This Day In Music: January 1
December 31 ~ Birthdays/All ~ January 2
January 1, 2023 ~ Frederick Eugene Adams, commonly known as drummer Fred White, passed away ~ Best known for his association with R&B, funk, disco outfit Earth Wind & Fire, serving as the band's drummer from 1974 through 1984 including on acclaimed albums such as That's The Way Of The World, Spirit, All 'n All and Powerlight. Also notably present on Donny Hathaway's pivotal Live album released in 1972. Other credits include Albertina Walker, Little Feat, Linda Ronstadt, Deniece Williams, the Emotions, and Ramsey Lewis ~ Adams was born in 1955
January 1, 2023 ~ Lola Chantrelle Mitchell, commonly known as rapper Gangsta Boo, passed away ~ Second female member of hip-hop collective Three 6 Mafia, remaining with the group through 2002. Recorded three albums as a solo artist, starting with Enquiring Minds released in 1998. Has also worked with the Prophet Posse, the Hypnotize Camp Posse, Gangsta Blac, Lil' Jon, Gucci Mane, Lord Infamous, Frayser Boy, Lil Wyte, Clipping, and others ~ Mitchell was born in 1979
January 1, 2021 ~ Carlos Manuel de Ascencao do Carmo de Almeida, commonly known as fado singer Carlos do Carmo, passed away in Lisbon, Portugal ~ Internationally acclaimed. Credited with updating the fado genre, incorporating elements of jazz and adding larger orchestras. To pop audiences perhaps best known for representing Portugal at the 1976 Eurovision Songfestival, his Uma Flor De Verde Pinho reaching 12th place ~ Do Carmo was born in 1939
January 1, 2021 ~ Singer, songwriter George Gerdes passed away in Glendale, California, 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 was born in 1948
January 1, 2021 ~ Singer, keyboardist, songwriter Liam Reilly passed away ~ Best known as lead singer of rockers Bagatelle, enjoying popularity in their native Ireland with songs such as Leeson Street Lady, Summer In Dublin and Second Violin, the latter an unexpected hit in Uruguay. Has also recorded as a solo artist, releasing his Savannah Souvenirs debut album in 1989 ~ Reilly was born in 1955
January 1, 2021 ~ Country keyboardist, singer Misty Morgan passed away ~ Formed a husband-wife country duo with her husband Jack Blanchard, actively recording since the late 1960s. The duo is best known for their 1970 Billboard Country No.1 hit Tennessee Bird Walk. Other well-known songs include Humphrey The Camel, Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain and Just One More Song ~ Morgan was born in 1945
January 1, 2019 ~ Faisal Mssyeh, commonly known as rapper Feis, passed away in Rotterdam, the Netherlands ~ First gained attention guesting on U-Niq's Klein Klein Jongetje in 2007. Also sung on Kempi's Coke Op 't Gas. Released his solo debut album, Hard Van Buiten (Gebroken Van Binnen), in 2014 ~ Mssyeh was born in 1986
January 1, 2019 ~ Margaret Mary Morton, commonly known as singer, songwriter, environmentalist Pegi Young, passed away ~ Married to guitarist Neil Young from 1978 through 2014 ~ Morton was born in 1952
January 1, 2018 ~ Betty Jane Willis, commonly known as singer Betty Willis, passed away in Santa Ana, California, USA ~ Duetted with both Bill Medley and with Ray Lockhart. Best known for her 1965 version of Act Naturally as retooled by producers Phil Spector and Leon Russell ~ Willis was born in 1941
January 1, 2018 ~ Musicologist Peter Evans dies ~ Not to be confused with the trumpeter Peter Evans. Musicologist, noted for his book The Music Of Benjamin Britten ~ Evans was born in 1929
January 1, 2018 ~ Violinist, conductor, composer Robert Mann, full name Robert Nathaniel Mann, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet ~ Mann was born in 1920
January 1, 2016 ~ Composer Gilberto Mendes passed away ~ Composed cantates, motets, orchestral music, chamber music and avant-garde works. Founded the Santos New Music Festival in the mid-1960s ~ Mendes was born in 1922
January 1, 2015 ~ Jazz, pop, rock guitarist Jeff Golub passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Ashford & Simpson, Tina Turner, John Waite, Dar Williams, Peter Wolf, Vanessa Williams, Henry Butler, and others ~ Golub was born in 1955
January 1, 2014 ~ Jazz guitarist, cellist Pierre Cullaz passed away ~ Formed Guitars Unlimited, teaming up with Victor Apicella, Raymond Gimenez, Francis Lemageur and Tony Rallo. Also worked with Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Hal Cornbread Singer, Michel Hausser, Sarah Vaughan, Claude Bolling, Martial Solal, Eddy Louiss, Elvin Jones, Andre Hodeir, Ivan Julien, Guy Lafitte, Claude Nougaro, and others ~ Cullaz was born in 1935
January 1, 2014 ~ Ernest Joseph Thomas, commonly known as blues, swamp blues singer, guitarist, pianist Tabby Thomas passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Louisiana, USA ~ Enjoyed local fame in Baton Rouge area. Toured Europe. Ran Tabby's Blues Box & Heritage Hall. Member of the Hoodoo Kings. Father of blues guitarist Chris Thomas King ~ Thomas was born in 1929
January 1, 2013 ~ Clara Ann Fowler, commonly known as traditional pop, country pop singer Patti Page, passed away in Encinitas, California, USA ~ Best-selling female singer of the 1950s. Scored over a dozen million-sellers. Best known for songs such as Confess, With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming, All My Love (Bolero), I Went To Your Wedding, Changing Partners, Allegheny Moon, and perhaps her best known The Tennessee Waltz ~ Fowler was born in 1927
January 1, 2012 ~ Singer Fred Milano passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Member of doo-wop outfit Dion & the Belmonts, known for songs such as A Teenager In Love and Where Or When ~ Milano was born in 1939
January 1, 2011 ~ Jazz bassist Charles Fambrough passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Member of Art Blakey's backing unit the Jazz Messengers during the early 1980s. Has worked with Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Joe Ford, Steve Turre, Grover Washington Jr, Lenny White, McCoy Tyner, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and others ~ Fambrough was born in 1950
January 1, 2009 ~ Steel guitarist, producer Walter Haynes, full name Walter Ray Haynes, passed away ~ Worked with Jimmy Dickens, the Everly Brothers, Jeanne Pruett. Backed Patsy Cline on her 1961 hit She's Got You. Co-wrote Girl On The Billboard, a 1965 hit for Del Reeves ~ Raynes was born in 1928
January 1, 2006 ~ Rock singer, guitarist Bryan Harvey, full name Bryan Taber Harvey, passed away in Richmond, Virginia, USA ~ Formed House Of Freaks with percussionist Johnny Holt. Member of indie supergroup Gutterball, which also included Steve Wynn ~ Harvey was born in 1956
January 1, 2003 ~ Giorgio Gaberscik, commonly known as singer, actor, songwriter Giorgio Gaber, passed away in Camaiore, Italy ~ Closely associated with Luigi Tenco. Pioneered the genre Teatro Canzone. Worked with Adriano Celentano, Enzo Jannacci, Maria Monti, and others ~ Gaberscik was born in 1939
January 1, 1998 ~ Jazz alto saxophonist Dave Schildkraut passed away ~ Active since the 1940s. Played with Louis Prima, Buddy Rich, Anita O'Day, Stan Kenton, Pete Rugolo, Oscar Pettiford, Miles Davis, George Handy, Tony Aless, Ralph Burns, Tito Puente, Johnny Richards, Eddie Bert, and others ~ Schildkraut was born in 1925
January 1, 1997 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Ivan Graziani passed away in Novafeltria, Italy ~ Member of the Serogan and the Anonima Sound prior to launching his solo career, releasing his Desperation solo debut album in 1973 ~ Graziani was born in 1945
January 1, 1997 ~ Singer, songwriter Townes Van Zandt, full name John Townes Van Zandt, passed away in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, USA ~ Penned and recorded songs widely considered to be classics such as Pancho & Lefty, For The Sake Of The Song, Tecumsah Valley, and To Live Is To Fly. Influenced a wide array of artists including Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, the Counting Crows, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Wade Bowen, Gillian Welch, Pat Green, Colter Wall, Jason Isbell, Calvin Russell, Natalie Maines, and others ~ Van Zandt was born in 1944
January 1, 1995 ~ Pianist Jess Stacy, full name Jesse Alexandria Stacy, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Influenced by Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines. Best known for his association with Benny Goodman during the late 1930s, including performing at Goodman's famed 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. Also worked with Nelson Riddle, Bix Beiderbecke, Eddie Condon, Bud Freeman, George Gershwin, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holiday, Gene Krupa, Jack Teagarden, Horace Heidt, and others ~ Stacy was born in 1904
January 1, 1995 ~ Soul blues singer, songwriter Ted Hawkins passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Drifted in and out of obscurity, dividing his time between stints in prison, performing as a street performer in America, touring Europe where his music was well-received. Repeatedly “discovered” by various producers. Best known for his 1982 album, the Bruce Bromberg-produced Watch Your Step which failed commercially but was hailed by critics ~ Hawkins was born in 1936
January 1, 1994 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist Dewey Jackson passed away ~ Worked with the Odd Fellows Boys Band, George Reynolds, Charlie Creath, the Golden Melody Band, Fate Marable, Andrew Preer, Singleton Palmer, Don Ewell, Pops Foster, Willie Humphrey, Don Stovall, Morris White, Albert Snaer, William Thornton Blue, Clark Terry, and others ~ Jackson was born in 1900
January 1, 1991 ~ Producer, manager, songwriter, arranger Samuel Ram, commonly known as Buck Ram, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Produced all of the Platters recordings and wrote many of their biggest hits including Only You And You Alone, The Great Pretender, You've Got The Magic Touch, Twilight Time, and Enchanted. Ram also produced, wrote and arranged for artists including the Penguins, the Coasters, the Drifters, Ike & Tina Turner, Ike Cole, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and Ella Fitzgerald ~ Ram was born in 1907
January 1, 1984 ~ Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner, commonly known as singer, guitarist, pianist Alexis Korner, passed away in London, UK ~ Founding father of British blues. Founded Blues Incorporated, a loose-knit group which at times included Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, Danny Thompson, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Cyril Davies. Formed the trio Free At Last, playing with Hughie Flint and Binky McKenzie. Formed CCS, employing both blues, blues-rock musicians and jazz players including Art Themen, Mel Collins, Lol Coxhill, Dick Morrisey, John Surman, and Mike Zwerin ~ Koerner was born in 1928
January 1, 1983 ~ Metalcore, post-hardcore singer, guitarist, keyboardist Jona Weinhofen born in Adelaide, Australia ~ Best known as co-founding member, lead singer of I Killed The Prom Queen, Has also worked with Bring Me The Horizon, Bleeding Through, DRUGS, and with the Red Shore
January 1, 1982 ~ Jazz drummer Andreas Lønmo Knudsrød born in Revetal, Norway ~ Best known for his association with Splashgirl. Has also worked with Blokk 5, Philco Fiction, Sacred Harp, Lama, , and others
January 1, 1981 ~ Pianist, writer, human rights campaigner Hephzibah Menuhin passed away in London, UK ~ Sister of renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin and pianist Yaltah Menuhin. Played the Australian premier of Béla Bartók's Second Piano Concerto ~ Menuhin was born in 1920
January 1, 1981 ~ Rock singer Steve Broderick born ~ Best known for appearing on the 2009 the Trans-Siberian Orchestra album Night Castle
January 1, 1979 ~ Bree Joanna Alice Robinson, commonly known as punk rock, alternative rock, garage rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Brody Dalle, born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Co-founding member of the Distillers, recording three albums with the band before disbanding in 2006. Subsequently co-founded Spinnerette. Dalle has released her solo debut album, Diploid Love, in 2014
January 1, 1979 ~ Saxophonist, singer Zane Musa born in Arleta, California, USA ~ Has backed a wide range of artists including Arturo Sandoval, Roy Hargrove, Macy Gray, Lupe Fiasco, Christina Aguilera, Jeff Goldblum, Karina Corradini, John Mayer, and others. Has released solo albums starting in the late 1990s up to his death ~ Musa passed away in 2015
January 1, 1977 ~ Folk rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Patrick Park born in Morrison, Colorado, USA ~ Recorded his first demo collection in 2000, later released as The Basement Tapes, in the back of a friend's store lacking the money to use a studio. Would released a full-length Loneliness Knows My Name in 2004, aided by producer Dave Trumfio with whom he has continued to work since. Has recorded steadily to moderate commercial succes
January 1, 1976 ~ Durrell Babs, commonly known as singer, songwriter, producer Tank, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Member of TGT. As a solo artist known for songs such as Maybe I Deserve, Please Don't Go and When We
January 1, 1975 ~ Arthur Reid, commonly known as producer, label executive Duke Reid, passed away ~ Active as a producer since the 1950s, dominated the Jamaican music scene of the 1960s specialising in ska and rocksteady. Influenced by American jazz, blues and soul and in particular by Fats Domino. Founded the Treasure Isle record label. Has worked with artists such as Stranger Cole, the Techniques, Justin Hinds, Alton Ellis, the Paragons, the Jamaicans, the Melodians, U-Roy, Dennis Alcapon, and others ~ Reid was born in 1915
January 1, 1973 ~ Walter E Rollins, commonly known as songwriter Jack Rollins, passed away ~ Best known as co-author, along with Steve Nelson, of the Christmas classic Frosty The Snowman. Rollins also wrote for artists such as Hank Snow, George Jones, and Eddy Arnold ~ Rollins was born in 1906
January 1, 1972 ~ Actor, cabaret singer Maurice Chevalier, full name Maurice Auguste Chevalier, passed away in Paris, France ~ As a singer best known for songs such as Livin' In The Sunlight, Valentine, Louise, Mimi and Thank Heaven For Little Girls ~ Chevalier was born in 1888
January 1, 1971 ~ Saxophonist Chris Potter born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ First gained attention backing trumpeter Red Rodney. Would go on to appear on over 150 records, both as a leader and sideman, workgin with artists such as Pat Metheny, Marian McPartland, Patricia Barber, Kenny Werner, the Mingus Big Band, Paul Motian, Ray Brown, Jim Hall, James Moody, Joe Lovano, Wayne Krantz, Mike Mainieri, Steve Swallow, Steely Dan, Joanne Brackeen, David Binney, Aziza, Susannah McCorkle, John Patitucci, Renee Rosnes, Nguyên Lê, Larry Carlton, Walter Becker, and others
January 1, 1971 ~ Orchestrator, composer, songwriter Joseph J Lilley passed away in North Hollywood, California, USA ~ Best known for his work in various roles in Hollywood musicals, notably for Paramount Studios, since the early 1940s. Notable credits include Variety Girl, Mr Music, The Stooge and serving as musical director for a number of Elvis Presley films notably GI Blues, Blue Hawaii, Girls Girls Girls, and Fun In Acapulco ~ Lilley was born in 1913
January 1, 1971 ~ Evangelos-Phoebus Tassopoulos, mononymously known as laika, pop, dance, rock songwriter Phoebus, born in Athens, Greece ~ In-demand songwriter, especially during the 1990s and 2000s. Closely associated with Despina Vandi and Katy Garbi. Others who recorded his songs include Angela Dimitriou, Elli Kokkinou, Giorgos Mazonakis, Dimitris Kokotas, Thanos Petrelis, Helena Paparizou, Pashalis Terzis, Vasilis Karras, and others
January 1, 1970 ~ Floyd Holmes, commonly known as country guitarist, harmonica player Salty Holmes, passed away ~ Virtuoso on the harmonica, specializing in the style known as “talking harp” which imitated the human voice. Formed the Kentucky Ramblers in 1930, who changed their name to the Prairie Ramblers. The band is best known for their featured vocalist Patsy Montana, whom they also backed on songs such as I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart. Through a friendship with Gene Autry Holmes also appeared in several Western movies, including Arizona Days and Saddle Leather Law. Holmes was married to singer Jean Chapel from 1947 through 1956, the couple also regulars on the Grand Ole Opry as Mattie & Salty ~ Holmes was born in 1910
January 1, 1969 ~ Punk rock, alternative rock guitarist, bassist, singer John Reis born in San Diego, California, USA ~ Worked with Drive Like Jehu, Conservative Itch, Pitchfork, Rocket From The Crypt, the Stacatto Reads, the Back Off Cupids, the Hot Snakes, the Sultans, the Night Marchers, and others
January 1, 1967 ~ Aubrey Wilson Mullican, commonly known as singer, pianist Moon Mullican, passed away in Beaumont, Texas, USA ~ Influenced by blues artists such as Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leroy Carr, and by country musicians such as Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills. Dubbed “the King of the Hillbilly piano players” and hugely influential on rockabilly and country artists including Jim Reeves, Hank Williams, Bill Haley, Elvis Presley and especially Jerry Lee Lewis. Worked with Leon Selph, the Blue Ridge Playboys (Ain't You Kind Of Sorry), the Texas Wanderers (Truck Driver's Blues, I'll Keep On Loving You), the Sunshine Boys, Jimmie Davis, Black Boy Shine, Floyd Tillman, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley. As a solo artist best known for late 19340s, early 1950s recordings such as The Leaves Mustn't Fall, Hey Shah, You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry, Nine Tenths Of The Tennessee River and I Was Sorta Wonderin' ~ Mullican was born in 1909
January 1, 1966 ~ Indie pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Amelia Fletcher born ~ Fronted acts such as Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research, Tender Trap, and Catenary Wires. Keyboardist for Sportique. Sang backing vocals on early Wedding Present recordings as well as on Hefner's 2000 We Love The City album. Guested on recordings by the Pooh Sticks, the 6ths, and the Briliant Corners. Enjoys a parallel career as an economist
January 1, 1966 ~ Luiz Antonio Ferreira Gonçalves, commonly known as guitarist, producer Tom Capone, born in Rio Negro, Brazil ~ Passed away in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles only hours after leaving the Latin Grammy Awards show. His production of Maria Rita's eponymous Maria Rita debut album would win Grammy Awards including New Star, MPB song A Festa, and MPB Record of the Year ~ Ferreira passed away in 2004
January 1, 1964 ~ Pop, rock band the Beach Boys record Why Do Fools Fall In Love ~ Written by Frankie Lymon and Morris Levy, originally recorded by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers in 1955. Produced by Brian Wilson. Used as the flipside of Fun Fun Fun, released the following month. Brian on lead vocals and piano, Al Jardine, Mike Love, Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson on harmony vocals. Session musicians would include Leon Russell, Tommy Tedesco, Hal Blaine, Plas Johnson, and others
January 1, 1963 ~ Rock drummer, guitarist, singer Michael Hanson born ~ Member of Glass Tiger from 1983 through 1988. Present on the band's first two albums, 1986's The Thin Red Line and 1988's Diamond Sun. The albums would contain the band's best known, including the singles Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone, I'm Still Searching and Diamond Sun, all of which reached top 10 in the band's native Canada
January 1, 1962 ~ Trumpeter, producer, engineer Bob Brockmann born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Trumpeter of Brooklyn Funk Essentials. Would go on to work as a producer, engineer for artists such as the Fugees, Notorious BIG, Craig Mack, Toni Braxton, Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Cee Lo Green, Soulive, Brian McKnight, Christina Aguilera (Mi Reflejo), Brandy, Mary J Blige, Faith Hill, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks, Kirk Franklin (The Nu Nation Project), and others
January 1, 1961 ~ Allan Mark Whalley, commonly known as guitarist, singer Boff Whalley, born in Bumley, UK ~ Best known as lead guitarist of anarcho-punk, folk band Chumbawamba. Subsequently founded the Commoners Choir
January 1, 1961 ~ Singer Brenda Lee records You Can Depend On Me ~ Written by Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap, Earl Hines. Previously recorded by Count Basie, Lester Young, Nat King Cole. Produced by Owen Bradley. Released as a single the following March, paired with It's Never Too Late on the B-side
January 1, 1960 ~ Rock bassist Allen McKenzie born in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Best known as Firehouse bassist
January 1, 1959 ~ Singer Vernessa Mitchell, full name Vernessa Ann Mitchell, born in Columbus, Georgia, USA ~ Discovered at age 16 by Berry Gordy Jr. Lead singer of R&B outfit High Inergy, present on the band's first two albums including the hit single You Can't Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On) which reached top 20 Billboard Hot 100 and top 10 Billboard R&B. As a solo artist Mitchell would become known as a gospel and dance singer, releasing her well-received This Is My Story debut album in 1985 and its follow-up Higher Ground two years later. Well-known solo songs included Rise And Shine, Trust In The Lord, Stand Up And Be Counted, You Took My Life, and others
January 1, 1958 ~ David Wayne Carnell, commonly known as heavy metal singer, songwriter David Wayne, born in Renton, Washington, USA ~ Influenced by Rob Halford. Member of the Metal Church from 1982 through 1988. Also formed and fronted Reverend and Wayne ~ Carnell passed away in 2005
January 1, 1958 ~ Hip-hop, breakbeat, funk, electro DJ Grandmaster Flash born in Bridgetown, Barbados ~ Pioneering hip DJ, credited with inventing the cross-fader. Best known for his work with Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, especially Superrappin', The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel, Scorpio and their best-known 1982's The Message, all widely considered hugely influential classics defining the genre
January 1, 1958 ~ Alternative rock, folk rock, dream pop singer, violinist, guitarist, accordionist, pianist, songwriter Lisa Germano, full name Lisa Ruth Germano, born in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA ~ As a solo artist active since the early 1990s. Closely associated with John Mellencamp with whom she toured and recorded for over half a decade appearing on albums such as The Lonesome Jubilee, Big Daddy and Human Wheels. Has also worked with the Simple Minds, the Indigo Girls, Henry Lee Summer, Bob Seger, Carrie Newcomer, Yann Tiersen, David Bowie, Neil Finn, Joey Waronker, Eels, Howe Gelb, the dB's, the Bellamy Brothers, James McMurtry, Linda Perry, Mitchell Froom, Sheryl Crow, Patty Griffin, Meshell Ndegeocello, Crowded House, and others
January 1, 1956 ~ Martin Edward Murphy, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Martin Plaza, born in Sydney, Australia ~ Co-founding member, lead singer, guitarist of new wave outfit Mental As Anything, known for hits such as If You Leave Me Can I Come Too, Too Many Times and Live It Up. As a solo artist scored a mid-1980s hit with his Unit 4+2-cover Concrete And Clay. Has also worked with acts such as the Rock Party, the Stetsons, Beatfish, Moondog, and others
January 1, 1954 ~ Drummer Richard Edson born in New Rochelle, New York, USA ~ Founding member of art rock band the Alterboys. Original drummer of Sonic Youth, present only on the band's 1982 eponymous Sonic Youth debut EP. Member of Konk. Also known as actor, appearing in over 30 films
January 1, 1953 ~ Seydou Koné, commonly known as reggae singer Alpha Blondy, born in Dimbokro, Ivory Coast ~ Debuted in 1982 with the album Jah Glory. Sings in Dioula, French and English. Known for his politcally and socially motivated songs, often with a spiritual or positive feel. Sometimes referred to as “the Bob Marley of Africa”
January 1, 1953 ~ Jazz guitarist Greg Carmichael born ~ Best known as member of jazz group Acoustic Alchemy, joining the band in 1985 in time for the band's first album Red Dust And Spanish Lace
January 1, 1953 ~ Singer, songwriter Hank Williams passed away in Oak Hill, West Virginia, USA ~ Despite a relatively short career, ended abruptly by his untimely death, one of the most important and influential singers and songwriters of the 20th century. Known for classics such as Hey Good Looking, Your Cheating Heart, and I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. Williams never learned to read music ~ Williams was born in 1923
January 1, 1953 ~ Bassist Roscoe Beck, full name Charles Roscoe Beck, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Formed the 1970s R&B fusion outfit Passenger. Has also worked with artists such as Robben Ford as well as with Robben Ford & the Blue Line, with Eric Johnson, Leonard Cohen (on the 1979 album Recent Songs), the Dixie Chicks, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Vaughan, and others. Produced Jennifer Warnes' 1987 album Famous Blue Raincoat, a collection of Cohen covers
January 1, 1952 ~ Folk singer, songwriter David Rodriguez, full name David Roland Rodriguez, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Influenced by Lightnin' Hopkins, Townes Van Zandt, Lydia Mendoza, Jerry Jeff Walker. Actively recording since the early 1990s. Best known for his 1992 release The True Cross. His composition The Ballad Of The Snow Leopard And The Tanqueray Cowboy would be covered by both Lyle Lovett and Melissa Greener ~ Rodriguez passed away in 2015
January 1, 1951 ~ Double-bassist Andy Gonzalez born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Brother of Jerry Gonzalez, his bandmate in Conjuncto Libre. Gonzalez has also worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Kip Hanrahan, Astor Piazzolla, and others ~ Gonzalez passed away in 2020
January 1, 1951 ~ Jazz drummer Shuihi Murakami born in Nishinomiya, Japan ~ Leader and sideman. Founded Ponta Box also featuring Masahiro Sayama and Masatoshi Mizuno. Worked extensively as s session musician in the 1970s and 1980s. Has collaborated with a host of jazz artists including Sadao Watanabe, Yosuke Yamashita, Kazumi Watanabe, Akira Sakata, Takashi Kako, and others
January 1, 1950 ~ Keyboardist Morgan Fisher, full name Stephen Morgan Fisher, born in London, UK ~ Best known as a member of Mott The Hoople from 1973 through 1976. Present on the albums Mott and The Hoople, released respectively in 1973 and 1974. Has also recorded prolifically as a solo artist since the early 1970s and has worked with Love Affair, Morgan, Hybrid Kids, the Third Ear Band, the British Lions, Lol Coxhill, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Portmanteau, Tom Guerra, and others
January 1, 1950 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter,producer Steve Ripley was born in Boise, Idaho, USA ~ Active since the mid-1970s. Best known as co-founding member and frontman of mid-1990s country outfit the Tractors. Has also worked as a producer, recording engineer and studio musician with artists such as Bob Dylan (Shot Of Love), JJ Cale (Shades, 8, Roll On), Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Roy Clark. Founded Ripley Guitars in 1982, building guitars for Steve Lukather, Ry Cooder, Jimmy Buffett, Eddie Van Halen, and others ~ Ripley passed away in 2019
January 1, 1949 ~ Progressive rock keyboardist Joe Vescovi born in Savona, Italy ~ One of the most valued artists in Italian progressive rock known for his energetic stage presence, eccentric clothing and virtuoso keyboard playing. Active since his mid-teens. Best known for his work with the Trip, replacing Ritchie Blackmore who departed the band to join Deep Purple, and with Dik-Dik, one of the all-time favorite Italian rock bands ~ Vescovi passed away in 2014
January 1, 1948 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Louis Chedid born in Ismailia, Egypt ~ Father of rock singer Matthieu Chedid. Influenced by Django Reinhardt. Best known for songs such as La Belle, T'As Beau Pas être Beau, Ainsi Soit-il, Anne Ma Soeur Anne. As a songwriter also worked on the 2006 fairytale musical Le Soldat Rose, its songs covered by a wide array of artists including Vanessa Paradis, Jeanne Cherhal, Francis Cabrel, Alain Souchon and Bénabar
January 1, 1947 ~ Singer, keyboardist, songwriter Leon Patillo, full name Leon Norman Patillo, born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Best known as solo artist, focusing on Contemporary Christian music, and as frontman of funk outfit Leon's Creation. Has ocassionaly worked with Funkadelic, Martha & the Vandellas, and with Santana, appearing on the latter's Borboletta and Festival albums
January 1, 1946 ~ Jazz singer Susannah McCorkle born in Berkeley, California, USA ~ Worked with John Chilton, Keith Ingham, Dick Sudhalter, Emily Remler, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dave Frishberg, and others ~ McCorkle passed away in 2001
January 1, 1945 ~ Georgette Adjoavi Bellow, commonly known as singer Bella Bellow, born in Tsévié, Togo ~ Released her sole album, Rockya, in 1969 consisting of a live set recorded in Paris with backing from Manu Dibango among others. Has also worked with Angélique Kidjo, Afia Mala, and others. Passed away at age 28 in a car crash ~ Bellow passed away in 1973
January 1, 1945 ~ Robert Nathan Sheff, commonly known as avant-garde pianist, composer Gene Tyranny, born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Toured with Carla Bley and with Iggy Pop. Guested on albums by Laurie Anderson, David Behrman, John Cage, Peter Gordon and notably Robert Ashley ~ Sheff passed away in 2020
January 1, 1945 ~ Violinist, violist, conductor Luigi Alberto Bianchi born in Rimini, Italy ~ Worked with the Quartetto Di Roma, Yehudi Menuhin. Principal viola at the Orchestra Sinfonica Della RAI. Known as an authority on Niccolò Paganini ~ Bianchi passed away in 2018
January 1, 1945 ~ Bassist, songwriter, label executive Randy Nauert born in Palos Verdes Estates, California, USA ~ One of the pioneers of surf music. Worked with the Bel Airs, the Challengers, Clee Shays, Surfride, the Good Guys, The De-Fenders ~ Nauert passed away in 2019
January 1, 1943 ~ Blues, blues-rock singer Chris Youlden, full name Christopher Thomas Youlden, born in Dagenham, UK ~ Best known as a member of Savoy Brown from 1967 through 1970. Has since released a number of solo albums, starting with Nowhere Road released in 1973
January 1, 1943 ~ Singer, guitarist Soledad Bravo born in Logroño, Spain ~ Considered one of the finest voices in Latin America, enjoying popularity especially in her adopted homeland Venezuela. Released her Soledad Bravo Canta debut album in 1968. Best known for her rendition of Hasta Siempre. Has collaborated with Atahualpa Yupanqui, Gilberto Gil, ad others
January 1, 1942 ~ Joseph Allen McDonald, commonly known as rock singer Country Joe McDonald born in El Monte, California, USA ~ Lead singer, frontman of psychedelic rock band Country Joe & the Fish, known best for songs such as I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag, The Fish Cheer and Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine, and especially for the 1967 Electric Music For The Mind And Body album which stands as one of the most enduring works of the counterculture era
January 1, 1942 ~ Jazz double-bassist Yoshio Ikeda born in Osaka, Japan ~ Worked with Gary Peacock, Terumasa Hino, Masabumi, Steve Lacy, Akira Miyazawa, Yuji Onno, Allan Praskin, Masahiko Togashi, Kitoshi Sugimoto, Aki Takase, Sadao Watanabe, and others
January 1, 1941 ~ Amar Ait Zal, commonly known as singer, mandole player Amar Ezzahi, born in Ain-el-Hammam, Algeria ~ Figurehead of Chaabi, the traditional music of Algiers ~ Ezzahi passed away in 2016
January 1, 1941 ~ Marshall Eugene Jones, commonly known as R&B, funk bassist Marshall Rock Jones, born in Dayton, Ohio, USA ~ Original member of the Ohio Untouchables, eventually renamed to the Ohio Players. Jones remained with the band through 1984 and is present on the band's Fire and Love Rollercoaster Billboard Hot 100 charttoppers ~ Jones passed away in 2016
January 1, 1936 ~ Singer, actress Patricia Healey born in Dorset, UK ~ Best known as an actress, notably in films such as The White Bus and Wuthering Heights. Married to singer Engelbert Humperdinck ~ Healey passed away in 2021
January 1, 1936 ~ Herbert Lawrence Greenidge, commonly known as jazz guitarist Sonny Greenwich, born in Hamilton, Ohio, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Charles Lloyd, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, John Handy, Sun Ra, Teddy Saunders, Jimmy Garrison, Jack DeJohnette, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and others
January 1, 1933 ~ Drummer, bandleader Hideo Shiraki born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Famed for his hard bop beginnings in the 1950s venturing into fusing world music with jazz. Employed sidemen such as Hidehiko Matsumoto, Terumasa Hino, Yuzura Sera. Especially acclaimed for his 1961 album In Fiesta and his 1965 album Sakura Sakura. Has guested on Toshiko Akiyoshi's 1961 album Toshiko Meets Her Old Pals and accompanied John Coltrane on his 1996 Japanese tour ~ Shiraki passed away in 1972
January 1, 1932 ~ Opera conductor Giuseppe Patanè born in Naples, Italy ~ Son of conductor Franco Patanè. Best known as chief conductor of the Munich Radio Orchestra from 1985 to 1989. Suffered a heart attack while conducting The Barber Of Seville at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and passed away the same day at the hospital ~ Patanè passed away in 1989
January 1, 1932 ~ Pianist Jack Reilly, full name Jack Aloysius Reilly born in Staten Island, New York, USA ~ Worked with John Laporta, Warren Covington, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Jerry Wald, Sheila Jordan, Jack Six, Joe Cocuzzo, and others ~ Reilly passed aay in 2018
January 1, 1932 ~ Blues, R&B, rock & roll guitarist Willie Kizart born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, USA ~ Member of Ike Turner's the Kings Of Rhythm. Noted for his guitar work on Rocket '88, one of the first examples of electric guitar distortion ~ Kizart passed away in 1998
January 1, 1931 ~ Country pianist, singer Bobbie Nelson, full name Bobbie Lee Nelson, born in Abbott, Texas, USA ~ Married to singer, comedian Bud Fletcher, with whom she also worked, until the mid-1950s after which the band dissolved. Best known as member of her brother Willie Nelson's backing unit on tour and record, including on pivotal albums such as Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger and The Willie Nelson Family. Released her first solo album, Audiobiography, in 2008 at age 76 mainly consisting of ragtime standards alongside her brother's Crazy reimagined as a lounge number ~ Nelson passed away in 2022
January 1, 1931 ~ Percussionist Manny Oquendo born ~ Worked with Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Valero, Luis del Campo, Juan El Boy Torres, Chano Pozo, Jose Budet, Juanito Sanabria, Marcelino Guerra, Jose Curbelo, Pupi Campo, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Vicentico Valldes, Conjunto Liber, Andy Gonzalez, Eddie Palmieri, Paul Quinichette, and others ~ Oquendo passed away in 2009
January 1, 1930 ~ Jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist Ack van Rooyen ~ Brother of trumpeter Jerry van Rooyen with whom he also worked. Has also played with Ernst van 't Hoff, Aime Barelli, Kenny Clarke, Lucky Thompson, the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, Hans Koller, Bert Kaempfert, Ake Persson, Volker Kriegel, Charly Antolini, Friedrich Gulda, Slide Hampton, Eberhard Weber, and others ~ Van Rooyen passed away in 2021
January 1, 1926 ~ Composer, flutist Claire Pollin born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Her teachers included Vincent Persichetti, Lukas Foss, Roger Sessions, and Peter Mennin. Her works were performed by the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Bach Society, London Pro-Musica Antiqua, and others. ~ Polin passed away in 1995
January 1, 1923 ~ Ray Cline, commonly known as bluegrass fiddler Curly Ray Cline, born in Mingo County, West Virginia, USA ~ Formed the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers with his cousin Ezra Cline and brother Ned Cline. Also worked with Jimmy Martin, the Sunny Mountain Boys, Bobby Osborne, the Stanley Brothers, Hobo Jack Adkins and extensively with Ralph Stanley as a member of Stanley's backing unit the Clinch Mountain Boys. Has released over a dozen solo albums, starting with Fiddle in 1969 ~ Cline passed away in 1997
January 1, 1923 ~ Vibraphonist Milt Jackson born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Also worked with JJ Johnson, Tom Rainier, John Collins, Roy McCurdy, Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie, Benny Carter, Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Hank Mobley, Oscar Peterson, Don Sebesky, Stanley Turrentine, Dinah Washington, and others ~ Jackson passed away in 1999
January 1, 1923 ~ Pablo Rodriguez Lozada, commonly known as singer, bandleader Tito Rodriguez, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, USA ~ Lovingly dubbed “El Involvidable” (The Unforgettable One) by his fans, a moniker based on his most popular song. Sang under the tutelage of his brother, Johnny Rodriguez, before embarking on a solo career. In the 1940s the brothers moved to New York where Tito worked as a percussionist and singer for Eric Madriguerea, and later Xavier Cugat. In the 1950s, to great success Tito directed his own groups, recording mambos, cha-cha-cha, boleros, sones, guaraches and pachangas ~ Rodríguez passed away in 1973
January 1, 1922 ~ Felix Manuel Rodriguez, commonly known as singer, songwriter Bobby Capó, born in Coama, Puerto Rico ~ Merged ballads with classical music also drawing from folk and world music. Best known for songs such as El Negro Bembon, Capo Sin Fe and perhaps his best-known Piel Canela ~ Capó passed away in 1989
January 1, 1919 ~ Jazz double-bassist Al McKibbon born ~ Worked with Lucky Millinder, Tab Smith, JC Heard, and Coleman Hawkins before taking over for Ray Brown in Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra in 1947, remaining for three years. In the 1950s McKibbon played with Miles Davis, Earl Hines, Count Basie, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Cal Tjader, Nat Adderley, and with Herbie Nichols. During the 1960s he appeared as sideman on albums by Lorez Alexandria, Sonny Criss, Charles Kynard, Jack Wilson, the Jazz Crusaders, and Shuggie Otis (Here Comes Shuggie). He also played on Randy Newman's 1970 critically acclaimed sophomore LP 12 Songs. McKibbon would continue to perform until 2004 ~ McKibbon passed away in 2004
January 1, 1918 ~ Blues singer, mandolinist, guitarist Johnny Man Young born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA ~ One of the few mandolin players in postwar era blues. Worked with Sleepy John Estes, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Muddy Waters, Johnny Williams, Little Walter, Johnny Shines, Snooky Pryor, and others ~ Young passed away in 1974
January 1, 1918 ~ Swing pianist Nat Jeffe born in New York, New York, USA ~ Married to singer Shirley Lloyd. Leader and sideman. Worked with Noel Francis, the Emery Deutsch Orchestra, Jan Savitt, Joe Marsala, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Barnet, Jack Teagarden, Sarah Vaughan, and others ~ Jaffe passed away in 1945
January 1, 1917 ~ Singer, actress Shannon Bolin born in Spencer, South Dakota, USA ~ Dubbed the “Lady with the Dark Blue Voice” ~ Bolin passed away in 2016
January 1, 1913 ~ Big band leader, pianist, accordionist, conductor, composer Eric Winstone born in London, UK ~ Best known for entertaining the British troups during World War II. Once ordered by a judge to stop playing the piano each day at 6pm in his home in order not to disturb his wife and young daughter. Four months later his wife filed for judicial separation ~ Winstone passed away in 1974
January 1, 1912 ~ Saxophonist, percussionist Svein Overgaard, full name Svein Arne Overgaard, born in Kristiana, Norway ~ Member of the Norwegian resistance during World War II. As a musician worked with Fred Lange Nielsen, Per Gregersen, Finn Westbye, Arvid Gram Paulsen, Pete Brown, Einar Gustavsen, Robert Normann, and others ~ Øvergaard passed away in 1986
January 1, 1908 ~ Pianist Eileen Joyce, full name Eileen Alannah Joyce, born in Zeehan, Australia ~ Popular in the 1930s and 1940s and at her peak compared in popular esteem to Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn. Drew comparisons to Clara Schumann, Sophie Menter and Teresa Carreño ~ Joyce passed away in 1991
January 1, 1908 ~ Swing saxophonist Howard Johnson, full name Howard William Johnson, born ~ Worked with Billy Cato, James P Johnson, Fess Williams, Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Claude Hopkins, Maxine Sullivan, Dizzy Gillespie, Red Norvo, Bessie Smith, Clyde Bernhardt, Panama Francis, and others ~ Johnson passed away in 1991
January 1, 1908 ~ Howard William Johnson, commonly known as swing alto saxophonist Howard Johnson, born ~ Member of the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band. Member of the Savoy Sultans. Also worked with Billy Cato, James P Johnson, Fess Williams, Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Claude Hopkins, Maxine Sullivan, Dizzy Gillespie, Red Norvo, Bessie Smith, Panama Francis, and others ~ Johnson passed away in 1991
January 1, 1906 ~ Songwriter Giovanni D'Anzi born in Milan, Italy ~ Frequent collaborator of Alfredo Bracchi, working prolifically for radio, film and stage from the 1930s through the 1950s. The pair is responsible for songs such as Lina Termini's Ma L'Amore No, Tony Dallara's Bambina Innamorata and Carlo Buti's Ti Diro. Other artists who recorded their songs include Caterina Valente, Ornella Vanoni, Gigliola Cinquetti, Nicola Arigliano, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, and others ~ D'Anzi passed away in 1974
January 1, 1904 ~ Dance bandleader, saxophonist Orville Knapp born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ As a sideman worked with Vincent Lopez, Leo Reisman, the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra. As a bandleader enjoyed popularity in the 1930s employing vocalists such as Edith Caldwell, Ray Hendricks, Don Raymond, Norman Ruvell, Virginia Verrill, Leighton Noble, and others. Married Broadway actress, singer in 1935. Died age 32 in a plane crash ~ Knapp passed away in 1936
January 1, 1900 ~ Bandleader, violinist, arranger Xavier Cugat born in Girona, Spain ~ Leading figure in Latin music. Syndicated cartoonist. Restaurateur. Led the resident orchestra at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York and owned and operated a restaurant in West Hollywood, shuttling between the two for some 30 years. His orchestra included musicians such as Desi Arnaz, Abbe Lane, Tito Rodriguez, Yma Sumac, and Miguelito Valdes. Cugat's music career also led to a number of appearances in films from the 1930s through the 1950s. ~ Cugat passed away in 1990
January 1, 1896 ~ Estelle Harris, commonly known as blues, boogie-woogie singer Estelle Yancey, born in Cairo, Illinois, USA ~ Began singing in church choirs in her youth. Married to boogie-woogie pianist Jimmy Yancey from 1925 until his death in 1951, the couple recording several notable blues songs including Make Me A Pallet On The Floor, Four O'Clock Blues, Monkey Woman Blues, Santa Fe Blues, and How Long Blues. After Jimmy's death Estelle would continue to perform and record, working with pianists such as Don Ewell, Art Hodes, Erwin Helfer, and others ~ Harris passed away in 1986
January 1, 1895 ~ Singer, bandleader, songwriter Art Gillham born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ One of the first crooners, known for songs such as Angry, I'm Confessing, Shine On Harvest Moon, I'd Climb The Highest Mountain, Cecilia, I'm Waiting For Ships That Never Come In, Thinking and Tenderly ~ Gillham passed away in 1961
January 1, 1894 ~ Jazz drummer Jasper Taylor born in Texarkana, Arkansas, USA ~ Worked with WC Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Will Marion Cook, the Chicago Novelty Orchesta, Clarence Williams, Dave Peyton, Fess Williams, Natty Dominique, and others ~ Taylor passed away in 1964
January 1, 1891 ~ Jazz pianist, songwriter Henry Ragas born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known as founder of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, often considered to be the first jazz ensemble. Present on recordings such as Bluin' The Blues, Clarinet Marmalade, At The Jazz Band Ball, Sensation Rag, and perhaps their best-known Tiger Rag. Died in the 1919 flu epidemic. The band would continue with J Russell Robinson taking Ragas' place ~ Ragas passed away in 1919
January 1, 1889 ~ Conductor, music director Alexander Smallens born in St Petersburg, Russia ~ Worked with the Boston Opera Orchestra, the Anna Pavlova Ballet Company, the Chicago Opera Company, the Philadelphia Civic Opera Company, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall, and others ~ Smallens passed away in 1972
January 1, 1888 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Frank Stokes born in Whitehaven, Tennessee, USA ~ Generally considered to be the father of the Memphis blues guitar style. Influenced Memphis Minnie. Closely associated with Dan Sane, performing and recording under the moniker the Sheiks ~ Stokes passed away in 1955
January 1, 1884 ~ Oscar Phillip Celestin, commonly known as cornetist, bandleader Papa Celestin, born in Napoleonville, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for co-leading the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band with William Ridgely ~ Celestin passed away in 1954