This Day In Music: February 19
February 18 ~ Birthdays/All ~ February 20
February 19, 2022 ~ Rock, pop rock, baroque pop singer, keyboardist Gary Brooker passed away in London, UK ~ Member of the Paramounts. Co-founded Procol Harum with Keith Reid, serving as its lead singer known for his emotive vocals until the band's disbandement in 1977. The band is perhaps best known for its 1967 single A Whiter Shade Of Pale, a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Brooker has also recorded as a solo artist and worked with Alan Parsons, Eric Clapton, Liqourice John Death, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and with Bill Wyman. Played the role of Argentine foreign minister Juan Atilio Bramuglio in the 1996 musical film Evita alongside Madonna ~ Brooker was born in 1945
February 19, 2022 ~ Pianist, composer Nigel Butterley, full name Nigel Henry Cockburn Butterley, passed away ~ Known for works such as Laudes, In The Head The Fire, and Interaction For Artist And Orchestra ~ Butterley was born in 1935
February 19, 2021 ~ Singer, songwriter Dorde Balasevic passed away in Novi Sad, Serbia ~ First gained attention in the late 1970s as a member of Rani Mraz, writing Racunajte Na Nas which would become one of the band's best-known and an anthem of a generation. As a solo artist has about a dozen albums to his name starting with the well-received Pub released in 1982. Known for his outspoken political views, advocate of Yugoslavian unity, openly criticising ethnic nationalism and one of the most prominent critics of Slobodan Milosevic's regime ~ Balasevic was born in 1953
February 19, 2021 ~ Songwriter Luigi Albertelli passed away in Tortona, Italy ~ First gained attention co-writing Zingara with Enrico Riccardi, a 1969 Italian No.1 hit for Bobby Solo. Others who have recorded his songs include Mina, Mia Martini, Caterina Caselli, Dik-Dik, and Fiordaliso ~ Albertelli was born in 1934
February 19, 2021 ~ Philippe de Chateleux de Villeneuve Bergermont de Duras, commonly known as singer, songwriter Philippe Chatel, passed away in Paris, France ~ Debuted in 1976 with the album Analyse. Best known for songs such as J' T'Aime Bien Lili, Ma Lycéene, Tout Quitter Mais Tout Emporter and Mister Hyde. Would gain international recognition in 1979 writing the musical comedy Emilie Jolie. It would be adapted to a later version in 1997 and into an animated edition, directed by Chatel, in 2011. Also known as a author, notably writing the Georges Brassens biography Brassens published in 1975 ~ De Chateleux was born in 1948
February 19, 2019 ~ Wayne Kent, commonly known as songwriter, producer, singer Artie Wayne, passed away in Palm Springs, California, USA ~ As a songwriter saw his songs recorded by artists including Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Pat Boone, Joe Dassin, the Temptations, Cher, and the 5th Dimension ~ Kent was born in 1942
February 19, 2019 ~ Guitarist, composer Clark Dimond passed away ~ Owner of Dimond Studios and a key figure in Colorado's counterculture working mainly with local musicians. Plays bluegrass, Celtic, folk, jazz, classical and rock. Also known as an author of both fiction and non-fiction books ~ Dimond was born in 1941
February 19, 2018 ~ Shaun Lewis, commonly known as grime and drum and bass MC Stormin, passed away ~ Pioneering British grime and drum and bass MC. Co-founded the Nasty Crew ~ Lewis was born in 1984
February 19, 2017 ~ Lorenz Albert Van DeLinder III, commonly known as jazz, jazz-fusion, pop rock, classical guitarist Larry Coryell, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Influenced by jazz musicians such as Kenny Burrell, Red Norvo and Wes Montgomery as well as by classical composers such as Béla Bartók, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Over 80 albums to his name as a leader. Member of the Free Spirits prior to backing Chico Hamilton in the late 1960s, replacing Gábor Szabó. Closely associated with childhood friend Mike Mandel and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. Formed the Guitar Trio with John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia. Has also worked with Herbie Mann, Charles Mingus, Fuse One, Don Sebesky, Chet Baker, Randy Brecker, the 5th Dimension, Sonny Rollins, Michal Urbaniak, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and numerous others ~ Van DeLinder was born in 1943
February 19, 2017 ~ Blues guitarist Robert Walker passed away in California, USA ~ Performed locally to some acclaim for most of his life but did not record till later in life. Released a handful of albums in the late 1990s and early 2000s, starting with Promised Land in 1997 ~ Walker was born in 1937
February 19, 2016 ~ Saxophonist Harald Devold passed away ~ Worked with the Oslo Groove Company ~ Devold was born in 1964
February 19, 2016 ~ Frances Sokolov, commonly known as singer, guitarist Vi Subversa passed away ~ Lead singer, rhythm guitarist of anarcho-punk outfit the Poison Girls ~ Sokolov was born in 1935
February 19, 2014 ~ Singer, songwriter Simon Diaz, full name Simon Narciso Diaz Marquez, passed away in Caracas, Venezuela ~ Penned Caballo Viejo, which was recorded by the Gipsy Kings as Bamboleo. Other artists who recorded songs written or co-written by Díaz include Plácido Domingo, Ray Conniff, Julio Iglesias, Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ivan Lins, Cheo Feliciano, Juan Gabriel, Maria Dolores Pradera, Tania Libertad, Ry Cooder, Devendra Banhart, and others ~ Díz was born in 1928
February 19, 2008 ~ Attilio Joseph Macero, commonly known as producer Teo Macero, passed away in Riverhead, New York, USA ~ Was to jazz in the 1950s and beyond what Phil Spector was to pop-rock in the 1960s and beyond. Produced some of jazz's most influential and quintessential albums, working with artists such as Thelonious Monk (including Monk's Blues), Charles Mingus, Miles Davis (including Bitches Brew), Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson, and others. Also produced classical orchestral and contemporary works, Broadway recordings and soundtracks ~ Macero was born in 1925
February 19, 2001 ~ Pianist, singer Theophilus Beckford passed away in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Helped define Jamaican ska. As a solo artist best known for Easy Snappin', a hit in 1959. Worked with Stanley Motta, Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, Prince Buster, Leslie Kong, Clancy Eccles, Junior Byles, the GG All-Stars, and others ~ Beckford was born ca.1935
February 19, 1999 ~ Guitarist Lauderic Caton passed away in London, UK ~ Pioneered the use of electric guitar in British jazz. Also played saxophone, double bass and banjo. Worked with Oscar Alemán, Ram Ramirez, Jean Omer, Harry Pohl, Cyril Blake, Johnny Claes, Bertie King, Harry Parry, Dick Katz, Coleridge Goode, Ray Ellington, Ray Nance, and others. Retired from music in the late 1950s ~ Caton was born in 1910
February 19, 1999 ~ Jazz singer, actress Trudy Desmond passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Worked with Doug Riley and Don Thompson. As a solo artist best known for a number of 1990s albums, including 1992's Tailor Made and 1994's RSVP ~ Desmond was born in 1945
February 19, 1998 ~ Louis Marshall Jones, commonly known as country, bluegrass, gospel banjoist, singer Grandpa Jones, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known as charter cast member on the long-running Hee Haw TV show ~ Jones was born in 1913
February 19, 1996 ~ Ashton Nicole Casey, commonly known a hip-hop, electro-pop, indie pop, alt-pop singer, rapper, songwriter Ashnikko, born in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, USA ~ First gained attention with her 2019 single Stupid featuring Yung Baby Tate, going viral on the TikTok online platform. Would release her Demidevil debut mixtape in 2021, spawning the singles Daisy and Slumber Party featuring Princess Nokia
February 19, 1996 ~ Singer, songwriter Mabel McVey, full name Mabel Alabam Pearl McVey, born in Malaga, Spain ~ First gained attention in 2017 with the single Finders Keepers, reaching the British top 10. Would follow up with a full-length dbute album, High Expectations, in 2019, spawning the hits Don't Call Me Up and Mad Love
February 19, 1986 ~ Pop, folk, rock singer, songwriter Maria Mena, full name Maria Viktoria Mena, born in Oslo, Norway ~ Known for songs such aas You're The Only One, Just Hold Me and All This Time
February 19, 1985 ~ Jazz, experimental, noise tubist, guitarist, keyboardist Kristoffer Lo born in Moss, Norway ~ Redefined the role of tuba, setting the instrument as a valid sound in experimental music, metal and noise bands. Has released a handful of solo albums in the 2010s yet is best known for his collaborations with acts such as PELbO, Microtub, Machina, Sunswitch, Highasakite, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and with Motorpsycho
February 19, 1985 ~ Songwriter Woody Harris passed away in Hallandale, Florida, USA ~ Perhaps best known for writing or co-writing several of Bobby Darin's songs including The Queen Of The Hop and Early In The Morning. Others who recorded his songs incluce Mat Mathews, Guy Mitchell, Elvis Presley, Della Reese, Buddy Brooks and Jimmy Witherspoon ~ Harris was born in 1911
February 19, 1984 ~ Pop rock, R&B singer, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer, songwriter Chris Richardson, full name Christopher Michael Richardson, born in Soignies, Belgium ~ First gained attention as a contestant during the 6th season of American Idol, having auditioned but not selected for two previous seasons. Richardson would reach the finals, reaching fifth place. Released his eponymous Chris Richardson debut EP later the same year. Has collaborated with Tyga (Far Away), Caskey (Why You Mad), and Busta Rhymes (Bigger Better Faster)
February 19, 1984 ~ Jazz stride pianist, bandleader Claude Hopkins, full name Claude Driskett Hopkins, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Wilbur Sweatman, Sidney Bechet, Edmond Hall, Jabbo Smith, Vic Dickenson, Ovie Alston, Fernando Arbello, Shirley Clay, Arville Harris, Red Allen, Cozy Cole, Bud Freeman, Coleman Hawkins, Lonnie Johnson, Ma Rainey, and others ~ Hopkins was born in 1903
February 19, 1984 ~ Eric Gjerdrum, commonly known as hard rock, glam metal guitarist, drummer Eric Young, born in Kenya ~ Best known as drummer of Swedish glam metal outfit Crashdiet including on the band's best-known such as Riot In Everyone, Breakin' The Chainz, Knokk 'Em Down and It's A Miracle. Has previously served as guitarist for Pandemonic
February 19, 1984 ~ Odessa Cowan, commonly known as singer,bandleader Ina Ray Hutton, passed away in Ventura, California, USA ~ Best known for leading the Melodears in the 1930s, one of the first all-female big bands ~ Cowan was born in 1916
February 19, 1983 ~ Pop, jazz, alternative rock singer, actress Mika Nakashima born in Kagoshima, Japan ~ Showed up at an audition at age 17 not knowing what it was for and was selected out of 3,000 girls to act in the 2001 TV drama Kizudareke No Love Song. Would go on to become hugely popular J-pop singer and actress, selling over 10 million records. Known for songs such as Stars, Crescent Moon, One Survive, and others
February 19, 1981 ~ Mary Beth Peterson, commmonly known as indie rock, post-punk, synthpop singer, songwriter Beth Ditto, born ~ Drew comparisons to Etta James, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner. Fronted Gossip from its formation in 1999 until the band disbanded in 2016, known for singles such as Heavy Cross, Pop Goes The World, Perfect World and Move In The Right Direction
February 19, 1980 ~ Ronald Belford Scott, commonly known as hard rock singer Bon Scott passed away in East Dulwich, UK ~ Replaced Dave Evans as AC/DC lead singer in 1974 and remained with the band until his untimely death in 1980. Present on all the band's early albums, in retrospect seen as some of the band's best and classics in the genre, including 1977's Let There Be Rock and 1979's Highway To Hell. Has previously worked with acts such as the Spektors, the Valentines and Fraternity ~ Scott was born in 1946
February 19, 1980 ~ Swing trumpeter Shorty Sherock passed away ~ Active since the late 1930s. Worked with Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa. Benny Carter, Nelson Riddle. Featured soloist at Norman Granz's 1944 Jazz At The Philharmonic concert, alongside greats such as Illinois Jacquet, Jack McVea, JJ Johnson, Nat King Cole, and Les Paul ~ Sherock was born in 1915
February 19, 1979 ~ Rock, pop, electropop bassist, singer Miki Furukawa born in Hachinohe, Japan ~ Best known as member of indie rock outfit Supercar from 1995 through 2005, best known for their 1998 Three Out Change debut album critically acclaimed as one of the all-time great Japanese rock albums. Released her Mirrors debut album in 2006, merging guitar-based rock with electronic dance-pop influences. Also a member of supergroup Lama, founded in 2011
February 19, 1978 ~ Felipe Andres Coronel, commonly known as rapper Immortal Technique, born in Lima, Peru ~ Covers a wide array of controversial social issues from a radical left-wing perspective. Released his full-length debut album, Revolutionary Vol.1, in 2001
February 19, 1977 ~ Daniel Martin Garcia, commonly known as pop, pop rock singer Dani Martin, born in Alcobendas, Spain ~ Lead singer, co-founding member of pop punk, power pop outfit El Canto De Loco, best known for their 2005 Zapatillas album. Martin has recorded over half a dozen albums as a solo artist, starting with 2010's Pequeño
February 19, 1976 ~ Folk, folk rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Teddy Thompson born in London, UK ~ Son of singers Richard Thompson and Linda Thompson, brother of singer Kamila Thompson. Released his eponymous Teddy Thompson in 2000. Would reach the UK top 10 with his fourth album, A Piece Of What You Need released in 2008
February 19, 1975 ~ Hard rock, alternative metal, alternative rock drummer Daniel Adair, full name Daniel Patrick Adair, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Member of 3 Doors Down from 2002 through 2005. Following his departure from the band joined Nickelback. Has also worked with Martone, Suspect, Theory Of A Madman, Burn Halo, Kranky Bear, and others
February 19, 1975 ~ Actress, singer Katja Schuurman born in Bunnik, the Netherlands ~ Sister of singer, actress Birgit Schuurman. Best known as actress. As a singer known for Ademnood, released under the moniker Linda Roos & Jessica with her Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden co-stars Babette van Veen and Guusje Nederhorst. The 1995 single was intended as a gimmick but would reach No.1 on the Dutch charts, featured backing vocals by Trijntje Oosterhuis and was produced by Fluitsma & van Tijn
February 19, 1975 ~ Singer, guitarist, producer, songwriter Lata Gouveia born in Lisbon, Portugal ~ Fronted Lata Dog from 2002 through 2006, known for their sole Lead The Way album. Has since recorded as a solo artist, recording over half a dozen albums. Has opened for the likes of Charlie Winston, Alan Parsons, and Sting
February 19, 1974 ~ Progressive metal, power metal singer, drummer Todd La Torre born in St Petersburg, Florida, USA ~ Lead singer of progressive metal band Queensryche joining the band in 2012 replacing Geoff Tate. Has previously worked with Crimson Glory and Rising West. Released his Rejoice In The Suffering solo debut album in 2021. Guested on recordings by Craig Blackwell, Tommy Vitaly, Dark Matter, the Metal Church, and others
February 19, 1973 ~ Flutist Elaine Shaffer passed away ~ Student of William Kincaid. Shaffer played with the Kansas City Philharmonic, was principal flute of the the Houston Symphony, and worked as a soloist playing festivals with violinist Yehudi Menuhin, pianist Hephzibah Menuhin, and harpsichordist George Malcolm. Composer Ernest Bloch dedicated two works to her, Suite Modale and Two Last Poems (Maybe) ~ Shaffer was born in 1925
February 19, 1973 ~ Classical violinist Joseph Szigeti passed away ~ Child prodigy enjoying an international career since his early teens. Dubbed “the Scholarly Virtuoso.” Performed regularly and recorded extensively from the 1920s until retiring from music altogether in 1960. Had several notable pieces composed especially for him such as Ernest Bloch's Violin Concerto, Béla Bartók's Rhapsoy No.1 and Eugène Ysaÿe's Solo Sonata No.1 ~ Szigeti was born in 1892
February 19, 1973 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Leon Washington passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Zinky Cohn, Frankie Franko, Bernie Young, the Creolians, Carroll Dickerson, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Red Saunders, and others ~ Washington was born in 1909
February 19, 1972 ~ Jazz, hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan, full name Edward Lee Morgan, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader5 and sideman. Perhaps best known for his 1963 crossover hit The Sidewinder. First gained attention backing John Coltrane on the pivotal 1957 Blue Train. Has also worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Grachan Moncur III, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Dr Lonnie Smith, Elvin Jones, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Andrew Hill, Quincy Jones, and others. Shot and killed by his wife at age 33 ~ Morgan was born in 1938
February 19, 1971 ~ Rock, indie rock, folk metal Keith Baxter born in Morecambe, UK ~ Co-founded thrash metal Aphasia while still in his teens. Perhaps best known as member of folk metal pioneers Skyclad from 1990 through 1995, first appearing on the 1991 The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth album. Subsequently worked with 3 Colours Red until its disbandement in 1999. Formed Elevation with bandmate Pete Vuckovic. Has also briefly worked with Therapy and with Baby Judas ~ Baxter passed away in 2008
February 19, 1971 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Luis Perdomo born in Caracas, Venezuela ~ Influenced by Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Paul Bley, and Herbie Hancock. Has worked with Ralph Irizarry, Timbalaya, Ray Barretto, David Sánchez, John Patitucci, Dave Douglas, Yosvany Terry, Brian Lynch, Tom Harrell, Henry Threadgill, David Gilmore, David Weiss, Robin Eubanks, Miguel Zenon, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Turre, Ben Wolfe, and others
February 19, 1970 ~ Singer, actor Danny de Munk born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Rose to fame at age 12 in the title role in Ciske de Rat, noted for his performance of Ik Voel Me Zo Verdomd Alleen. The song, written by Karin Loomans and Herman van Veen, would top the Dutch charts and make De Munk an instant star. Would go on to mainly perform in stage musicals and venture into acting for film and TV on occasion
February 19, 1968 ~ Mark Anthony Morales, commonly known as hip-hop, new jack swing rapper, songwriter, producer Prince Markie Dee, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Rose to fame as member of pioneering rap group the Fat Boys, known for songs such as Wipeout and Twist. Would release his full-length solo debut album, Free, in 1992. Has also produced and written for artists such as Mary J Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Craig Mack and Marc Anthony ~ Morales passed away in 2021
February 19, 1968 ~ Songwriter, composer Vladimir Graić born in Belgrade, Serbia ~ TV, film, pop composer, songwriter. Co-wrote Marija Serifovic's Molitva, Serbia's 2007 Eurovision Songfestival winner
February 19, 1967 ~ Space rock, art rock, garage rock keyboardist Kate Radley born ~ Member of Spiritualized until 1997, including on the albums Lazer Guided Melodies, Pure Phase and Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. Married the Verve's singer Richard Ashcroft in 1995, with whom she has two children
February 19, 1965 ~ Drummer, singer Jonathan Fishman born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Influenced by John Bonham, Bill Bruford, Keith Moon. Best known as co-founding member of experimental rock, jam band Phish, earning critical acclaim and a cult following in the 1990s with a unique hybrid drawing from funk, progressive rock, psychedelica, folk, country, jazz, blues and pop. occasionally sang lead, on humurous covers such as the Prince-cover Purple Rain, the Neil Diamond-cover Cracklin' Rosie and the Will Smith-cover Gettin' Jiggy With It, as well as on some originals including Moma Dance, Taste and Ghost. Has also worked with Touchpants, Pork Tornado, the Jazz Mandolin Project and bandmate Trey Anastasio's side project the Ghosts Of The Forest
February 19, 1964 ~ Douglas Aldrich, commonly known as hard rock, heavy metal guitarist, bassist, singer Doug Aldrich, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA ~ Founded Burning Rain in 1998 with Keith St John. Has recorded as a solo artist, toured with Deep Purple-bassist, singer Glenn Hughes, worked with Lion, the House Of Lords, Hurricane, Bad Moon Rising, WASP, Dio, Whitesnake, the Revolution Saints, and since 2016 fronts the Dead Daisies
February 19, 1963 ~ Bartholome Maximiliano More, commonly known as singer, bandleader, songwriter Benny Moré, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Conhunto Matamoros and Pérez Prado. Offered to work with Sonora Matancera but declined ~ Moré was born in 1919
February 19, 1963 ~ Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, commonly known as pinger, songwriter Seal, born in Paddington, UK ~ Rose to stardom in 1991 with Crazy. Also known for songs such as Kiss From A Rose and the Steve Miller Band-cover Fly Like An Eagle
February 19, 1960 ~ Rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Momcilo Bajagic born in Bjelovar, Yugoslavia ~ Member of Riblja Corba from 1978 through 1984, writing or co-writing a vast amount of the band's material. Departed the band as his material did not fit the band's hard rock edge. Would go on to front Bajagi I Instruktori, which quickly became one of the most successful and influential rock bands on the Yugoslav and Serbian rock scene
February 19, 1960 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Steve Poltz born in Halifax, Canada ~ Co-founding member of indie rock outfit Rugburns. Duetted with singer Jewel on her 1996 US top 10 hit You Were Meant For Me. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
February 19, 1959 ~ Close harmony singer Lewis James, full name Lewis Lyman James, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Active as a soloist and as a member of the Revelers, the Shannon Four and of the Criterion Trio. One of the most recorded artist from the end of World War I through the 1930s. Known for songs such as My Baby Boy, Till We Meet Again, What I'll Do, All Alone and Pal Of My Cradle Days ~ James was born in 1892
February 19, 1957 ~ Johan Hölzel, commonly known as singer, pianist, bassist, guitarist Falco, born in Vienna, Austria ~ Known for hits such as Rock Me Amadeus, Jeanny and The Sound Of Musik. Sold over 20 million albums and over 40 million singles, making him the all-time best-selling Austrian singer ~ Hözel passed away in 1998
February 19, 1957 ~ Guitarist, bandleader, composer, producer Jean Paul Maunick born ~ Formed and leads British acid jazz band Incognito. As a producer has worked with Paul Weller, George Benson, Maxi Priest, Terry Callier, and others
February 19, 1957 ~ Baritone singer, composer, arranger Philip Lawson born in Crawley, UK ~ Best known as a member of the King's Singers from 1993 through 2012. Also worked with the BBC Singers, the Taverner Choir, Opera Rara, the Romsey Singers, and others
February 19, 1956 ~ Blues guitarist Alan Haynes born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Worked with artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Albert Collins, Albert King, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Chris Layton, Preston Hubbard, Dave Lindholm, the Tubesnakes, the Bluesknights, and others
February 19, 1956 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Dave Wakeling born in Birmingham, UK ~ Co-founding member of pivotal ska, ska revival band the English Beat, known for about half a dozen UK hits through the mid-1980s including the top 10 hits The Tears Of A Clown, Hands Off She's Mine, Mirror In The Bathroom and Can't Get Used To Losing You. Formed General Public in 1984 with bandmate Ranking Roger, scoring moderate hits with 1984's Tenderness and 1994's I'll Take You There. Released a sole solo album, No Warning, in 1991
February 19, 1956 ~ Marina Fiordelli, commonly known as pop, rock singer Fiordaliso, born in Placenza, Italy ~ Gained popularity in the early 1980s with songs such as Scappo Via and the reggae-rock ballad Una Sproca Poesia. Would go on to score hits such as Oramai, the Zucchero-penned Non Voglio Mica La Luna, and perhaps her best-known the 1990 hit Cosa Ti Farei. Over time gradually moved away from music, focusing on her activities as actress and TV host
February 19, 1956 ~ Singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Peter Holsapple born Newport, Rhode Island, USA ~ Best known for co-founding jangle pop band the dB's with Chris Stamey, becoming the band's main songwriter and singer after Stamey's departure. Toured with REM on their 1988 world tour and appeared on the band's 1991 Out Of Time album. Has also worked with the Continental Drifters and released a handful of solo recordings
February 19, 1955 ~ Free jazz, avant-garde, post bop saxophonist, clarinetist David Murray born ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Paul Gonsalves. Founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet. In-demand collaborator, recording prolifically since the mid-1970s. Has worked with Olu Dara, James Newton, Lester Bowie, Johnny Dyani, Butch Morris, Henry Threadgill, John Purcell, James Blood Ulmer, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, the Clarinet Summit, Bobby Few, Hilton Ruiz, Pharoah Sanders, the Music Revelation Ensemble, and others
February 19, 1954 ~ Singer, guitarist Michael Gira born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Main creative force behind Swans. Fronted Angels Of Light. Has released about a dozen solo albums and collaborated with Circus Mort, Skin, Devendra Banhart, Pigface, and others
February 19, 1952 ~ Progressive rock, hard rock, italo disco keyboardist, songwriter, film composer Claudio Simonetti born in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Son of pianist, conductor, composer Enrico Simonetti. Influenced by Keith Emerson, Brian Auger, Rick Wakeman, Tony Banks. Member of progressive rock outfit Goblin. Well-known for his soundtracks for cult and horror films, notable credits including The New Barbarians, Midnight Killer, Body Count, and The Versace Killer. Has also dabble in Italo disco in the late 1970s, most notably with the group the Crazy Gang
February 19, 1952 ~ Guitarist, singer Rick Dufay, full name Richard Marc Dufay, born in Paris, France ~ Best known as a member of Aerosmith from 1980 through 1984, filling in for Brad Whitford until Whitford's return
February 19, 1952 ~ Stephen William Negus, commonly known as progressive rock drummer Steve Negus, born in Hamilton, Canada ~ Best known as co-founding member of progressive rock band Saga. The band achieved commercial succes particularly in Europe with a string of well-received mid- to late 1980s albums including Worlds Apart, Heads Or Tales and Behaviour
February 19, 1951 ~ Horace Hinds, commonly known as reggae, roots reggae singer Horace Andy, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Regarded as one of the most influential Jamaican singers. Known for songs such as Government Land, Angel, Spying Glass and Five Man Army, the latter a collaboration with British trip hop outit Massive Attack
February 19, 1951 ~ Free improvisation, experimental violinist, composer Jon Rose, full name Jonathan Anthony Rose, born in Maidstone, UK ~ Primarily known as a violinist, yet also plays cello, fence, keyboards and custom-built experimental instruments. Multimedia artist. Acclaimed as one of Australia's most imaginative violinists. Has collaborated with the likes of Jim Denley, Louis Burdett, Simone de Haan, Veryan Weston, Rik Rue
February 19, 1950 ~ Rock, hard rock, progressive rock guitarist, singer Andy Powell born in London, UK ~ Best known as co-lead guitarist, co-founding member of Wishbone Ash. Widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in rock. Has guested on recordings by George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Kashif, Cilla Black, Stewart Copeland, Renaissance, and others
February 19, 1950 ~ Rock, hard rock, pop rock bassist Francis Buchholz born in Hanover, Germany ~ Best known as member of the Scorpions from 1973 through 1992, including on hit singles such as Still Loving You, Wind Of Change and Send Me An Angel. Also worked with Dawn Road, Dreamtide, Phantom V, and others
February 19, 1949 ~ Rock pianist, singer Eddie Hardin born in London, UK ~ Best known as a member of the Spencer Davis Group, remaing with the band through 1968 and rejoining in 1973. Also worked with Axis Point, Hardin & York and with Roger Glover including on the latter's The Butterfly Ball & The Grasshopper's Ball album
February 19, 1948 ~ Peter John Sadler, commonly known as punk rock, new wave, post-punk guitarist, songwriter Arthur Kadmon, born in Stockport, UK ~ Member of a number of late 1970s, 1980s new wave, post-punk bands including Manicured Noise, Ludus, the Distractions. Briefly worked with the Fall, present on Hard Life In Country of their 1982 Room To Live album
February 19, 1948 ~ Bassist, guitarist Mark Andes born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Early member of Canned Heat, leaving the band before they were signed. Co-founding member of Spirit, present on the band's first four albums. Formed Jo Jo Gunne with bandmate Jay Ferguson and his brother guitarist Matt Andes. Andes appeared on the band's debut album and Run Run Run, one of the band's best-known singles. Andes would go on to work with Firefall, Kim Carnes, Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, Trevor Rabin, Frank Banali, Heart, Robert Mirabal, Ian McLagan, Alejandro Escovedo, Jo Carol Pierce, Kenny Cordray, and others
February 19, 1948 ~ Jazz guitarist, songwriter Paul Nash born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Eddie Marshall, Mark Isham, Danse Society, the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra, and others ~ Nash passed away in 2005
February 19, 1948 ~ Guitarist Tony Iommi, full name Anthony Frank Iommi, born in Birmingham, UK ~ Lead guitarist, primary songwriter, co-founding and sole constant member of heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath. On his last day of work in a sheet metal factory lost the tips of two right hand fingers, which crucially impacted his playing style. Released his Iommi debut album. Briefly played with progressive rock outfit Jethro Tull in the late 1960s, yet does not appear on any of the band's recordings. Has collaborated with Deep Purple and Sabbath-bassist Glenn Hughes, with Ian Gillan under the group moniker WhoCares, and with Heaven & Hell in the 2000s which also included Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward
February 19, 1947 ~ Singer, songwriter Øystein Dolmen born in Trondheim, Norway ~ Best known as half of Knutsen & Ludvigsen, the other half being Gustav Lorentzen
February 19, 1947 ~ Bassist Schuyler Larsen born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of sunshine pop band Every Mothers Son, known for their 1967 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Come On Down To My Boat
February 19, 1946 ~ Guitarist Paul Dean born in Vancouver, Canada ~ Lead guitarist, co-founding member of Loverboy, known for a string of 1980s hits including The Kid Is Hot Tonite, When It's Over, Hot Girls In Love and Lovin' Every Minute Of It. The band's two best-known songs, 1980's Turn Me Loose and 1981's Working For The Weekend, remain arena rock classics and staples of classic rock radio to this day. Prior to his rise to fame with the band Dean has worked with Scrubbaloe Caine and with Streetheart
February 19, 1944 ~ Jazz double-bassist, bass guitarist Ron Mathewson born in Lerwick, UK ~ Worked with Ronnie Scott, Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Joan Armatrading, Ben Webster, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Tubby Hayes, Dick Morrisey, Jim Mullen, John Critchinson, Martin Drew, Nucleus, Barry Whitworth, Philly Joe Jones, John Taylor, Gordon Beck, Phil Woods, Terry Smith, Kenny Clarke, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Ray Nance, Kenny Wheeler, Charles Tolliver, and others ~ Mathewson passed away in 2020
February 19, 1943 ~ Drummer Laurie Allan born in UK ~ Best known for his associations with Delivery and Gong in the early 1970s. Noted for appearing on several Robert Wyatt albums, including on the 1974 Rock Bottom album and its 1975 follow-up Ruth Is Stranger Than Fiction. Has also worked wuth the First Real Poetry Band, Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Gunter Hampel, John McLaughlin, Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch, and others
February 19, 1943 ~ Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco, commonly known as soft rock, pop rock singer, songwriter Lou Christie, born in Glen Willard, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Known for songs such as The Gypsy Cried, Two Faces Have I, Lightnin' Strikes, Rhapsody In The Rain and I'm Gonna Make You Mine
February 19, 1942 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Phil Coulter born in Derry, Northern Ireland ~ Co-wrote Sandie Shaw's Puppet On A String with Bill Martin, which won the UK the 1967 Eurovision Songfestival
February 19, 1940 ~ Singer. songwriter Bobby Rogers, full name Robert Edward Rogers, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as longtime member of the Miracles. Wrote or co-wrote several of the band's best remembered, including That's What Love Is Made Of and Going To A Go-Go, as well as hits for other Motown artists such as the Temptations (The Way You Do The Things You Do), Mary Wells (What Love Has Joined Together), the Contours (First I Look At The Purse), and Marvin Gaye (One More Heartache), and others ~ Rogers passed away in 2013
February 19, 1940 ~ Singer Maria Butaciu born in Salva, Romania ~ Performed Romanian folklore music of Transylvania. First gained attention as a member of the Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Orchestra. Has worked with conductors such as Constantin Arvinte, Ion Margean, Paraschiv Oprea, Victor Predescu, George Vancu, and Alexandru Viman ~ Butaciu passed away in 2018
February 19, 1940 ~ William Robinson Jr, commonly known as singer, songwriter Smokey Robinson born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Founding member of lead singer of the Miracles remaining with the band until 1972, present on some of the band's best-known including You've Really Got A Hold On Me, I Second That Emotion, Baby Baby Don't Cry and The Tears Of A Clown. Also served as label executive, eventually rising to VP, and staff songwriter at Motown writing or co-writing songs for Mary Wells, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Brenda Holloway, the Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, and others. Has been recording as a solo artist since the early 1970s
February 19, 1938 ~ Composer, songwriter Richard Whiting, full name Richard Armstrong Whiting, passed away in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Eadie Was A Lady (Ethel Merman, Cab Calloway, Paul Whiteman), Louise (Ben Pollack), She's Funny That Way (Gene Austin, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra), On The Good Ship Lollipop (Vincent Rose, Wingy Manone, Ruth Brown), Too Marvelous For Words (Glen Gray, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole), I'll Dream Tonight (Dick Powell, Eddy Duchin), Sleepy Time Gal (the Jazz Pilots, Chick Bullock, Art Lund), and My Ideal (Maurice Chevalier, Maxine Sullivan, Dinah Washington) ~ Whiting was born in 1891
February 19, 1937 ~ Pianist Fred Van Hove born in Antwerp, Belgium ~ Classically trained. Regarded as pioneer in free jazz and improv. Closely associated with Peter Brötzmann and Han Bennink. Has also worked with Mike Zinzen, Steve Lacy, Lol Coxhill, Albert Mangelsdorff, and others ~ Van Hove passed away in 2022
February 19, 1937 ~ Blues guitarist Robert Walker born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA ~ Performed locally to some acclaim for most of his life but did not record till later in life. Released a handful of albums in the late 1990s and early 2000s, starting with Promised Land in 1997 ~ Walker passed away in 2017
February 19, 1936 ~ Blues harpist, singer Sam Myers, full name Samuel Joseph Myers, born in Laurel, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Hound Dog Taylor, Robert Lockwood Junior, Elmore James. Wrote Sleeping In The Ground, which was covered by Blind Faith, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and others. Resurged in the mid 1980s, joining Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets and staying with the band for the two decades until his death ~ Myers passed away in 2006
February 19, 1935 ~ Singer Bob Engemann born ~ Member of the Lettermen from 1959 through 1967, present on songs such as When I Fall In Love, Come Back Silly Girl, and Theme From A Summerplace ~ Engemann passed away in 2013
February 19, 1926 ~ Music critic Michael Kennedy, full name George Michael Sinclair Kennedy, born in Manchester, UK ~ Chief classical music critic for the Daily Telegraph from 1986 through 2005, and of The Sunday Telegraph from 1989 through 2005. Has written a number of biographies, including on composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, John Barbirolli, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Benjamin Britten ~ Kennedy passed away in 2014
February 19, 1924 ~ Composer, arranger André Popp, full name André Charles Jean Popp, born in Fontenay-le-Comte, France ~ Best known for his association with Juliette Gréco, orchestrating a number of Gréco's 1950s and 1960s albums, and for co-penning a number of Eurovision Songfestival entries, namely Jacqueline Boyer's 1960 winning Tom Pillibi, Rachel's 1964 Le Chant De Mallory and Vicky Leandros's 1967 L'Amour Est Blue (Love Is Blue). The latter would notably be covered in an instrumental version by Paul Mauriat who took it to the top of the Billboard charts the following year ~ Popp passed away in 2014
February 19, 1912 ~ Saul Kaplan, commonly known as composer, musical director Saul Chaplin, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Best known for collaborating on the scores and orchestrations of An American In Paris (1951), Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) and West Side Story (1961), all of which earned Chaplin an Oscar ~ Kaplan passed away in 1997
February 19, 1909 ~ Agnes Cunningham, commonly known as folk pianist, accordionist Sis Cunningham, born ~ Known for her leftist views. Performer and publicist of left-wing folk and protest songs. Co-founded the Red Dust Players in 1939. Briefly a member of the Almanac Singers alongside Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Founder and editor of Broadside magazine, considered a vital part of the 1960s folk scene publishing songs by Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Malvina Reynolds and othes ~ Cunningham passed away in 2004
February 19, 1902 ~ John William Sublett, commonly known as vaudevillian, actor, dancer John W Bubbles, born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Known as “the Father of Rhythm Tap” and half of the duo Buck & Bubbles alongside Buck Washington, reportedly becoming the first black artists to appear on TV anywhere in the world with their 1936 performance at the Alexandra Palace aired by the BBC ~ Sublett passed away in 1986
February 19, 1899 ~ Louis Madison, commonly known as jazz cornetist Kid Shots Madison, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Louis Armstrong, the Tuxedo Brass Band, the WPA Brass Band, the New Orleans Eureka Brass Band, John Robichaux, and others ~ Madison passed away in 1948
February 19, 1897 ~ Cornetist Johnny Dunn born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Perry Bradford, Noble Sissle, Mamie Smith, Elmer Chambers, Charlie Dixon, Herb Flemming, Sam Wooding, Garvin Bushell, Edith Wilson, Jelly Roll Morton, James P Johnson, Fats Waller, and others ~ Dunn passed away in 1937
February 19, 1743 ~ Composer, cellist Luigi Boccherini, full name Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini, born in Lucca, Italy ~ Best known for his String Quintet In, the Cello Concerto In B Flat Major, and his fandango Guitar Quintet No.4 ~ Boccherini passed away in 1805