This Day In Music: December 18
December 17 ~ Birthdays/All ~ December 19
December 18, 2022 ~ Alternative rock, indie rock keyboardist Martin Duffy, full name Martin Bernard Duffy, passed away ~ Member of indie rockers Felt. Guested on Primal Scream's first two albums, Sonic Flower Groove and Primal Scream, prior to joining the band fulltime in 1989. Worked with the Charlatans, replacing the late Rob Collins on tour and on the band's Tellin' Stories album released in 1997. Member of supergroup the Chavs alongside Tim Burgess and Carl Barât. Has also appeared on recordings by Heidi Berry, Beth Orton, Paul Weller, and the Chemical Brothers. Released his sole solo album, Assorted Promenades, in 2014 ~ Duffy was born in 1967
December 18, 2022 ~ New wave, ska, pop rock singer, songwriter Terry Hall, full name Terrence Edward Hall, passed away ~ Lead singer of the Coventry Automatics, renamed to the Specials in 1979. The band is known for songs such as Message To You Rudy, Too Much Too Young, Do Nothing, Stereotype, Rat Race, and their best known the UK No.1 hit Ghost Town. Subsequently formed the Fun Boy Three with bandmates Lynval Golding and Neville Staple, the trio known for The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum and the Bananarama collaboration It Ain't What You Do (It's The The Way That You Do It). Hall has also worked with Colourfield, Terry Blair & Anouchka, formed the duo Vegas with Dave Stewart, and recorded as a solo artist ~ Hall was born in 1959
December 18, 2021 ~ Shaun Shiller Fequiere, commonly known as hip-hop rapper Kangol Kid, passed away ~ Member of early pioneering rap group UTFO, known best for their 1984 hit Roxanne Roxanne. The group would remain popular throughout the end of the decade. Fequiere also wrote Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's Private Property. Served as manager for the rap group Whistle ~ Fequiere was born in 1966
December 18, 2021 ~ Country singer Renée Martel passed away in Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada ~ Daughter of country singer Marcel Martel. Dubbed “the Queen of Quebec Country” and best known for a number of late 1960s hits including Liverpool, Je Vais A Londres and Johnny Angel ~ Martel was born in 1947
December 18, 2019 ~ Concert pianist Abbey Simon, full name Abbey Henry Simon, passed away in Geneva, Switzerland ~ Protégé of Josef Hofmann. Worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Trenton Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Simon was born in 1920
December 18, 2019 ~ Alain Bellec, commonly known as pop, chanson singer Alain Barrière, passed away in Carnac, France ~ Active since the 1950s. Internationally best known for representing France at the 1963 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 5th place with Elle Etait Si Jolie. Would continue to record throughout the 1970s ~ Bellec was born in 1935
December 18, 2019 ~ Guitarist Arty McGlynn passed away ~ Perhaps best known for backing Van Morrison, including on the acclaimed 1989 Avalon Sunset album. Released his McGlynn's Fancy solo album in 1979. Has also worked with Enya, Patrick Street, Planxty, Four Men & a Dog, Liam O'Flynn, Frankie Gavin, his wife Nollaig Casey, and others ~ McGlynn was born in 1944
December 18, 2019 ~ Singer, actor, songwriter Kenny Lynch passed away in UK ~ In his day one of the few black pop singers in British pop. Known for the early 1960s top 10 hits Up On The Roof and You Can Never Stop Me Loving You. Also noted for being the first to record a cover of the Beatles, namely Misery. Also wrote or co-wrote songs for Linda Thorson, the Small Faces (Sha-la-la-la-lee), Cilla Black (Love's Just A Broken Heart), and others ~ Lynch was born in 1938
December 18, 2019 ~ Francisco Andión González, commonly known as singer, songwriter, actor Patxi Andión, passed away in Cubo de la Solana, Spain ~ Born to Basque parents his political beliefs led him to seek exile in Paris where he took part in the May 1968 protests and subsequently embarked on his musical career. Well over a dozen albums to his name, starting with Retratos released in 1969. Also known as an actor, starting in the mid-1970s ~ Andión was born in 1947
December 18, 2018 ~ Singer Chevel Shepherd wins NBC's The Voice ~ Shepherd wins the 15th season of NBC's talent show The Voice, runner-up would be Chris Kroeze
December 18, 2018 ~ Music journalist, critic, author Gerald Larner passed away ~ Music critic for the Guardian and The Times. Authored a 1996 biography of composer Maurice Ravel ~ Larner was born in 1936
December 18, 2017 ~ Label founder, executive, producer Larry Harris, full name Larry Alan Harris, passed away in Port Angeles, Washington, USA ~ Got his start in music working for Buddah. Would go on to co-found Casablanca Records in 1973. The first act they signed was rock outfit Kiss. Other notable acts on the label included Donna Summer, Parliament, Cher and the Village People ~ Harris was born in 1947
December 18, 2016 ~ Thérèse Maria Léonie Gendebien, commonly known as singer Léo Marjane, passed away in Barbizon, France ~ Noted for her warm contralto voice and clarity enjoyed popularity during the 1930s and 1940s with songs such as Begin The Beguine and Night And Day. Following the liberation of France, popular opinion abruptly turned against her for her performances on radio stations run by the Nazis. Marjane maintained she was just naive and continued to record but to little success ~ Gendebien was born in 1912
December 18, 2015 ~ Pianist Andreja Preger passed away in Belgrade, Serbia ~ Of Jewish descent and member of the Yugoslav Resistance during World War II. Became a noted concert pianist after the war. Co-founded the Belgrade Trio ~ Preger was born in 1912
December 18, 2014 ~ Singer, songwriter Larry Henley passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Henley fronted 1960s pop group the Newbeats, known for songs such as The Bees Are For The Birds (The Birds Are For The Bees), Bread And Butter, Everything Is Alright and Groovin' Out On Life. Henley is perhaps best known for co-writing, with Jeff Silber, Wind Beneath My Wings, a 1988 No.1 US hit for Bette Midler. Other artists who recorded the song include Roger Whittaker, Sheena Easton, Lee Greenwood, Colleen Hewett, Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and Gary Morris. Henley also wrote or co-wrote songs for Tammy Wynette (Till I Get It Right), Randy Travis (Is It Still Over), Tanya Tucker (Lizzie & The Rainman), Janie Fricke (He's A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen)), Delbert McClinton (Shotgun Rider), and others ~ Henley was born in 1941
December 18, 2012 ~ Singer Cassadee Pope wins NBC's The Voice ~ Pope wins the 3rd season of NBC's talent show The Voice, runner-up would be singer Terry McDermott
December 18, 2011 ~ Keyboardist, percussionist, producer,songwriter Ralph MacDonald, full name Ralph Anthony MacDonald, passed away in Stamford, Connecticut, USA ~ Co-wrote Where Is The Love, a hit for Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway. Co-wrote Just The Two Of Us, a hit for Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers. Closely associated with Harry Belafonte, backing Belafonte for about a decade through 1967. Co-founded Arista Music with Bill Eaton and William Salter. Has worked in one capacity or another with a wide array of artists including Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Miriam Makeba, David Sanborn, Steely Dan, Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, Ashford & Simpson, the Average White Band, Brothers Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, Bob James, Ron Carter, Paul Desmond, Junior Mance, Max Roach, Shirley Scott, Gábor Szabó, and others ~ MacDonald was born in 1944
December 18, 2006 ~ Composer, organist, harpsichordist Daniel Pinkham, full name Daniel Rogers Pinkham Jr, passed away in Natick, Massachusetts, USA ~ Organist of King's Chapel in Boston for over forty years starting in 1958. Also regularly performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and notably with violinist Robert Brink ~ Pinkham was born in 1923
December 18, 2006 ~ James Earl Brown, commonly known as trumpeter, saxophonist, singer Jumping Jimmy Brown, passed away in Maple Grove, Minnesota, 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 was born in 1926
December 18, 2001 ~ Singer, songwriter Billie Eilish, full name Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ First gained attention with her debut EP, Don't Smile At Me, released in 2017 and becoming a sleeper hit in the US and abroad. Released her full-length When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go debut album in 2019. It would become the best-performing album in the US and spawn hits such as When The Party's Over, Bury A Friend and Bad Guy
December 18, 2001 ~ Singer, songwriter Gilbert Bécaud passed away in Paris, France ~ Dubbed “Monsieur 100,000 Volts” for his energetic stage performances. Best known for Nathalie and Et Maintenant. The latter would be translated to English as What Now My Love, with lyrics from Carl Sigman, and covered by numerous artists including Eddy Arnold, Petula Clark, Lee Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ben E King, Martha Reeves, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, the Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher, and others ~ Bécaud was born in 1927
December 18, 1999 ~ Joseph Benhamin Higgs, commonly known as R&B, ska, rocksteady, reggae singer, guitarist Joe Higgs, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Half of famed duo Higgs & Wilson with Roy Wilson. Has also worked with Bob Marley's backing unit the Wailers and Jimmy Cliff ~ Higgs was born in 1940
December 18, 1996 ~ Isidor Keiser, commonly known as songwriter, lyricist Irving Caesar, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best remembered for co-writing songs such as Swanee (Al Jolson, the Peerless Quartet, Judy Garland, the Temptations), Sometimes I'm Happy (the Six Hottentots, Jack Hylton, Mildred Bailey), Crazy Rhythms (Roger Wolfe Kahn, Doris Day, Patti Page, Shirley Bassey), and perhaps his best known Tea For Two (Helen Clark, Waring's Pennsylvanians, Fats Waller, Anita O'Day) ~ Caesar was born in 1895
December 18, 1991 ~ William Little, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, bandleader King Kolax passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Active from the 1930s onwards. Played with Billy Eckstine, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Parker, JT Brown, Joe Williams, Danny Overbra, Mabel Scott, Rudy Greene, Earl Pugh, Brooks & Brown, Clyde Williams, Harvey Ellington, Wilbur White, the Chanteurs, Jerry Butler, McKinley Mitchell, Otis Rush, the Vondells, and others ~ Little was born in 1912
December 18, 1990 ~ Jazz guitarist Bernard Addison, full name Bernard Sylvester Addison, passed away in Rockville Centre, New York, USA ~ Worked with Louis Armstrong, Adelaide Hall, Fletcher Henderson, Bubber Miley, Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Red Allen, Coleman Hawkins, Horace Henderson, Freddie Jenkins, Sara Martin, Jelly Roll Morton, Mamie Smith, Benny Carter, Mezz Mezzrow, Stuff Smith, the Mills Brothers, Billie Holiday, Sidney Bechet, the Ink Spots, Eubie Blake, and others ~ Addison was born in 1905
December 18, 1990 ~ Cellist, composer Paul Tortelier passed away near Paris, France ~ First cellist with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Would go on to work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and others ~ Tortelier was born in 1914
December 18, 1990 ~ Sierry Kay Kusterbeck, commonly known as alternative rock, experimental singer, songwriter, model Sierra Kay, born in St Petersburg, Florida, USA ~ Rose to fame as lead singer of Versa from 2007 through 2015, known for half a dozen EPs and the full-length Fixed At Zero album released in 2010. Has also worked with indie, post-punk band Neaux and as a solo artist using the moniker Bad Daughter
December 18, 1989 ~ Felix Manuel Rodriguez, commonly known as singer, songwriter Bobby Capó, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Merged ballads with classical music also drawing from folk and world music. Best known for songs such as El Negro Bembon, Capo Sin Fe and perhaps his best-known Piel Canela ~ Capó was born in 1922
December 18, 1987 ~ Tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Protégé of pianist Lennie Tristano. Member of Supersax. Leader, co-leader, sideman. Has worked with Tristano, Elek Bacsik, Chet Baker, Bill Evans, Clare Fischer, Lee Konitz, Art Pepper, Joe Albany, Lew Tabackin, Pete Christlieb, and others ~ Marsh was born in 1927
December 18, 1983 ~ Guitarist Jimmy Nolen passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Best known for his association with James Brown, member of the JB's, present on hits such as Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, I Got You I Feel Good, It's A Man's Man's Man's World, Cold Sweat, Bring It Up Hipster's Avenue, Ain't It Funky, Funky Drummer, and The Boss. Has also worked with Johnny Otis (Willie & The Hand Jive), George Harmonica Smith, and others. Influenced by T-Bone Walker, BB King, Lowell Fulson. Known for his innovative guitar playing, often referred to as “chicken scratch”. Major influence on future R&B, funk and hip-hop acts such as Earth Wind & Fire, Tower Of Power, Chic, George Clinton, and Eric B & Rakim ~ Nolen was born in 1934
December 18, 1981 ~ Singer Houari Manar born in Oran, Algeria ~ Blends upbeat rai with modern pop music. Released his debut album, Aachkek Mon Traitement, in 2006 and would go on to become a major force in the Mediterranean since ~ Manar passed away in 2019
December 18, 1980 ~ Singer Christina Aguilera, full name Christina Maria Aguilera, born in Staten Island, New York, USA ~ Released her eponymous Christina Aguilera debut album in 1999, which spawend the hit singles Genie In A Bottle, What A Girl Wants and Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You). Would go on to score numerous hits including the Labelle remake Lady Marmalade with Lil' Kim, Mya & P!nk, Beautiful, Ain't No Other Man, Keeps Gettin' Better, and others. Has also collaborated with Great Big World (Say Something), Pitbull (Feel This Moment), Maroon 5 (Moves Like Jagger), and others
December 18, 1980 ~ Rock bassist Kelan Luker born ~ Retired from a college football career to join Submersed as a bassist, finding succes with the albums In Due Time and Immortal Verses. Following the band's initial disbandement Luker returned to college football, initially as a quarterback and subsequently as a coach
December 18, 1977 ~ Axel Christofer Hefros, DJ, producer, commonly known as Axwell, born in Lund, Sweden ~ Formed the duo Mambana with Isabel Fructuoso. Has also worked with Tara McDonald and Supermode. Best known for teaming up with Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso in the house supergroup Swedish House Mafia. The trio would score a number of international dance hits throughout the 2010s, 2012's Don't You Worry Child a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit while One (Your Name), Miami 2 Ibiza and Antidote would do well across Europe
December 18, 1977 ~ Heavy metal, alternative metal, nu metal singer, keyboardist Maria Brink, full name Maria Diane Brink, born in Schenectady, New York, USA ~ Cites the Deftones and Pantera as influences. Fronts In This Moment, founded in 2005 and best known for their 2012 Blood album
December 18, 1976 ~ Bassist, guitarist, singer Jack Lawrence born in Cinvgton, Kentucky, USA ~ Worked with the Raconteurs, the Greenhornes, Loretta Lynn (Van Lear), Blanche, Dead Weather, Karen O, Karen Elson, Jack White, Dallas Green, JEFF The Brotherhood, Foshfee, Glim Spanly, Wanda Jackson, and others
December 18, 1976 ~ Indie rock, jazz fusion drummer, percussionist, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Joe Russo born ~ Forms the duo Benevento-Russo Duo with keyboardist Marco Benevento. Other notable credits include Cass McCombs, A Big Yes & A Small No, Fat Mama, Younger Brother, Shpongle, American Babies, Trey Anastasio, Furthur, and others
December 18, 1976 ~ Shawn Randolph Houser, commonly known as country singer, guitarist, songwriter Randy Houser, born in Lake, Mississippi, USA ~ In-demand songwriter, co-penning hits such as Honky Tonk Badonkadonk for Trace Adkins and Back That Thing Up for Justin Moore before starting a successful career as a singer, debuting with the Anything Goes album in 2008. Known for songs such Boots On, How Country Feels, Runnin' Outta Moonlight, Goodnight Kiss, Like A Cowboy and We Went, all of which reached the top 10 of the country charts
December 18, 1975 ~ Rashia Tashan Fisher, commonly known as rapper Rah Digga born in New York, New York, USA ~ Discovered by Q-Tip. Best known as member of Flipmode Squad, a hip-hop group led by Busta Rhymes. Regarded as one of hip-hop's most skilled female MC's. Debuted as a solo artist with the Dirty Harriet album in 2000. Has worked with Twice The Flavor, the Fugees (Cowboys), Bahamadia, Young Zee, A Tribe Called Quest, Kool G Rap, Talib Kweli, Masta Ace, Erick Sermon, Groove Armada, Wyclef Jean, RZA, Marco Polo, and others
December 18, 1975 ~ Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, mononymously known as singer, songwriter Sia, born in Adelaide, Australia ~ First gained attention as member of acid jazz band Crisp. After the band disbanded in 1997 moved on to a successful solo career, starting with the album OnlySee. Known for songs such as Chandelier, Elastic Heart, Cheap Thrills featuring Sean Paul, The Greatest featuring Kendrick Lamar and others. Has written for or worked with a wide array of artists including Zero 7, Sophie Barker, Lior, the Hilltop Hoods, David Guetta, Flo Rida, Alicia Keys, Angel Haze, Eminem, Giorgio Moroder, and others
December 18, 1974 ~ Felix Delgado, commonly known as rapper Cuban Link, born in Havana, Cuba ~ Original member of Terror Squad. As a solo artist best known for the 2000 single Flowers For The Dead featuring D'mingo, a modest hit on the Billboard R&B charts, top 10 on the Rap charts. Has also worked with Big Pun, the Beatnuts, Fat Joe, DJ Skribble, Krayzie Bone, Jon B, and others
December 18, 1974 ~ Hard rock, punk rock, glam punk guitarist, pianist, singer Knut Schreiner born ~ Influenced by the Stooges-guitarist James Williamson. Lead singer of the Euroboys. Best known as lead singer of Turbonegro, a band known for its fusion of glam rock, punk rock and hard rock. Formed Mirror Lakes in 2010 with Frode Fivel. Served as producer for the likes of Amulet and the Lovethugs
December 18, 1974 ~ Jazz guitarist, composer Miles Okazaki born in Port Townsend, Washington, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Steve Coleman, Jane Monheit, Jesse Malin, Matt Mitchell, Adam Rudolph, Tessa Souter, John Zorn, and others
December 18, 1972 ~ Singer, songwriter Eimar Quinn, full name Eimar Mary Rose Quinn, born in Mount Merrion ~ Best known for winning the 1996 Eurovision Songfestival held in Oslo, representing Ireland with the song The Voice. Reaching 2nd place was England with its entry of Ooh Aah (Just A Little Bit) performed by Gina G
December 18, 1970 ~ Earl Simmons, commonly known as rapper, actor DMX, born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Worked with Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Mic Geronimo, LL Cool J, Mase, the LOX, the Ruff Ryders, Swizz Beatz, JR Rotem, Kanye West, Dr Dre, Sheek Louch, Faith Evans, Method Man, Nas, Sisqó, Machine Gun Kelly, Styles P, Savant, Snoop Dogg, Onyx, Jadakiss, Aaliyah, Funkmaster Flex, NORE, Macy Gray, Omar Wilson, Eve, Redman, and others ~ Simmons passed away in 2021
December 18, 1970 ~ Smooth jazz guitarist, singer Norman Brown born in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA ~ Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, the Isley Brothers, Wes Montgomery. Worked with Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder, Kenneth Williams, Norman Connors, and with Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun as a member of BWB
December 18, 1970 ~ Paul Pesce, commonly known as drum and bass, jungle producer, DJ Peshay, born in London, UK ~ Rose to prominence in the early 1990s East London rave scene with classic releases such as Protegé EP, 19.5, Piano Tune/Vocal Tune, Psychosis/Represent
December 18, 1970 ~ Anthony Schappel, commonly known as R&B, gospel pianist, producer Shep Crawford, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Sisqó, Kelly Price, Luther Vandross, Montell Jordan, Gladys Knight, Yolanda Adams, LV, 98°, Kenny Lattimore, Boyz II Men, Heather Headley, and others
December 18, 1969 ~ Keyboardist, violinist Irvin Duguid born in Aberdeenshire, UK ~ Best known as a member of Gun. Has also worked with Stiltskin, Fish, Paolo Nutini, Louise Rutkowski, Fiona Mackenzie, and others. Has also worked on a number of English musical productions including We Will Rock You, The Producers and The Full Monty
December 18, 1968 ~ Alejandro Sánchez Pizarro, commonly known as singer, composer Alejandro Sanz, born in Madrid, Spain ~ Multiple Grammy Awards winner known for flamenco-influenced ballads also drawing from pop, rock, R&B and jazz. Released his debut album, Los Chulos Son Pa Cuidarios, in 1989. Rose to national fame with its follow-up, 1991's Viviendo Deprisa. Broke through internationally with the 1997 Más album
December 18, 1968 ~ Rock, post-punk, garage rock, indie rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Jamie Hince, full name James William Hince, born in the Buckinghamshire, UK ~ Forms the rock duo the Kills with Alison Mosshart, best known for The Good Ones of their 2005 No Wow sophomore album. Has previously worked with Fiji, Scarfo, Blyth Power, and others. Married to supermodel Kate Moss from 2011 to 2016
December 18, 1967 ~ Theatre actor, tenor singer Mario Frangoulis born in Rhodesia ~ Critically acclaimed in Greece and neighboring countries. Known for roles in stage productions of Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera and Grease. As a recording artist best known for Vincero Perdero and his rendition of the Moody Blues-classic Nights In White Satin
December 18, 1967 ~ Miland Petrozza, commonly known as heavy metal, thrash metal singer, guitarist Mille Petrozza, born in Essen, West Germany ~ Best known as lead singer, guitarist, sole constant member of Kreator. Has also worked with Nail Within, Voodoocult, Volbeat, Caliban, Heaven Shall Burn, and others
December 18, 1966 ~ Guitarist, bassist Steve Dullaghan born in Warwickshire, UK ~ Co-founding member of indie pop, power pop, post-punk outfit the Primitives, present on the band's 1988 Lovely debut album which spawned the UK top 10 hit Crash ~ Dullaghan passed away in 2009
December 18, 1965 ~ Heavy metal drummer Chris Dudek, full name Christian Dudek, born in Gelsenkierchen, Germany ~ Best known as longtime member of thrash metal band Sodom, leaving the band in 1992 ~ Dudek passed away in 2008
December 18, 1963 ~ Glam metal, heavy metal, thrash metal drummer Greg d'Angelo born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Best known as member of White Lion from 1985 replacing Nicki Capozzi through 1991 and present on the albums Pride, Big Game and Mane Attraction. Has also worked with Zakk Wylde, the Pirates Of Venus, Antiproduct, Stephen Pearcy, Anthrax, Britny Fox, and others
December 18, 1961 ~ Angela Laverne Brown, commonly known as neo soul, R&B, soul singer, songwriter Angie Stone born in Columbia, South Carolina, USA ~ Member of hip-hop trio the Sequence. Worked with Mantronix and with Lenny Kravitz prior to pursuing a solo career. Debuted in 1999 with the album Black Diamond. Best known for songs such as No More Rain In This Cloud, Wish I Didn't Miss You, Brotha and BABY featuring Betty Wright. Has collaborated with Alicia Keys, Eve, Joe, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Hamilton, Guru, Prince (U Make My Sun Shine), Omar, Macy Gray, Raphael Saadiq, Dionne Warwick, and others
December 18, 1961 ~ Bandleader Leo Reisman passed away in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Bandleader from the the 1920s and 1930s with some 80 hits to his name. Reisman had a habit of featuring composers and Broadway performers as band vocalists, including Harold Arlen, Fred Astaire, Clifton Webb, Arthur Schwartz, and Lee Wiley. Usually though Reisman used vocalists such as Frank Luther, Dick Robertson and later Sally Singer and George Buller. Notably musicians employed by Reisman included trumpeter Bubber Miley, pianist Eddy Duchin, and Mitch Miller ~ Reisman was born in 1897
December 18, 1961 ~ R&B, soul singer Sam Cooke records Twistin' The Night Away at RCA Studios, Hollywood, California ~ Self-penned. Produced by Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore. Backed by René Hall, Red Callender, Earl Palmer, Tommy Tedesco, Clifton White, Ed Beal, Jackie Kelso, Streamline Ewing, Jewell Grant, Stuart Williamson. Released early 1963 as a single paired with You Send Me on the flipside it would reach top 10 Billboard Hot 100 and top the Billboard R&B charts. The UK release, featuring One More Time as the B-side, would reach the British top 10
December 18, 1960 ~ Pop-punk, post punk, alternative rock, indie rock singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist Naoko Yamano born in Osaka Prefecture, Japan ~ Co-founded alternative rock trio Shonen Knife with Atsuko Yamano and Michie Nakatani. Has guested on recordings by Pigface
December 18, 1959 ~ Country singer, guitarist Claude Gray records Family Bible at Goldstar Studios, Houston, Texas ~ Written by a then-unknown Willie Nelson. Produced by Paul Buskirk. Released the next January as a single paired with Crying In The Night on the flipside. It would reach top 10 on the country charts. The song would later be covered by Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen and George Jones. Nelson would release a version in 1980, which stalled at No.92 on the Billboard Country charts
December 18, 1958 ~ Frank Martin Strauss, commonly known as industrial, electronic percusssionist FM Einheit, born in Dortmund, Germany ~ Best known as member of Einstürzende Neubauten. Also worked with KMFDM, Goethes Erben, Diamanda Galas, Mona Mur, Andreas Ammer, Ulrike Haage, and others
December 18, 1956 ~ Rock, alternative rock drummer Billy Conway born in Owatonna, Minnesota, USA ~ Known for his jazz-influenced, stripped-down drumming style. Member of Treat Her Right. Member of Morphine, enjoying a cult following with acclaimed 1990s albums such as Good and Cure For Pain. After the death of frontman Mark Sandman in 1999 the band folded, Conway going on to work with Orchestra Morphine, Twinemen, Jeffrey Foucault, Cold Satellite, Kris Delmhorst, John Statz, and others. Released a sole solo album, Outside Inside, in 2020 ~ Conway passed away in 2021
December 18, 1956 ~ Jazz, gospel singer Chris Murrell, full name Byron Christopher Murrell, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA ~ While in his teens fronted gospel outfit the Christian Disciples. Best known for his association with the Count Basie Orchestra, touring with the ensemble from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s. Released his Reprise solo album in 2002 to critical acclaim ~ Murrell passed away in 2017
December 18, 1955 ~ Walfredo de los Reyes Jr, commonly known as percussionist Walfredo Reyes Jr, born in Havana, Cuba ~ Son of percussionist Walfredo de los Reyes Sr, brother of Daniel de los Reyes. Best known as member of Santana during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Has also worked with Tania Maria, David Lindley, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Barnes, Boz Scaggs, Gloria Estefan, Robbie Robertson, Steve Winwood, Joe Sample, Lindsey Buckingham, Mickey Hart, Manny Charlton, Chicago, and others
December 18, 1953 ~ Elliot Steinberg, commonly known as guitarist Elliot Easton, born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Best known as constant member of the Cars, known for hits such Shake It Up, You Might Think, Drive, and Tonight She Comes. Has released a sole solo album, Change No Change, in 1985. Has also worked with the New Cars, Amy Rigby, Jules Shear, Lee Rocker, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and others
December 18, 1952 ~ Blues-rock, hard rock, rock bassist Anthony Jones born in USA ~ Member of Humble Pie, present on the early 1980s elbums On To Victory and Go For The Throat ~ Jones passed away in 1999
December 18, 1952 ~ Peter Brian, commonly known as singer, actor, TV personality Frankie J Holden, born ~ Fronted Ol' 55, known for the hit On The Prowl of their 1976 Take It Greasey debut album. Other well-known songs include Looking For An Echo, I Want A Rockin' Christmas, Stay (While The Night Is Young) and Two Faces Have I
December 18, 1952 ~ Country, rock guitarist, producer, songwriter John Leventhal born in New York, New York, USA ~ In-demand instrumentalist, plays guitar, bass, keyboards, drums. Engineer and producer. Prolific songwriter with over 200 songs to his name and the scores to Winter Solstice and Big Stone Gap. Arranged and played on Marc Cohn's 1991 hit Walking In Memphis. Produced and co-wrote Shawn Colvin's 1997 hit Sunny Came Home. Other notable credits include producing William Bell's 2016 This Is Where I Live, co-writing Rosanne Cash's 2019 Crossing To Jerusalem, and producing Sarah Jarosz's 2021 World On The Ground album
December 18, 1952 ~ Jazz, pop singer Patti Page records How Much Is That Doggie In The Window ~ Written by Bob Merrill, reportedly loosely based on the Naepolitan traditional Carnival Of Venice. Popularized by Page whose single, featuring My Eyes on the flipside, would top the Billboard pop chart in 1953. Also recorded by Lita Roza, scoring a UK No.1 hit the same year, and whose version was once cited by long-time British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as her all-time favorite song. Ironically, Roza's best-known song but she herself hated it and sang it only once, pressured by label executives, but vowed to never perform the song and she never ever did
December 18, 1951 ~ Country drummer Hugh Wright born in Des Moines, Iowa, USA ~ Co-founding member of Boy Howdy, known for early 1990s recordings such as A Cowboy's Born With A Broken Heart, She'd Give Anything and They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anynmore, all of which reached the top 20 of the country charts both in America and Canada ~ Wright passed away in 2015
December 18, 1949 ~ Michael David Fuller, commonly known as country singer, songwriter Blaze Foley, born in Malvern, Arkansas, USA ~ Admired by peers. Had his songs covered by Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson (If I Could Only Fly), Lyle Lovett (Election Day), John Prine (Clay Pigeons), and others. Has been the subject of tribute songs by Townes Van Zandt (Blaze's Blues), Lucinda Williams (Drunken Angel), Gurf Morlix (Music You Mighta Made), and the Kings Of Leon (Reverend) ~ Fuller passed away in 1989
December 18, 1949 ~ Talent agent, label executive Troy Blakely born near Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Worked as tour manager for Mitch Ryder, assistant tour manager for Johnny Winter. As a talent agent Blakely has signed and/or represented artists such as Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, the Stooges, MC5, Nazareth, the Golden Earring, Canned Heat, Birtha, Lighthouse, the Raspberries, Blackfoot, Tim Buckley, Sammy Hagar, the Scorpions, Triumph, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Poison, Boston, Faith No More, Alice In Chains, King's X, the Black Crowes, Y&T, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Robert Plant, Bret Michaels, Fleetwood Mac, the Go-Go's, Lenny Kravitz, Judas Priest, Zakk Wylde, Whitesnake, Black Label Society, RATT, Cinderella, Dokken, Sebastian Bach, Lita Ford, and others ~ Blakely passed away in 2018
December 18, 1948 ~ Conductor, organist Andrew Morris born ~ Director of Music at the the Priority Church Of St Bartholomew the Great, London, its choir known for their performances on BBC and ITV programs. Founded the New English Singers in 1974. Founded the New Bedford Singers
December 18, 1948 ~ Art rock, glam rock, electronic rock, new wave, post-punk singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, drummer, percussionist, songwriter Bill Nelson born in Wakefield, UK ~ Influenced by Duane Eddy. Released his Northern Dream debut album in 1971. Best known for his work with Be-Bop Deluxe throughout the 1970s. Has also worked with Fiat Lux, the Orchestra Arcana, Channel Light Vessel, the Invisible Girls, and others. As a producer worked on recordings by Roger Eno, Gary Numan, the Skids, A Flock Of Seagulls, and others
December 18, 1948 ~ Lucien Voulzy, commonly known as alternative rock, French pop rock, soft rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Laurent Voulzy, born in Paris, France ~ Fronted Le Temple De Venus. Worked with Pascal Danel from 1969 through 1974. Best known as a solo artist, internationally best known for the 1977 single Rockollection. French hits include Les Nuits Sans Kim Wilde, Le Soleil Donne, Paradoxal Système, and Derniers Basiers. Duetted with the Who-singer Roger Daltrey on Ma Seule Amours of his 2011 Lys And Love album
December 18, 1947 ~ Singer Martin Reverby, sometimes known as Martin Rev, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Half of influential synth-punk duo Suicide, the other half being Alan Vega, acclaimed especially for their eponymous Suicide debut album released in 1977
December 18, 1947 ~ Harmonica player, singer Rod Piazza born in Riverside, California, USA ~ Best known for playing with his band the Mighty Flyers, co-founded with his wife, pianist Honey Piazza. Plays an energetic blues hybrid, drawing from jump blues, West Coast blues and Chicago blues
December 18, 1946 ~ Singer, guitarist, drummer Alex Ligertwood born in Glasgow, UK ~ Best known as on-and-off lead singer of Santana from 1979 through 1994, present on songs such as All I Ever Wanted, You Know That I Love You, Winning, and Hold On. Has also worked with the Senate, the Jeff Beck Group, the Oblivion Express, the Average White Band, Dixie Dregs, Jeff Lorber, Troc, Go Ahead, World Classic Rockers, El Chicano, and others
December 18, 1944 ~ Roger Arnold Leonard, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter Deke Leonard, born in Llanelli, UK ~ Took his stage name from Deke Rivers, the character played by Elvis Presley in his 1957 Loving You film. Member of the Bystanders. Joined and left progressive rock group Man several times. Formed, fronted, disbanded, reformed his own Iceberg several times ~ Leonard passed away in 2017
December 18, 1943 ~ Saxophonist Bobby Keys born in Slaton, Texas, USA ~ In-demand touring and session musician. Longtime associate of the Rolling Stones noted for his saxophone solo on the 1971 Stones hit Brown Sugar. Also present on albums such as Let It Bleed, Exile On Main St, Goats Head Soup, Emotional Rescue, No Security, and others. Involved with several Stones side projects and solo albums, notably Keith Richards's, including with the New Barbarians and the X-Pensive Winos. Has also worked with Delaney & Bonnie, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, BB King, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Dr John, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Hiatt, and others ~ Keys passed away in 2014
December 18, 1943 ~ Vaudeville singer, dancer, songwriter George A Whiting passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ As a performer toured with singer Sadie Burt, whom he later married. Best known for co-writing My Blue Heaven with Walter Donaldson. It would be a huge hit for Gene Austin in 1928, selling over 5 million copies, and become a standard ~ Whiting was born in 1884
December 18, 1943 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Joseph McCarthy, full name Thomas Joseph McCarthy, passed away ~ Perhaps best remembered for co-writing You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It) with songwriter James Monaco, performed originally by Al Jolson in 1913 and recorded by numerous artists including Doris Day, Perry Como, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, and Patsy Cline. McCarthy also frequently collaborated with composers such as Harry Tierney, Fred Fisher, and Cy Coleman. Served as director of ASCAP from 1921 to 1929 ~ McCarthy was born in 1885
December 18, 1943 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Keith Richards born in Dartford, UK ~ Longtime member, guitarist and along with Mick Jagger primary songwriter of the Rolling Stones. Also active in several side-projects, notably the X-Pensive Winos and the New Barbarians. In-demand collaborator, has worked with the Beatles, Ronnie Wood, Tom Waits (Rain Dogs), Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, George Jones, Hubert Sumlin, Toots Hibbert, Gram Parsons, Jack White, and others
December 18, 1941 ~ Ronald Rothfield, commonly known as flutist, keyboardist Raja Ram, born ~ Founding member of 1960s, 1970s psychedelic rock band Quintessence. Half of psychedelic electronic band Shpongle with Simon Posford
December 18, 1941 ~ Guitarist, singer Sam Andrew, full name Sam Houston Andrew III, born in Taft, California, USA ~ Best known as a member of Janis Joplin's bands the Kozmic Blues Band and Big Brother & the Holding Company. A prolific songwriter Andrew also penned the band's Combination Of The Two and Call On Me ~ Andrew passed away in 2015
December 18, 1941 ~ Jazz, avant-garde jazz, classical trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, full name Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, born in Leland, Mississippi, USA ~ Leader and sideman. As a leader or co-leader recorded extensively since the early 1970s with well over 50 albums to his name, especially acclaimed for the albums Mass On The World, Go In Numbers, Procession Of The Great Ancestry, Prataxis, and Luminous Axis. Closely associated with Anthony Braxton, Derek Bailey, Henry Kaiser, Jack DeJohnette, Matthew Shipp, and John Zorn
December 18, 1938 ~ Bassist Chas Chandler born in Haton, UK ~ Member of the Animals. Also known as producer, perhaps most notably for Jimi Hendrix ~ Chandler passed away in 1996
December 18, 1937 ~ Songwriter Joel Hirschhorn born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Closely associated with songwriting partner Al Kasha, with whom he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song twice, namely with The Morning After from The Poseidon Adventure in 1972 and We May Never Love Like This Again from The Towering Inferno in 1975. Has also written for artists such Elvis Presley (Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby), Roy Orbison, Helen Reddy (Candle On The Water), and others ~ Hirschhorn passed away in 2005
December 18, 1936 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Dale McBride born in Lampasas, Texas, USA ~ Father of country singer, bassist Terry McBride. Discovered by Dean Martin, initially to little succes as his first label was not focused on country music. Known best for his 1970s recordings, scoring moderate hits on the Billboard Country hits with releases such as Ordinary Man, Always Lovin' Her Man and I Don't Like Cheatin' Songs ~ McBride passed away in 1992
December 18, 1933 ~ Lee Baker Jr, commonly known as guitarist Lonnie Brooks, born in Dubhuisson, Louisiana, USA ~ Father of blues singers Ronnie Baker Brooks and Wayne Baker Brooks. Debuted in 1969 with the album Broke And Hungry on Capitol. Mixed Chicago blues, Louisiana blues, swamp pop and rhythm & blues. Resurged in the late 1970s, picked up by Alligator Records ~ Brooks passed away in 2017
December 18, 1931 ~ Music agent, label executive Allen Klein born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Became one of the most powerful individuals of his day in the music industry. Started representing 1950s rockabilly artists such as Buddy Knox and Jimmy Bowen. Would go on to negotiate contracts for Sam Cooke, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Also worked with Ersel Hickey, Dimitri Tiomkin, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gormé, Lloyd Price, Neil Sedaka, Bobby Darin, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, the Kinks, Lulu, Donovan, Pete Townshend, Phil Spector, and others ~ Klein passed away in 2009
December 18, 1930 ~ Operatic baritone singer Barry McDaniel born in Lyndon, Kansas, USA ~ American opera singer spent his career almost excusively in Germany, notable well over three decades at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Has also worked with the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Staatsoper Mainz, and others ~ McDaniel passed away in 2018
December 18, 1929 ~ Jazz drummer Nick Stabulas born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked extensively as a sideman starting in the mid 1950s including with Phil Woods, Jon Eardley, Jimmy Raney, Eddie Costa, Friedrich Gulda, George Wallington, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Gil Evans, Mose Allison, Carmen McRae, Don Elliott, Chet Baker, Kenny Drew, Bill Evans, Lee Konitz, and with Lennie Tristano ~ Stabulas passed away in 1973
December 18, 1928 ~ Musical theaatre, jazz, funk, classical, film composer Galt MacDermot, full name Arthur Terence Galt MacDermot, born in Montreal, Canada ~ Wrote African Waltz, an unexpected hit for Cannonball Adderley in 1960 earning MacDermot a Grammy Award. Perhaps best known for writing the music for the 1967 rock musical Hair, which spawned the hits Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In, Good Morning Starshine and the title track Hair. Earned a Tony Award for Best Musical for his Two Gentlemen Of Verona, premiered in 1971. Composed the soundtracks for Cotton Comes To Harlem, Rhinoceros, and others. Formed the New Pulse Jazz Band in 1979, a jazz band noted for their use of the synthesizer ~ MacDermot passed away in 2018
December 18, 1928 ~ Hard bop, post bop saxophonist Harold Land, full name Harold De Vance Land, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Influenced by John Coltrane. Worked with Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Curtis Counce, Bobby Hutcherson, Blue Mitchell, Red Mitchell, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams, Billy Higgins, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Bond, Roy Ayers, Dolo Coker, Victor Feldman, Herb Geller, Chico Hamilton, Hampton Hawes, Al Hibbler, Elmo Hope, Freddie Hubbard, Carmell Jones, Thelonious Monk, Donald Byrd, Dinah Washington, Gerald Wilson, and others ~ Land passed away in 2001
December 18, 1928 ~ Jazz historian, journalist Ira Gitler born ~ Co-authored The Biographical Encyclopedia Of Jazz Book with Leonard Feather ~ Gitler passed away in 2019
December 18, 1927 ~ Singer, songwriter Fred Tomlinson born in Lancashire, UK ~ Best known for his association with Monty Python, writing and singing, along with his backing unit the Fred Tomlinson Singers, several of their songs including The Lumberjack Song and Spam ~ Tomlinson passed away in 2016
December 18, 1922 ~ Clarence Horatius Miller, commonly known as jazz, blues singer, bassist Big Miller, born in Sioux City, Iowa, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Jay McShann, Fletcher Henderson, the Five Pennies, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Bob Brookmeyer, John Hendricks, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Tommy Banks, Rex Stewart, and others ~ Miller passed away in 1992
December 18, 1920 ~ Edmond Bacri, commonly known as songwriter Eddy Marnay, born in Algiers, Algeria ~ Reportedly wrote more than 4,000 songs during his lifetime. Artists who have recorded his songs include Edith Piaf, Frida Boccara (Un Jour Un Enfant), and Céline Dion ~ Bacri passed away in 2003
December 18, 1917 ~ Edward L Vinson Jr, commonly known as jump blues, R&B, bebop saxophonist Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Leader and sideman. As a leader known for Old Maid Boogie and Kidney Stew Blues. Worked with Milt Larkin, Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Tom Archia, Big Bill Broonzy, Cootie Williams, John Coltrane, Jay McShann, Johnny Otis, Paul Quinichette, Cannonball Adderley, Mike Bloomfield, Joe Pass, Buddy Tate, Roomful Of Blues, Harry Sweets Edison, and others ~ Vinson passed away in 1988
December 18, 1916 ~ Actress, dancer, singer Betty Grable, full name Elizabeth Ruth Grable, born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Child actress starting her film career at age 12. Came to prominence in the 1939 Broadway musical DuBarry Was A Lady. Made her major Hollywood film debut debut replacing Alice Faye in Down Argentine Way the following year and would go on to become become one of the biggest stars of the decade, starring in over 40 films ~ Grable passed away in 1973
December 18, 1914 ~ Connie Curtis Crayton, commonly known as R&B, blues guitarist, singer Pee Wee Crayton, born in Rockdale, Texas, USA ~ Active since the late 1940s. Known for songs such as Blues After Hours, I'm Still In Love With You, Texas Hop, Do Unto Others, and others ~ Crayton passed away in 1985
December 18, 1907 ~ Jazz guitarist Lawrence Lucie born in Emporia, Virginia, USA ~ Leader anbd sideman. Worked with Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Lucky Millinder, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Red Allen, Putney Dandridge, Billie Holiday, Spike Hughes, Jelly Roll Morton, Big Joe Turner, Teddy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, Spike Hughes, Marion Williams, and others ~ Lucie passed away in 2009
December 18, 1906 ~ Jeanette Salvant, commonly known as classical, jazz pianist Jeanette Kimball, born in Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA ~ Enjoyed a career spanning seven decades starting in her teens. Has worked with Papa Celestin, once-husband Narvin Kimball, Buddy Charles, Herb Leary, Sidney Desvigne, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Clive Wilson, Frank Fields, Freddie Kohlmann, Alvin Alcorn, Paul Barbarin, Punch Miller, Johnny St Cyr, and others ~ Salvant passed away in 2001
December 18, 1904 ~ Tango pianist, singer, bandleader Manuel Buzón born in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Helped bridge the gap between old and new tango, popularizing the genre in Argentina and Europe ~ Buzón passed away in 1954
December 18, 1904 ~ Country singer, guitarist, yodeller, songwriter Wilf Carter, full name Wilfred Arthur Charles Carter, nicknamed Montana Slim, born in Port Hilford, Canada ~ Regarded as the father of Canadian country music. Inspired future country musician with a simple, honest sound. Active since the early 1930s. Injured his back in a 1940 car crash and would be unable to perform for much of the decade, but would continue to record periodically ~ Carter passed away in 1996
December 18, 1897 ~ Bandleader Fletcher Henderson, full name James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, born in Cuthbert, Georgia, USA ~ Pivotal figure in development of swing and big band jazz. Along with Duke Ellington, one of the most prolific African-American arrangers and bandleaders of his day. Has worked with sidemen such as Don Redman, Howard Scott, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Dixon, Kaiser Marshall, Buster Bailey, Elmer Chambers, Charlie Green, Ralph Escudero, Henry Red Allen, Joe Smith, Rex Stewart, Tommy Ladnier, Doc Cheatham, Chu Berry, Roy Eldridge, Frank Pronto, Elisha Hanna, and others ~ Henderson passed away in 1952