
December 13, 1954 ~ Americana, folk, pop rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Steve Forbert, full name Samuel Stephen Forbert, born in Meridian, Mississippi, USA ~ One of many to once have been called “the new Bob Dylan”, a comparison which Forbert declined stating he was just a cliché back then. Best known for his 1979 Romeo's Tune, a Billboard top 20 hit. As a songwriter Forbert had his songs recorded by the likes of Rosanne Cash, Keith Urban, Marty Stuart, Webb Wilder. Had a cameo appearance in Cyndi Lauper's video for Girls Just Want To Have Fun, playing her boyfriend
 
December 13, 1953 ~ Drummer, singer Pat Torpey born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Best known as drummer, singer for Mr Big. Has also played with John Parr, Belinda Carlisle, Robert Plant, Montrose, Richie Kotzen, the Knack, Impellitteri, Ted Nugent, Jeff Paris, Paul Gilbert, Akira Takasaki, Andrew Ridgeley, and others ~ Torpey passed away in 2018
 
December 13, 1952 ~ Contemporary classical composer Roger Bourland born in Evanston, Illinois, USA ~ Composed over 150 works, including operas, cantates, choral and chamber music as well as for TV and film soundtracks
 
December 13, 1951 ~ Rock, pop, blues rock, jazz, jazz fusion keyboardist, songwriter Mickie Yoshino born in Yokohama, Japan ~ Member of pioneering blues outfit the Golden Cups while in his teens, remaining with the band from 1967 through 1971. Subsequently formed Flesh & Blood while studying in America. Upon his return to Japan formed the pop group Godiego, considered influential in the 1970s pop scene and best known for the 1978 Monkey Magic. Yoshino has also worked with Terumasa Hino, EnTRANS, Kenji Hino, Masa Kohama, Kazumi Watanabe, and others
 
December 13, 1950 ~ Producer Don Dixon born in Lancaster, South Carolina, USA ~ Considered an important producer in the early 1980s jangle pop genre. Has worked with Chris Stamey, the Smithereens, Fetchin' Bones, Richard Barone, Guadalcanal Diary, Marshall Crenshaw, Dumptruck, Tommy Keene, Marti Jones, the Golden Palominos, Mary Chapin Carpenter, REM, James McMurtry, Kim Carnes, Hootie & the Blowfish, and others
 
December 13, 1949 ~ Country singer Randy Owen, full name Randy Yeuell Owen, born in Fort Payne, Alabama, USA ~ Rhythm guitarist, lead singer of Alabama, perhaps the most successful country band in history known for hits such as Love In The First Degree, Mountain Music, Dixieland Delight, She And I, Jukebox In My Mind, I'm In A Hurry And I Don't Know Why, and others
 
December 13, 1948 ~ Guitarist, keyboardist Jeff Baxter, full name Jeffrey Allen Baxter, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Co-founding member of Steely Dan, present on the albums Can't Buy A Thrill, Countdown To Ecstasy and Pretzel Logic. Member of the Doobie Brothers from 1974 through 1979 including on the Minute By Minute album which spawned the hit What A Fool Believes. Baxter would continue to work as an in-demand session musician, appearing on records by Willy DeVille, Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, Freddie Hubbard, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, and others. As a touring guitarist has backed the likes of Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Vera, James Brown, Maceo Parker, and others
December 13, 1948 ~ Guitarist Ted Nugent, full name Theodore Anthony Nugent, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Lead guitarist, ocassional lead singer of psychedelic rock, hard rock band the Amboy Dukes. Member of supergroup Damn Yankees, which also included Styx-singer Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger-bassist Jack Blades and then-future Lynyrd Skynyrd-drummer Michael Carellone. Has recorded extensively as a solo artist, establishing himself as a technically proficient guitarist, and best known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 30 single Cat Scratch Fever of his 1977 album of the same name. Over time would become a controversial figure known for his right-leaning politics including as a staunch supporter of the NRA and Donald Trump
 
December 13, 1947 ~ Mary Pierre Barelli, commonly known as Minouche Barelli, born in Paris, France ~ Daughter of bandleader Aime Barelli and singer Lucienne Delyle. Best known for representing Monaco at the 1967 Eurovision Songfestival with the song Boum Badaboum written by Serge Gainsbourg. It would come in fifth ~ Barelli passed away in 2004
 
December 13, 1946 ~ Rock, jazz-fusion guitarist, songwriter, producer Radim Hladik born in Prague, Czechoslovakia ~ Regarded as a pioneer of electric blues-rock in Czechoslovakia, strongly influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Playing professionaly since age 15, staarting with rock group Komety. Would go on to join the Matadors. Co-founded Blue Effect with singer, guitarist Vladimir Misik, a band that moved from beat via R&B to jazz-fusion and eventually progressive rock. The band is best known for the Hladik-penned instrumental Cajovna (Tearoom) of the 1975 Modry Efekt & Radim Hladek album ~ Hladik passed away in 2016
 
December 13, 1943 ~ Singer, songwriter David Buskin born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as a songwriter. Artists who have recorded his songs include Astrud Gilberto, Judy Collins, Peter Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Shirley Bassey, Mary Travers (If I'm Lucky), Tom Rush, Roberta Flack, Dixie Carter, and Tracy Nelson, When I Need You Most Of All)
December 13, 1943 ~ Singer Jo Stafford records It Could Happen To You ~ First introduced by Dorothy Lamour in the musical film And The Angels Sing. Written by Jimmy van Heusen and Johnny Burke. Two versions would reach top 20 in 1944, Stafford's and Bing Crosby's. Over the years the song would be covered by Eydie Gormé, Julie London, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Bassey, Dinah Washington, Barbra Streisand, and others
December 13, 1943 ~ Singer, actress Marti Webb born in Hampstead, UK ~ Appeared in minor roles in a number of musical productions since the early 1960s, including West End musicals, including Stop The World I Want To Get Off, Half A Sixpence, and Oliver. Played the lead and title role in a late 1970s production of Evita, taking over for Elaine Page. Best known for her 1980 Andrew Lloyd Webber/ Don Black-penned Tell Me On A Sunday album and one-woman show, which included the UK top 10 hit Take That Look Off Your Face. Would subsequently score with Ben and Always There and continue on the stage singing in musicals such as Cats, The King & I, Hot Flush, Blood Brothers, Oklahoma, and others
December 13, 1943 ~ Actor, director, singer, choreographer Maurice Hines, full name Maurice Robert Hines Jr, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Brother of dancer Gregory Hines, with whom he has also worked including as opening act for the likes of Lionel Hampton and Gypsy Rose Lee. Starting in the late 1970s Hines would appear in Broadway productions of Eubie, Bring Back Birdie, Sophisticated Ladies and Uptown (It's Hot), earning a Tony Award for the latter. Conceived, choreographed, directed Hot Feet, a 2006 jukebox musical featuring the music of Earth Wind & Fire
 
December 13, 1941 ~ Singer, actor John Davidson born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as a TV personality and game show in the 1980s and 1990s. Had previously recorded a dozen albums, mostly consisting of covers of contemporary hit covers and some original material. Best known for his 1976 Everytime I Sing A Love Song single
 
December 13, 1940 ~ Jazz double-bassist Reggie Johnson, full name Reginald Volney Johnson, born in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA ~ Worked with Bill Barron, Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon, Sun Ra, Burton Greene, Lonnie Liston Smith, Stanley Cowell, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Blue Mitchell, Walter Bishop Jr, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Art Pepper, Kenny Burrell, Clark Terry, the Crusaders, Johnny Griffin, Horace Parlan, Monty Alexander, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Alvin Queen, Clark Terry, and others ~ Johnson passed away in 2020
 
December 13, 1938 ~ Composer Alvin Curran born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA ~ Co-founded Musica Elettronica Viva with Frederic Rzewski and Richard Teitelbaum. As a composer often uses electronics and environmental found sounds and best known for works such as Endangered Species, Crystal Psalms, Living Room Music, large scale works such as Oh Brass On The Grass, sound installation pieces such as Magic Carpet and Gardening With John and especially the Inner Cities, the latter a growing series of solo piano pieces started in 1996 to form one of the longest non-repetitive piano pieces ever written
 
December 13, 1931 ~ Guitarist Wayne Bennett born in Suplhur, Oklahoma, USA ~ Worked with Bobby Blue Bland, Boxcar Willie, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Alan Haynes, Elmore James, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Willy DeVille, the Chi-lites, Lost Generation, the Hues Corporation, and others ~ Bennett passed away in 1992
 
December 13, 1930 ~ Jazz bassist Ben Tucker born in Tennessee, USA ~ Worked with Art Pepper, Billy Taylor, Quincy Jones, Grant Green, Dexter Gordon, Hank Crawford, Junior Mance, Herbie Mann, Dave Bailey, Victor Feldman, Larry Bunker, Bobby Thomas, Ray Crawford, Tommy Tedesco, Patato, Mose Allison, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Lou Donaldson, Teddy Edwards, Gil Evans, Chico Hamilton, Roland Hanna, Willis Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, Clifford Jordan, Yusef Lateef, Junior Mance, Warne Marsh, Pat Martino, James Moody, Gerry Mulligan, Mark Murphy, Oliver Nelson, Lalo Schifrin, Bola Sete, Jimmy Smith, Jeremy Steig, Sonny Stitt, Harold Vick, and others ~ Tucker passed away in 2013
December 13, 1930 ~ Country, bluegrass, gospel singer Buck White born in Oklahoma, USA ~ Formed the family outfit the Whites with daughter Sharon White and Cheryl White, known for 1980s Billboard Country top 10 hits such as You Put The Blue In Me, Hangin' Around, Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling and Pins And Needles
 
December 13, 1928 ~ Guitarist Joe Messina born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Influenced by Charlie Parker, Les Paul and George Barnes. While a studio musician at ABC television accompanied artists such as Sonny Stitt, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Jack Teagarden, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre, Pepper Adams, Donald Byrd, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Frank Rosolino, and Dizzy Gillespie. Recruited in the late 1950s by Berry Gordy Jr for Motown houseband the Funk Brothers. Appears on recordings by the Supremes (Someday We'll Be Together), the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops (I Can't Help Myself (Sugarpie Honey Bunch)), Stevie Wonder (For Once In My Life), the Miracles, Martha & the Vandellas (Dancing In the Street), and others ~ Messina passed away in 2022
 
December 13, 1926 ~ Free jazz pianist Borah Bergman born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Influenced by Earl Hines, Bud Powell, Lennie Tristano, and Ornette Coleman. Has worked with sidemen such as Evan Parker, Thomas Chapin, Andrew Cyrille, Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner, Joe McPhee, Wilber Morris, Rashied Ali, Hamid Drake, Ivo Perelman, Peter Brötzmann, Conny Bauer, John Zorn, and others ~ Bergman passed away in 2012
 
December 13, 1925 ~ Actor, comedian, singer, dancer Dick Van Dyke, full name Richard Wayne Van Dyke, born in West Plains, Missouri, USA ~ Started his career as entertainer on radio and TV, in nightclubs, on the theatrical stage. Starred in the 1961 Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie earning him a Tony Award. Became a household name through his TV sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, aired on CBS from 1961 through 1966. Would go on to appear in numerous films, musical films and TV shows
 
December 13, 1920 ~ Singer Willa Ward born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of Clara Smith & the Ward Singers from 1931 through 1947 when she retired from music. Willa would be succeeded by Henrietta Waddy who brought a grittier, alto sound to the band ~ Ward passed away in 2012
 
December 13, 1912 ~ Singer, accordionist, zabumba player, songwriter Luiz Gonzaga, full name Luiz Gonzaga Do Nascimento Sr, born in Exu, Brazil ~ Regarded as one of the most important figures of the 20th century in Brazilian music. Credited as founder of the balão genre. Hailed as a “revolutionary” by Antônio Carlos Jobim and as “the first significant cultural icon with mass appeal” by Caetano Veloso ~ Do Nascimento passed away in 1989
 
December 13, 1909 ~ Jazz trumpeter Lou Mucci, full name Louis Raphael Mucci, born in Syracuse, New York, USA ~ Worked with Mildred Bailey, Glenn Miller, Bob Chester, Hal McIntyre, Claude Thornhill, Benny Goodman, Buddy DeFranco, Artie Shaw, Miles Davis, Helen Merrill, John Laporta, Kenny Burrell, and others ~ Mucci passed away in 2000