This Day In Music: February 12
February 11 ~ Birthdays/All ~ February 13
 
February 12, 2022 ~ Drummer Howard Grimes, full name Howard Lee Grimes, passed away ~ Influenced by Gene Krupa and Cozy Cole. Best known as house drummer for Hi-Records in the 1970s, backing artists such as Al Green, Otis Clay, OV Wright, Ann Peebles ~ Grimes was born in 1941
 
February 12, 2021 ~ Free jazz, avant-garde drummer Milford Graves passed away ~ Widely considered a pioneer of free jazz. Best known for his associations with Paul Bley, Albert Ayler, the New York Art Quartet. Also worked with Montego Joe, Giuseppi Logan, the Jazz Composers Orchestra, Miriam Makeba, Lowell Davidson, Don Pullen, Sonny Sharrock, Sun Ra, Kenny Clarke, John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Bill Laswell, Sam Amidon, and others ~ Graves was born in 1941
February 12, 2021 ~ Label executive Russ Thyret passed away ~ Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros Records from 1995 through 2001, having filled various executive positions at the company for over two decades. Noted for his involvement with artists such as Prince, Devo, John Fogerty, REM, and others ~ Thyret was born ca.1944
 
February 12, 2020 ~ Country banjoist, singer Mike Lilly passed away ~ Worked with Wendy Miller, Harley Allen, Larry Spark, and with the Country Gentlemen ~ Lilly was born ca.1950
 
February 12, 2019 ~ Actress, singer Marisa Solinas, full name Marisa Anna Solinas, passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Best known as actress for television, film (Bernardo Bertolucci's La Commare Secca) and stage. Released two albums as a beat, pop singer ~ Solinas was born in 1939
 
February 12, 2018 ~ Singer Daryle Singletary passed away in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Let Her Lie, Amen Kind Of Love, and Too Much Fun ~ Singletary was born in 1971
February 12, 2018 ~ Bassist Klaasje van der Wal passed away ~ Co-founded short-lived 1960s garage rock, rock outfit the Kick. Worked with the Davies, known for supporting acts such as the Small Faces and the Who. Best known as co-founding member of Shocking Blue, for whom he came up with the band name, and present on hits such as Send Me A Postcard, Never Marry A Railroad Man and their best-known Venus. Left the band in 1971 to be succeeded by Henk Smitskamp ~ Van der Wal was born in 1949
 
February 12, 2017 ~ Singer Al Jarreau passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Studied psychology. Sang nightclubs from the late 1960s onwards. Appeared on Saturday Night Live on Valentine's Day 1976. His debut album, We Got By, followed shortly thereafter and catapulted him to international fame. Over the years Jarreau has won seven Grammys and was nominated a dozen times more. Dubbed the “Acrobat of Skat” for his unique vocal technique, showcased on songs such as Roof Garden. Jarreau has performed with artists such as Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Gregor Praecht, Miles Davis, George Duke, David Sanborn, Rick Braun, and George Benson ~ Jarreau was born in 1940
February 12, 2017 ~ Barbara Carole Coppersmith, commonly known as jazz singer, pianist Barbara Carroll, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Dubbed “the first girl ever to play bebop piano” by noted jazz critic Leonard Feather. Has worked with Chuck Wayne, Clyde Lombardi, Benny Goodman, Charlie Byrd, Joe Shulman, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, and others ~ Coppersmith was born in 1925
 
February 12, 2016 ~ Composer, arranger, conductor George Tipton passed away ~ Best known for his work with Harry Nilsson, working as an arranger and conductor on Nilsson's albums from 1967 through 1971 including on the hit Everybody's Talking, and his numerous work for TV such as the themes for the series Soap and Empty Nest. Has also arranged and conducted for pop artists such as Jan & Dean, Sunshine Company, José Feliciano (Light My Fire), and others ~ Tipton was born in 1932
 
February 12, 2015 ~ Richard Dean Tyree, commonly known as jazz drummer Richie Pratt, passed away in Leavenworth, Kansas, USA ~ Worked with Jaki Byard, Major Holley, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Roland Hanna, Frank Wess, George Mraz, Billy Taylor, Milt Jackson, Milt Hinton, Frank Foster, Monty Alexander, Michel Legrand, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, Melba Moore, the Temptations, Della Reese, Johnny Hartman, Carol Sloane, Johnny Desmond, the New York Jazz Quartet, Phyllis Hyman, Carrie Smith, and others ~ Tyree was born in 1943
February 12, 2015 ~ Guitarist, singer Sam Andrew, full name Sam Houston Andrew III, passed away in San Francisco, 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 was born in 1941
February 12, 2015 ~ Stephen John Harrington, commonly known as singer, songwriter Steve Strange, passed away in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt ~ Helped usher in the New Romantic genre. Fronted new wave group Visage, teaming up with Rusty Egan, Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Barry Adamson, John McGeoch and Dave Formula, best known for their 1980 single Fade To Grey. Had previously formed punk rock band the Moors Murderers which also included future the Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde, future the Psychedelic Furs drummer Vince Ely and future the Clash drummer Topper Headon. The band drew ire from the public for naming themselves after the notorious Moors Murders in which five children were killed between 1963 and 1965 ~ Strange was born in 1959
 
February 12, 2011 ~ Peter Alexander Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer, commonly known as singer, actor Peter Alexander, passed away in Vienna, Austria ~ Emerged in the 1950s and 1960s through popular film comedies, schlagers and operetta reportory ~ Neumayer was born in 1926
 
February 12, 2010 ~ Jazz drummer Jake Hanna passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Maynard Ferguson, Marian McPartland, Woody Herman, Mort Lindsey, Judy Garland, Carl Fontana, Supersax, Benny Carter, Warne Marsh, Ed Bickert, George Wein, and others ~ Hanna was born in 1931
 
February 12, 2007 ~ Jazz, cool jazz, post bop, R&B double-bassist, cellist Eldee Young passed away in Bangkok, Thailand ~ Worked with Ramsey Lewis, Young-Holt Unlimited, Jeremy Monteiro, James Moody, Eden Atwood, Joanie Pallatto, George Freeman, Anita O'Day, April Aloisio, and others ~ Young was born in 1936
 
February 12, 2005 ~ Singer Sammi Smith passed away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ One of the few women in outlaw country during the 1970s. Best known for her 1971 country-pop hit Help Me Make It Through The Night, written by Kris Kristofferson. Married to Jody Payne, longtime backup guitarist for Willie Nelson. Previously married to Bob White, steel guitarist for Hank Thompson's backing unit Brazos Valley ~ Smith was born in 1943
 
February 12, 2004 ~ Jazz saxophonist, bandleader, songwriter Preston Love, full name Preston Haynes Love passed away in Omaha, Nebraska, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Started in big bands. Would become Motown's house bandleader. Worked with Nat Towles, Lloyd Hunter, Snub Mosley, Lucky Millinder, Fats Waller, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Johnny Otis, Wynonie Harris, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Tammi Terrell, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Nichelle Nichols, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa, Shuggie Otis, T-Bone Walker, Ruth Brown, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and others ~ Love was born in 1921
 
February 12, 2000 ~ John Carl Kuehne, commonly known as bassist, songwriter John London passed away in Rockport, Texas, USA ~ Best known as a songwriter associated with several Hollywood film and TV productions, most notably the Monkees. Has also worked with the First National Band and Lewis & Clarke Expedition ~ Kuehne was born in 1942
February 12, 2000 ~ William Oliver Swofford, commonly known as Oliver, passed away in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA ~ Member of Billy-n-Sue. Best known for his rendition of Good Morning Starshine, his 1969 hit from the musical Hair ~ Swofford was born in 1945
February 12, 2000 ~ Jalacy Hawkins, commonly known as lues, R&B, rock & roll singer, pianist, guitarist, saxophonist, songwriter, boxer Screamin' Jay Hawkins, passed away in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France ~ Famed for his operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical stage performances including macabre props, predating shock rockers such as Alice Cooper, Screaming Lord Sutch, Ozzy Osbourne and Marilyn Manson. Best known for his 1956 I Put A Spell On You single ~ Hawkins was born in 1929
 
February 12, 1999 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer Gerald Gregory passed away ~ Member of the Spaniels, known for 1950s hits such as Baby It's You and Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight, the latter later remaining popular to this day featured in several films including American Graffiti ~ Gregory was born in 1934
 
February 12, 1995 ~ Blues harpist, singer, songwriter Earring George Mayweather passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Recorded one album, 1992's Whup It Whup It, as a solo artist. Active since the 1950s. Declined an offer to join Muddy Waters touring band in 1952. Worked with JB Hutto, Eddie Porkchop Hines, the Hawks, Eddie Taylor, Bo Diddley, and others ~ Mayweather was born in 1927
 
February 12, 1991 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Aubrie Sellers, full name Aubrie Lee Sellers, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Daughter of singers, songwriters Jason Sellers and Lee Ann Womack. Cites artists as diverse as the Kinks, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Griffin, Neil Young and Bob Dylan as influences. Debuted in 2016 with the album New City Blues which spawned the singles Light Of Day, Sit Here & Cry and Liar Liar. Followed up with the album Far From Home in 2020.
 
February 12, 1989 ~ Singer Elle Varner, full name Gabrielle Serene Varner, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Released her Perfectly Imperfect debut album in 2012, which included the hit single Only Wanna Give It To You featuring J Cole. Has also collaborated with A$AP Ferg, 50 Cent, Wale, Juicy J, Statik Selektah, and others
 
February 12, 1988 ~ Singer, rapper, songwriter Mike Posner, full name Michael Robert Henrion Posner, born in Soutfield, Michigan, USA ~ Half of alternative hip-hop duo Mansionz with Blackbear. Debuted as a solo artist in 2010 with his 31 Minutes To Takeoff album. Best known for songs such as Cooler Than Me and his 2015 hit I Took A Pill In Ibiza. Has collaborated with Avicii, Big Sean, Rittz and Logic
 
February 12, 1987 ~ William Phillips, commonly known as DJ, producer, songwriter Tourist, born in South London, UK ~ First gained attention co-writing Grammy Award-winner Stay With Me, a 2015 hit for Sam Smith. Debuted as a solo artist the next year with the U album. Has also written or co-written songs for Jessie Ware, Kacy Hill, Dillon Francis and Avicii. Remixed for Haim, Chvrches, Wolf Alice, Hozier
 
February 12, 1983 ~ James Hubert Blake, commonly known as ragtime, jazz pianist, composer Eubie Blake, passed away in Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA ~ Co-wrote the musical Shuffle Along with Noble Sissle. As a composer also known for Bandana Days, Charleston Rag, Love Will Find A Way, Memories Of You and I'm Just Wild About Harry. Resurged in the 1970s, appealing to younger generations, after the release of his retrospective The 86 Years Of Eubie Blake album, released in 1969 ~ Blake was born in 1883
 
February 12, 1982 ~ Improv, jazz drummer, percussionist Øyvind Hegg-Lunde born in Lærdal, Norway ~ Worked with José González, Junip, Arve Henriksen, Stale Storløkken, Trygve Seim, Per Jorgensen, Terje Isungset, Hålkon Kornstad, Kjetil Moster, Stein Urheim, Stephan Meidell, the Building Instrument, Electric Eye, Glow, Sarah Riedel, Jessica Sligter, and others
 
February 12, 1981 ~ Indie folk singer, guitarist, banjoist, mandolinist, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter Lisa Hannigan, full name Lisa Margaret Hannigan, born in Kilcloon, Ireland ~ Backed up Damien Rice. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Sea Sew in 2008
 
February 12, 1980 ~ Thomas Louis Johnson III, commonly known as rapper Big Pooh, born in Virginia, USA ~ Influenced by Nas and Ice Cube. Member of hip-hop group Little Brother. Released a fuill-length solo debut album, Sleepers, in 2005.
 
February 12, 1976 ~ Lloyd Vernon Martin, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger Skip Martin, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Count Basie, Charlie Barnet, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Cootie Williams, Les Brown, Fred Astaire, Tony Martin, the Pied Pipers, the Andrews Sisters, Decastro Sisters, Gus Bivona, Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Conrad Salinger, Judy Garland, and others ~ Martin passed away in 1916
 
February 12, 1975 ~ Mixtape DJ, remixer, hip-hop producer J-Period born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for producing mixtape collaborations with artists such as Q-Tip, John Legend, Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Lauryn Hill, the Roots, CL Smooth, the Isley Brothers, and Mary J Blige
 
February 12, 1974 ~ Indie pop singer, violinist, guitarist, flutist, songwriter Sarah Martin born in Blackburn, UK ~ Joined Belle & Sebastian in 1996 just prior to recording If You're Feeling Sinister. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Waiting For The Moon To Rise, Asleep On A Sunbeam, Heaven In The Afternoon, I Didn't See It Coming, The Power Of Three, The Same Star, and others
 
February 12, 1970 ~ Bassist, singer, songwriter Jim Creeggan, full name James Raymond Creeggan, born in Scarborough, Canada ~ Along with his brother Andrew Creeggan co-founding member of Barenaked Ladies. Wrote and sang lead on the band's Spider In My Room and In The Drink. Also a member of the Creeggan Brothers. Has also collaborated with the Ottawa Valley Heavy Pucks, Kevin Hearn, and others
 
February 12, 1969 ~ Singer, actress Anneli Drecker, full name Anneli Marian Drecker, born in Tromsø, Norway ~ Best known for fronting dream pop outfit Bel Canto. Also records as a solo artist, starting with her Tundra album in 2000, and is an in-demand collaborator working with artists including Motorpsycho, Jan Bang, Savoy, A-ha, Röyksopp, Jah Wobble, Ketil Bjørnstad, Simon Raymonde, Mental Overdrive, Illumination, Hector Zazou, and others
 
February 12, 1968 ~ Pop singer Chyna Phillips born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Daughter of the Mamas & the Papas-singer John Phillips and Michelle Phillips. Member of Wilson Phillips, known for a number of 1990s singles including Hold On, Release Me and You're In Love
 
February 12, 1967 ~ Double bassist, songwriter Jon Thorne ~ Closely associated with Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan, releasing several albums as a trio starting with 2016's Everything Sacred. Member of Lamb, present on the band's best-known including Grécki of their 1996 eponymous Lamb debut album. Also recorded as a solo artist and has collaborated with Malojian, Liam Bailey, Kathryn Williams, Robert Miles, Lou Rhodes, and others
February 12, 1967 ~ Francis Joseph Spanier, commonly known as cornet player Muggsy Spanier passed away in Sausalito, California, USA ~ Worked with Elmer Schoebel, the Bucktown Five, Ted Lewis, Ben Pollack, Sidney Bechet, Bob Crosby, Earl Hines, and others ~ Spanier was born in 1901
February 12, 1967 ~ Jazz drummer, producer Stein Inge Brækhus born in Trondheim, Norway ~ Key musician in the Bergen jazz scene. Has worked with the Creation, Bendik Hofseth, Øystein Sevåg, Cutting Edge, Knut Kristiansen, the Bergen Big Band, Silje Nergaard, Olga Konkova, Nils Petter Molvær, Jan Bang, Åge Aleksandersen, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Jan Eggum, Karoline Krüger, Secret Mission, Vamp, Ole Thomsen, Ivar Kolve, Kenneth Sivertsen, Ole Amund Gjersvik, Helene Bøksle, Paolo Fresu, Stale Storløkken, and others
 
February 12, 1965 ~ Bonnie Jean Addleman, commonly known as jazz double-bassist Bonnie Wetzel, passed away ~ Worked with Ada Leonard, Marian Grange, Tommy Dorsey, Beryl Booker, Elaine Leighton, Herb Ellis, Charlie Shavers, Roy Eldridge, Don Byas, and with her husband trumpeter Ray Wetzel ~ Addleman was born in 1926
February 12, 1965 ~ Philip Thomas, commonly known as dancehall singer Cutty Ranks born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica ~ Known best for songs such as Gunman Lyrics, Out Of Hand, Fishman Lyrics, Pon Mi Nozzle, and others
 
February 12, 1963 ~ Country singer, guitarist Buck Owens records Act Naturally at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California ~ Written by Johnny Russell. Produced by Ken Nelson. Co-writing credit was given to Voni Morrison for bringing Russell's demo version to Owen's attention, who initially didn't like it. Released in March, with Over And Over Again on the flipside, it would be Owen's first big country hit and become a signature tune. It would be covered by numerous artists, perhaps most notably the Beatles with Ringo Starr on lead vocals. Ringo and Buck would record the song as a duet in 1989
 
February 12, 1961 ~ Blues guitarist Knut Reiersrud born in Oslo, Norway ~ Has worked with David Lindley, the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Rickie Lee Jones, Nina Hagen, Iver Kleive, Nappy Brown, Bjorn Klakegg, Mighty Sam McClain, In The Country, and others
 
February 12, 1960 ~ Trombonist Matt Finders born in Livermore, California, USA ~ Best known as a member of Tonight Show With Jay Leno's house band. Also worked with Natalie Cole, Harry Connick Jr, Sting, Branford Marsalis, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Benny Goodman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Loren Schoenberg, Debbie Gibson, Bob Mintzer, Jim Hall, Tony Macalpine, Buckshot Lefonque, Diane Schuur, Joe Roccisano, Bryan Duncan, and others
 
February 12, 1959 ~ Drummer, percussionist Neil Conti born ~ Best known as member of Prefab Sprout. Also an in-demand session drummer for a wide array of artists including David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Annie Lennox, Cher, Level 42, Laurie Anderson, Steve Winwood, Paul Young, Youssou n'Dour, Brian Eno, Robert Palmer, Deep Forest, Will Young, and others
February 12, 1959 ~ Drummer Omar Hakim born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Weather Report, David Bowie, the Foo Fighters, Sting, Madonna, Dire Straits, Journey, Kate Bush, George Benson, Miles Davis, Daft Punk, Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, and others
 
February 12, 1958 ~ Louis Wilson Joseph, commonly known as vaudeville performer, jazz dancer, comedian Joe Frisco, passed away in Woodland Hills, California, USA ~ Worked with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, the Louisiana Five, the Ziegfeld Follies, and others ~ Joseph was born in 1889
 
February 12, 1953 ~ Singer, actor, songwriter Frans Mulder born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Member of Purper since 1985. In-demand songwriter. Artists who recorded his songs include Simone Kleinsma, Angela Groothuizen, Karin Bloemen, Gerrie van der Klei, Adèle Bloemendaal, and others
 
February 12, 1952 ~ Singer, keyboardist, songwriter Michael McDonald born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Member of the Doobie Brothers, writing or co-writing several of the band's best-known including What A Fool Believes, Minute By Minute and Takin' It To The Street. Also an in-demand collaborator working with artists such as Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins, James Ingram, David Cassidy, Van Halen, Patti Labelle, Lee Ritenour, the Winans, Aretha Franklin, Toto, Grizzly Bear, Joni Mitchell, Thundercat, and others. As a solo artist debuted in 1982 with the If That's What It Takes album which spawned the hit single I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)
 
February 12, 1950 ~ Folk, folk-rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Angelo Branduardi born in Cuggiono, Italy ~ Classically trained as a violinist. Sings in Italian and English. Debuted in 1974 with the eponymous Angelo Branduardi '74 album, featuring arrangements by Paul Buckmaster. First gained serious attention with his 1976 Alla Fiera Dell'Est album and has recorded extensively to critical acclaim and reasonable European success since. Married to Luisa Zappa, who frequently contributes lyrics to his songs
February 12, 1950 ~ Jarret Lloyd Vincent, commonly known as reggae singer, songwriter Bim Sherman, born ~ Sometimes referred to as “reggae's sweetest voice” ~ Vincent passed away in 2000
 
February 12, 1949 ~ Latin pop, rock, trova singer, guitarist, songwriter Joaquin Sabina, full name Joaquin Ramon Martinez Sabina, born in Ubeda, Spain ~ Considered one of the premier Spanish artists. Known for songs such as Calle Melancholia, 19 Dias Y 500 Noches, Pongamos Que Hablo De Madrid, Contigo and Peces De Cludad. Has worked with La Mandragora, Viceversa, Joan Manuel Serrat, and others
 
February 12, 1948 ~ Arthur Edward Booth, commonly known as jazz double-bassist Jiuni Boot, born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Worked with Chuck Mangione, Eddie Harris, Art Blakey, Sonny Simmons, Marzette Watts, Freddie Hubbard, Gary Bartz, Shelly Manne, Tony Williams Lifetime, McCoy Tyner, Larry Young, Takehiro Honda, Masabumi, Hamiet Bluiett, Chico Freeman, Junior Cook, Elvin Jones, Charles Tolliver, Ernie Krivda, Beaver Harris, Steve Grossman, Joe Chambers, Franklin Kiermeyer, Sun Ra, Joe Bonner, and others
 
February 12, 1946 ~ Singer, actress Ajda Pekkan, full name Ayse Ajda Pekken, born in Istanbul, Turkey ~ With a career spanning five decades one of the most popular female singers in Turkish pop selling over 15 million records. Considered by some the Turkish Cher for her longevity and her status as an icon in the Turkish gay scene
February 12, 1946 ~ Joseph Edward Schermetzler, commonly known as rock bassist Joe Schermie born in Madison, Wisconsin, USA ~ Original member of Three Dog Night, leaving the band in 1973 and present on most of the band's hits including One, Mama Told Me Not To Come and Joy To The World. Subsequently founded SS Fools which also included Chuck Negron and Bobby Kimball. Has also worked with Stephen Stills, Yvonne Elliman, and others ~ Schermetzler passed away in 2002
February 12, 1946 ~ Blues-rock, rock singer, harmonica player, pianist Pete Gage born in Paddington, UK ~ Best known for fronting both the Jet Harris Band and Dr Feelgood. Has also worked with Gypie Mayo
 
February 12, 1945 ~ Singer, actor Cliff Deyoung born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Lead singer of 1960s rock outfit Clear Light. Starred in the Broadway production of Hair and Sticks And Bones in the early 1970s. Has since focused on his acting career, appearing on over 80 films and TV series
 
February 12, 1944 ~ Marion Franklin Bandy Jr, commonly known as country singer, guitarist Moe Bandy born in Meridian, Mississippi, USA ~ Frequent collaborator of Joe Stampley. Known for a string of 1970s, 1980s country hits ranging from rowdy anthems to sentimental tongue-in-cheek including It Was Always So Easy To Find An Unhappy Woman, Hank Williams (You Wrote My Life), Two Lonely People, I Cheated Me Right Out Of You, Rodeo Romeo, She's Not Really Cheatin' (She's Just Gettin' Even and perhaps his best-known Bandy The Rodeo Clowen
 
February 12, 1942 ~ Jazz pianist, cornettist, trumpeter, composer Lionel Grigson born in Cheltenham, UK ~ Member of the New Jazz Orchestra. Worked with Peter Burden, Paul Zec, Art Themen, Bobby Wellins, Mick Pyne, Philly Joe Jones, If, Freddie Hubbard, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Clarke, and others ~ Grigson passed away in 1994
 
February 12, 1941 ~ Jose Domingos de Morais, commonly known as singer, accordionist, composer Dominguinhos, born in Garanhuns, Brazil ~ Influenced by Luiz Gonzaga and Forró. Has collaborated with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Zé Ramalho, Toquinho, Yamandu Costa, Maria Bethânia, and others. Had his songs covered by Chico Buarque, Elba Ramalho, Raimundo Fagner
 
February 12, 1939 ~ Raymond Daniel Manczarek Jr, commonly known as keyboardist Ray Manzarek, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Doors, staying with the band from its inception in 1965 till shortly after lead singer Jim Morrison's death in 1973. Co-founding member of the short-lived Nite City in the late 1970s. Performed and recorded with Doors-bandmate Robby Krieger under the moniker Manzarek-Krieger from 2001 until his death in 2013. Also worked as a contributing collaborator and as a producer with artists such as Iggy Pop, Echo & the Bunnymen, punk rockers X (producing their first four albums), trumpeter Piotr Bal, Beat Generation poet Michael McClure, Darryl Read, and others ~ Manczarek passed away in 2013
 
February 12, 1938 ~ Martinho José Ferreira, commonly known as singer, songwriter Martinho de Vila, born in Brazil ~ Over 40 albums to his name. Considered of the leading figures in samba. Had his songs recorded by Nana Moskouri, Ornella Vanoni, Katia Guerreiro, Rosario Flores. Has collaborated with Zeca Pagodinho, Arlindo Cruz, Chico Buarque, Beth Carvalho, Noel Rosa, Alcione Nazareth, and others
 
February 12, 1937 ~ Keyboardist, trombonist, producer Larry Muhoberac, full name Lawrence Gordon Muhoberac Jr, born in Louisiana, USA ~ Best known as the original keyboardist in Elvis Presley's latter day backing unit the TCB Band. Replaced by Glen D Hardin in 1970. Would go on to play with Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Ray Conniff, Barbra Streisand, arrange and conduct for Seals & Crofts (including on the albums Summer Breeze and Diamond Girl) and the Archers, and relocate to Australia in the mid-1980s where Muhoberac would work with artists such as Keith Urban, Rick Price, Grace Knight, Silverchair, Col Joye, and others ~ Muhoberac passed away in 2016
 
February 12, 1935 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Gene McDaniels born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ As a singer known for early 1960s hits such as A Hundred Pounds Of Clay and Tower Of Strength. As a songwriter McDaniels is best known for the jazz-soul protest song Compared To What, made famous by Roberta Flack and also recorded by Les McCann and Eddie Harris, Ray Charles, Della Reese, John Legend, the Roots, Sweetwater and others. In the 1970s McDaniels turned to producing working with artists such as Gladys Knight, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Smith, Floaters, Jennifer Rush, and others ~ McDaniels passed away in 2011
 
February 12, 1930 ~ Harley Allen, commonly known as bluegrass guitarist, singer Red Allen, born in Hazard, Kentucky, USA ~ Worked with the Osborne Brothers (Ruby), Jimmy Martin, the Sunny Mountain Boys, the Red Heads, Don Reno, the Bluegrass Reunion, and others ~ Allen passed away in 1993
 
February 12, 1928 ~ Producer, bandleader, arranger, songwriter Vincent Montana Jr born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Sometimes referred to as “the Godfather of Disco”. Founding member of MFSB. Founding member of the Salsoul Orchestra. Active since the late 1940s, working with jazz giants such as Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Clifford Brown, Red Garland. Also worked with Frankie Avalon (Venus), Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, and others. Teamed up with Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell by the 1970s to play a key role in the development of disco. Has worked with the Intruders, the Delfonics, the Spinners, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the O'Jays, the Trammps, Eddie Kendricks, William Devaughn, Billy Paul, Lou Rawls, the Stylistics, Teddy Pendergrass, and numerous others ~ Montana passed away in 2013
 
February 12, 1926 ~ Marion Childers, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, composer Buddy Childers, born in Belleville, Illinois, USA ~ Playing professionally since age 16, hired by Stan Kenton in 1942 for the position of lead trumpeter. Would go on to become a respected bandleader and collaborator working with a host of artists from jazz and other idioms well into the 1990s including Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Les Brown, Charlie Barnet, the Monkees, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Captain & Tennille, Barry Manilow, Laura Nyro, Anita O'Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, Ray Charles, Charlie Parker, Maynard Ferguson, Art Pepper, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Lalo Schifrin, Henry Mancini, and others ~ Childers passed away in 2007
 
February 12, 1923 ~ Jazz drummer Art Mardigan born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Worked with Tommy Reynolds, Georgie Auld, Charlie Parker, Allen Eager, Dexter Gordon, Kai Winding, Wardell Gray, Fats Navarro, Phil Hill, Woody Herman, Pete Rugolo, Al Cohn, Stan Getz, Jack Brokensha, Eddie Bert, Jimmy Giuffre, Clark Terry, and others ~ Mardigan passed away in 1977
February 12, 1923 ~ John Thomas Wrencher, commonly known as blues harpist, singer Big John Wrencher, born in Sunflower, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Jimmy Rogers, Claude Blue Smitty Smith, John Henry Barbee, Baby Boy Warren, Robert Nighthawk, Little Buddy Thomas, Playboy Vinson, Johnny Young, Joe Carter, and others ~ Wrencher passed away in 1977
February 12, 1923 ~ Melvin Epstein, commonly known as jazz , composer, arranger Mel Powell, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Bobby Hackett, George Brunies, Zutty Singleton, Earl Hines, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, and others. As a composer best known for his Duplicates (A Concerto For Two Pianos And Orchestra), earning him a Pullitzer Prize in 1990 ~ Epstein passed away in 1998
 
February 12, 1921 ~ Jazz saxophonist, bandleader Hans Koller born in Vienna, Austria ~ Worked with Freddie Brocksieper, Albert Mangelsdorff, Jutta Hipp, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Russo, Lee Konitz, Stan Kenton, Eddie Sauter, Benny Goodman, Attila Zoller, Oscar Pettiford, Kenny Clarke, Wes Montgomery, Martial Solal, Jimmy Pratt, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, the International Brass Company, and others ~ Koller passed away in 2003
 
February 12, 1920 ~ Jazz, rock, pop guitarist, bassist Bill Pitman, full name William Keith Pitman, born in Belleville, New Jersey, USA ~ Influenced by Charlie Christian and Eddie Lang. Got his first big break backing Peggy Lee in the early 1950s. Would work mostly in jazz throughout most of the decade, backing artists such as Mel Tormé, Buddy Rich, Red Callender. Ventured into pop and rock & roll by the mid- to late 1950s, aligning himself with a loose group of first-call session musicians dubbed the Wrecking Crew. Present on some of the era's most influential recordings by acts such as Frank Sinatra (Strangers In The Night), Barbra Streisand, the Beach Boys (Good Vibrations), Jan & Dean, Elvis Presley, the Ronettes (Be My Baby), the Mamas & the Papas, the Byrds, Bobby Darin, the Ventures, Nancy Sinatra, and others ~ Pitman passed away in 2022
February 12, 1920 ~ Abraham Shadrinsky, commonly known as producer, label owner Bob Shad, born ~ Produced artists such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Smokey Hogg, Peppermint Harris, Curley Weaver, Sarah Vaughan, Maynard Ferguson, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Billy Eckstine, Dinah Washington, Patti Page, Vic Damone, the Platters, Big Bill Broonzy, Shelly Manne, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Blue Mitchell, Buddy Terry, Pete Yellon, Big Brother & the Holding Company (1967's Big Brother & the Holding Company), Ted Nugent, and others ~ Shadrinsky passed away in 1985
 
February 12, 1915 ~ Lyon Himan Green, actor, singer, commonly known as Lorne Greene, born in Ottawa, Canada ~ Best known as an actor, specifically in the roles of Ben Cartwright in the NBC TV series Bonanza and Commander Adama in the ABC series Battlestar Galactica. As a singer scored a Billboard Hot 100 No.1 with Ringo in 1964 ~ Green passed away in 1987
 
February 12, 1912 ~ Saxophonist Paul Bascomb born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Brother of trumpeter Dud Bascomb. Founding member of the Bama State Collegians. Also briefly worked with Count Basie in the late 1930s ~ Bascomb passed away in 1986
 
February 12, 1911 ~ Producer, label executive Steve Sholes, full name Stephen Henry Sholes, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Executive and staff producer at RCA-Victor. Signed, produced artists such as Eddy Arnold, the Browns, Hank Locklin, Homer & Jethro, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, Pee Wee King, and perhaps most notably Elvis Presley ~ Sholes passed away in 1968
 
February 12, 1907 ~ Gospel singer, pianist, songwriter Roberta Martin, full name Roberta Evelyn Martin, born in Helena, Arkansas, USA ~ Co-founded the Martin Frye Quartet with the help of Reverend Thomas A Dorsey. The group would be renamed to the Roberta Martin Singers by the mid-1930s and set the standard for future gospel choirs and become known for hits such as Only A Look, Try Jesus He Satisfies and Grace. Martin would be influential on artists such as Albertina Walker, James Cleveland and Alex Bradford, the latter two starting their careers in Martin's group ~ Martin passed away in 1969
 
February 12, 1903 ~ Baritone opera singer, actor Todd Duncan, full name Robert Todd Duncan, born in Danville, Kentucky, USA ~ Played the role of Porgy in the original 1935 production of George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess. One of the first African-Americans to sing with a major opera company, namely the New York City Opera in 1945, performing the role of Tonio in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Sang the first version of Unchained Melody, written by Alex North and Hy Zaret, for the 1955 film Unchained. It would be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and be covered by numerous others, perhaps most notably the Righteous Brothers in 1965 ~ Duncan passed away in 1998
 
February 12, 1898 ~ Composer Roy Harris, full name Roy Ellsworth Harris, born in Chandler, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known for his Symphony No.3, premiered in 1939 by Serge Koussevitzky ~ Harris passed away in 1979
 
February 12, 1896 ~ Composer Ambroise Thomas, full name Charles Louis Ambroise Thomas, passed away in Paris, France ~ Best remembered for his 1866 Mignon and his 1868 Hamlet operas. His work would be neglected during most of the 20th century but in more recent decades have gained new attention and appreciation ~ Thomas was born in 1811
 
February 12, 1885 ~ Ragtime, march, waltz pianist, organist, bandleader, composer, arranger James Scott, full name James Sylvester Scott, born in Neosho, Missouri, USA ~ Along with Scott Joplin and Joseph Lamb regarded as one of the most important composers of ragtime. Known for songs such as Frog Legs Rag, Grace & Beauty, Sunburst Rag, Ragtime Oriole and perhaps his best-known Climax Rag ~ Scott passed away in 1938