This Day In Music: February 4
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February 4, 2022 ~ Pop, R&B singer Donny Gerard passed away ~ Lead singer of Skylark, best known for their 1972 hit single Wildflower. The song would later be covered by Color Me Badd, Hank Crawford, Creative Source, the O'Jays, Marlena Shaw, and others. Gerard has also released some solo recordings, notably the singles Greedy For Your Love and Stay A While With Me. Sang backup for artists such as Elton John, Neil Diamond, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, and Mavis Staples ~ Gerard was born ca.1946
February 4, 2022 ~ Progressive rock, rock, protest singer, guitarist, violinist, songwriter Marko Brecelj passed away ~ Known for his political activism, satire and black humor. Influenced by Frank Zappa. Released his solo debut album, Cocktail, in 1974, a collaborative effort with composer Bojan Adamic. Best known as co-founder, frontman of pioneering progressive rock outfit Buldozer, acclaimed for their 1975 Pljuni Istini U Oci album, which sold out fast but would not be reissued as the record company deemed it “inappropriate and controversial” material. The band is considered one of the first avant-prog rock outfits in communist Yugoslavia, forefathers of Yugoslav new wave. Brecelj would appear on the band's first two albums and one soundtrack, Zivi Bili Pa Vidi, before departing the band. Has continued to work with a wide array of acts and remain active until his death ~ Brecelj was born in 1951
 
February 4, 2021 ~ Singer Hüner Coskuner passed away in Istanbul, Turkey ~ Well over a dozen albums to her name, starting with Dogus released in 1987. Also noted for duetting with Erol Büyükburç on the Iste Duet Sevenem collaborative album released in 1999 ~ Coskuner was born in 1963
February 4, 2021 ~ R&B singer Jessie Smith passed away ~ Best known as original member of the Ikettes during the mid-1960s, backing the duo of Ike Turner & Tina Turner. As a solo artist known for her 1961 My Baby Has Gone single. Has also sang backup for artists such as Al Kooper, Bryan Ferry, Dr John (In The Right Place), Gloria Jones, José Feliciano, Johnny Bristol, Leon Ware, and others ~ Smith was born ca.1941
February 4, 2021 ~ R&B singer, songwriter Nolan Porter, full name Nolan Frederick Porter, passed away ~ Married to Candy Zappa, sister of Frank Zappa. Recorded two albums in the early 1970s, initially to little success but in time appreciated by British Northern soul aficionados. Best known for songs such as Keep On Keeping On and If I Could Only Be Sure, the latter notably covered by father of Britpop Paul Weller on his 2004 Studio 150 album ~ Porter was born in 1949
February 4, 2021 ~ Singer, actress Patricia Healey passed away ~ Best known as an actress, notably in films such as The White Bus and Wuthering Heights. Married to singer Engelbert Humperdinck ~ Healey was born in 1936
 
February 4, 2019 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Giampiero Artegiani passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Member of progressive rock group Semiramis. Founded I Carillon. Also produced and wrote for other artists including Michele Zarrillo, Silvia Salemi, and Massimo Ranieri ~ Artegiani was born in 1955
February 4, 2019 ~ Church musician, musicologist Ove Kristian Sundberg passed away ~ Best known as organist at the Bodø catherdral from 1962 through 1975. Also known as a professor and author with several publications on music ~ Sundberg was born in 1932
February 4, 2019 ~ Keyboardist, guitarist, percussionist Phil Western, full name Philip Charles Western, passed away ~ Founding member of Download, Plateau, Frozen Rabbit, and Off & Gone. Has also worked with Beehatch, KONE, XMT, Floatpoint, and recorded extensively as a solo artist, noted for the album The Escapist released in 1998 ~ Western was born in 1971
February 4, 2019 ~ Composer Vyacheslav Ivchinnikov, full name Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Ovchinnikov, passed away in Moscow, Russia ~ Started composing at age 9, entered the Moscow Conservatory at age 15. Wrote symphonies, symphonic poems, chamber music and works for small ensembles. Internationally perhaps best known as film composer, including for the 1967 film War And Peace directed by Sergei Bondarchuk ~ Ovchinnikov was born in 1936
 
February 4, 2017 ~ Ska, rocksteady, reggae percussionist Noel Simms, full name Noel Bartholomew Simms, passed away in Alligator Reef, Florida, USA ~ Half of the duo Bunny & Scully, the other half being Arthur Bunny Robinson. Also worked with Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, the Aggrovators, the Upsetters, the Revolutionaries, Roots Radics, Big Youth, Peter Tosh, Dillinger, the Heptones, Justin Hinds, Johnny Moore, Jimmy Cliff, and others ~ Simms was born in 1935
 
February 4, 2016 ~ Songwriter, singer Joe Dowell passed away in Bloomington, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his 1961 rendition of Wooden Heart, the first US No.1 single for Smash Records. Followed up with the lesser hits The Bridge Of Love and Little Red Rented Rowboat. Dowell wanted to be a songwriter in his own right but was contractually required to sing music owned by his label's parent company Mercury Records. Dowell was eventually dropped by the label and has recorded sporadically since including folk and gospel ~ Dowell was born in 1940
February 4, 2016 ~ Classical composer Leslie Bassett, full name Leslie Raymond Bassett, passed away ~ Best known for Variations For Orchestra, premiered in 1963 and honored with both a Prix De Rome and a Pullitzer Prize For Music ~ Bassett was born in 1923
 
February 4, 2014 ~ Reginald Maurice Ball, commonly known as singer, bassist Reg Presley, passed away in Hampshire, UK ~ Best known as the Troggs' lead singer, known for hits such as With A Girl Like You, Wild Thing, I Can't Control Myself and Love Is All Around, later covered by Wet Wet Wet. Ball used the royalties of the latter to fund research into UFO's, lost civilizations and alchemy. ~ Presley was born in 1941
 
February 4, 2013 ~ Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II, commonly known as jazz, bebop trumpeter Donald Byrd, passed away in Dover, Delaware, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Major influence on and mentor of Herbie Hancock. First gained serious attention playing with Art Blakey, replacing Clifford Brown in the Jazz Messengers. Has also backed artists such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk before establishing himself as a bandleader. Known for early 1960s albums such as Royal Flush and Free Form as well as late 1960s, early 1970s albums such as Fancy Free and Black Byrd exploring jazz fusion and R&B ~ Byrd was born in 1932
 
February 4, 2009 ~ Erick Lee Purkhiser, commonly known as singer Lux Interior, passed away in Glendale, California, USA ~ Frontman and cofounder of the Cramps from 1972 until his death at age 62 ~ Purkhiser was born in 1946
February 4, 2009 ~ Guitarist, bassist Steve Dullaghan passed away in Coventry, UK ~ Co-founding member of indie pop, power pop, post-punk outfit the Primitives, present on the band's 1988 Lovely debut album which spawned the UK top 10 hit Crash ~ Dullaghan was born in 1966
 
February 4, 2008 ~ Pianist Chris Anderson passed away in New York, New York, 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 was born in 1926
 
February 4, 2007 ~ Singer, actress Barbara McNair, full name Barbara Jean McNair, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Jazz, nightclub singer best known for her 1958 debut single Till There Was You. Toured with Nat King Cole. Starred in early 1960s Broadway shows, notably I'm With You. Would focus on acting in films and TV from the 1970s onwards ~ McNair was born in 1934
 
February 4, 2005 ~ James Henry Oliver, commonly known as saxophonist, bandleader Jimmy Oliver, passed away ~ Worked with Philly Joe Jones, Red Garland, Johnny Coles, Charlie Rice, Sam Reed, Mickey Roker, Bootsie Barnes, the Heath Brothers, Philly Joe Jones, Charlie Parker, Pearl Bailey, Max Roach, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Georgie Auld, Charlie Ventura, Hank Jones, Major Holley, and others ~ Oliver was born ca.1920
 
February 4, 2001 ~ Composer Iannis Xenakis passed away in Paris, France ~ Revolutionized 20th-century classical music. Pioneered the use of mathematical models in music. Influential on development of electronic and computer music. Known for works such as Metastaseis, Pappha and Pleiades ~ Xenakis was born in 1922
February 4, 2001 ~ James Louis Johnson, commonly known as trombonist JJ Johnson passed away in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. One of the earliest bebop trombonists. As a composer known for standards such as Wee Dot, Lament and Enigma. Worked with Kai Winding, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell, Clifford Brown, Bennie Green, André Previn, Milt Jackson, Joe Pass, Al Grey, Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie, Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Elvin Jones, Howard McGhee, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Stanley Turrentine, and others ~ Johnson was born in 1924
 
February 4, 2000 ~ Singer Doris Coley passed away ~ Best known as member, ocassional lead singer, of vocal girl group the Shirelles, known for songs such as Tonight's The Night, Baby It's You and Will You Love Me Tomorrow. The latter would be the first single by a black girl-group to top the American charts ~ Coley was born in 1941
 
February 4, 1998 ~ Patrick Lamont Hawkins, commonly known as rapper Fat Pat, passed away in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Brother of rapper Big Hawk, with whom he also worked. Worked with Dead End Alliance, Screwed Up Click. Best known for his appearance on Lil' Troy's Wanna Be A Baller, released after Hawkins' death ~ Hawkins was born in 1970
 
February 4, 1991 ~ Pop, jazz singer Kate Davis, full name Kathryn L Davis, born in West Linn, Oregon, USA ~ Played violin and bass in the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Actively recording as a singer since the late 2000s, venturing from jazz to indie pop and rock. Especially acclaimed for the album Trophy released in 2019
 
February 4, 1987 ~ Wladziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as pianist Liberace passed away in Palm Springs, California, USA ~ Child prodigy. Known for his outrageous showmanship, sporting a flamboyant presence and lifestyle both on and off stage. At the height of his fame the highest-paid entertainer in the world. Played pop standards, classical and classical crossover ~ Liberace was born in 1919
 
February 4, 1986 ~ Drummer, pianist, singer Jackie Barnes born in Sydney, Australia ~ Half-brother of singer Jimmy Barnes, with whom he also worked. Member of sibling outfit the Tin Lids. In-demand touring and session musician, has worked with Rose Tattoo, Diesel, Keith Urban, Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa, Andrew Roachford, Little Steven, the Dead Daisies, Shannon Noll, the Wiggles, Glenn Hughes, and others
 
February 4, 1985 ~ Leslie Bougoin, commonly known as pop, R&B singer Leslie, born in Le Mans, France ~ Known for her 2007 duet Accorde Moi with Bobby Valentino. Married to music producer Kore
 
February 4, 1983 ~ Singer, drummer Karen Carpenter, full name Karen Anne Carpenter, passed away in Downey, California, USA ~ Praised for her three-octave vocal range. Alongside pianist, singer Richard Carpenter formed the sibling duo the Carpenters, known for a string of lush soft-rock hits, mostly in the 1970s, including Billboard top 10 hits such as (They Long To Be) Close To You, We've Only Just Begun, Rainy Days And Mondays, the Leon Russell & Bonnie Bramlett-penned Superstar, Yesterday Once More and Top Of The World ~ Carpenter was born in 1950
 
February 4, 1982 ~ Pop, R&B singer, dancer, choreographer, actress, TV personality Kimberly Wyatt, full name Kimberly Kaye Wyatt, born in Warrensburg, Missouri, USA ~ Best known as a member of the Pussycat Dolls from 2003 through 2010
 
February 4, 1979 ~ Singer, actress Mareva Galanter born in Papeete, French Polynesia ~ Beauty queen winning the 1999 Miss France pageant. As a singer released her Ukuyéyé debut album in 2006. Has since worked with Little Barrie, Rufus Wainwright, Primal Scream's Martin Duffy, Nouvelle Vague, and others
 
February 4, 1978 ~ Traditional folk singer Fay Hield born ~ Member of Baccapella. Member of the Witches Of Elswick. Debuted as a solo artist with Looking Glass album in 2010
February 4, 1978 ~ Marcelo de Souza Camelo, commonly known as folk rock, alternative rock, samba, bossa nova, contemporary classical singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter Marcelo Camelo, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Lead guitarist, primary songwriter of Los Hermanos, known for among others Samba A Dois and Anna Julia, the latter notably covered by Jim Capaldi. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with Sou released in 2008. Married to singer Mallu Magalhães, his bandmate in Banda Do Mar
 
February 4, 1977 ~ Glam punk, indie pop, indie rock, noise pop, noise rock, shoegazing bassist, drummer, guitarist, singer Emil Nikolaisen born in Moi, Norway ~ Lead singer, guitarist of alternative rock outfit Serena-Maneesh. Has also worked with Silver, Loch Ness Mouse, Royal, and Extol. Has served as producer for artists such as Arabrot, Carmen Villain, Okkultokrati, Elvira Nikolaisen, Maria Solheim, and others
February 4, 1977 ~ Singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter Gavin Degraw born in South Fallsburg, New York, USA ~ Rose to fame in the early 2000s, especially noted for I Don't Want To Be of his 2003 Chariot debut album. Other well-known songs include Follow Through, In Love With A Girl, Not Over You, Soldier and Sweeter. Nominated for a Grammy Award for the Colbie Caillat-duet We Both Know used in the 2013 Safe Haven film
 
February 4, 1975 ~ Saxophonist, bandleader Louis Jordan, full name Louis Thomas Jordan, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leading jump-blues innovator, known for his highly energetic hybrid of jazz, blues, boogie-woogie. One of the all-time most successful Afrian-American artists. Influence on 1950s rock & roll and R&B. Known for songs such as Caldonia, Choo Choo Ch'boogie, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Let The Good Times Roll, Beans And Corn Bread, Saturday Night Fish Fry Parts 1 & 2, and others ~ Jordan was born in 1908
February 4, 1975 ~ Dennis Rink, commonly known as rap, hip-hop DJ, producer Man!ak, born in Zaandam, the Netherlands ~ Best known for producing Dansplaat, a 2001 hit in the Netherlands and Belgium for Brainpower. Also collaborated with the latter in the rap, hip-hop quartet ADHD. Has also released several singles under the moniker Man!e and worked as a producer with Skate The Great, Lexay, Lex Boogie, and others
February 4, 1975 ~ Singer, model, songwriter, actress Natalie Imbruglia born in Sydney, Australia ~ Actress, notably featured in the Australian soap Neighbours in the early 1990s. As a singer released her debut album, Left Of The Middle, in 1997. It would spawn the international hit Torn. Imbruglia has been recording to critical acclaim and commercial success since
 
February 4, 1974 ~ Guitarist Jeff Schroeder, full name Jeffrey Kim Schroeder, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Influenced by Ace Frehley, Jeff Beck, Slash, Pete Townshend, Brad Laner, Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, Carrie Brownstein, J Mascis. Best known as member of the Smashing Pumpkins, joining as touring member in 2007 becoming a full-pledged member later on. Also worked with the Lassie Foundation, the Violet Burning, and with the Night Dreamer
 
February 4, 1971 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, percussionist, songwriter David Garza born in Irving, Texas, USA ~ Debuted in 1991 with his Just Say Love album and has recorded extensively ever since. Has collaborated with Juliana Hatfield, Rhett Miller, Fiona Apple, Revolting Cocks, John Legend (Sun Comes Up), Watkins Family Hour, and others
 
February 4, 1970 ~ Producer, label founder James Murphy born in Princeton, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known as the man behind LCD Soundsystem. Has recorded and collaborated under numerous monnikers. Influenced by Liquid Liquid, the B52's, Talking Heads, the Fall, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Velvet Underground, Yes, David Bowie, Daft Punk, and the Can. Has worked with Britney Spears, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, André 3000, Pulp, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Pony, Speedking, and others
February 4, 1970 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist, percussionist Keller Williams born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA ~ Described by some as a one-man jam band drawing from bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, reggae, dance, jazz, funk, and other idioms. Well over a dozen albums to his name starting in the mid 1990s, especially acclaimed for the albums Spun and its follow-up Breathe. Has collaborated with artists such as the String Cheese Incident, Jeff Austin, Keith Moseley, the Travelin' McCourys, Julian Casellas, the Rhythm Devils, and others
 
February 4, 1969 ~ Barbara Augustine Nederhorst commonly known as actress, singer Guusje Nederhorst, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ 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 Katja Schuurman. 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. Nederhorst was married to singer Dinand Woesthoff from 2003 until her death the following year, the couple have one son ~ Nederhorst passed away in 2004
 
February 4, 1968 ~ Claus Wilhelm Nicolai Dunger, commonly known as singer, songwriter Nicolai Dunger, born in Sweden ~ Worked with Will Oldham, Esbjörn Svensson, Jonathan Donahue, and others
February 4, 1968 ~ Bass guitarist Tim Lefebvre born in Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA ~ Has worked with a wide range of musicians in rock, jazz, fusion, electronica and R&B including Sting, Elvis Costello, David Bowie (including on 2016's Blackstar released two days before Bowie's death), Empire Of The Sun, Sleepy Jackson, Wayne Krantz, Patti Austin, John Mayer, Jovanotti, Chuck Loeb, Mark Giuliana, Jamie Cullum, Chris Botti, Knower, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and others
 
February 4, 1964 ~ Tim Ryan Rouillier, commonly known as country singer, guitarist, songwriter Tim Ryan, born in St Ignatius, Montana, USA ~ As a solo artist known for a number of 1990s albums, starting with the eponymous 1990 Tim Ryan album which spawned the modest country hit Dance In Circles. Also known as a songwriter, wrote or co-wrote songs recorded by George Strait, Randy Travis, Phil Vassar (Last Day Of My Life), Deana Carter, Ty Herndon, and others
 
February 4, 1963 ~ Rock drummer Bryan Mantia, full name Bryan Kei Mantia, born in Cupertino, California, USA ~ Influenced by James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix. First gained attention in the early 1990s as member of Praxis, playing alongside Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins and Buckethead. Developed a continuing relationship with the latter, playing on a number of his solo albums including Monsters And Robots, Colma and The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell. Has also worked with Primus, Godflesh, Tom Waits (Mule Variations), Serj Tarkian, Guns 'n Roses, Science Faxtion, Travis Dickerson, and others
February 4, 1963 ~ Kevin John Wasserman, commonly known as punk rock, skate punk, alternative rock guitarist Noodles, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Lead guitarist for the Offspring. Allegedly in the band because at the time he was the only one old enough to provide alcohol for the others. The band is known for songs such as Come Out And Play, Self Esteem, Gone Away, Pretty Fly For A White Guy, Why Don't You Get A Job, Original Prankster, Hit That, Hammerhead, and You're Gonna Go Far Kid
 
February 4, 1962 ~ Singer Clint Black born in Long Branch, New Jersey, USA ~ Debuted in 1989 with the album Killin' Time. All four of the album's singles, namely A Better Man, Killin' Time, Nobody's Home and Walkin' Away, would top the country charts both in America and Canada. Black would continue to regularly reach the higher echelons of the charts up till the turn of the century with songs such as Loving Blind, When My Ship Comes In, the Wynonna Judd-duet A Bad Goodbye, A Good Run Of Bad Luck, Summer's Comin', Like The Rain, Nothin' But The Taillights, and the endearing love duet When I Said I Do with his wife Lisa Hartman-Black
February 4, 1962 ~ Trumpeter, singer Jude Abbott born in Essex, UK ~ Best known as trumpeter of anarcho-punk and later folk band Chumbawamba. Abbott is also featured on the band's international hit Tubthumping released in 1997
 
February 4, 1961 ~ Jazz clarinetist, composer, arranger Alphonse Picou passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Important early figure in New Orleans jazz. Worked with Manuel Perez, Freddie Keppard, Bunk Johnson, the Excelsior Brass Band, the Olympia Brass Band, Papa Jack Laine, Buddy Bolden, King Oliver, Papa Celestin, and others ~ Picou was born in 1878
February 4, 1961 ~ Guitarist, bassist Henry Bogdan born in Riverside, California, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of alternative metal band Helmet, remaining with the band through 1998
 
February 4, 1960 ~ Singer, dancer, actor Tim Booth, full name Timothy John Booth, born in Bradford, UK ~ Best known as lead singer of British rock outfit James
 
February 4, 1959 ~ Jese Gomes da Silva Filho, commonly known as samba, pagode singer, songwriter Zeca Pagodinho, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Discovered by Beth Carvalho, who invited Zeca to appear on the song Camarao Que Drome A Onda Leva in 1983. Zeca has since recorded regularly, starting with the eponymous Zeca Pagodinho album in 1986
 
February 4, 1955 ~ Guitarist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter, engineer, producer Tim Thorney born ~ Co-wrote most of Lisa Dal Bello's 1981 Drastic Measures album. Singer, keyboardist for the Front, known for the early 1980s albums Gina's At A Party and Underworld. Has recorded as a solo artist, most notably the 1993 Fortunate Home single which reached top 20 of the Canadian country charts. Co-produced Jimmy Rankin's 2001 Song Dog debut album and its follow-up Handmade. Co-produced Alanis Morissette's 2004 So-called Chaos album ~ Thorney passed away in 2021
 
February 4, 1954 ~ Singer, harmonica player Curtis Salgado born in Everett, Washington, USA ~ Reportedly one of the artists, along with Charlie Musselwhite, cited as inspiration for the Blues Brothers' characters. Closely associated with Robert Cray, singing and playing harmonica with the Robert Cray Band through 1982. Would go on to front Roomful Of Blues. Has briefly worked with Santana. Also known for fronting his own bands, starting with Curtis Salgado & The Stilettos released in 1991
 
February 4, 1953 ~ Jazz trombonist John Rapson born in Gary, Indiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Vinny Golia, Tim Berne, Walter Thompson, Bobby Bradford, John Carter, Wayne Peet, Alex Cline, Roberto Miguel Miranda, Ken Filiano, John Fumo, Kim Richmond, Steve Fowler, Bill Roper, Anthony Braxton, Ed Blackwell, Jay Hoggard, Allen Lowe, and others
February 4, 1953 ~ Masanori Takahashi, commonly known as electronic, world, new age keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, flutist, percussionist, songwriter Kitaro, born in Toyohashi, Japan ~ About two albums to his name since the late 1970s. Regarded as one of the premier new-age artists. Best known for his 1999 album Thinking Of You. Also noted for composing the soundtrack for the 1993 Heaven & Earth film. Has worked with the Far East Family Band, Klaus Schulze, Mickey Hart, Jon Anderson, and others
February 4, 1953 ~ Rock, pop, soul singer, songwriter Tatsuro Yamashita born in Toshima, Japan ~ Considered one of the premier artists in Japanese soft rock. Best known for Christmas Eve, which has returned to the charts each year for over 35 consecutive years. Frequently worked with his wife, singer Mariya Takeuchi, notably on Plastic Love
 
February 4, 1952 ~ Drummer Jerry Shirley born in London, UK ~ Perhaps best known as member of Humble Pie, present on the band's best known including the albums As Safe As Yesterday Is, Smokin' and Eat It. Has also worked with Natural Gas, Magnet, Fastway, Waysted, Syd Barrett, John Entwistle, Sammy Hagar, Benny Mardones, and others
February 4, 1952 ~ Flautist Kudsi Erguner born in Diyarbakir, Turkey ~ Master of traditional Mevlevi Sufi music. One of the best-known players of the Turkish ney flute
 
February 4, 1951 ~ Blues singer, pianist, songwriter Cecil Gant passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Scored a string of blues and R&B hits in the mid to late-1940s, considered influential on the early development of rock & roll. Best known for his 1944 ballad I Wonder ~ Gant was born in 1913
 
February 4, 1950 ~ Rock drummer Mick Woodmansey, also known as Michael Woody Woodmansey, born in Driffield, UK ~ Closely associated with David Bowie, present on the albums The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy And The Spiders From Mars and Aladdin Sane. Has also worked with Art Garfunkel, the Cybernauts, 3-D, Holy Holy, and others. Woodmansey published his autobiography, Spider From Mars (My Life With David Bowie), in 2016
 
February 4, 1949 ~ Drummer Roy Yeager born in Greenwood, Mississippi, USA ~ Best known as a member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section from 1979 through 1983. Had previously worked with the Out Of Its, the Crackerjacks, Lobo, and with singer Joe South. Would resettle to Nashville in the 1980s, found his own recording studio and venture into producing
 
February 4, 1948 ~ Singer Vincent Furnier, commonly known as Alice Cooper, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Dubbed “the Father of Shock-Rock” emerged in the late 1960s, early 1970s pioneering a macabre and theatrical brand of rock drawing from horror films, hard rock, heavy metal, glam rock, garage rock. Would adopt the original band name, Alice Cooper, for his own on-stage persona. Known for songs such as I'm Eighteen, Under My Wheels, School's Out, No More Mr Nice Guy, Halo Of FLies, Only Women Bleed, Welcome To My Nightmare, How You Gonna See Me Now, Poison and Hey Stoopid
 
February 4, 1947 ~ Dwight David Turner, commonly known as soul singer Spyder Turner, born in Beckley, West Virginia, USA ~ Sang backup for R&B outfits such as the Stereophonics and for the Fabulous Counts. Scored a 1967 R&B hit with Stand By me, a tongue-in-cheek cover of the Ben E King tune imitating not only King, but Smokey Robinson, Chuck Jackson and other soul singers as well. The single would cross over to the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, reaching the top 20. Also co-wrote Do Your Dance, a hit for Rose Royce in 1977
 
February 4, 1946 ~ Gospel singer, songwriter Evelyn Turrentine Agee born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Debuted in 1992 with the In God's Own Time album and has recorded regularly since. Best known for her 2003 release It's Already Done, reaching the top 20 of the Billboard Gospel album charts
 
February 4, 1945 ~ Tenor saxophonist John Stubblefield born ~ Worked with the World Saxophone Quartet, Reggie Workman, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, George Russell, Nat Adderley, Kenny Barron, Lester Bowie, the Mingus Big Band, Anthony Braxton, Stanley Cowell, Miles Davis, Billy Hart, Louis Hayes, Julius Hemphill, Joseph Jarman, Victor Lewis, Sam Rivers, and others ~ Stubblefield passed away in 2005
 
February 4, 1944 ~ Singer Florence Larue born in Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Original and sole constant member of the 5th Dimension, known for songs such as Up Up & Away, Stoned Soul Picnic, Let The Sunshine In, Wedding Bell Blues and One Less Bell To Answer
February 4, 1944 ~ Pop, rock drummer, singer Grant Serpell, full name Stephen Grant Serpell, born in Maidenhead, UK ~ Member of jazz-rock outfit Affinity, known for their sole eponymous Affinity album released in 1970. Subsequently rose to fame as a member of Sailor from 1973 through 1979, present on both the band's UK top 10 hits A Glass Of Champagne and Girls Girls Girls
 
February 4, 1943 ~ Keyboardist, producer Barry Beckett, full name Barry Edward Beckett, born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Co-founded the famed Muscle Shoals Studio and served as member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Appears on recordings by Etta James, Bob Seger, Joan Baez, Vince Gill, Kim Carnes, Boz Scaggs, Mark Knopfler, Mavis Staples, Wilson Pickett, Steve Cropper, Levon Helm, Aretha Franklin, John Prine, Kenny Chesney, Chely Wright, Paul Simon, JJ Cale, Rosanne Cash, Michael Martin Murphey, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, and others. A&R executive for Warner Bros Records, Nashville division in the 1980s ~ Beckett passed away in 2009
February 4, 1943 ~ Session guitarist Jimmy Johnson, full name Jimmy Ray Johnson, born in Sheffield, Alabama, USA ~ In-house session guitarist for FAME Studios during the 1960s. Co-founded Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1969. Present on recordings by Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge (When A Man Loves A Woman), Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin (I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You), James & Bobby Purify, King Curtis, Patti Labelle, Etta James, Otis Rush, Cher, Boz Scaggs, Arif Mardin, Ronnie Hawkins, Herbie Mann, Lulu, Cowboy, the Rolling Stones (Brown Sugar), the Staple Singers, Laura Nyro, Bobby Womack, Joe Tex, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Seger, Eddie Floyd, the Dells, Johnnie Taylor, Orleans, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Don Covay, Joe Simon, Millie Jackson, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Bramlett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dr Hook, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, and numerous others ~ Johnson passed away in 2019
February 4, 1943 ~ Jazz drummer Newman Taylor Baker born in Petersburg, Virginia, USA ~ Worked with Henry Threadgill, Henry Grimes, Leroy Jenkins, Diedre Murray, and others
 
February 4, 1941 ~ Singer, dancer Gabrielle Roth born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Best known for her work in trance dance, with 20 albums to her name and creating the 5Rhythms approach, a meditation practice now commonly used across the globe ~ Roth passed away in 2012
February 4, 1941 ~ Drummer John Steel born in Gates, UK ~ Co-founding member of British blues, blues-rock outfit the Animals, knon for songs such as The House Of The Rising Sun, I'm Crying, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get Outta This Place, Don't Bring Me Down, and others
February 4, 1941 ~ Rock, jazz guitarist Mike Deasy, full name Michael William Deasy, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Touring musician for Ritchie Valens. Has also worked with the Coasters, Duane Eddy, and Eddie Cochran. Following the latter's death in 1960 would become an in-demand session musician. Notable credits include appearing on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album and Elvis Presley's 1968 TV special. Would go on to work with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Chet Baker, Mel Tormé, the Monkees, the 5th Dimension, Thelma Houston, Jackie DeShannon, and others
 
February 4, 1939 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Dick Nolan, full name Richard Francis Nolan, born in Carbonear, Canada ~ Over 40 albums to his name during a 50-year career. Dubbed “the Johnny Cash of Newfoundland”. Known for songs such as Golden Rocket, The Fool, Home Again This Year and perhaps his best known Aunt Martha's Sheep ~ Nolan passed away in 2005
 
February 4, 1937 ~ Manager, producer Bill Ham born ~ Best known as ZZ Top's producer and manager ~ Ham passed away in 2016
 
February 4, 1935 ~ Festival manager Claude Nobs born in Territet, Switzerland ~ Co-founder and general manager of Montreux Jazz Festival ~ Nobs passed away in 2013
 
February 4, 1934 ~ Jazz pianist, bassist Wade Legge born in Huntington, West Virginia, USA ~ Played with Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Richards, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Bill Hardman, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper, Jimmy Cleveland, Milt Jackson, Jackie McLean, Joe Roland, and others ~ Legge passed away in 1963
 
February 4, 1933 ~ Engineer, producer Fred Catero born ~ Active since the 1960s. Has worked with artists such as Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Al Kooper, Linda Ronstadt, Mel Tormé, Tower Of Power, Santana, and others. Founded Catero Records in the 1980s, focusing on jazz acts such as Herbie Hancock, Ernie Mansfield, Laurie Antonioli and Paul Speer ~ Catero passed away in 2022
 
February 4, 1931 ~ Rock & roll, R&B, pop saxophonist, singer Gil Bernal born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ In-demand session and touring saxophonist. First gained attention backing Lionel Hampton in the 1950s, alongside Quincy Jones and Jimmy Scott. Notable credits include the Coasters' 1957 hit single Searchin', the Robins' Riot In Cell Block No.9, and Duane Eddy's Rebel Rouser. Has also recorded a number of 1950s singles as a solo artist, notably The Eyes Of Love, It Sure Is Groovy and This Is Worth Fighting For ~ Bernal passed away in 2011
February 4, 1931 ~ Jazz samba, bossa nova drummer Hélcio Milito, full name Hélcio Paschoal Milito, born in Brazil ~ Member of Trio Tamba, alongside Luiz Eça and Bebeto Castilho. Has also worked with Luiz Bonfá, João Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto, and others ~ Milito passed away in 2014
 
February 4, 1929 ~ Guitarist Paul Burlison born in Brownsville, Tennessee, USA ~ Rock & roll pioneer. Founding member of the Johnny Burnette Trio, which also included Dorsey Burnette and Johnny Burnette, known for songs such as Train On A Lonesome Track and Honey Hush. Credited with being one of the first guitarists to intentionally use effects such as distortion and feedback ~ Burlison passed away in 2003
February 4, 1929 ~ Classical clarinetist Stanley Drucker born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Best known for his long-time association with the New York Philharmonic, remaining with the orchestra from 1948 until his retirement in 2009. Active since his mid-teens, Drucker had previously worked with the Indianopolis Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Married to clarinetist Naomi Drucker, their son Leon is known as the Stray Cats-bassist Lee Rocker, their daughter Rosanne Drucker is an alternative country singer
 
February 4, 1927 ~ Jazz trumpeter Tony Fruscello born in Orangeburg, New York, USA ~ Worked with Charlie Barnet, Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Don Joseph, Allen Eager, Danny Bank, and others ~ Fruscella passed away in 1969
 
February 4, 1925 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Jutta Hipp born in New York, New York, USA ~ Listened clandestinely to jazz banned by the Nazi authorities. After the war worked with Hans Koller, Emil Mangelsdorff, Atilla Zoller, Peter Ind, Ed Thigpen, Zoot Sims, and others ~ Hipp passed away in 2003
 
February 4, 1924 ~ Blues, R&B pianist, singer, songwriter Bob Gaddy born in Vivian, West Virginia, USA ~ Known for recordings such as No Help Wanted, Blues Has Walked Into My Room, Rip & Run, I Love My Baby, Paper Lady and Operator, the latter penned by close friend Champion Jack Dupree. Gaddy worked with Larry Dale, Wild Jimmy Spruill, Sonny Terry and separately with Brownie McGhee ~ Gaddy passed away in 1997
 
February 4, 1915 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Ray Evans, full name Raymond Bernard Evans, born in Salamanca, New York, USA ~ Best known as songwriting partner of Jay Livingston. Together the pair won an Academy Award for Best Original Song three times, in 1948 for Buttons & Bows from the movie The Paleface, in 1950 for Mona Lisa from the movie Captain Carey USA and in 1956 for the song Que Sera Sera from the Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. The pair also wrote for numerous other films, TV series and stage musicals. Evans co-wrote over 700 songs, also collaborating with artists such as Michael Feinstein, Henry Mancini, Max Steiner, Victor Young, and others ~ Evans passed away in 2007
 
February 4, 1909 ~ Saxophonist Harold Dejan, full name Harold Andrew Dejan, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known as longtime leader of the Olympia Brass Band, considered one of the top New Orleans bands during the 1960s and 1970s ~ Dejan passed away in 2002
 
February 4, 1908 ~ Swing trumpeter Mannie Klein, full name Emmanuel Klein, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with the Ambassadors, Paul Whiteman, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Dean Martin, Hugo Montenegro (The Good The Bad & The Ugly Theme), Sammy Davis Jr, Junior Mance, Pete Rugolo, Vince Guaraldi, and others ~ Klein passed away in 1994
 
February 4, 1740 ~ Composer, poet Carl Michael Bellman born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Central figure in Swedish songs tradition and remains a powerful influence in Swedish music and literature. Mixed classical references with comic lyrics both regretting and celebrating sordid drinking and prostitution. Best known for two collections of poems set to music, namely Fredman's Songs and Fredma's Epistles ~ Bellman passed away in 1795