This Day In Music: February 23
February 22 ~ Birthdays/All ~ February 24
February 23, 2022 ~ Classical, jazz guitarist, arranger Carlos Barbosa-Lima, full name Antonio Carlos Barbosa-Lima, passed away ~ Worked with Sharon Isbin, Laurindo Almeida, Charlie Byrd, Thiago de Mello, Eddie Gomez, and others ~ Barbosa-Lima was born in 1944
February 23, 2022 ~ Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter Riky Rick, passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa ~ Active since the mid-2010s, debuting with the single Barbershop featuring Da LES. Would release his acclaimed full-length Family Values debut album in 2015, featuring guests such as Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat and Black Motion. Known for songs such as Sondela, Silukotini, and Oh Lord. Battling depression Makhado commited suicide at age 34 ~ Makhado was born in 1987
February 23, 2021 ~ Classical composer Sergiu Natra passed away ~ Particularly known for his harp compositions, notably Music For Violin And Harp, Ode To The Harp and Trio In One Movement No.3 ~ Natra was born in 1924
February 23, 2020 ~ Blues, boogie-woogie pianist Vince Weber passed away ~ Worked with Big Joe Williams, Jay McShann, James Booker, Chuck Berry, Champion Jack Dupree. Member of supergroup the ABCD Of Boogie-Woogie alongside pianist Axel Zwingenberger, bassist Dave Green and the Rolling Stones-drummer Charlie Watts ~ Weber was born in 1953
February 23, 2019 ~ Singer Dorothy Masuka passed away in Johannesburg, South Africa ~ Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer popular in the 1950s. When her songs became more serious, such as Dr Malan mentioning controversial laws it was banned. Eventually Matsuka would be exiled for over 30 years starting in 1961 ~ Matsuka was born in 1935
February 23, 2019 ~ Jazz historian, journalist Ira Gitler passed away ~ Co-authored The Biographical Encyclopedia Of Jazz Book with Leonard Feather ~ Gitler was born in 1928
February 23, 2019 ~ Rock singer, guitarist Johnnie Lovesin passed away ~ Active since the late 1960s as lead singer of several bands, most notably the Invisible Band. As a solo artist known for a number of 1980s albums, starting with 1980s Set The Night On Fire, before a brain aneurysm would temporarily halt his career, Lovesin returned in 1996 with the album Ready To Rumble and would continue to perform, albeit it less frequent, well into the 2010s ~ Lovesin was born in 1949
February 23, 2017 ~ Hard bop and post-bop pianist, composer Horace Parlan passed away in Korsor, Denmark ~ Worked with artists such as Charles Mingus, Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Dave Bailey, Zoot Sims, Johnny Coles, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Lou Donaldson, Pierre Dørge, Booker Ervin, Frank Foster, Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton, Langston Hughes, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Doug Raney, Idrees Sulieman, Stanley Turrentine, and others ~ Parlan was born in 1931
February 23, 2016 ~ Reinaldo Hierrezuelo, commonly known as trova singer, guitarist Rey Caney, passed away in Havana, Cuba ~ Led the the Cuarteto Patria. Replaced Compay Segundo in Los Compadres. Best known for performing and recording with his brother Lorenzo Hierrezuelo for three decades. Has also worked with his sister guaracha singer Caridad Hierrezuelo. Led the Vieja Trova Santiaguera ~ Hierrezuelo was born in 1926
February 23, 2010 ~ Trombonist, singer Bill Pearce passed away ~ First gained serious attention working with evangelist Percy Crawford. Following a stint in the Army during World War II returned to college before turning to music yet again, working as a soloist and collaborating with the likes of Kurt Kaiser, the Melody Four, and others, performing well into the 1990s ~ Pearce was born in 1926
February 23, 2010 ~ Keyboardist, rapper Bob Chilly B Crafton passed away ~ Member of old-school hip-hop act Newcleus, which initially failed to make a serious dent in the charts but over time would be regarded as one of the early quintessential hip-hop acts acclaimed especially for their 1984 Jam On Revenge debut album. Well-known songs include Where's The Beat, Computer Age and Jam On It ~ Crafton was born ca.1963
February 23, 2007 ~ John Dee Abohosh, commonly known as singer Donnie Brooks, passed away in Burbank, California, USA ~ Known for songs such as Lil' Sweetheart, The Mission Bell and Doll House ~ Brooks was born in 1936
February 23, 2004 ~ Luigi Francisco Varlaro, commonly known as jazz, traditional pop singer Don Cornell, passed away in Aventura, Florida, USA ~ Backing guitarist for Red Nichols and vocalist in Sammy Kaye's band while still in his teens. As a solo artist enjoyed popularity during the 1950s, scoring hits with songs such as I'll Walk Alone, I'm Yours, Hold My Hand, and The Bible Tells Me So ~ Cornell was born in 1919
February 23, 2004 ~ Composer, pianist, author Neil Ardley, full name Neil Richard Ardley, passed away in Milford, UK ~ Author of over 100 books on science, technology, and music. As a musician worked with the New Jazz Orchestra, Denis Preston, Ian Carr, Nucleus, Tony Coe, Norma Winstone, Trevor Tomkins, John Martyn, and others ~ Ardley was born in 1937
February 23, 2003 ~ Howard Norman Epstein, commonly known as bassist, guitarist, mandolinist, songwriter Howie Epstein passed away in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA ~ Best known as member of Tom Petty's backing unit the Heartbreakers. Has also worked with Eric Andersen, Bob Dylan, Carlene Carter, Johnny Cash, John Hiatt, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, John Prine, Linda Ronstadt, Del Shannon, the Textones, the Village People, Warren Zevon, and others ~ Epstein was born in 1955
February 23, 2001 ~ Saxophonist, songwriter Guy Wood passed away ~ Perhaps best remembered for co-writing Till Then with Eddie Seiler and Sol Marcus, a hit for the Mills Brothers and covered by numerous artists including Ray Peterson, Sammy Davis Jr, James Brown, Al Martino, Pat Boone, Ruby & the Romantics, Micheal Bublé, and others ~ Wood was born in 1911
February 23, 2000 ~ Singer, actress Ofra Haza, full name Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza, passed away in Ramat Gan, Israel ~ Dubbed “the Israeli Madonna” or the prima donna of late 20th century Israeli pop. Represented her native Israel in the 1983 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 2nd place with Hi. Critically acclaimed for albums such as Yemenite Songs co-produced by Thomas Dolby, Shaday, and Desert Wind (Middle East). Has collaborated with artists such as Sisters Of Mercy, Paula Abdul, Sarah Brightman, Iggy Pop, and others ~ Haza was born in 1957
February 23, 2000 ~ Singer, guitarist Paul Rich passed away ~ Best known for his association with Lou Preager. Also a member of the Oscar Rabin Band ~ Rich was born in 1921
February 23, 1998 ~ Keith Christopher Thomson, commonly known as Keith Christopher, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best kown as an actor and AIDS activist. As a singer known for the 1998 album The Naked Truth, released posthumously with most of the album completed before his death ~ Thomson was born in 1957
February 23, 1998 ~ K-pop singer Kevin Moon born in Gwangju, South Korea ~ First gained attention as a contestant on the 6th and final season of the talent show Kpop Star. Though eliminated from the contest early on would go on to sing for the soundtrack of Saimdang (Light's Diary) the following year. Best known as a member of K-pop boy band the Boyz, present on the 2021 hit Maverick
February 23, 1998 ~ Ollie Marie Givens, commonly known as gospel, R&B singer Marie Adams, passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Known for songs such as I'm Gonna Play The Honky Tonks, My Search Is Over and the Johnny Ace-cover My Song. Worked with Sadie McKinley and Francine McKinkey as Three Tons Of Joy. Worked with Johnny Otis, including on Ma He's Making Eyes At Me and Bye Bye Baby ~ Givenswas born in 1925
February 23, 1997 ~ Drummer Tony Williams, full name Anthony Tillmon Williams, passed away in Daly City, California, USA ~ Well over a dozen albums to his name as a leader. First gained attention backing Miles Davis from 1963 onwards, including on the acclaimed Filles de Kilimanjaro album released in 1968. Also especially noted for leading Tony Williams Lifetime, a pioneering jazz-fusion trio which included guitarist John McLaughlin and organist Larry Young. Member of VSOP in the mid-1970s alongside Davis alumni Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Wayne Shorter. Other notable collaborations include Hank Jones, Chet Baker, Tommy Flanagan, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy (Out To Lunch), Dexter Gordon, Terumasa Hino, Branford Marsalis, Marcus Miller, and others ~ Williams was born in 1945
February 23, 1996 ~ Jazz drummer Alan Dawson passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Booker Ervin, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Jaki Byard, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, Lee Konitz, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Tal Farlow, Arnett Cobb, Frank Foster, Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Hank Jones, Junior Mance, Quincy Jones, Charles McPherson, James Moody, Houston Person, Buddy Tate, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and others ~ Dawson was born in 1929
February 23, 1995 ~ David Melvin English, commonly known as R&B singer Melvin Franklin, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Bass singer, founding member of Motown group the Temptations, remaining with the band until 1994. Along with Otis Williams the only one to never leave the group. Sang lead on songs such as I Truly Truly Believe, Silent Night, The Prophet and Ol' Man River ~ English was born in 1942
February 23, 1994 ~ Simbiatu Abisola Abiola Ajikawo, commonly known as rapper, singer, actress Little Simz, born in Islington, UK ~ Debuted with the album The Curious Tale Of Trials And Persons and has been recording regularly since
February 23, 1992 ~ Pianist, composer, theater director, theater producer Einar Schanke passed away ~ Known for writing, staging, producing comedies and revues such as Med Vinger På, Ferske Jes, En Dåre Kan Spørre and musicals such as the Fantastics and The Little Shop Of Horrors ~ Schanke was born in 1927
February 23, 1987 ~ Herbert Anthony Stevens IV, commonly known as rapper Ab-Soul, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of hip-hop group Black Hippy alongside Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. Released his full-length Longterm Mentality solo debut album in 2011. Also collaborated with Action Bronson, Jesse Medina, Nikki Jean, Murs, Childish Gambino, Talib Kweli, Chance The Rapper, Lupe Fiasco, and others
February 23, 1987 ~ Hip-hop, alternative hip-hop, alternative R&B rapper, singer Theophilus London born in Trinidad & Tobago ~ Released his full-length debut album, Timez Are Weird These Days, in 2011. Has worked with Machinedrum, Big Boi, the Bloody Beetroots, Kanye West, and others
February 23, 1986 ~ Pop singer Ola Svensson, full name Ola Nils Hakan Svensson, born in Lund, Sweden ~ First gained attention as contestant on the talent show Swedish Idol in 2005, reaching 8th place. Released his debut album, Given To Fly, the following year. Best known for songs such as Rain, Natalie, SOS, Sky's The Limit, Unstoppable (The Return Of Natalie) and Overdrive
February 23, 1986 ~ Holly Brook Hafermann, commonly known as singer, songwriter Skylar Grey, born in Mazomanie, Wisconsin, USA ~ Debuted in 2006 with the album Like Blood Like Honey. Co-wrote Love The Way You Lie, a 2010 hit for Eminem and Rihanna. Has guested on recordings by Fort Minor, Dr Dre, Nicki Minaj. Has written for artists such as Kehlani, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Nick Jonas, Céline Dion, Cee Lo Green, and others
February 23, 1985 ~ Art rock, indie rock, baroque pop, pop rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter Jonathan Higgs, full name Jonathan Joseph Higgs, born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK ~ Frontman of art rock outfit Everything Everything, selfdescribed as a “poptimist” band performing since 2007 and recording since their 2010 Man Alive debut album
February 23, 1984 ~ Benjamin Laub, commonly known as rapper, producer Grieves, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Indepedently released his full-length Irreversible debut album in 2007. First gained serious attenttion with his 2011 Together/Apart album featuring guest appearances from Brother Ali and Krukid. Has also collaborated with Kublakai, MC Lars, Transit, Horrorshow, Atmosphere, Watsky, Spose, and others
February 23, 1981 ~ Saul Feldman, commonly known as bandleader, clarinetist, saxophonist Shep Fields, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Popular 1930s bandleader. Known for songs such as Cathedral In The Pines, Did I Remember, Thanks For The Memory. Has worked with artists such as Sal Gioa, Lou Halmy, Gene Merlino, Dorothy Allen, Toni Arden, Sid Caesar, and others ~ Feldman was born in 1910
February 23, 1980 ~ Synthpop, lo-fi, post-punk singer, songwriter John Maus born in Austin, Minnesota, USA ~ Influenced by Nirvana, Syd Barrett, Jim Morrison. Debuted in 2006 with the Songs album and has been recording to a devoted fanbase since
February 23, 1978 ~ René Pérez Joglar, commonly known as rapper, singer Residente, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico ~ Co-founding member of alternative rap band Calle 13, known best for songs such as Atrévete-te-te, Suave, Pa'l Norte featuring Orishas, and No Hay Nadie Como Tú featuring Café Tacuba. Has released his eponymous Residente solo debut album in 2017
February 23, 1977 ~ Electronic, breakbeat, house, alternative dance DJ, producer DJ Hyper born ~ Released his full-length We Control debut album in 2006, featuring the Prodigy members Leeroy Thornhill and Jim Davies. Has remixed for artists such as BT and Paul van Dyk. Hyper's music has been used in video games and TV series including Orange Is The New Black and Leftovers
February 23, 1976 ~ Fado singer Katia Guerreiro, full name Katia Duarte D'Almeida D'Oliveira Rosado Guerreiro, born in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa ~ Born to Portuguese parents. Sang with Tuna Médica and Os Charruas while in medical school. Has recorded over half a dozen albums as a fado singer, starting with 2001's Fado Maior, while still working part-time as a doctor
February 23, 1975 ~ Jazz saxophonist Waye Escoffery born in London, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Carl Allen, Eric Reed, the Mingus Big Band, Ralph Peterson, Ben Riley, Ron Carter, Rufus Reid, Bill Charlap, Bruce Barth, Jimmy Cobb, Eddie Henderson, Mary Stalling, Cynthia Scott, Nancie Banks, Laverne Butler, his wife Carolyn Leonhart, the Monk Legacy Septet, Monty Alexander, Amina Figarova, the Tom Harrell Quintet, and others
February 23, 1974 ~ Harry Rubinstein, commonly known as pianist, songwriter Harry Ruby passed away in Woodland Hills, California, USA ~ Vaudeville pianist with the Bootblack Trio and the Messenger Boys Trio. Best known as a songwriter, longtime collaborator of lyricist Bert Kalmar. Together the pair was responsible for songs such as Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You) (Jack Denny, Ruth Etting, Frankie Laine), Who's Sorry Now (Bob Thompson, Milton Brown, Harry James), Three Little Words (Duke Ellington, Sam Lanin, Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan), and Give Me The Simple Life (Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Carmen McRae) ~ Rubinstein was born in 1895
February 23, 1973 ~ Alternative rock, pop rock keyboardist, guitarist Lars-Olof Johansson born in Huskvarna, Sweden ~ Member of the Cardigans, known for a number of 1990s hits including Lovefool, My Favorite Game, Erase-Rewind and the Talking Heads-cover Burning Down The House, the latter a collaboration with Tom Jones of Jones's 1999 Reload album. Johansson has also worked with acoustic country band Up The Mountain
February 23, 1972 ~ Country singer Steve Holy, full name Stephen Kyle Holy, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Debuted in 2000 with the Blue Moon album. Best known for songs such as Good Morning Beautiful and Brand New New Girlfriend both of which topped the country charts
February 23, 1970 ~ Alternative rock, pop punk, emo producer Ed Rose born ~ Worked with the Get Up Kids, Reggie & the Full Effect, the Anniversary, the New Amsterdams, Coalesce, Emery, Limbeck, Puddle Of Mudd, Senses Fall, Houston Calls, Appleseed Calls, the Blackpool Lights, Vedera, White Whale, and others
February 23, 1968 ~ Hardcore punk, heavy metal drummer, singer, bassist, guitarist Chris Reifert born ~ Considered a pioneer of death metal and death doom. Drummed on Death's 1987 Screams Bloody Gore debut album. Founded, drummed, sang in Autopsy. Has also worked with Abscess, Ravenous, Doomed, Eat My Fuk, Painted Doll, Violation Wound, Machetazo, Immortal Fate, Nuclear Death, Cathedral, and others
February 23, 1967 ~ Conductor, violinist Alan Gilbert born in New York, New York, USA ~ Music director of the New York Philharmonic from 2009 through 2017. Has also worked with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Santa Fe Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, and others
February 23, 1967 ~ Heavy metal guitarist Alf Svensson born in Sweden ~ Member of At The Gates from 1990 through 1993. Well-known as co-founding member of Oxiplegatz. Has also worked with Oral, Grotesque, Diabolique, and with Liers In Wait
February 23, 1967 ~ Drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, singer, producer Chris Vrenna born in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Founded electronic band Tweaker. Played drums for Nine Inch Nails from 1989 through 1997. Played keyboards and percussion for Marilyn Manson from 2004 through 2011. Briefly a member of Die Warzau and Stabbing Westward. In-demand producer for acts such as the Smashing Pumpkins, U2, Skinny Puppy, Gary Numan, Scar The Martyr, David Sylvian, Mudvayne, Megadeth, Rammstein, Metallica, Weezer, David Bowie, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Green Day, Adema, the Wallflowers, and others
February 23, 1967 ~ Classical, avant-garde jazz, experimental, punk, post-punk pianist, singer, songwriter Thollem McDonas born ~ Eclectic solo musician and in-demand collaborator, covering a wide array of genres ranging from classical to free jazz and from experimental to punk rock. About half a dozen albums as a solo artists, starting in the mid-2000s. Founded the Estamos Ensemble, premiering original compositions by composers such as Nels Cline, Pauline Oliveros, Vinny Golia, and Ana Lara. Founded Tsigoti, an anarcho-punk group serving as a musical mouthpiece for his political activism. Other notable credits include the Debussy Project and the Hand To Man Band with Mike Watt, John Dieterich and Tim Barnes
February 23, 1966 ~ Pianist Billy Kyle, full name William Osborne Kyle, passed away in Youngstown, Ohio, USA ~ Worked with Lucky Millinder, Tiny Bradshaw, the Mills Blue Rhythm Band, John Kirby, Sy Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Buck Clayton, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Hibbler, Charlie Shavers, Rex Stewart, and others ~ Kyle was born in 1914
February 23, 1966 ~ Guitarist Mark Abrahamian born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Best known as lead guitarist of Starship from 2001 until his death in 2012 ~ Abrahamian passed away in 2012
February 23, 1965 ~ Rock singer Mike Erentxun born in Caracas, Venezuela ~ Former member of Duncan Dhu. Released his solo debut album, Naufragios, in 1992. Has collaborated with Mark Gardener, Robert Quine, Pete Thomas, Lloyd Cole, Matthew Sweet, Fred Maher, and others
February 23, 1964 ~ Guitarist John Norum born in Vardo, Norway ~ Member of Europe leaving the band right after its world-wide success to embark on a solo career including collaborations with Dokken
February 23, 1963 ~ Fiddler, guitarist Erik Hokkanen born in Clearwater, Florida, USA ~ Active since the mid-1980s. Draws from a wide variety of genres including old-time music, jazz, classical, country, rock, roots music. First gained attention backing Gary P Nunn touring the Southwest. Recorded his first album, Erik & the Offbeats, in 1987 under the group monniker Erik & the Offbeats and has recorded consistently since both as a solo artist and fronting several bands. Has collaborated with Joanne Shenandoah, the Mad Cat Trio, the Bad Livers, Junior Brown and Wayne Hancock
February 23, 1963 ~ Algeria Junius Clark, commonly known as jazz trumpeter, cornetist June Clark, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with James P Johnson, Jimmy Harrison, Josephine Stevens, Willie The Lion Smith, Fess Williams, Ferman Tapp, George Baquet, Charlie Skeete, Vance Dixon, and others ~ Clark was born in 1900
February 23, 1963 ~ Paula Jean Brooking, commonly known as drummer Paula P-Orridge, born ~ Married to Genesis P Orridge. Member of Psychic TV. Released a solo album, Sacred Dreams, consisting of ambient music and spoken word poetry
February 23, 1963 ~ Alternative rock, indie rock keyboardist Rob Collins, full name Robert James Collins, born in Rowley Regis, UK ~ Keyboardist, primary songwriter for the Charlatans, present on all of the band's five albums. Arrested and charged with armed robbery on an off-licence in 1992. Collins claimed to have no foreknowledge of the robbery until he heard a gunshot inside the shop and his friend exited. Would plead guilty to assisting an offender after the offence and serve four months in prison. Shortly before the recordings for the band's fifth album, Tellin' Stories, were finished Collins died in a car crash near Rockfield Studios ~ Collins passed away in 1996
February 23, 1961 ~ Vocal group the Top Notes record Twist And Shout at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York ~ Produced by Phil Spector. Written by Bert Berns and Phil Medley. Orchestra conducted by Teddy Randazzo, King Curtis on saxophone, Bucky Pizzarelli guitar, Panama Francis percussion, and Gary Chester drums. Released later the same year as the B-side to Always Late (Why You Lead Me On. Later covered by a wide array of artists, notably the Isley Brothers, the Beatles and the Who
February 23, 1958 ~ David Alan Batt, commonly known as art pop, new wave, ambient pop singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter David Sylvian, born in Lewisham, UK ~ Rose to fame as frontman and primary songwriter of Japan, a pivotal band on the early-1980s New Romantic scene best known for songs such as Quiet Life, Ghosts and I Second That Emotion. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with Brilliant Trees released in 1984, and collaborated with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Fripp, Holger Czukay, Jon Hassell, Fennesz, Nine Horses, and others
February 23, 1957 ~ Singer Elvis Presley records One Night at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California ~ Written by Dave Bartholomew, Anita Steinman, originally recorded by Smiley Lewis who reached the Billboard R&B top 20 with the tune in 1956. Presley's version was recorded with Scotty Moore on guitar, Bill Black on bass, DJ Fontana on drums, Dudley Brooks tingling the ivories and regular backup choir the Jordanaires. It would be released as a double A-side with I Got Stung
February 23, 1957 ~ Singer Ria Brieffies, full name Maria Petronella Brieffies, born in Lutjebroek, the Netherlands ~ Best known as member of pop girl group the Dolly Dots. The band would score numerous top 10 hits in the Netherlands, starting in the late 1970s, including Tell It All About Boys, Hela-do-ladi-do, STOP, Do You Wanna Wanna, She's A Liar, Dreaming Of You, and What A Night. After the groups disbandedment has released a handful of solo recordings, notably the 1989 single Love Always Finds A Reason, a duet with Glenn Medeiros. Briefly toured with her own jazz band, het Ria Brieffies Kwintet, before retiring from music in the 1990s ~ Brieffies passed away in 2009
February 23, 1955 ~ Pop, synth-pop, new wave singer, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter Howard Jones, full name John Howard Jones, born in Southampton, UK ~ Helped define the British pop in the 1980s, starting with his 1984 Human's Lib debut album. Best known for songs such as What Is Love, Like To Get To Know You Well and Things Can Only Get Better
February 23, 1954 ~ Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter Louis Bertignac born in Oran, French Algeria ~ Member of Shakin' Street. Co-founding member of Téléphone, known for French top 10 hits such as Un Autre Monde and Le Jour S'Est Levé. Founded Louis Bertignac & les Visiteurs. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the Tony Visconti-produced Elle Et Louis album released in 1993. Produced, arranged, played guitar on Carla Bruni's 2003 Quelqu'un M'A Dit debut album
February 23, 1953 ~ Pianist, singer Big Maceo Merriweather passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by Leroy Carr, Roosevelt Sykes, Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons. Known for songs such as Worried Life Blues, Chicago Breakdown, Texas Stomp, Detroit Jump, and others ~ Merriweather was born in 1905
February 23, 1953 ~ Reggae, gospel singer, guitarist, songwriter Carlene Davis born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica ~ Active since her mid-teens. Member of pop trio the Toreadores while living in England. Pursued a solo career while living in Canada, gaining attention after relocating to Jamaica in the 1980s. Scored local hits with songs such as Peace And Love, Like Old Friends, It Must Be Love, Dial My Number and Going Down To Paradise. Duetted with Gregory Isaacs on Feeling Irie of Isaacs' 1985 Private Beach Party album. Has turned to gospel music after recovering from breast cancer in the late 1990s, her 2000 single This Island Needs Love becoming a hit in several Caribbean countries
February 23, 1952 ~ Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal guitarist Brad Whitford born in Winchester, Massachusetts, USA ~ Rhythm and co-lead guitarist of Aerosmith. Co-wrote songs such as The Last Child, Nobody's Fault, Shela, Permanent Vacation, Soul Saver, Beautiful and Can't Stop Lovin' You
February 23, 1952 ~ Jazz trumpeter Herb Morand passed away ~ Worked with Nat Towles, Cliff Jackson, Chris Kelly, Johnny Dodds, the Harlem Hamfats, and others ~ Morand was born ca.1905
February 23, 1950 ~ Singer Franklyn Baur passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Active since the early 1920s. Released his first recording, If The Rest Of The World Don't Want You, for Victor in 1923. Would go on to appear on hundreds of recordings both as a solo artist and as a featured vocalist working with artists such as the Revelers, Nathaniel Shilkret, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Paul Whiteman, and others ~ Baur was born in 1903
February 23, 1950 ~ Progressive rock, experimental, pop rock bassist, keyboardist John Greaves born in Prestatyn, UK ~ Early member of Henry Cow, remaining with the band from 1969 through 1976. Would subsequently work with Peter Blegvad, National Health, François Ovide, the Penguin Café Orchestra, Lodge, the Flying Lizards, Roxongs, Jazzsongs, and others
February 23, 1950 ~ Glam rock, hard rock bassist, keyboardist, singer Steve Priest, full name Stephen Norman Priest, born in Hayes, UK ~ Bassist of the Sweet, known for songs such as Funny Funny, Little Willy, The Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run and Love Is Like Oxygen. Would serve as lead singer in a reunited Sweet later on ~ Priest passed away in 2020
February 23, 1950 ~ Contemporary Christian pianist, singer, conductor Tom Howard born ~ Well over a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist, starting in the late 1970s. Also closely associated with Thomas Kinkade. Has collaborated with the likes of Larry Norman, the Salvation Air Force, Dennis Litchfield, Mark Heard, Randy Stonehill, Darrell Mansfield, Wendell Burton, Phil Keaggy, Sixpence None The Richer, Cindy Morgan, Bob Carlisle, Dolly Parton, Allison Moorer, and others ~ Howard passed away in 2010
February 23, 1949 ~ R&B, pop, soul singer Larry Demps born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Nicknamed “Squirrel” Demps was a co-founding member of the Dramatics, remaining with the band from 1964 through 1981, rejoining in later years. Present on the band's best-known including the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get and In The Rain both taken of their 1971 Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get album
February 23, 1949 ~ Bassist Terry Tex Comer born in Burnley, UK ~ Member of Ace from its inception in 1972 until its disbandement in 1977. The band is best known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit How Long of their 1974 Five-A-Side debut album
February 23, 1948 ~ Singer, songwriter George Gerdes born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Alumicron Fab Tabs, which also included Loudon Wainwright III. As a solo artist known for two 1970s albums, namely Obituary and its follow-up Son Of Obituary, praised by artists such as Joni Mitchell. Ventured into acting by the 1980s ~ Gerdes passed away in 2021
February 23, 1948 ~ Philippe de Chateleux de Villeneuve Bergermont de Duras, commonly known as singer, songwriter Philippe Chatel, born 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 passed away in 2021
February 23, 1948 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Thom Bresh, full name Thomas Charles Bresh, born in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Son of country singer Merle Travis. Member of rock & roll outfit the Crescents, known for their instrumental song Pink Dominos released in 1963. As a solo artist best known for his 1976 single Homemade Love, a Billboard Country top 10 hit of his full-length debut album of the same name. The follow-up, Sad Country Love Song, would reach the top 20. Bresh recorded two more albums over the next few years, generating a number of modest hits ~ Bresh passed away in 2022
February 23, 1946 ~ Norman Russell Young, commonly known as rock, country rock guitarist, singer, songwriter Rusty Young, born ~ Co-founding member of influentual country-rock outfit Poco. Wrote the band's Rose Of Cimarron and Crazy Love ~ Young passed away in 2021
February 23, 1945 ~ Rock drummer John Halsey born in London, UK ~ Best known as a member of the Rutles. Also worked with Timebox, Muff Winwood, Lou Reed (notably on Reed's Transformer album), Henry McCullough, Joan Armatrading, Roy Harper, Maddy Prior, Roger Chapman, Joe Cocker, the Scaffold, Grimms, Chris Jagger, Neil Innes, Vivian Stanshall, Joe Brown, Felders Orioles, Fatso, and others
February 23, 1944 ~ Keyboardist, pianist Florian Fricke born in Lindau-am-Bodensee, West Germany ~ Best known as keyboardist of krautrock group Popol Vuh, starting out on Moog synthesizers and switching to acoustic piano as the band evolved in a different direction. Also known for composing a number of soundtracks, most notably for film director Werner Herzog. Has also worked with Tangerine Dream, Renate Knaup, Gila, and others ~ Fricke passed away in 2001
February 23, 1944 ~ Singer, guitarist Johnny Winter, full name John Dawson Winter III, born in Beaumont, Texas, USA ~ Debuted in 1968 with The Progressive Blues Experiment album and has been recording steaduly since. Received critical acclaim especially for his first few albums especially 1969's Johnny Winter and Second Winter and 1970's Johnny Winter And. Has worked with Mike Bloomberg, Tommy Shannon, Uncle John Turner, Edgar Winter, Willie Dixon, Big Walter Horton, Roy Ames, White Trash, Rick Derringer, Randy Jo Hobbs, Randy Z, Bobby Caldwell, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Sonny Landreth, Warren Haynes, Vince Gill, Brian Setzer, Dr John, Jeremy Steig, Sonny Terry, and others ~ Winter passed away in 2014
February 23, 1944 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Mike Maxfield born in Manchester, UK ~ Best known as member of the Dakotas. Wrote Cruel Sea, first recorded by the Ventures
February 23, 1941 ~ Barry Martyn Godfrey, commonly known as jazz drummer Barry Martyn, born in London, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Premier figure in New Orleans jazz revival. Worked with George Lewis, Albert Nicholas, Louis Nelson, Captain John Handy, Percy Humphrey, the Legends Of Jazz, Barney Bigard, the Olympia Brass Band, and others
February 23, 1940 ~ Singer Rick Stevens born in Port Arthur, Texas, USA ~ Briefly lead singer of funk outfit Tower Of Power, succeeding Rufus Miller. Present on the 1972 Bump City album. It would spawn the Billboard Hot 100 top 30 hit You're Still A Young Man ~ Stevens passed away in 2017
February 23, 1939 ~ Jens Vilhelm Pedersen, commonly known as composer Fuzzy, born ~ Perhaps best known for composing the soundtrack to Rainer Werner Fassbinder's TV series Eight Hours Don't Make A Day, going by the moniker Jean Gepoint ~ Pedersen passed away in 2022
February 23, 1938 ~ Singer Wilson Simonal, full name Wilson Simonal de Castro, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Popular 1960s singer relatively unknown outside of South America. Best known for his recordings of Pais Tropical and Sá Marina, both covered by Sérgio Mendes with the latter translated to English (Pretty World) ~ De Castro passed away in 2000
February 23, 1934 ~ Composer Edward Elgar, full name Edward Wiliam Elgar, passed away ~ Best known for orchestral works such as The Enigma Variations, symphonies such as First Symphony, choral works including The Dream Of Gerontius, and various concertos ~ Elgar was born in 1857
February 23, 1934 ~ Singer Inger Berggren born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Best known for her renditions of Elisabeth Serenad and Sol Och Var. Berggren represented Sweden in the 1962 Eurovision Songfestival with the latter, reaching 7th place. She has also sung with Thore Ehrling, Simon Brehm and Gote Wilhelmsson
February 23, 1927 ~ Opera, concert singer Régine Crespin born in Marseille, France ~ Soprano. Closely associated with the Opera National de Paris and the Metropolitan Opera. Acclaimed for her playing Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss heroines ~ Crespin passed away in 2007
February 23, 1923 ~ Jazz double-bassist Lucille Dixon born in Harlem, New York, USA ~ Worked with Earl Hines, the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm, Buddy Tate, Sonny Payne, Tyree Glenn, George Matthews, and others ~ Dixon passed away in 2004
February 23, 1923 ~ Guitarist, banjoist, ukelele player Wout Steenhuis, full name Wouter Jan Jelmer Steenhuis, born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Member of the Dutch Resistance during World War II. Played in the the Dutch Swing College Band. Also a noted composer working under the pen name Jelmer. Co-wrote Stop, recorded by future Donna Summer producer Giorgio Moroder in 1966 ~ Steenhuis passed away in 1985
February 23, 1922 ~ Trumpeter, composer, arranger John Carisi born ~ Worked with Herbie Fields, Glenn Miller, Ray McKinley, Claude Thornhill, Charlie Barnet, Urbie Green, Benny Goodman, Marvin Stamm, and others. Wrote Israel and Springsville, both recorded by Miles Davis ~ Carisi passed away in 1992
February 23, 1920 ~ Jazz, classical pianist, composer Hall Overton, full name Hall Franklin Overton, born in Bangor, Michigan, USA ~ Married to singer, songwriter Nancy Overton. Known for his 1971 opera Huckleberry Finn. Worked with Stan Getz, Duke Jordan, Jimmy Raney, Teddy Charles, Thelonious Monk, Don Ellis, Charles Mingus, Aaron Sachs, Phil Woods, and others ~ Overton passed away in 1972
February 23, 1918 ~ Harold Johnson, commonly known as jazz trumpeter Money Johnson, born in Tyler, Texas, USA ~ Active since the mid-1930s. Perhaps best known for backing Nat Towles. Worked with artists such as Charlie Christian, Henry Bridges, Horace Henderson, Count Basie, Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Bull Moose Jackson throughout the 1940s, Louis Jordan, Lucky Thompson, Sy Oliver, Buddy Johnson, Cozy Cole, Mercer Ellington, Esther Phillips and Panama Francis throughout the 1950s. Member of the house band at the famed Apollo Theatre in the 1960. Toured the USSR with Earl Hines in 1966. Would continue to record and perform until his death of a heart attack in 1978 ~ Johnson passed away in 1978
February 23, 1918 ~ Pianist, composer Sophie Menter passed away in Stockdorf, Germany ~ Considered one of the greatest piano virtuosos of her day and a favorite of Franz Liszt with whom she studied ~ Menter was born in 1846
February 23, 1917 ~ Jazz pianist, arranger, composer John Benson Brooks born in Houlton, Maine, USA ~ Co-wrote Just As Though You Were Here with Eddie DeLange, a hit for Tommy Dorsey featuring Frank Sinatra as lead vocalist. Co-wrote You Came A Long Way (From St Louis) with Bob Russell, a 1948 single for Ray McKinley. Close friend of Gil Evans, who recorded Brooks' Sirhan's Blues and Where Flamingos Fly. Has also worked as arranger for artists such as Randy Brooks, Les Brown, Boyd Raeburn, and others ~ Brooks passed away in 1999
February 23, 1904 ~ Josiah Frazier, commonly known as jazz drummer Cie Frazier, born ~ Worked with the Golden Rule Band, the Young Tuxedo Orchestra, Papa Celestin, AJ Piron, Sidney Desvigne, Wooden Joe Nicholas, Percy Humphrey, the Eureka Brass Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kid Howard, De De Burke, George Lewis, Emile Barnes, Captain John Handy, Don Ewell, and others ~ Frazier passed away in 1985
February 23, 1904 ~ Drummer Josiah Cie Frazier born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Active since the early 1920s. Cousin of Lawrence Marrero, with whom he worked in the Golden Rule Band and the Young Tuxedo Orchestra. Has also worked with the Tuxedo Brass Band, AJ Piron, Sidney Desvigne, Wooden Joe Nicholas, Percy Humphrey, the Eureka Brass Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kid Howard, De De Burke, Emile Barnes, Don Ewell, and others ~ Frazier passed away in 1985
February 23, 1886 ~ Violinist, composer Albert Sammons, full name Albert Edward Sammons, born in Fulham, UK ~ Member of the Chamber Music Players alongside William Murdoch, Lauri Kennedy and Lionel Tertis ~ Sammons passed away in 1957
February 23, 1685 ~ Baroque composer George Frideric Handel born in Halle, Brandenburg-Prussia ~ Well known for his oratorios, concerti grossi, organ concertos and operas. Has composed over 40 operas. Influenced later composers including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven. Perhaps best known for his 1742 oratoria Messiah and his 1749 suite Music For The Royal Fireworks ~ Handel passed away in 1759