This Day In Music: February 13
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February 13, 2022 ~ Louis Paul Bankston, commonly known as garage rock, swamp pop, boogie rock singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, percussionist King Louie Bankston, passed away ~ Appeared on over 50 albums. Best known for his work with acts such as the Royal Pendletons, the Persuaders, the Exploding Hearts, and solo as the King Louie One Man Band ~ Bankston was born ca.1973
February 13, 2021 ~ Keyboardist, arranger, conductor Louis Clark passed away in Elyria, Ohio, USA ~ To pop audiences best known for his association with the Electric Light Orchestra, starting on the band's 1974 Eldorado album. Also present on subsequent albums such as A New World Record, Face The Music and Out Of The Blue conducting and assisting Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy in writing arrangements. Has also worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Pops Orchestra, Roy Orbison, Ozzy Osbourne, Roy Wood, Kiki Dee, Mike Berry, Renaissance, and others ~ Clark was born in 1947
February 13, 2021 ~ Opera, classical music critic, author Peter G Davis, full name Peter Graffam Davis, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as music critic for the magazine New York from 1980 through 2007. Has also worked for New York Times, Musical America, Opera News. Authored the book The American Opera Singer, released in 1997 ~ Davis was born in 1936
February 13, 2021 ~ Singer Sydney Devine passed away in Ayr, UK ~ Considered by some as Scotland's most enduring entertainer akin to America's Lawrence Welk and Pat Boone and by others as perpetuator of Scottish cultural stereotypes. Active since the late 1950s with a three-decade career highlighted by successes such as I Can't Stop Loving You, Lovesick Blues, A Tear Fell, Forty Shades Of Green, The Tennessee Waltz, and Road To Dundee ~ Devine was born in 1940
February 13, 2020 ~ William Charles Linhart, commonly known as rock singer, actor Buzzy Linhart, passed away in Berkeley, California, USA ~ Member of Seventh Sons, alongside Steve de Naut, Serge Katzen and Max Ochs. Session vibraphonist for Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Jimi Hendrix, and others ~ Linhart was born in 1943
February 13, 2019 ~ Conad Rodman Jones, commonly known as trumpeter Connie Jones, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Played with Billy Maxted, Santo Pecora, Jack Teagarden, and others. Led several ensembles, perhaps most notably the Basin Street SIx ~ Jones was born in 1934
February 13, 2018 ~ Singer, actress Carmela Rey passed away in Mexico City, Mexico ~ Half of Carmela & Rafael, the other half being her husband Rafael Vazquez ~ Rey was born in 1931
February 13, 2018 ~ Chylow Parker, commonly known as producer, DJ, rapper Chyskillz, passed away ~ Member of multi-platinum rap group Onyx, discovered by Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay and noted for their 1993 debut album Bacdafucup. Parker has collaborated, often as a producer, with rap, hip-hop, pop and rock artists including the Large Professor, Biohazard, Queen, Ice Cube, Shaquille O'Neal, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Mic Geronimo, the Royal Flush, and Sticky Fingaz ~ Parker was born in 1969
February 13, 2018 ~ Rock, country rock, folk singer, guitarist, fiddler Scott Boyer, full name Charles Scott Boyer II, passed away in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA ~ Member of 31st of February. Co-founded Cowboy with Tommy Talton in 1969, best known for Please Be With Me which was later notably covered by Eric Clapton. Member of the Decoys from 1988 until his death in 2018 ~ Boyer was born in 1947
February 13, 2018 ~ Rockabilly, rock & roll saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist William Martin Willis, full name William Martin Willis Jr, passed away in 2018 ~ Revered sideman, composer and arranger. Session musician for Sun Records. Worked with artists such as Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Lee Riley, Eddie Cash, Johnny Bernero, Narvel Felts, Roland Janes, Barbara Pittman, Bill Black's Combo, and others ~ Willis was born in 1938
February 13, 2015 ~ Blues pianist, singer, songwriter David Maxwell passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Has worked with pop and blues giants such as Louisiana Red, Muddy Waters, Skip James, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Levon Helm, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Adams, Ronnie Earl, Freddie King, and Hubert Sumlin ~ Maxwell was born in 1943
February 13, 2012 ~ Pianist Jodie Christian passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known as co-founder of the Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians, alongside pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, drummer Steve McCall and composer Phil Cohran. Also worked with the Experimental Band, Eddie Harris, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Gene Ammons, Roscoe Mitchell, Buddy Montgomery, John Klemmer, Eric Alexander, Von Freeman, Lin Halliday, Les McCann, Ira Sullivan, and others ~ Christian was born in 1932
February 13, 2010 ~ Guitarist, singer Delmare Allen Hawkins, commonly known as Dale Hawkins, passed away in Little Rock, Kansas, USA ~ Best known for the 1957 swamp-blues classic Susie Q. Later turned label executive and producer, responsible for songs such as the Uniques' Not Too Long Ago, Five Americans' Western Union, and Bruce Channel's Hey Baby ~ Hawkins was born in 1936
February 13, 2009 ~ Double-bassist Johnny Hawksworth passed away in Sydney, Australia ~ Best known as bassist with Ted Heath's orchestra, Britain's leading big band, from the early 1950s through the 1960s. Also known as a composer for film and TV before moving to Australia ~ Hawksworth was born in 1924
February 13, 2008 ~ Comedian, singer, guitarist Henri Salvador passed away in Paris, France ~ Recorded the first French rock & roll songs in 1957 under the moniker Henry Cording, such as Rock'n Roll Mops, Rock Hoquet Va T'Faire Cuire Un Oeuf and Dis-moi Qu'tu M'Aimes Rock, though he would consistently claim he disliked rock & roll. Also known as a TV personality and for a number of 1960s French language adaptations of pop songs including Zorro Est Arrivé and Mais Non Mais Non ~ Salvador was born in 1917
February 13, 2007 ~ Pop singer Céline Dion records Eyes On Me ~ Written by Savan Kotecha, Delta Goodrem and Kristian Lundin, the latter also serving as the track's producer. A worldbeat-infused pop ditty the song would be included on the 2008 Taking Chances album. Though warmly received by critics, drawing comparison to Shakira, the single, where released, would not make much of a dent on the charts
February 13, 2002 ~ Rockabilly, country, outlaw country singer, guitarist, songwriter Waylon Jennings, full name Waylon Arnold Jennings, passed away in Chandler, Arizona, USA ~ Hired by Buddy Holly to play bass. Gave up his seat on the flight in 1959 that killed Holly, JP Richardson and Ritchie Valens. First achieved major chart success in the mid-1960s with songs such as Anita You're Dreaming, Time To Bum Again, Green River and Just To Satisfy You. Especially acclaimed for a string of 1970s albums, notably Lonesome On'ry & Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes. Collaborated with Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser and his wife Jessi Colter on the 1976 Wanted The Outlaws landmark album. Member of country supergroup Old Dogs alongside Bobby Bare, Jerry Reed and Mel Tillis. Member of country supergroup the Highwaymen with Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson ~ Jennings was born in 1937
February 13, 1998 ~ Saxophonist Thomas Chapin passed away in Providence, Rhode Island, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Chico Hamilton, Machine Gun, Mario Pavone, Ray Drummond, Anthony Braxton, Tom Harrell, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg, Axel Zwingenberger, and others ~ Chapin was born in 1957
February 13, 1995 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist Sylvester Aloha passed away in USA ~ Worked with Frank Ward, Paul Specht, the California Ramblers, Adrian Rollini, the Savoy Orpheans, Bert Firman, Bert Ambrose, and others ~ Aloha was born in 1902
February 13, 1995 ~ Jazz saxophonist Wilton Gaynair passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with George Shearing, Carmen McRae, Kurt Edelhagen, Ali Haurand, Gil Evans, Freddie Hubbard, Shirley Bassey, the Manhattan Transfer, Horace Parlan, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis, Charly Antolini, Jiggs Whigham, Shake Keane, Jean Warland, Werner Dies, Karlheinz Kastel, Francis Coppieters, and others ~ Gaynair was born in 1927
February 13, 1989 ~ Willie Richard, commonly known as Chicago blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Hip Linkchain, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for Change My Blues and That Will Never Do. Has collaborated with Lester Davenport, Pinetop Perkins, Tyrone Davis, Little Walter, and others ~ Richard was born in 1936
February 13, 1988 ~ Pop singer, dancer, actor Aston Merrygold, full name Aston Iain Merrygold, born in Peterborough, UK ~ Member of boy band JLS, runner-up to singer Alexandra Burke in the 2008 edition of the talent show the X-Factor. The band would score five UK No.1 hits, Beat Again, Everybody In Love, The Club Is Alive, Love You More, and She Makes Me Wanna. Merrygold has released several singles as a solo artist, notably Get Stupid reaching the top 30 in 2015. His planned solo debut album would remain shelved
February 13, 1986 ~ Jazz, light music banjoist, guitarist, bandleader Mike Danzi passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with the Red Devils Jazz Band, Wilbur Sweatman, Alex Hyde, Bernard Etté, Harry Revel, Dajos Béla, the Virginians, and others ~ Danzi was born in 1898
February 13, 1982 ~ Experimental jazz, metal, rock guitarist Even Helte Hermansen born in Skien, Norway ~ Started in rock and metal to eventually gravitate towards experimental jazz. Worked with Bushman's Revenge, Lamaskrik, the Shining, Supersonic Rocketship, the Eple Trio, Solveig Slettahjell, Morten Qvenild, Per Oddvar Johansen, and others
February 13, 1979 ~ Punk, punk rock singer Matt Caughthran born ~ Best known as frontman of punk bands the Bronx and Mariachi El Bronx. Has also worked with the Drips, Biffy Clyro, Thrash Talk, Oppenheimer, Every Time I Die, the Bullet Treatment and DZ Deathrays
February 13, 1979 ~ Singer, songwriter Natalie Stewart born ~ Rose to fame in the early 2000s as half of the R&B duo Floetry alongside Marsha Ambrosius. The duo is best known for the singles Floetic, Say Yes and Getting Late of their 2002 Floetic debut album and have collaborated with artists such as Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, Common, the Roots and Bilal. Stewart released her Floetic Soul solo debut album in 2010. Married to the Stone Roses-drummer Robbie Maddix in 2017
February 13, 1978 ~ Doom metal, gothic metal guitarist Hamish Glencross born in UK ~ Briefly worked as an actor, notably in the children's drama Children's Ward, prior to switching to music. Best known as rhythm guitarist for metal band My Dying Bride, remaining with the band from 2000 through 2014, first appearing on the acclaimed The Dreadful Hours album
February 13, 1978 ~ Drummer, producer Stephan Ebn born in Kelheim, Germany ~ Worked with Gianna Nannina, the Middle Of The Road, Lynn Anderson, Helmut Zerlett, Kimberley Dahme, Jon Walmsley, Johan Eliasson, Wolfgang Lackerschmid, Bill Molenhof, Claus Stotter, Jorg Widmosser, Laura Pausini, and others
February 13, 1976 ~ Alice Josephine Pons, commonly known as operatic soprano, actress Lily Pons, passed away in Dallas, Texas ~ French-American soprano particularly associated with the title roles in Lakme Opera and Lucia di Lammermoor. Concert singer. Savvy at making herself into a marketable cultural icon. Guested internationally at many well-known opera houses. Darling of the the New York Metropolitan Opera where she performed nearly 300 times between 1931 and 1960 ~ Pons was born in 1898
February 13, 1974 ~ Pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Robbie Williams, full name Robert Peter Williams, born in Stoke-on-Trent, UK ~ Rose to fame as a member of boy band Take That, known for songs such as Pray, Babe and Back For Good. Became a superstar in UK and Europe as a solo artist, known for songs such as Let Me Entertain You, She's The One, Rock DJ, The Road To Mandalay, Radio, Rudebox, Candy, and others
February 13, 1972 ~ Emanuele Busnaghi, commonly known as pop rap, hip-hop rapper Thema, born in Milan, Italy ~ Worked with Gemelli Diversi, Spaghetti Funk, DJ Enzo, Articolo 31, Space One, and others
February 13, 1970 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter Karoline Krüger born in Bergen, Norway ~ Internationally best known for representing her native Norway at the 1988 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 5th place with the song For Vår Jord. Has recorded steadily since, including with her husband Sigvart Dagsland with whom she has two daughters
February 13, 1969 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records I Threw It All Away ~ Self-penned. Produced by Bob Johnston. Included on the 1969 Nashville Skyline album. Released as a single, b/w Drifter's Escape, the following April. Dylan is backed by Charlie Daniels on bass, Bob Wilson on organ and Kenny Buttrey on drums. Singer Nick Cave would later cite it as the song he “he wished he had written”
February 13, 1969 ~ Louis Stone, commonly known as bandleader, arranger Lew Stone, passed away in Roehampton, UK ~ Worked with Bert Ambrose, Jack Hylton, Jack Payne, Roy Fox, Al Bowlly, Sam Browne, Les Allen, Tommy McQuater, and others ~ Stone was born in 1898
February 13, 1969 ~ Caron Nimon Rayford, commonly known as soul blues singer, songwriter Sugaray Rayford, born in Smith County, Texas, USA ~ Member of Aunt Kizzy's Boys, present on the albums Trunk Full Of Blues and its follow-up It's Tight Like That. Self-released his Blind Alley debut album in 2010 and has continued to record to critical acclaim backed by guests such as Kim Wilson, Kid Andersen, Sugar Ray Norcia, Bob Corritore, and others. Has also worked with the Mannish Boys, notably on the band's 2013 Double Dynamite debut album
February 13, 1968 ~ Singer Niamh Kavanagh born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Internationally best known for In Your Eyes written by Jimmy Walsh, which won Ireland the 1993 Eurovision Songfestival
February 13, 1966 ~ Jazz guitarist Brad Shepik born in Walla Walla, Washington, USA ~ Worked with Jim Black, Peter Epstein, Tony Scherr, Chris Speed, Skúli Sverrisson, Kenny Wollesen, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Matt Darriau, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Yuri Yunakov, and others
February 13, 1966 ~ Karl Karlsson, commonly known as accordiionist, songwriter Calle Jularbo, passed away in Nacka, Sweden ~ Most famous accordionist of hist his time. Pivotal to forming Swedish accordion tradition. Extremely productive, recording over 1,500 songs during his career. Wrote and first recorded Livet i Finnskogarna, a song that would later be adapted by the Pinetoppers member George Vaughn Horton. The English version is known as Mocking Bird Hill and would be recorded by Les Paul & Mary Ford, popularized by Patti Page who scored a 1951 Billboard pop No.2 hit with it and later recorded by numerous others ~ Karlsson was born in 1893
February 13, 1965 ~ Jazz saxophonist Ole Mathisen born in Sandefjord, Norway ~ Brother of bassist Per Mathisen, guitarists Nils Mathisen and Hans Mathisen. Worked with artists such as Paula Cole, Louie Vega, Omar Hakim, Darryl Jones, Hiram Bullock, Tom Coster, Mark Egan, Steve Smith, Mino Cinélu, Peter Erskine, Eddie Gomez, Badal Roy, Rufus Reid, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Claudio Roditi, Will Lee, Lavern Baker, Abraham Laborile Sr, Randy Brecker, Gil Goldstein, Lew Soloff, Tiger Okoshi, Michael Gibbs, Harvie Swartz, Jon Christensen, Gary Husband, Bill Bruford, Kenny Barron, Bob Moses, Jeff Berlin, Hilton Ruiz, Peter Wettre, Adam Nussbaum, Frankie Valli, Dream Theater, and others
February 13, 1961 ~ Henry Lawrence Garfield, commonly known as hardcore punk, alternative metal singer Henry Rollins, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Member of short-lived hardcore punk band State Of Alert. Fronted Black Flag from 1981 through 1986, leading 1980s LA punk outfit acclaimed for their Damaged debut album. Starting in the mid-1980s has released well over two dozen albums as a solo singer, a spoken word artist, and with the Rollins Band. Also known as an actor and activist for various causes, most vocally for gay rights
February 13, 1961 ~ Rock drummer Les Warner born in Fulham, UK ~ Best known as a member of the Cult, joining the band in 1985 and remaining through 1988. Present on the Electric album. Also worked with the Hellfire Club, Steve Stevens, Joe Lynn Turner, the McCabes, the Celtic Rockers, and others
February 13, 1958 ~ Bassist, mandolinist, guitarist David McLaughlin born in Washington DC, USA ~ Incorporated Bill Monroe's style into progressive bluegrass. Worked with Johnson Mountain Boys, Lynn Morris, Josh Crowe, the Springfield Exit, the Stony Point Quartet, the McCoury Brothers, Hazel Dickens, Tony Trischka, Gloria Belle, Marshall Wilborn, Patrick McAvinue, and others
February 13, 1956 ~ Peter Woodhead, commonly known as post-punk, new wave, alternative rock, synthpop, alternative dance bassist Peter Hook, born in Salford, UK ~ Co-founding member of Joy Division, known best for their 1980 Love Will Tear Us Apart single. Following lead singer Ian Curtis's suicide the band would continue as New Order, scoring UK top hits such as Blue Monday, True Faith, and World In Motion. Has also toured with Durutti Column, and recorded with Revenge, Monaco, and Satellite Party, notably present on the latter's Wish Upon A Dogstar and Kinky, and others
February 13, 1955 ~ Akiko Suzuki, commonly known as jazz, funk, pop, synthpop singer, keyboardist Akiko Yano, born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Debuted in 1976 with the album Japanese Girl and has recorded prolifically since. Drew comparisons to Kate Bush and regarded as one of major musical talents of Japanese pop. Has worked with the Yellow Magic Orchestra, Swing Out Sister, Pat Metheny, the Chieftains, Lyle Mays, David Sylvian, Toninho Horta, Mino Cinélu, Charlie Haden, Peter Erskine, Anthony Jackson, Bill Frisell, Thomas Dolby, Quruli, Rei Harakami, and others
February 13, 1955 ~ Frederick Brandon Williams, commonly known as hip-hop, dance rapper, singer Freedom Williams, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Lead vocalist of 1990s dance outfit C+C Music Factory, known for hits such as Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll), Things That Make You Go Hmmm and their best-known Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
February 13, 1954 ~ Pianist, composer John Wolf Brennan born in Weggis, Switzerland ~ Wrote film music, chamber music, operas, member of several jazz, pop bands. Worked with Impetus, Mohrenkopf, Corin Curschellas, Alex Cline, Pago Libre, and others
February 13, 1952 ~ Fingerstyle guitarist Alex de Grassi born in Yokosuka, Japan ~ Actively recording since the 1970s, highly admired by peers for his virtuoso fingerpicking technique
February 13, 1952 ~ Bassist Ed Gagliardi born in New York, New York, USA ~ Original bass player for Foreigner, present on the albums Foreigner and Double Vision, fired in 1979. Co-founded the band Spys in 1981 with former Foreigner-keyboardist Al Greenwood. Spys only released two albums but would be widely acclaimed for setting the tone for many 80s synth-rock bands. Gagliardi, right-handed himself, played the bass left-handed out of admiration for Paul McCartney ~ Gagliardi passed away in 2014
February 13, 1952 ~ Bassist Paul Jeffreys, full name Paul Avon Jeffreys, born ~ Member of Cockney Rebel from 1972 through 1974. Subsequently played with Be-Bop Deluxe, the Warm Jets and the Electric Eels. Died, along with his wife Rachel Jeffreys, in the Lockerbie plane bombing while starting their honeymoon ~ Jeffreys passed away in 1988
February 13, 1951 ~ Actor, singer David Naughton, full name David Walsh Naughton, born ~ Best known for singing the 1979 theme song Makin' It of the short-lived sitcom of the same name. The single would reach Billboard top 5
February 13, 1950 ~ Singer, songwriter Peter Gabriel born in London, UK ~ Rose to fame in the 1970s as lead singer of progressive rock band Genesis, leaving the band in 1975. Released his solo debut album Peter Gabriel/Car in 1977. Best known for songs such as Solsbury Hill, Games Without Frontiers, Shock The Monkey, Sledgehammer, Don't Give Up with Kate Bush, Steam, and others
February 13, 1949 ~ Judith Aileen Dyble, commonly known as singer, pianist, songwriter Judy Dyble, born in London, UK ~ Best known as co-founding member of Fairport Convention, present on the band's 1968 eponymous Fairport Convention debut album. Also worked with Giles Giles & Fripp and made up half of the duo Trader Horne, the other half being Jackie McAuley ~ Dyble passed away in 2020
February 13, 1947 ~ Country singer Hank Williams records My Love For You Has Turned To Hate ~ Self-penned. Produced by Fred Rose. Paired with I Don't Care If Tomorrow Never Comes on the flipside released as a single the next April. During the same session Williams would also record Pan American, used for his fourth and final single on Sterling Records before moving to MGM
February 13, 1945 ~ Jazz pianist, trombonist, accordionist Keith Nichols born in Ilford, UK ~ Formed and led the New Sedalia. Also worked with Mo Morris, Richard Warner, Paul Nossiter, Bing Crosby, Dick Sudhalter, the Midnite Follies Orchestra, Digby Fairweather, Harry Gold, Richard Pite, Claus Jacobi, and others ~ Nichols passed away in 2021
February 13, 1945 ~ Soul singer, songwriter King Floyd born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for Groove Me, a Billboard top 10 hit in 1970. Floyd continued to record throughout the 1970s but would be unable to replicate its success ~ Floyd passed away in 2006
February 13, 1944 ~ Percussionist, singer Rebop Kwaku Baah born in Konongo, Ghana ~ Has collaborated with Traffic, including on the 1971 The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys album, and with the Can. Also worked with Randy Weston, Nick Drake, Zahara, and others ~ Baah passed away in 1983
February 13, 1942 ~ Peter Halsten Thorkelson, commonly known as guitarist Peter Tork, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Best known as a member of mid- to late-1960s sit-com and band the Monkees. Post-Monkees Tork has worked as an actor, collaborated with George Harrison, released a notable 1994 album (Stranger Things Have Happened), and toured with his blues band Shoe Suede Blues ~ Thorkelson passed away in 2019
February 13, 1941 ~ Fulton Allen, commonly known as singer, guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, passed away in North Carolina, USA ~ One of the most popular Piedmont blues artists. Known for a number of 1930s recordings, perhaps most notaby his rendition of Rag Mama Rag. Other well-known songs include I Want Some Of Your Pie, Truckin' My Blues Away and Get Yer Yas Yas Out. The latter's title would be adapted by the Rolling Stones for their 1970 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out live album ~ Fuller was born ca.1907
February 13, 1938 ~ Carmela Bizman, commonly known as singer, actress Carmela Corren, born in Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine ~ Enjoyed popularity in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria since the early 1960s. Represented Austria in the 1963 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 7th place with the song Vielleicht Geschieht Ein Wunder. Corren would record well over a dozen albums through the late 1970s ~ Bizman passed away in 2022
February 13, 1938 ~ Country, folk singer Larry Cunningham born in Clooneen, Ireland ~ Leading figure of the 1960s, 1970s showband scene. First Irish artist to break into the UK charts, his Tribute To Jim Reeves with the Mighty Avons reaching the top 10 in 1965. Their Lovely Leitrim released later the same year would reach No.1. Cunningham would front the Country Blue Boys from 1969 through the mid-1970s, scoring hits with songs such as Slaney Valley and This Time Of The Year ~ Cunningham passed away in 2012
February 13, 1931 ~ Jazz trumpeter, author, educator Willie Thomas born ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with artists such as Wynton Kelly, Frank Strozier, Bob Cranshaw, Slide Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, George Coleman, Woody Herman, Al Belletto, Peggy Lee, Tito Puente, Bill Henderson, and others ~ Thomas passed away in 2019
February 13, 1928 ~ Singer Dorothy McGuire born ~ Formed the sibling outfit the McGuire Sisters with Christine McGuire and Phyllis McGuire, known for songs such as Sincerely and Sugartime ~ McGuire passed away in 2012
February 13, 1927 ~ Roger Wendell Hill, commonly known as jazz tenor, soprano saxophonist Buck Hill, born in Washington DC, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Recorded a number of late 1950s albums to disappear from view in the 1960s and reemerge in the 1970s as a leader. Has worked with Charlie Byrd, Shirley Horn, Shirley Scott ~ Hill passed away in 2017
February 13, 1927 ~ Bluegrass, country, gospel guitarist, singer Jim McReynolds, full name Jesse Lester McReynolds, born in Coeburn, Virginia, USA ~ Formed the duo Jim & Jesse with his brother Jesse McReynolds, recording and performing from the 1950s until Jim's death in 2002. The brothers were backed by the Virginia Boys, which at times included musicians such as Vassar Clements, Allen Shelton, Carl Jackson, Randall Franks, and others ~ McReynolds passed away in 2002
February 13, 1926 ~ Drummer Ron Jefferson born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Les Jazz Modes, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Pettiford, Lester Young, Ruth Brown, Richard Groove Holmes, Joe Pass, Les McCann, Stuart de Silva, Bobby Hutcherson, Lou Rawls, Joe Roland, Leroy Vinnegar, Julius Watkins, Charlie Rouse, and others ~ Jefferson passed away in 2007
February 13, 1924 ~ Gene Urick, commonly known as traditional pop singer Gene Ames, born in Malden, Massachusetts, USA ~ Member of family outfit the Ames Brothers, known for a number of 1950s hits including Rag Mop, Sentimental Me, Can Anyone Explain (No No No), Undecided, The Man With The Banjo, The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane and Tammy ~ Urick passed away 1997
February 13, 1921 ~ Renée Dumazart, commonly known as colorature soprano Renée Doria, born in Perpignan, France ~ One of leading lyric colorature sopranos of her day. Has worked with the Gaite-Lyrique, the Opera-Comique, the Paris Opera, and others ~ Dumazert passed away in 2021
February 13, 1921 ~ Jazz saxophonist Wardell Gray born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Tenor saxophonist who straddled swing and bebop periods and played with the likes of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Dexter Gordon, Louie Bellson, and Frank Morgan ~ Gray passed away in 1955
February 13, 1920 ~ Diadoros Boudleaux Bryant, commonly known as songwriter Boudleaux Bryant, born ~ Songwriter, usually in partnership with his wife Felice Bryant. Together they wrote some of Nashville's most enduring hits for artists such as Jimmy Dickens (Country Boy), Buddy Holly (Raining In My Heart), Gram Parsons (Love Hurts), Emmylou Harris (Like Strangers), Ricky Van Shelton (Loving Proof), Johnny O'Keefe (She Wears My Ring), and perhaps most extensively for the Everly Brothers (Bye Bye Love, Problems, Wake Up Little Susie). Other artists who have recorded their songs include Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Sonny James, Eddy Arnold, Bob Moore, Charley Pride, Nazareth, Jim Reeves, Leo Sayer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, the Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Joan Jett, Roy Orbison, Solomon King, Sue Thompson, Moon Mullican, and Dillard & Clarke ~ Bryant passed away in 1987
February 13, 1920 ~ Soprano singer Eileen Farrell born in Willimantic, Connecticut, USA ~ Active on the opera stage, in the musical theatre, as a concert singer with a career spanning six decades. Arguably credited for releasing the first successful opera crossover album in 1960, namely I Got A Right To Sing The Blues. Has worked with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Frank Sinatra, and others ~ Farrell passed away in 2002
February 13, 1919 ~ Jessie Wanda Crupe, commonly known as country singer Chickie Williams, born ~ Member of the Border Riders, a popular radio orchestra from the mid-1930s forwards led by her husband Doc Williams ~ Williams passed away in 2007
February 13, 1919 ~ Ernest Jennings Ford, commonly known as country, pop, gospel singer Tennessee Ernie Ford born in Bristol, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for his hit recordings Shotgun Boogie and Sixteen Tons. Also remembered for songs such as Smokey Mountain Boogie, I'll Never Be Free with Kay Starr, Tailor Made Woman with Joe Fingers Carr, Mister And Mississippi, Blackberry Boogie, and Hicktown ~ Ford passed away in 1991
February 13, 1912 ~ Jazz saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist Arthur Rollini, full name Arthur Francis Rollini, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Benny Goodman, including at the famed 1938 Carnegie Hall performance considered a milestone in big band history. Also worked with Richard Himber, Will Bradley, Wingy Manone, Joe Venuti, Lionel Hampton, Harry James, Louis Armstrong, Brad Gowans, Bunny Berigan, Jack Teagarden, and wioth his older brother Adrian Rollini ~ Rollini passed away in 1993
February 13, 1903 ~ Jazz bandleader Les Hite born in Duquoin, Illinois, USA ~ Played with Detroit Shannon, Helen Dewey, the Spikes Brothers, Mutt Carey, Curtis Mosby, Paul Howard, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Marshal Royal, George Orendorff, Lawrence Brown, Britt Woodman, Joe Wilder, T-Bone Walker, Marvin Johnson, and with Dizzy Gillespie ~ Hite passed away in 1962
February 13, 1900 ~ Joseph Matthews Manone, commonly known as trumpeter, singer, composer, bandleader Wingy Manone, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Known for songs such as Tar Paper Stomp, Nickel In The Slot, Downright Disgusted BLues, There'll Come A Time (Wait And See), and Tailgate Ramble ~ Manone passed away in 1982
February 13, 1883 ~ Composer Richard Wagner, full name Richard Wilhelm Wagner passed away in Venice, Italy ~ Initially a composer in the Romantic tradition akin to Carl Maria von Weber and Giacomo Meyerbeer. Wagner would establish himself as an opera composer, known especially for the complex textures and rich harmonies of his compositions. Best known for writing the four-opera cycle The Ring Of The Nibelung ~ Wagner was born in 1813