This Day In Music: February 26
February 25 ~ Birthdays/All ~ February 27
 
February 26, 2016 ~ Clarence Junior Lewis, commonly known as soul singer CL Blast passed away in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Also known under the moniker Junior Lewis. Known for songs such as Your Heart Must Be Made Of Stone, Cupid's Little Helper and perhaps his best-known What Can I Do When My Thrill Is Gone ~ Lewis was born in 1934
February 26, 2016 ~ Conductor Eri Klas passed away ~ Associated with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Munich Philharmonic, the Hamburg State Opera, and others ~ Klas was born in 1939
 
February 26, 2015 ~ R&B, soul singer, songwriter Frank Reed, full name Frank Kevin Reed, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Joined the Chi-lites in 1988, replacing original lead singer Eugene Record ~ Reed was born in 1954
 
February 26, 2012 ~ Rolf Osterwald, commonly known as jazz bandleader, trumpeter, vibraphonist Hazy Osterwald, passed away in Lucerne, Switzerland ~ Worked with Fred Bohler, Edmond Cohanier, Philippe Brun, Bob Huber, Eddie Brunner, Teddy Stauffe, Ernest Hollerhagen, Werner Dies, Gil Cuppini, Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, and others ~ Osterwald was born in 1922
 
February 26, 2010 ~ Jun Seba, commonly known as producer, DJ, songwriter Nujabes, passed away in Shibuya, Japan ~ Collaborated with Uyma Hiroto, Verbal, Minmi, Cyne, Cise Starr, Apani B, Five Deez, Substantial, CL Smooth, Fat Jon, Terry Callier, Funky DL, and others ~ Seba was born in 1974
 
February 26, 2004 ~ Jazz drummer Jack Sperling passed away ~ Worked with Bunny Berigan, Henry Mancini, Glenn Miller, Tex Beneke, Les Brown, Bob Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, the Four Freshmen, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Scatman Crothers, Pete Fountain, Abe Most, Dinah Washington, Teresa Brewer, Harry Belafonte, Chet Atkins, Wynona Carr, James Brown, Carmen McRae, Bob Florence, John Sheridan, Don Fagerquist, and others ~ Sperling was born in 1922
February 26, 2004 ~ Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Coe passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Active since the late 1930s. Has worked with Erroll Groundhog Grandy, Buddy Bryat, Jay McShann, Charlie Parker, Al Hibbler, Tiny Bradshaw, Aretha Franklin, Roy Hamilton, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Slide Hampton, David Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Carl Perkins, Larry Ridley, Leroy Vinnegar, and others ~ Coe was born in 1921
 
February 26, 2003 ~ Drummer, singer, songwriter Earl Forest, full name Earl Lacy Forest, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known as a member of the Beale Streeters, a blues band that also included Johnny Ace, Bobby Blue Bland, Junior Parker, BB King and Rosco Gordon. As a solo artist Forest scored a hit record with Whoopin' And Hollern' in 1953 ~ Forest was born in 1926
 
February 26, 1991 ~ Jahméne Aaron Douglas, mononymously known as soul, gospel singer Jahméne, born in Birmingham, UK ~ Runner-up in the 9th series of the X-Factor in 2012, losing out to James Arthur. Would release his Love Never Fails debut album the following year, featuring the Nicole Scherzinger-duet The Greatest Love Of All and Stevie Wonder on harmonica on the track Give Us This Day
February 26, 1991 ~ Bulee Gaillard, commonly known as jazz singer, pianist, guitarist, vibraphonist, saxophonist, songwriter Slim Gaillard passed away in London, UK ~ First gained attention in the 1930s as half of Slim & Slam, the other half being Slam Stewart, knwon for songs such as Flat Foot Floogie With A Floy Floy and Cement Mixer Put-ti Put-ti. Would go on to work with artists such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dodo Marmarosa, and others ~ Gaillard was born in 1911
 
February 26, 1990 ~ R&B singer Cornell Gunter passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Original member of the Platters, leaving the band in 1953 to join the Flairs. Has also toured with Dinah Washington, was a member of the Coasters, and recorded a handful of solo singles in the late 1950s and early 1960s ~ Gunter was born in 1938
 
February 26, 1989 ~ Trumpeter Reunald Jones Sr passed away ~ Father of trumpeter Reunald Jones Jr. Perhaps best known for his association with Count Basie, playing with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1952 through 1957. Has also worked with the Jones Boys, Speed Webb, Charlie Johnson, the Savoy Bearcats, Fess Williams, Chick Webb, Sam Wooding, Claude Hopkins, Willie Bryant, Teddy Hill, Don Redman, Erskine Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Lucky Millinder, Sy Oliver, George Shearing, Nat King Cole, and others ~ Jones was born in 1910
February 26, 1989 ~ Trumpeter Roy Eldridge, full name David Roy Eldridge, passed away in ValleY Stream, New York, USA ~ Noted for his sophisticated use of harmony and his virtuosic solos. Regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the swing era. Has worked with Gene Krupa, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, Ike Quebec, Cecil Payne, Wilbur de Paris, Helen Ward, Zoot Sims, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Jo Jones, Big Joe Turner, Harry Sweets Edison, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate, Lester Young, Ben Webster, and others ~ Eldridge was born in 1911
 
February 26, 1986 ~ Jazz violinist Scott Tixier born in Montreuil, France ~ Has worked with Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Roger Waters, Kenny Barron, John Legend, Chris Potter, Christina Aguilera, Common, Anthony Braxton, Joss Stone, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Wayne Brady, Chris Walden, Greg Phillinganes, Ray Chew, the Isley Brothers, Cory Smythe, Maceo Parker, Janet Cardiff, Siegfried Kessler, Tony Middleton, Lonnie Plaxico, Myron Walden, Clifford Adams, Helen Sung, Brice Wassey, Gerald Cleaver, Lew Soloff, Yvonnick Prene, Tigran Hamasyan, James Weldman, Marcus McLauren, Giada Valenti, Tommy Simms, Hans Zimmer, Keiichi Murata, Darius Scheider, Shareef Clayton, Keyon Harrold, Brian Tyler, and others
 
February 26, 1982 ~ Guitarist Gábor Szabó, full name Gábor István Szabó, passed away in Budapest, Hungary ~ Leader and sideman. Drew from jazz, pop, rock and tradional Hungarian folk. Wrote and first recorded Gypsy Queen, which was notably covered by Santana. Worked with Chico Hamilton, Gary McFarland, Ron Carter, Paul Desmond, Coke Escovedo, Charles Lloyd, and others ~ Szabó was born in 1936
 
February 26, 1981 ~ Composer, conductor Howard Hanson, full name Howard Harold Hanson, passed away in Rochester, New York, USA ~ Composed for opera, orchestral and choral works and chamber music. Best known as a director of Eastman School Of Music for four decades. As a composer known for California Forest Play, Before The Dawn and the Pullitzer Prize-winning Symphony No.4 ~ Hanson was born in 1896
February 26, 1981 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter Sharon van Etten, full name Sharon Katharine van Ette, born in Belleville, New Jersey, USA ~ Debuted with the album Because I Was In Love in 2009. Has worked with Dave Hartley, Andy Laplant, Cat Martino, Meg Baird, Brian Christinzio, Bryan Devendorf, Bryce Dessner, Julianna Barwick, Peter Silberman, Logan Coals, Ben Lanz, Zach Condon, Jenn Wasner, Heather Woods Broderick, Little Isidor, Jonathan Meiburg, Jana Hunter, and others
 
February 26, 1979 ~ Corinne Jacqueline Bailey, commonly known as R&B, neo-soul singer, guitarist, songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae, born in Leeds, UK ~ Debuted in 2006 with the eponymous Corinne Bailey Rae album, spawning the hit Put Your Records On
 
February 26, 1978 ~ Swing saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader Alix Combelle passed away in Mantes la Jolie, France ~ Worked with Django Reinhardt, Arthur Briggs, Michel Warlop, Guy Paquinet, Ray Ventura, Benny Carter, Adelaide Hall, Coleman Hawkins, Freddy Johnson, Danny Polo, Bill Coleman, Oscar Alemán, Charles Trenet, Jean Sablon, Philippe Brun, Buck Clayton, Stan Kenton, Stéphane Grappelli, Georges Ulmer, and others ~ Combelle was born in 1912
 
February 26, 1977 ~ Booker T Washington White, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Bukka White, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Known for songs such as Shake 'Em On Down, Po' Boy, Parchman Farm Blues and Fixin' To Die. Had his songs covered by Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and others. The Led Zeppelin songs Hats Off To Roy Harper and Custard Pie are both based on White's Shake 'Em On Down ~ White was born in 1906
 
February 26, 1973 ~ Twin brothers guitarist Anders Björler and bassist Jonas Fredrik Björler born in Sweden ~ Both brothers worked together in metal outfits the Haunted and At The Gates. Anders also worked with Liers In Wait, Jonas also worked with Demolition, Infestation and with Terror
February 26, 1973 ~ André Tanneberger, commonly known as trance DJ, producer ATB, born in Freiburg, West Germany ~ Actively recording since 1990s. First gained attention as a member of early, mid-1990s dance music group Sequential One, enjoying popularity in his native Germany and Europe with songs such as Let Me Hear You, Dance and Angles. After the band disbanded in the late 1990s ventured into a solo career as producer, DJ, remixer and has recorded consistently with well over half a dozen albums to his name. Perhaps best known for his 1998 single 9PM (Till I Come) which would reach top of the UK charts
February 26, 1973 ~ Singer Julio Iglesias Jr, full name Julio José Iglesias Preysler Jr, born in Madrid, Spain ~ Son of renowned singer Julio Iglesias, older brother of singer Enrique Iglesias. Turned down offers for the soap opera All My Children and a leading role in a Broadway production of Grease to focus on his own music career. Debuted in 1999 with the album Under My Eyes which would fail to achieve chart success in America but did land him dates performing One More Chance at the 1999 Miss Universe beauty contest and opening slots on Cher's tour. Would first gain serious attention as a singer winning the CMT reality show Gone Country in 2008, featuring musicians from other genres going country. Would join Latin Lovers in 2014
 
February 26, 1972 ~ Alternative rock, indie rock drummer Jonny Quinn, full name Jonathan Graham Quinn, born in Bangor, Northern Ireland ~ Best known as drummer for alternative rock band Snow Patrol, rising to prominence in the mid-2000s scoring UK top 10 hits with Run, You're All I Have and Chasing Cars, the latter also reaching top 10 on the American Billboard Hot 100. Has previously played with the Mighty Fall, the New Brontes and Disraeli Gears
 
February 26, 1971 ~ Erica Abi Wright, commonly known as singer, songwriter Erykah Badu, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Opened for d'Angelo at a 1994 Fort Worth show, which drew attention of label executive Kedar Massenburg, who immediately signed her. Debuted with the Baduizm album in 1997, spawning the singles On & On, Next Lifetime, and Otherside Of The Game. Also known for songs such as Bag Lady and Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip-Hop), the latter featuring Common. Member of the Soulquarians. Also collaborated with Busta Rhymes, the Roots, Macy Gray, Violator, A Tribe Called Quest, Zap Mama, Sérgio Mendes, will.i.am, the Wu-Tang Clan, Flying Lotus, Janelle Monáe, and others
February 26, 1971 ~ Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin, commonly known as actor, singer Fernandel, passed away in Paris, France ~ First gained attention as comedian in French vaudeville, operettas and revues. Took his stage name from his mother-in-law's pet name for him, “Fernand d'elle” (Fernand of her). Would go on to become one of of France's top comedians starring in numerous films, including Italian and American films ~ Contandin was born in 1903
February 26, 1971 ~ Karl Martin Sandberg, commonly known as producer, songwriter Max Martin, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Rose to fame in the late 1990s as producer, songwriter on songs such as Britney Spears' Baby One More Time, the Backstreet Boys' I Want It That Way and NSYNC's It's Gonna Be Me. Has written or co-written some two dozen Billboard No.1 hits, totalling sales of over 130 million. Well-known songs include Maroon 5's One More Night, Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Blank Space, the Weeknd's Blinding Lights. Other artists who recorded songs produced, co-produced, written or co-written by Martin include P!nk, Usher, Avril Lavigne, Jessie J, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, Cyndi Lauper, and Adam Lambert
 
February 26, 1970 ~ Keith Carter, commonly known as hip-hop DJ Big Kap, was born in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of hip-hop supergroup Flip Squad. Also known for his 1999 album The Tunnel with Funkmaster Flex ~ Carter passed away in 2016
 
February 26, 1969 ~ Classic blues singer, pianist, songwriter Bernice Edwards passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Known for a number of mid-1920s recordings including Moaning Blues, Mean Man Blues, Hard Hustling Blues, Butcher Shop Blues. Unlike many of her female contemporaries Edwards penned or co-penned a vast amount of her songs ~ Edwards was born ca.1907
February 26, 1969 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Chris Wilis, full name Christopher Willis, born in Dayton, Ohio, USA ~ Initially a gospel singer but best known for his collaborations with house DJ, producer David Guetta as singer on songs such as Just A Little More Love, Love Don't Let Me Go, Love Is Gone, Tomorrow Can Wait, Everytime We Touch featuring Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso, Gettin' Over You featuring Fergie & LMFAO, and others
 
February 26, 1968 ~ Contemporary Christian singer, guitarist, songwriter Carolyn Arends born in Vancouver, Canada ~ Staff songwriter with Benson Music Publishing. As a solo artist released her I Can Hear You debut album in 1995, spawning the Christian hit singles This Is The Stuff, I Can Hear You and Seize The Day. Has recorded consistently since
 
February 26, 1967 ~ Upright bassist, bass guitarist Audun Skorgen born in Ålesund, Norway ~ Worked with the Velvet Lounge Orchestra, Frode Grønmyr, Marita Røstad, and others
February 26, 1967 ~ Walter Gabriel Pichon, commonly known as azz pianist, singer, bandleader, arranger, songwriter Fats Pichon, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Active since his teens. Worked the river boats, big band and New Orleans dance halls. Worked with Duskey Stevedores, the Eleven Aces, Luis Russell and with a then-unknown Dave Bartholomew as early as the 1930s ~ Pichon was born in 1906
 
February 26, 1966 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Ebbot Lundberg born in Vasterås, Sweden ~ Best known as lead singer of the Soundtrack Of Our Lives from 1995 through 2012, co-founded with Bjorn Olsson and Ian Person. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the album There's Only One Of Us released in 2012, and collaborated with Jane Birkin, Turbonegro, Nina Persson, the Cardigans, the Teddybears, Olle Ljungström, and others
February 26, 1966 ~ Singer, songwriter Najwa Karam born in Zahlé, Lebanon ~ Blends traditional and contemporary Arabic music. Rose to stardom in the 1990s with albums such as Naghmet Hob, Maghroumeh and Rou Rouhi
 
February 26, 1963 ~ Bassist, guitarist, cellist, keyboardist, percussionist, singer Josephine Wiggs, full name Miranda Cordelia Susan Josephine Wiggs, born in Letchworth, UK ~ Best known as member of alternative rock band the Breeders and Perfect Disaster. Also active with several side-projects including Honey Tongue, the Josephine Wiggs Experience and Dusty Trails
February 26, 1963 ~ Ignacio Cano André, commonly known as guitarist, arranger, songwriter Nacho Cano, born in Madrid, Spain ~ Member of Mecano, one of the all time best selling Spanish bands with over 25 million records sold. The band is known for songs such as La Fuerza Del Destino, Hijo De La Luna, Cruz De Navajes, Une Femme Avec Une Femme and El 7 De Septiembre
 
February 26, 1962 ~ Husband and wife duo Carl Butler & Pearl record Don't Let Me Cross Over ~ Written by Penny Jay. Released later the same year paired with Wonder Drug on the B-side. Would stand as the longest-running No.1 single for a debut single on Billboard Country chart until matched in 2013 by Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
February 26, 1962 ~ Jazz drummer, bassist Gota Yashiki born in Kyoto, Japan ~ Known as a solo acid jazz artist and for his association with Simply Red, joining the band in 1991 for the Stars album. Also worked with Mike Oldfield, Kokua, Vitamin Q, and others
 
February 26, 1961 ~ John Foster, commonly known as pop, dance-pop singer Jon Jon born in Essex, UK ~ Best known as lead singer of Bronski Beat joining the band as replacement for Jimmy Somerville in 1985. Foster would leave the band after their sophomore album Truthdare Doubledare, which included the hit single Hit That Perfect Beat
 
February 26, 1960 ~ Jeremy Coleman, commonly known as post-punk keyboardist, singer, songwriter Jaz Coleman born in Cheltenham, UK ~ Lead singer of Killing Joke, best known for their 1985 single Love Like Blood which reached top 20 in the UK, top 10 in the Netherlands
 
February 26, 1958 ~ Double-bassist, bass guitarist Hilliard Greene born ~ Worked with Jimmy Scott, Cecil Taylor, Don Pullen, the Jazz Expressions, Gebhard Ullmann-Steve Swell Quartet, Klaus Kugel, Perry Robinson, Charles Gayle, and others
February 26, 1958 ~ Singer, producer Humphrey Campbell born in Moengo, Suriname ~ Represented the Netherlands on the 1992 Eurovision Songfestival with the song Wijs Me De Weg, reaching 9th place. One of the backup singer was Ruth Jacott who would represent the Netherlands the next year, with Campbell as backup singer
February 26, 1958 ~ Richard Alan Hammer, commonly known as jazz pianist Tardo Hammer, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Warne Marsh, Charlie Rouse, Junior Cook, Bill Hardman, Johnny Griffin, Lionel Hampton, Lou Donaldson, Art Farmer, Clifford Jordan, the Bopera House, John Marshall, Vernel Fournier, George Coleman, Gary Bartz, C-Sharpe, Al Cohn, Harold Ashby, Annie Ross, David Allyn, Teri Thornton, Abbey Lincoln, Earl Coleman, Marilyn Moore, and others
 
February 26, 1953 ~ Michael Bolotin, commonly known as singer Michael Bolton, born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA ~ Originally a hard rock, heavy metal singer, both as a solo artist and as frontman of Blackjack. Would rise to stardom in the 1980s with a string of soft rock, pop rock ballads. Has sold over 75 million records. Known for songs such as That's What Love Is All About, Soul Provider and perhaps his best-known How Am I Supposed To Live Without You, the latter topping the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989 and reaching top 10 across the globe including the UK and the Netherlands
 
February 26, 1950 ~ Jonathan Leonard Friga, commonly known as pop rock, hard rock, progressive rock, smooth jazz singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter Jonathan Cain born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as keyboardist of Journey, joining the band in 1980 as replacement for Gregg Rolie. Cain stayed with the band through the late 1980s and rejoined in the mid-1990s. Present on some of the band's best known including the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Don't Stop Believin', Open Arms, Only The Young and Be Good To Yourself. Wrote the band's ballad Faithfully, a Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit of their 1982 Frontiers album. Previously a member of the Babys, present on the albums Union Jacks and On The Edge. Wrote the Jimmy Barnes-signature song Working Class Man, released in 1985. Has also recorded as a solo artist, moving into Christian music by the mid-2010s
February 26, 1950 ~ Kenneth Keshavian Masiak, commonly known as jazz, R&B clarinetist, saxophonist, poet Kenny Millions, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Worked with Charles Moffett, Ray Anderson, David Murray, Garrett List, Rhys Chatham, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Hannibal Lokumbe, Abbey Rader, Paul Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Sunny Murray, Rashied Ali, Curtis Fuller, Otomo Yoshihide, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, Dr John, Bobby Keys, Larry Coryell, Chet Baker, Kool Keith, and others
 
February 26, 1947 ~ Jazz accordionist, composer Guy Klucevsek born in New York, New York, USA ~ One of the few accordionists in jazz. Leader and sideman. Has worked with the Accordion Tribe, Dave Douglas, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, Anthony Coleman, Lukas Foss, Robin Holcomb, Jerome Kitzke, Natalie Merchant (Motherland), Bobby Previte, Tom Waits, Pauline Oliveros, and others
February 26, 1947 ~ Jazz pianist John Horler, full name John Douglas Horler, born in Lymington, UK ~ Worked with Bobby Lamb, Raymond Premru, the BBC Radio Orchestra, Dave Hancock, Maynard Ferguson, Tommy Whittle, Tony Coe, Ronnie Ross, Jimmy Hastings, Johnny Dankworth, Kenny Wheeler, and others
February 26, 1947 ~ Blues harpist, singer, songwriter Paul Oscher born ~ Perhaps best known for his association with Muddy Waters, backing Waters during the late 1960s and early 1970 including on the 1971 Live At Mr Kelly's album. Has also worked with Louisiana Red, Big Bill Morganfield, Hubert Sumlin, Mos Def, Keb' Mo, and others ~ Oscher passed away in 2021
February 26, 1947 ~ Sandra Ann Goodrich, commonly known as singer Sandie Shaw, born in Dagenham, UK ~ Known for a string of 1960s UK hits, There's Always Something There To Remind Me, Long Live Love and the 1967 Eurovision Songfestival-winner Puppet On A String
 
February 26, 1945 ~ Blues-rock. boogie rock, electric blues harpost, flutist, guitarist, singer Bob Hite, full name Robert Ernest Hite, born in Torrance, California, USA ~ Best known as co-lead singer of blues-rock outfit Canned Heat from 196 until his death in 1981 ~ Hite passed away in 1981
February 26, 1945 ~ William Sherille Levis Jr, commonly known as pop, rock singer Mitch Ryder born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Over two dozen albums to his name with a career spanning four decades. Frontman of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, known for mid-1960s hits such as Devil With A Blue Dress On and Sock It To Me Baby
 
February 26, 1944 ~ Robert Landis Frank, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Frank born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Cult singer, songwriter debuted with his critically acclaimed 1972 eponymous album, Bob Frank. Has worked extensively with John Murry and shared stages with Tim Buckley, Townes Van Zandt, Lightnin' Hopkins, Jimmy Driftwood, and Gus Cannon. Staff songwriter for Tree Publishing. Dubbed “the greatest songwriter you never heard” by noted producer, pianist, singer Jim Dickinson. Also had his songs recorded by Chris LeDoux, Gary Momahan, and others ~ Frank passed away in 2019
February 26, 1944 ~ Deo Cesario Botelho, commonly known as choro bandolinist, bandleader, composer Déo Rian, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Took over leadership of the Epoca De Ouro choro orchestra from his mentor Jacob do Bandolim after the latter's death in 1970
 
February 26, 1943 ~ Rock, country rock, country guitarist, singer Paul Cotton, full name Norman Paul Cotton, born in Fort Rucker, Alabama, USA ~ Member of the Illinois Speed Press. Perhaps best known as member of country-rock outfit Poco, joining the band in 1970 as replacement for Jim Messina. Penned several of the band's best-known including Barbados, Indian Summer, Ride The Country, Bad Weather and Heart Of The Night, the latter a Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit of the 1979 Legend album ~ Cotton passed away in 2021
 
February 26, 1942 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer Lennart Åberg born in Helsingborg, Sweden ~ Founded jazz fusion group Rena Rama in 1972. Perhaps best known for his association with George Russell backing Russell in the 1980s, notably on the 1983 The Essence Of George Russell album alongside Jon Christensen, Arild Andersen and Jan Garbarek. Has also recorded as a solo artist and taught jazz history at the Royal College Of Music, Stockholm ~ Åberg passed away in 2021
February 26, 1942 ~ Free jazz, modal jazz, soul-jazz pianist, composer Yosuke Yamashita born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Has worked with Cecil McBee, Pheeroan Aklaff, Joe Lovano, Akira Sakata, Takeo Moriyama, Adelhard Roldinger, and others
 
February 26, 1940 ~ Folk singer Jimmy Ferguson, full names James Francis Ferguson, born in Belfast, Ireland ~ Founded Canadian folk outfit the Irish Rovers with George Millar, the band would also include Joe Millar, Vic Marcus and Doug Henderson ~ Ferguson passed away in 1997
 
February 26, 1938 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Ed Cobb born ~ Member of the Four Preps from 1956 to 1966. Post-Preps Cobb has focused mainly on producing and as such has worked with artists such as the Standells, the Lettermen, the Chocolate Watch Band, Piltdown Men, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd. Cobb is also noted for writing songs for the Standells (Dirty Water), Brenda Holloway (Every Little Bit Hurts) and Gloria Jones (Tainted Love) ~ Cobb passed away in 1999
February 26, 1938 ~ Country singer, songwriter Jan Crutchfield born in Paducah, Kentucky, USA ~ Best known for penning The Statue Of A Fool, first recorded and popularized by Jack Greene in 1969 and covered by numerous artists including Brian Collins and Ricky Van Shelton. Other songs written or co-written by Crutchfield include Tear Time (Wilma Burgess), Another Lonely Night (Jean Shepard), Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger (Charley Pride), and One More Time (Jerry Lee Lewis) ~ Crutchfield passed away in 2012
 
February 26, 1936 ~ Folk singer, guitarist Cyrus Faryar born in Teheran, Iran ~ Member of Dave Guard's folk outfit the Whiskeyhill Singers. Co-founded the Modern Folk Quartet. Has also recorded as a solo singer, songwriter in the early 1970s
 
February 26, 1932 ~ Country, rock & roll, outlaw country singer, guitarist, songwriter Johnny Cash born in Kingsland, Arkansas, USA ~ Iconic country singer with a career spanning well over four decades and a reach far beyond country audiences, incorporating elements from a wide array of genres including rockabilly, gospel, blues, folk and gospel. Has recorded over 50 albums since the mid-1950s with record sales north of 90 million, making him one of the all-time best-selling artists. Known for his bass-baritone voice and themes of sorrow, moral tribulation and redemption and signature black attire. Signature songs include I Walk The Line, I Got Stripes, Ring Of Fire and A Boy Named Sue. Frequent collaborator of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson including in the country supergroup the Highwaymen. Rejuvenated his career in the 1990s with a string of critically acclaimed albums, the American Recordings-series, finding new audiences outside country ~ Cash passed away in 2003
 
February 26, 1930 ~ Drummer Doug Sandom born in Greenford, UK ~ The first drummer of the Who. At the time Sandom was in his thirties while the other members were in their late teens. Sandom was fired after an audition at Fontana Records where the label's producer Chris Parmeinter expressed a dislike for Sandom's drumming. Within a month drummer Keith Moon took over. Sandom does not appear on any Who recordings ~ Sandom passed away in 2019
February 26, 1930 ~ Operatic soprano Ruth-Margret Pütz born in Krefeld Uerdingen, Germany ~ Best known for her decades long association with the Staatsoper Stuttgart starting in the late 1950s. Also worked with the Vienna State Opera, the Cologne Opera, the Staatsopera Hannover, and others ~ Pütz passed away in 2019
 
February 26, 1929 ~ Saxophonist George Benson born ~ Not to be confused with singer, guitarist George Benson. Leader and sideman. Sessioned with Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Earl Van Dyke, Eddie Russ, JC Heard, Sammy Price, Wendell Harrison, BB Queen, Bess Bonnier, Dennis Tini, Brad Felt, and others ~ Benson passed away in 2019
February 26, 1929 ~ Folk singer Minerva Herrera born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba ~ Formed the duo Martin & Minerva with singer Martin Rodriguez, whom she would marry in 1952. The popular singer Albita is their daughter ~ Herrera passed away in 2016
 
February 26, 1928 ~ Pianist, singer Fats Domino born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Rock & roll pioneer. Best-selling African-American artist of the 1950s. Most popular singer of New Orleans R&B. Known for songs such as The Fat Man, I'm Walking, Ain't That A Shame, and Blueberry Hill. Closely associated with producer Dave Bartholomew. Employed sidemen such as Herbert Hardesty, Alvin Tyler, Billy Diamond, Frank Fields, Earl Palmer, Smokey Johnson, Reggie Houston, Lee Allen, and others ~ Domino passed away in 2017
 
February 26, 1926 ~ Pianist Chris Anderson born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced Herbie Hancock. Leader and sideman. Active since the mid 1940s. Best known for his 1960 My Romance album. Worked with Von Freeman, Charlie Parker, Dinah Washington, Bill Lee, Art Taylor, Walter Perkins, Philly Joe Jones, Frank Gant, Charlie Haden, Clifford Jordan, Sun Ra, Frank Strozier, and others ~ Anderson passed away in 2008
 
February 26, 1925 ~ Saxophonist, bandleader, producer Dave Pell born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Played in the big bands of Tony Pastor, Bob Astor, Bobby Sherwood, and Les Brown. Moved on to leading his own ensembles in the early 1950s, employing sidemen such as Pepper Adams, Benny Carter, Mel Lewis, Red Mitchell, Marty Paich, and Art Pepper, Pell continued to work as a sideman for Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Benny Goodman, and Gene Krupa. He also produced for the Tops, Uni, and Librty labels throughout the 1960s, most notably producing Gary Lewis & the Playboys as well as the T-Bones (No Matter What Shape Your Stomach's In) ~ Pell passed away in 2017
 
February 26, 1922 ~ Musicologist Franz Beyer born in Weingarten, Germany ~ Best known for his revising and restoration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in particular his unfinished Requiem KV 626 ~ Beyer passed away in 2018
 
February 26, 1921 ~ Elizabeth June Thornburg, commonly known as singer, actress Betty Hutton born in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA ~ Baby sister to singer, actress Marion Hutton. Scouted by orchestra leader Vincent Lopez. Would go on to a prolific career, mostly in movies, Broadway and TV ~ Hutton passed away in 2007
 
February 26, 1920 ~ Enrico Crolla, commonly known as jazz guitarist, film composer Henri Crolla, born in Naples, Italy ~ Renowned film composer since the early 1950s. Collaborated with composers such as Andre Hodeir, René Denoncin, Hubert Rostaing, José Toledo, Georges Delerue, and others ~ Crolla passed away in 1960
 
February 26, 1916 ~ John Herbert Gleaon, commonly known as actor, comedian, singer Jackie Gleason, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Best known as actor and comedian, notably in The Honeymooners and his own The Jackie Gleason how. Also a singer known for a string of million-seller “mood music” albums, starting with Music For Lovers Only released in 1957 ~ Gleason passed away in 1987
 
February 26, 1908 ~ Bolero, opera tenor Nestor Mesta Cháyres born in Ciudad Lerdo, Mexico ~ Dubbed “El Gitano de Mexico” and especially known as an interpreter of Agustín Lara and Maria Grever. Worked with the Symphony Orchestra Of Mexico, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alfredo Antonini, John Serry Sr, the Montreal Philharmonic Orchestra, and others ~ Cháyres passed away in 1971
 
February 26, 1907 ~ Hyman Goldberg, commonly known as Dixieland jazz saxophonist, bandleader Harry Gold, born in Leytonstone, UK ~ Worked with the Metronomes, Vic Filmer, Roy Fox, Oscar Rabin, and most notably with his own band Pieces Of Eight ~ Goldberg passed away in 2005
 
February 26, 1879 ~ Violist, conductor, composer Frank Bridge born in Brighton, UK ~ Bridge wrote chamber music and orchestral pieces. Violinist for the Grimson Quartet. Played viola with the English String Quartet. Privately tutored Benjamin Britten, who would later pay homage with the composition Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge based on Bridge's Three Idylls For String Quartet ~ Bridge passed away in 1941