This Day In Music: December 19
December 18 ~ Birthdays/All ~ December 20
 
December 19, 2021 ~ Rock, alternative rock drummer Billy Conway passed away ~ 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 was born in 1956
December 19, 2021 ~ Darrell Caldwell, commonly known as rapper, songwriter Drakeo the Ruler, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Discovered by DJ Mustard, who remixed Drakeo's Mr Get Dough which would become his breakthrough hit in 2015. Drakeo would release his official mixtape debut, I Am Mr Moseley, later the same year. Has been in and out of prison for the next few years, recording his critically acclaimed Thank You For Using GTL 2020 album while incarcerated. Drakeo was stabbed while trying to break up a backstage fight at the Once Upon A Time In LA concert, succumbing to his injuries the following day ~ Caldwell was born in 1993
December 19, 2021 ~ Roberto Orlando Bracone Macceialli, commonly known as singer Elio Roca, passed away ~ Active since the mid-1960s. Best known for songs such as Como Deseo Ser Tu Amor, Te Necesito Tanato Amor, Yo Quiero Dubujarte. Has also ventured into acting ~ Bracone was born in 1943
 
December 19, 2018 ~ Lyricist, songwriter Norman Gimbel passed away in Montecito, California, USA ~ Co-wrote songs such as Killing Me Softly With His Song (Lori Lieberman), Ready To Take A Chance Again (Barry Manilow), Canadian Sunset (Andy Williams), and the Academy Award-winning It Goes Like It Goes (Jennifer Warnes) ~ Gimbel was born in 1927
 
December 19, 2017 ~ Rock singer Chloe Kohanski wins NBC's The Voice ~ Kohanski wins the 13th season of NBC's talent show The Voice, runner-up would be Addison Agen
December 19, 2017 ~ Country blues, gospel blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Leo Welch passed away in Bruce, Mississippi, USA ~ Performed locally alongside a day job as lumberjack for three decades. Recorded half a dozen albums, starting with Sabougla Voices released in 2014. Especially known and acclaimed for his final album, The Angels In Heaven Done Signed My Name released posthumously in 2019 ~ Welch was born in 1932
 
December 19, 2015 ~ Conductor Carlos Paita passed away in Geneva, Switzerland ~ Worked with the Teatro Colón, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Païta was born in 1932
December 19, 2015 ~ Henry James, commonly known as singer Peter Broggs, passed away ~ Debuted in 1979 with the Progressive Youth album and has recorded to mixed success since. Best known for his 1990 Reasoning, which featured backing from the Wailers and Roots Radics ~ James was born in 1952
December 19, 2015 ~ Singer, actress Selma Reis passed away ~ Best known as an actress known for roles in telenovelas and miniseries. Debuted as a singer with the eponymous Selma Reis album in 1987 and has recorded steadily since ~ Reis was born in 1960
 
December 19, 2013 ~ Jazz saxophonist Herb Geller, full name Herbert Arnold Geller, passed away in Hamburg, Germany ~ Married to pianist Lorraine Geller, Worked with Jack Fina, Paul Desmond, Claude Thornhill, Jerry Wald, Lucky Millinder, Billy May, Shorty Rogers, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Holman, Shelly Manne, Marty Paich, Barney Kessel, André Previn, Quincy Jones, Wardell Gray, Jack Sheldon, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Jack Teagarden, Bill Holman, Kay Starr, Dinah Washington, Max Roach, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew, Louie Bellson, Benny Goodman, Buddy Bregman, Mel Tormé, Anita O'Day, Marty Paich, Art Pepper, Don Fagerquist, Ralph Peña, Manny Albam, Jan Lundgren, and others ~ Geller was born in 1928
 
December 19, 2012 ~ Inez McConico, commonly known as gospel singer, songwriter Inez Andrews, passed away ~ Member of the Caravans, lead vocals on songs such as Mary Don't You Weep, I'm Not Tired Yet, Make It In, He Won't Deny Me, and I'm Willing. As a solo artist best known for her 1972 crossover hit Lord Don't Move The Mountain ~ McConico was born in 1929
December 19, 2012 ~ Keyboardist Ken Chaney passed away ~ Member of Young-Holt Unlimited from 1968, replacing Don Walker, through the band's disbandement in 1974. Present on the band's best-known including the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Soulful Strut ~ Chaney was born in 1938
 
December 19, 2010 ~ Gertrude A Pitts, commonly known as soul-jazz keyboardist, organist Trudy Pitts, passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sidewoman. Primarily known for playing the Hammond B-3 organ. Played with Ben Webster, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Pat Martino, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and others ~ Pitts was born in 1932
 
December 19, 2008 ~ Post bop, hard bop, bebop jazz pianist Kenny Cox passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Worked with Etta Jones, the Guerilla Jam Band, Regina Carter, James Carter, Tani Tabbal, Craig Taborn, Phil Ranelin, and others ~ Cox was born in 1940
 
December 19, 2001 ~ Christine Joygena Porter, commonly known as R&B singer Christine Kittrell, passed away in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Worked with Louis Brooks, Joe Turner, Paul Williams, Little Richard, Johnny Otis, Earl Bostic, Louis Armstrong, BB King, John Coltrane, and others ~ Porter was born in 1929
 
December 19, 2000 ~ Bassist Milt Hinton passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Freddie Keppard, Zutty Singleton, Jabbo Smith, Erskine Tate, Art Tatum, Tiny Parham, Trio, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Ethel Waters, Teddy Wilson, Joe Bushkin, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Leon Redbone, Sam Cooke, Barbra Streisand, Brook Benton, Johnny Mathis, Paul Anka, Bobby Rydell, Hank Jones, Barry Galbraith, Osie Johnson, Pearl Bailey, Bing Crosby, Bob Brookmeyer, Ruth Brown, Kenny Burrell, Benny Carter, Buck Clayton, Jimmy Cleveland, Freddy Cole, Joey DeFrancesco, Curtis Fuller, Paul Desmond, Dodo Greene, Gigi Gryce, Cass Harrison, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, JJ Johnson, Elvin Jones, Etta Jones, Quincy Jones, Branford Marsalis, Charles Mingus, Ike Quebec, Jordan Sandke, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Joe Wilder, and others ~ Hinton was born in 1910
December 19, 2000 ~ Singer Roebuck Staples, commonly known as Pops Staples, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leading figure in 1950's, 1960s gospel. Worked with Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, Steve Cropper, Albert King, and others. Patriarch of the Staple Singers, which also included his son Pervis Staples, and daughters Mavis Staples, Yvonne Staples and Cleotha Staples ~ Staples was born in 1914
December 19, 2000 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Robert Buck, full name Robert Norman Buck, passed away in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Guitarist, co-founding member of 10,000 Maniacs, and as songwriter wrote or co-wrote some of the band's best known songs including What's The Matter Here, Hey Jack Kerouac, You Happy Puppet, These Are Days, and others ~ Buck was born in 1958
 
December 19, 1999 ~ Mary Ann Ward, commonly known as Marion Worth, passed away in Madison, Tennessee, USA ~ Popular Grand Ole Opry performer known for a number of late-1950s, early-1960s songs such as That's My Kind Of Love, I Think I Know, Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry), and duetting with George Morgan, Slipping Around ~ Ward was born in 1930
 
December 19, 1997 ~ James Arthur Lane, commonly known as guitarist Jimmy Rogers, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for backing Muddy Waters in the early 1950s. As a solo artist known for songs such as That's All Right, Chicago Bound, Walking By Myself and Rock This House. Retired from music by the late 1950s to return in the 1970s ~ Lane was born in 1924
 
December 19, 1994 ~ Jazz violinist, producer Noel Pointer passed away in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ In-demand session musician in R&B, jazz, disco. Debuted as a solo artist with the Phantazia, which reached Platinum status. Notable guest appearance include Milira's Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) and Dianne Reeves' The Tracks Of My Tears, both covers of classics respectively Marvin Gaye and the Miracles. Has also worked with the Apollo Theater Orchestra, Love Unlimited Orchestra, and the orchestras of several Broadway shows. Music advisory panelist for National Endowment For The Arts ~ Pointer was born in 1954
 
December 19, 1993 ~ Earlan Bartley, also known as dancehall singer Alkaline born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Debuted in 2016 with the album New Level Unlocked. Known for songs such as Champion Boy, Block And Delete, After All, 12PM (Living Good), Formula and City, all hit singles in Jamaica
December 19, 1993 ~ Michael James Dick, commonly known as drummer Michael Clarke, passed away in Treasure Island, Florida, USA ~ Best known for his tenure with the Byrds from 1964 through 1967. Also worked with Dillard & Clark, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Firefall, and with Jerry Jeff Walker ~ Clarke was born in 1946
 
December 19, 1989 ~ Blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Floyd Jones passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Known for a number of classic Chicago blues recordings including Stockyard Blues, Harrd Times, Schooldays, and On The Road Again. The latter would later be covered by Canned Heat. Jones worked with Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Snooky Pryor, Moody Jones, Johnny Man Young, David Honeyboy Edwards, Sunnyland Slim, Big Walter Horton, Kansas City Red, and others ~ Jones was born in 1917
 
December 19, 1985 ~ Jazz singer Ine Hoem, full name Ine Kristine Hoem, born in Oslo, Norway ~ Worked with Jo Skaansar and PELbO. Released her solo debut album, Angerville, in 2015
 
December 19, 1983 ~ Indie rock, post-hardcore, progressive rock guitarist, keyboardist, singer Casey Crescenzo born ~ Member of the Receiving End Of Sirens from 2004 through 2006. Member of the Dear Hunter since 2005. Has also worked with Falling Up, the Brobecks, the River Empires, Forgive Durden, the Woods Brothers, the Jon Hill Project, and others
 
December 19, 1979 ~ Guitarist, bassist, singer, songwriter Kevin Devine born in Staten Island, New York, USA ~ Influenced by Neutral Milk Hotel, Elliott Smith, Pavement, Nirvana, Bob Dylan. Debuted in 2002 with the Circle Gets The Square album
 
December 19, 1978 ~ Indie folk, alternative country guitarist Samuel Flynn Scott born in Wellington, New Zealand ~ Founded the Phoenix Foundation with Luke Budda and Conrad Wedde in 1997. Has also worked with Bunnies On Ponies, released several solo albums starting with The Hunt Brings Us Life in 2006, and has composed for commercials and movies
December 19, 1978 ~ Juan Luis Morera Luna, commonly known as reggaeton rapper, singer, producer Wisin, born in Cayvey, Puerto Rico ~ Forms the duo Wisin & Yandel with Yandel, known for songs such as Liame Pa Verte (Bailando Sexy), Pam Pam, Sexy Movimento, Me Estas Tentando, Abusadora, Gracias A Ti featuring Enrique Iglesias, Tu Olor, Follow The Leader featuring Jennifer Lopez, and Alog Me Gusta De Ta featuring Chris Brown & T-Pain,
 
December 19, 1977 ~ Elisa Toffoli, mononymously known as singer, songwriter Elisa, born in Trieste, Italy ~ One of the few Italian artists to write and record mainly in English. Draws from pop, alternative rock and trip-hop. Internationally best known for Come Speak To Me, Dancing as used in the 2006 and 2007 editions of the TV show So You Think You Can Dance, and for her Ennio Morricone-collaboration Ancora Qui featured in the Django Unchained soundtrack
 
December 19, 1972 ~ Grindcore, heavy metal drummer, singer Matt Skitz Sanders born in Ballarat, Australia ~ Founded metal outfit Damaged, described by critics as hatecore, fuelled by hatred and speed and merging elements of death metal, grindcore and hardcore. Sanders has also worked with Deströyer 666, Sadistik Execution, Blood Duster, Abramelin, Noir Macabre, Atomizer, Walk The Earth, the Suicide Bombers, Meatpond, Funeray Pit, Hellspawn, the King Parrot, the Kill Squad, Terrorust, and others
 
December 19, 1970 ~ Singer, guitarist, drummer, songwriter Eddie Glass born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Best known for his association with punk band Olivelawn and the stoner bands Nebula and Fu Manchu. Alongside Hagop Najarian and Neil Blender member of short-lived 1980s trio Worked World
December 19, 1970 ~ Alternative rock, power pop, pop punk, punk rock singer, guitarist, drummer, producer Stacy Jones, full name Stacy Glen Jones, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter of American Hi-Fi. Drummer of Letters To Cleo. Musical director of Miley Cyrus. In-demand producer for Hey Violet, Matt Nathanson, Laura Marano, the Downtown Fiction, Ingrid Michaelson, Low vs Diamond, Meg & Dia, Plain White T's, and others
 
December 19, 1969 ~ Patricia Rodriguez, commonly known as singer, songwriter, actress, activist Patricia Vonne, born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Released her eponymous Patricia Vonne debut album in 2003 and has recorded consistently since. Well-known for The Texicana Mamas album, a collaborative effert with Stephanie Urbina Jones and Tish Hinojosa, in 2020. Touring member of Tito & Tarantula. As an actress best known for her role as Dallas in the 2005 film Sin City
 
December 19, 1966 ~ Comedienne, singer, pianist, actress Mylou Frencken born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Best known for the cabaret shows Visch En Fruit and Varkens Wassen with then-husband the late Bert Klunder. Has also worked with Purper alongside Gerrie van der Klei, Anouk van Nes and Celine Purcell, performed in her own cabaret shows, authored the autobiographical novel Zonder Bert, written for the Dutch version of Sesame Street, and written or co-written songs for Angela Groothuizen and Marjolijn Touw
 
December 19, 1963 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, drummer Dan Brenner, full name Daniel Abraham Brenner, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of Razor Magnet from 1985 through 1988, which also included his brother filmmaker Evan Brenner. Subsequently worked with Green Fuse, the Love Monsters, the Gunga Din. Member of Magnet, alongside drummer Moe Tucker. Film composer, starting with 1995's Rhythm Thief. Released his Little Dark Angel solo album in 2011, backed by guitarist Larry Campbell, bassist Will Lee, drummer Shawn Pelton, and Morphine-saxophonist Dana Colley
 
December 19, 1962 ~ Keyboardist, organist, songwriter Josh Phillips born in Rochester, UK ~ Worked with Diamond Head, Big Country, Leo Sayer, Pete Townshend, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Kenney Jones, the Starlite Campbell Band, Ronan Keating, Midge Ure, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Procol Harum, and others
December 19, 1962 ~ Singer Tony Bennett records The Good Life at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, New York ~ Based on La Belle Vie co-written and recorded by Sacha Distel. In English best known in Bennett's rendition, English lyrics by Jack Reardon. Produced by Ernest Altschuler. Released in April 1963 it would become a Bennett staple, rerecorded several times over the course of his career including as a duet with Billy Joel in 2006. Bennett has also named his autobiography, The Good Life, after the song
 
December 19, 1961 ~ Rock & roll, pop singer Cliff Richard records Do You Want To Dance at EMI Studios, London, UK ~ Written and originally recorded by Bobby Freeman. Produced by Norrie Paramor. Used as the B-side of the single I'm Lookin' Out The Window, released May 1962
 
December 19, 1958 ~ Singer Bobby Darin records Mack The Knife at Fulton Studios, New York, New York ~ Translated from a 1928 song, Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer, originally written by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht for the musical drama Threepenny Opera. English lyrics written by Marc Blitzstein. Previously a hit for Louis Armstrong, and recorded numerous times after Darin's version, the song would become most closely associated with Darin. Singer Frank Sinatra who also recorded the tune on his final studio album, 1984's LA Is My Lady, would refer to Darin's version as the “definitive” version
December 19, 1958 ~ Christopher Hamill, commonly known as Limahl, born in Wigan, UK ~ Rose to fame as lead singer of new wave outfit Kajagoogoo, known best for their 1983 hit Too Shy. As a solo artist best known for Neverending Story, the theme song for the film of the same name
 
December 19, 1956 ~ Producer, songwriter Jimmy Cauty, full name James Francis Cauty, born ~ Formed the KLF with Bill Drummond, known for songs such as What Time Is Love, Train To Trancentral and Justified Aand Am. The same duo had previously recorded under different monikers including the Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu, Disco 2000 and the Timelords, scoring a 1988 hit with Doctorin' The Tardis. Co-founded the Orb, known for their pioneering The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld debut album released in 1991. Married Thompson Twins-singer Alannah Currie in 2011
 
December 19, 1954 ~ Free improvisation guitarist John Russell born in Kent, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Founded the loose collective Quaqua in 1981. Collaborated with Roger Turner, Stefan Keune, Phil Minton, Evan Parker, Luc Houtkamp, Martin Archer, Henry Kaiser, Terry Day, Mats Gustafsson, Radu Malfatti, Jon Rose, and others ~ Russell passed away in 2021
 
December 19, 1953 ~ Sanford Mead Sylvan, commonly known as baritone singer Sanford Sylvan, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Studied under Phyllis Curtin. Performed with leading conductors, opera companies and orchestras including the Houston Grand Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra ~ Sylvan passed away in 2019
 
December 19, 1952 ~ Pianist, arranger, songwriter Walter Murphy, full name Walter Anthony Murphy Jr, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his 1976 hit A Fifth Of Beethoven, an adaptation of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, included on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Subsequent classical-disco adaptations followed, including Flight '76, Rhapsody In Blue, Toccata And Funk In D Minor, Bolero and Mostly Mozart, but Murphy would be unable to replicate the success of A Fifth Of Beethoven
 
December 19, 1951 ~ Doo-wop outfit the Clovers record One Mint Julep at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York ~ Written by Rudy Toombs. Released as a single, coupled with The Middle Of The Night on the B-side, the next March. One of the first pop songs featuring a saxophone solo. Important step for the then fledging Atlantic Records in establishing themselves as a hot R&B, pop label. Notably covered as an instrumental by Ray Charles in 1961. Others who adapted the song include Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Freddie Hubbard, the Ventures, Richard Groove Holmes, and Tommy Emmanuel
December 19, 1951 ~ Blues, blues-rock, rock guitarist Gerry McAvoy, full name John Gerrard McAvoy, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland ~ Closely associated with Rory Gallagher, backing the Irish guitarist on record and on tour for two decades starting in 1970. Subsequently a member of Nine Below Zero until 2011
 
December 19, 1949 ~ Drummer Lenny White, full name Leonard White III, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Considered one of the founders of jazz fusion. Leader and sideman. Best known as a member of Return To Forever led by Chick Corea. Other notable credits include Jackie McLean, Miles Davis (Bitches Brew), Freddie Hubbard (Red Clay). As sideman worked with Azteca, Cyrus Chestnut, Al di Meola, Marcus Miller, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Ron Carter, Geri Allen, Fuse One, Powerhouse, and others. Produced and appeared on the 1982 Echoes Of An Era album featuring Chaka Khan, Joe Henderson, Hubbard, Corea, and Stanley Clarke
 
December 19, 1947 ~ Singer, guitarist, actor, songwriter Chris Jagger, full name Christopher Jagger, born in Dartford, UK ~ Younger brother of the Rolling Stones-frontman Mick Jagger. First recorded as a solo artist in the 1970s and has recorded from time to time since. Has worked with Rufus Collins, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and others
December 19, 1947 ~ Singer Janie Fricke born in South Whitley, Indiana, USA ~ Started as a background singer in the mid-1970s for artists such as Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, Eddie Rabbitt, and Johnny Duncan (including on Stranger). Debuted with the single What're You Doing Tonight in 1977 and released several singles and albums up to the turn of the 1980s. It was producer Billy Sherrill's suggestion to focus on one style. Turning to ballads brought Fricke mainstream success and she would become one of the most popular female country singers of the 1980s with songs such as Down To My Last Broken Heart, I'll Need Someone To Hold Me (When I Cry), Tell Me A Lie, Your Heart's Not In It, and numerous others
December 19, 1947 ~ Bassist, guitarist, keyboardist Jimmy Bain, full name James Stewart Bain, born in Newtonmore, UK ~ Best known as member of Rainbow, present on the 1976 Rising album, and of Dio since 1982, first appearing on the 1983 Holy Diver album. Has also worked with Mike Montgomery, David Kubinec, Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, Kate Bush, Wild Horses, Gary Moore, Greedy Bastards, 3 Legged Dogg, Last In Line, and others ~ Bain passed away in 2016
 
December 19, 1945 ~ Guitarist, mandolinist, banjoist John McEuen born in Garden Grove, California, USA ~ Founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, remaining with the band for two decades. Has collaborated with a host of artists including David Bromberg, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Jerry Garcia, Phish, Jerry Jeff Walker, Les Dudek, Alison Krauss, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Russell, Little Richard, Mother Maybelle Carter, Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Steve Vai, Jimmy Buffett, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alan Arkin, the Allman Brothers Band, Waylon Jennings, Crystal Gayle, Doug Kershaw, Michael Martin Murphey, Donovan, David Amram, Arlo Guthrie, Asleep At The Wheel, Aerosmith, Lyle Lovett, Tom Petty, and others
 
December 19, 1944 ~ Graham Anthony Barnes, commonly known as guitarist, singer Alvin Lee, born in Nottingham, UK ~ Best known as original lead singer, guitarist of Ten Years After. Worked with George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, Mick Fleetwood, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Steve Gould, Mick Taylor, and others ~ Barnes passed away in 2013
December 19, 1944 ~ Richard Lee, commonly known as blues rock, blues drummer Ric Lee, born in Nottingham, UK ~ Best known as drummer of Ten Years After. Went into music publishing, production and management after the band disbanded in 1976
December 19, 1944 ~ Pop, rock pianist, bassist, producer Stuart Colman, full name Ian Stuart Colman, born in Harrogate, UK ~ First gained attention as member of Pinkerton's Assorted Colours and its successor the Flying Machine, known for their 1969 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Smile A Little Smile For Me. Colman would go on to become an in-demand producer, notably for Shakin' Stevens scoring hits such as This Old House, Green Door, Oh Julie. Produced the 1980s remake Living Doll, a collaborative effort of the Young Ones and Cliff Richard. Has also worked with Paul Kennerley, Claire Hamill, the Revillos, Kim Wilde, Alvin Stardust, Victoria Shaw, Nanci Griffith, and others ~ Colman passed away in 2018
December 19, 1944 ~ Folk rock, rock & roll guitarist Zal Yanovsky born in Toronto, 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 passed away in 2002
 
December 19, 1943 ~ Vibraphonist, percussionist, keyboardist, bandleader, songwriter Mulatu Astatke born in Jimma, Ethiopia ~ Considered “the Father of Ethiopian Jazz” actively recording since the mid-1960s. Has worked with Frank Holder, Mahmoud Ahmed, Duke Ellington, Hailu Mergia, the Either/Orchestra, the Heliocentrics, the Black Jesus Experience, and others
 
December 19, 1941 ~ Drummer, singer, songwriter Maurice White born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known as co-founder of Earth Wind & Fire sharing co-lead vocal duties with Philip Bailey. Previously a Chess Records session drummer backing artists such as Etta James, Chuck Berry, Rotary Connection, Junior Wells, Sonny Stitt, Muddy Waters, the Impressions, the Dells, Betty Everett, Willie Dixon, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Buddy Guy, and others. Also backed Fontella Bass on Rescue Me, Billy Stewart on Summertime and Jackie Wilson on (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher. Member of the Jazzmen. Member of Ramsey Lewis Trio. Produced or c-produced for a number of R&B and pop artists including Deniece Williams (This Is Niecy, Song Bird), the Emotions, Minnie Riperton (Come To My Garden), Ramsey Lewis. Jennifer Holliday, Barbra Streisand (Emotion), the Urban Knights, Paul Taylor, and others ~ White passed away in 2016
 
December 19, 1940 ~ Post bop, hard bop saxophonist, composer Don Weller, full name Donald Arthur Albert Weller, born in Thornton Heath, UK ~ Worked with Kathy Stobart, Major Surgery, Bryan Spring, Stan Tracey, Harry Beckett, Art Themen, Alan Price, Tina May, Charlie Hearnshaw, Tucky Buzzard, Alex Harvey, Gil Evans, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Dick Morrisey, Rocket 88, David Bowie, Bobby Wellins, and others
December 19, 1940 ~ Singer, songwriter Phil Ochs, full name Philip David Ochs born in El Paso, Texas, USA ~ Influential 1960s, 1970s protest singer known for his wit, political activism and insightful lyrics with eight albums to his name. Influenced by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bob Gibson, Faron Young, Merle Haggard. Some of his best known songs include I Ain't Marching Anymore, Changes, Cricifixion, Draft Dodger Rag, Love Me I'm A Liberal, Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends, The Power And The Glory, There But For The Fortune and War Is Over ~ Ochs passed away in 1976
 
December 19, 1938 ~ Jazz trombonist Pete Strange born in Manor Park, UK ~ Worked with Eric Silk, Teddy Layton, Sonny Morris, Charli Gall, Ken Sims, Bruce Turner, Freddy Randall, Joe Daniels, Ron Russell, the Midnite Follies Orchestra, Alan Elsdon, FIve A Side, Roy Williams, Campbell Burnap, Humphrey Lyttelton, the Great British Jazz Band, and others ~ Strange passed away in 2004
December 19, 1938 ~ Jazz drummer Roger Blank born in New York, New York, USA ~ Son of trumpeter William Blank. Worked with Cootie Williams, Hank Mobley, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, the Melodic Art-Tet, Charles Brackeen, Ahmed Abdullah, Ronnie Boykins, Bill Barron, Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Denis Charles, Walt Dickerson, Kenny Dorham, Frank Foster, Charles Greenlee, John Hicks, Ken McIntyre, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Charles Tolliver, and others
 
December 19, 1937 ~ Pianist, keyboardist, singer Joseph Byrd, full name Joseph Hunter Byrd Jr, born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Fronted the short-lived the United States Of America. Has also worked with Tom Scott, Ted Grene, Phil Ochs, Don Buchla, arranged for Ry Cooder on the acclaimed 1979 Jazz, and has composed for several films and TV shows
December 19, 1937 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, arranger Milcho Leviev born in Plovidv, Bulgaria ~ First gained serious attention in the 1960s as conductor with Bulgarian National Radio ensembles. As a composer known for works such as Studia, Blues In 9 and Anti-waltz. Has worked with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Don Ellis, Billy Cobham, Lainie Kazan, John Klemmer, Art Pepper, Roy Haynes, and others ~ Leviev passed away in 2019
 
December 19, 1935 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Bobby Timmons born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Undervalued pianist and composer. During his tenure with Art Blakey, Timmons wrote or co-wrote several classics first recorded by Blakey, including Moanin', and Dat Dere. Helped developed the soul-jazz style. As a sideman Timmons has worked with jazz greats including Pepper Adams, Arnett Cobb, Maynard Ferguson, Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon, Gloria Lynne, Hank Mobley, Anthony Ortega, Dizzy Reece, and Cannonball Adderley, including on the 1959 live LP The Cannonball Adderley Quintet In San Francisco, arguably one of the finest jazz live albums of the era. Timmons also recorded extensively as a leader from late 1950s to late 1960s, backed by musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Albert Tootie Heath, Butch Warren, Albert Tootie Heath, and others ~ Timmons passed away in 1974
 
December 19, 1931 ~ Classical pianist Dalton Baldwin born ~ Known as accompaniest for singers such as Gérard Souzay, Elly Ameling, Arleen Auger, Jessye Norman, and others ~ Baldwin passed away in 2019
 
December 19, 1929 ~ Singer, songwriter Blind Lemon Jefferson passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USAa ~ Called “the Father of the Texas Blues” and one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s. Known for songs such as See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, covered by Bob Dylan, BB King, Kelly Joe Phelps, and Phish, and One Kind Favor, covered by Canned Heat, the Grateful Dead, Pat Donohue, and by Peter Paul & Mary ~ Jefferson was born in 1893
December 19, 1929 ~ Trombonist, pianist, arranger, composer Bob Brookmeyer born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ First gained attention as member of Gerry Mulligan's band in the mid 50s. Brookmeyer would also work with Jimmy Giuffre, Tex Beneke, Ray McKinley, Claude Thornhill, Stan Getz, Clark Terry, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Chet Baker, Cannonball Adderley, Manny Albam, the Arkadia Jazz All-Stars, Ben Aronov, Bobby Bryant, Ruby Braff, Monty Budwig, Ralph Burns, Gary Burton, Ray Charles (on the quintessential 1959 album The Genius of Ray Charles), Al Cohn, Dave Frishberg, Curtis Fuller, Buddy Greco, Bobby Hackett, Jim Hall, Woody Herman, Lee Konitz, Gary McFarland, Oliver Nelson, Anita O'Day, Michel Petrucciani, Oscar Pettiford, Bill Potts, Jimmy Raney, Pee Wee Russell, Coleman Hawkins, Lalo Schifrin, Don Sebesky, Bud Shank, Zoot Sims, Bob Thiele, and others ~ Brookmeyer passed away in 2011
 
December 19, 1928 ~ Morris Isaac Charlap, commonly known as composer Bill Charlap, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for his work on the Broadway 1954 musical Peter Pan. Married to singer Sandy Stewart, jazz pianist Bill Charlap is the couple's son ~ Charlap passed away in 1974
 
December 19, 1925 ~ Songwriter, film composer Robert B Sherman born ~ Formed one of the most productive stage and film composer duos in history with his brother Richard M Sherman. Notable credits include films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Happiest Millionaire, Charlotte's Web and The Aristocats. The brothers were awarded two Academy Awards for their work on the 1964 Mary Poppins musical fantasy film, one for the entire soundtrack and one for Best Original Song for Chim Chim Cher-ee sung by Dick Van Dyke & Julie Andrews ~ Sherman passed away in 2012
 
December 19, 1920 ~ James Cecil Dickens, commonly known as singer, songwriter Jimmy Dickens, born in Bolt, West Virginia, USA ~ Grand Ole Opry member since 1948. Best known for his humorous novelty songs. Formed the Country Boys in 1950, teaming up with Jabbo Smith, Grady Martin, Bob Moore and Thumbs Carllile. Known for songs such as Country Boy, The Violet And The Rose, May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose, Take An Old Cold Tater And Waiat and others ~ Dickens passed away in 2015
 
December 19, 1918 ~ Henry Roeland Byrd, commonly known as blues, R&B, boogie-woogie pianist, singer Professor Longhair, born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, USA ~ Cited as influence by Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, and Dr John. Known for New Orleans classics such as Bald Head, Tipitina, Go To The Mardi Gras and Big Chief ~ Byrd passed away in 1980
 
December 19, 1915 ~ Edith Giovanna Gassion, commonly known as singer Edith Piaf, born in Paris, France ~ One of France's internationally best known stars. Specialized in torch songs and chansons about love, loss and sorrow. Known for songs such as La Vie En Rose, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien, Hymne A L'Amour, Milord, La Foule and L'Accordéoniste ~ Piaf passed away in 1963
 
December 19, 1914 ~ Singer Roebuck Staples, commonly known as Pops Staples, born near Winona, Mississippi, USA ~ Leading figure in 1950's, 1960s gospel. Worked with Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, Steve Cropper, Albert King, and others. Patriarch of the Staple Singers, which also included his son Pervis Staples, and daughters Mavis Staples, Yvonne Staples and Cleotha Staples ~ Staples passed away in 2000
 
December 19, 1911 ~ Trumpeter, bandleader Lu Watters, full name Lucius Carl Watters, born in Santa Cruz, California, USA ~ Best known as leader of the Yerba Buena Jazz Band which at times also included Bob Scobey, Turk Murphy, Squire Gersh, Wally Rose, Clancy Hayes, and Harry Mordecai ~ Watters passed away in 1989
 
December 19, 1884 ~ Ernest Mario Bernaditto, commonly known as pianist, songwriter Ernie Burnett, born ~ Lost his memory and dog tags in battle in World War I. While recuperating a pianist entertaining patients played My Melancholy Baby. Bernaditto regained his memory, reclaiming “that's my song” ~ Bernaditto passed away in 1959
 
December 19, 1882 ~ Classical violinist Bronislaw Huberman born in Czestochowas, Russian Empire ~ Praised for his tone color, expressiveness, flexibility. Founded the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, renamed after the establishment of the State of Israel to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Huberman passed away in 1947
 
December 19, 1881 ~ Joseph Nathan Oliver, commonly known as cornetist, bandleader, composer King Oliver born in Aben, Louisiana, USA ~ Mentor to Louis Armstrong, the latter once exclaiming “if it had not been for Oliver, jazz would not be what it is today.” Noted composer known for songs such as Dippermouth Blues, Doctor Jazz, and others still popular today ~ Oliver passed away in 1938