This Day In Music: January 10
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January 10, 2022 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal singer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Burke Shelley, full name John Burke Shelley, passed away in Heath, UK ~ Critically compared to Rush-bassist Geddy Lee. Co-founding member, frontman of Budgie since 1967, one of the earliest heavy metal bands and held in the highest regard by critics. The band has been cited as a major influence by later artists such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Van Halen, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden and best known for their mid-1970s albums In For The Kill and Bandolier. Their 2010 tour would be cancelled as Shelley was hospitalised with an anyreusm, following surgery the band de facto ceased to exist ~ Shelley was born in 1950
January 10, 2022 ~ Organist, music director, composer Francis Jackson, full name Francis Alan Jackson, passed away in York, UK ~ Best known as music director for York Minster for well over three decades starting in 1946. Has also recorded and toured extensively and composed canticles, anthems, hymns, and organ sonatas. Well-known pieces include East Acklam, Daniel In Babylon and A Time Of Fire ~ Jackson was born in 1917
January 10, 2022 ~ Producer, songwriter, singer Gerry Granahan passed away in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, USA ~ Best known for his work in the 1950 and 1960s. Demo singer for Elvis Presley. As a solo artist best known for his 1958 hit No Chemise Please. Also co-wrote and recorded Click Clack, released under the pseudonym Dickey Doo & the Dont's for contractual reasons. The single's succes would prompt Granahan to record several more using the same moniker, including Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu, Leave Me Alone (Let Me Cry) and Teardrops Will Fall. Granahan would venture into producing by the 1960s, working with artists such as Fireflies, James Ray, Patty Duke, Jay & the Americans and notably produce the original version of the Wild Ones' Wild Thing, the latter later made famous by the Troggs ~ Granahan was born in 1939
January 10, 2022 ~ Jazz vibraphonist, marimba player Khan Jamal passed away ~ Co-founded the Sounds Of Liberation with Byard Lancaster. Also worked with Sunny Murray, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Joe Bonner, Billy Bang, Charles Tyler, and others ~ Jamal was born in 1946
 
January 10, 2021 ~ Singer, saxophonist, guitarist Thorleif Torstensson passed away in Halmstad, Sweden ~ Eponym and lead singer of danceband the Thorleifs since its inception in 1962. The band is best known for their song Sweet Kissin' In The Moonlight ~ Torstensson was born in 1949
 
January 10, 2019 ~ Rapper, singer Kevin Fret passed away in Puerto Rico ~ First openly gay Latin trap artist. Known for songs such as Soy Asi and Me Compre Un Ful Kevin Fret (Remix). Shot and killed by an unidentified shooter at age 24 ~ Fret was born in 1994
January 10, 2019 ~ R&B singer Larry Cunningham passed away ~ Member of one-hit wonder the Floaters, known best for Float On of their 1977 eponymous The Floaters debut album. The single would reach top 10 on both the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard R&B charts. The song would later be notably covered by hip-hop group Stetsasonic for their 1988 In Full Gear album ~ Cunningham was born in 1951
January 10, 2019 ~ Operatic bass-baritone, bass singer Theo Adam passed away in Dresden, Germany ~ Longtime member of the Staatsoper Dresden. Acclaimed for his singing of Richard Wagner, Johann Sebastian Bach, and of Felix Mendelssohn ~ Adam was born in 1926
 
January 10, 2018 ~ Edward Allan Clarke, commonly known as heavy metal guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke passed away in London, UK ~ Member of the classic line-up of Motörhead, alongside Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Philty Animal Taylor. Sang lead or co-lead on Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers, I'm Your Witchdoctor, Step Down and Emergency. After his departure from the band in 1982 teamed up with UFO-bassist Pete Way using the group moniker Fastway ~ Clarke was born in 1950
 
January 10, 2016 ~ Singer, actor, songwriter David Bowie passed away in New York, USA ~ Hugely influential singer, songwriter. Embraced a wide variety of stage personas during his career. Known for songs such as Space Oddity, Starman, Jean Genie, Life On Mars, Rebel Rebel, Wild Is The Wind, Fame, Heroes, Ashes To Ashes, Let's Dance, and others ~ Bowie was born in 1947
 
January 10, 2015 ~ Rock, jazz guitarist Ged Peck passed away ~ Worked with Billy Fury, Vince Eager, Tommy Quickley, Bob & Earl, the Flower Pot Men, the Pirates, Warhorse, Marsha Hunt, Screaming Lord Sutch, David Garrick, and others ~ Peck was born in 1947
January 10, 2015 ~ Clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader George Probert, full name George Arthur Probert Jr, passed away in Monovia, California, USA ~ Has worked with Bob Scobey, Kid Ory, Firehouse 5+2, George Bruns, Big Bill Bissonnete's International Jazz Band, and others ~ Probert was born in 1927
January 10, 2015 ~ Bassist Tim Drummond, full name Timothy Lee Drummond, passed away in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ In-demand touring and session musician. Closely associated with Jim Keltner, forming the session rhythm duo Tim & Jim. Wrote or co-wrote several songs of the artists he worked with including To Lay Down Beside You (Joe Simon), Sip The Wine (Rick Danko), Saddle Up The Palomino (Neil Young), Down In Hollywood (Ry Cooder), Saved (Bob Dylan), and Satisfy Susie (Lonnie Mack). Other notable credits include Mother Earth, JJ Cale, Ronnie Hawkins, Graham Nash, Michelle Phillips, Bette Midler, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, and Jewel ~ Drummond was born in 1940
 
January 10, 2013 ~ Jazz pianist, harpsichordist, composer George Gruntz passed away in Basel, Switzerland ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Phil Woods, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Don Cherry, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Mel Lewis, Mike Richmond, Adam Nussbaum, Franco Ambrosetti, Tom Rainey, and others ~ Gruntz was born in 1932
January 10, 2013 ~ Trevor Gordon Grunnill, commonly known as soft rock, baroque pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Trevor Gordon, passed away in London, UK ~ Formed the late 1960s duo the Marbles with Graham Bonnet, scoring a UK top 10 hit with Only One Woman penned by the Bee Gees-siblings Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb ~ Grunnill was born in 1948
 
January 10, 2011 ~ Singer Margaret Whiting, full name Margaret Eleanor Whiting, passed away in Englewood, New Jersey, USA ~ Popular 1940s, 1950s pop, country singer known for recordings such as That Old Black Magic, It Might As Well Be Spring, All Through The Day, A Tree In The Meadow, and Wheel Of Hurt. Daughter of songwriter, composer Richard Whiting, sister of actress, singer Barbara Whiting. Worked with Freddie Slack, Billy Butterfield, Paul Weston, Jimmy Wakely, Johnny Mercer, Bob Hope, Buddy Bregman, Frank Devol, Russell Garcia, Johnny Mandel, Billy May, Marty Paich, Nelson Riddle, Pete Rugolo, and others ~ Whiting was born in 1924
 
January 10, 2010 ~ Big band, jazz clarinetist, bandleader Dick Johnson, full name Richard Brown Johnson, passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Worked with Frank Sinatra, the Swing Shift Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Dave McKenna, Eddie Costa, and others. Best known for leading the Artie Shaw Orchestra from 1983 until his death over two decades later ~ Johnson was born in 1925
 
January 10, 2008 ~ Rodney Bainbridge, commonly known as singer Rod Allen passed away in Coventry, UK ~ Fronted harmony beat group the Fortunes from its inception in 1961 until his death, scoring hits with songs such as You've Got Your Troubles, Here It Comes Again, Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again, Storm In A Teacup, and others. Following Allen's death the band would employ former the Dakotas-singer Eddie Mooney as their new lead vocalist ~ Allen was born in 1944
 
January 10, 1999 ~ Flutist, piccoloist John C Krell passed away ~ Piccoloist in the Philadelphia Orchestra serving under Eugene Ormandy, in the flute section of his teacher William Kincaid, a position he held for 29 years ~ Krell was born in 1914
 
January 10, 1997 ~ Singer, songwriter Kenny Pickett, full name Kenneth Georger Pickett, passed away ~ Lead singer of the Creation, remaining with the band from 1966 through 1968 and rejoining in later reincarnations. Present on early recordings such as Making Time, Painter Man and Cool Jerk ~ Pickett was born in 1940
 
January 10, 1995 ~ Alfred Bohler, commonly known as jazz keyboardist, bandleader Fred Bohler, passed away in Zumikon, Switzerland ~ One of the earlies jazz musicians to use the Hammond organ. Employed sidemen such as Eddie Brunner and Hazy Osterwald ~ Böhler was born in 1912
January 10, 1995 ~ Pop, R&B singer Jermain Jackman born in Hackney, UK ~ Winner of the 3rd season of talen show The Voice UK aired on BBC One in 2014
 
January 10, 1991 ~ Jazz trumpeter Bob Wallis passed away ~ Worked with the Storyville Jazz Band, Ken Colyer, Acker Bilk, Hugh Rainey, and others ~ Wallis was born in 1934
 
January 10, 1990 ~ Jump blues guitarist, singer Gene Phillips, full name Eugene Floyd Phillips, passed away in Lakewood, California, USA ~ Known for songs such as Big Fat Mama, Big Legs, Fatso, and Punking Head Woman. Worked with Dewey Jackson, Jimmy Powell, Floyd Smith, Lorenzo Flennoy, the Ink Spots, the Mills Brothers, Lucky Thompson, Marshal Royal, Charles Mingus, Jake Porter, Al Wichard, Maxwell Davis, Jack McVea, Bumps Myers, Willard McDaniel, Lloyd Glenn, Bill Street, Art Edwards, and others ~ Phillips was born in 1915
 
January 10, 1989 ~ Composer, conductor Donald Voorhees passed away in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, USA ~ Known for his early work for radio and TV, earning an Emmy Award-nomination for his work on the TV series the Bell Telephone Hour. Musical director of the radio and TV show Cavalcade Of America. Conductor and director of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra from 1951 through 1983 ~ Voorhees was born in 1903
 
January 10, 1986 ~ Joseph Carl Firrantello, commonly known as jazz, jazz funk, fusion, hard bop saxophonist, oboist, flutist, hornist Joe Farrell, passed away in Duarte, California, USA ~ Well over a dozen albums to his name as a leader. Member of Chick Corea's initial line-up of Return To Forever including on Spain, one of Corea's best-known compositions. To pop and rock audiences best known for guesting on tracks such as Aretha Franklin's Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do), and Santana's When I Loonk Into Your Eyes. Has also worked with Ralph Marterie, Charles Mingus, Andrew Hill, Jaki Byard, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison, the CTI All-Stars, Fuse One, George Benson, John McLaughlin, Art Pepper, Airto Moreira, James Brown, Flora Purim, Mose Allison, Patti Austin, Ray Barretto, the Bee Gees, Willie Bobo, Maynard Ferguson, Grant Green, Dakota Staton, and others ~ Farrell was born in 1937
 
January 10, 1985 ~ Josiah Frazier, commonly known as jazz drummer Cie Frazier, passed away ~ Worked with the Golden Rule Band, the Young Tuxedo Orchestra, Papa Celestin, AJ Piron, Sidney Desvigne, Wooden Joe Nicholas, Percy Humphrey, the Eureka Brass Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kid Howard, De De Burke, George Lewis, Emile Barnes, Captain John Handy, Don Ewell, and others ~ Frazier was born in 1904
January 10, 1985 ~ Drummer Josiah Cie Frazier passed away ~ Active since the early 1920s. Cousin of Lawrence Marrero, with whom he worked in the Golden Rule Band and the Young Tuxedo Orchestra. Has also worked with the Tuxedo Brass Band, AJ Piron, Sidney Desvigne, Wooden Joe Nicholas, Percy Humphrey, the Eureka Brass Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Kid Howard, De De Burke, Emile Barnes, Don Ewell, and others ~ Frazier was born in 1904
 
January 10, 1984 ~ Jazz double-bassist, producer Thore Jederby passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Played with Arne Hulphers, with Thore Ehrling, led his own group the Swing Swingers ~ Jederby was born in 1913
 
January 10, 1981 ~ Nasri Tony Atweh, mononymously known as singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer Nasri, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Best known as Magic lead singer, known for their 2013 hit single Rude. Also half of producer, songwriter duo the Messengers, the other half being Adam Messinger
 
January 10, 1980 ~ Hip-hop producer, songwriter Maestro born in Windsor, Connecticut, USA ~ Produced artists such as Daz Dillinger, Boo Rossini, Lil' Wayne, Ice Cube, Dem Franchize Boyz, Jibbs, 3LW, Tash, Jim Jones, and others. Maestro's work is primarily sample-free, relying heavily on synthesizers and live instruments
 
January 10, 1979 ~ Singer, pop-rapper Chris Smith, full name Christopher Smith, passed away ~ Half of pop-rap duo Kris Kross, the other half being Chris Kelly, best known for Jump, a Jermaine Dupri-produced smash hit in 1992
January 10, 1979 ~ Amisho Baraka Lewis, commonly known as Christian rapper Sho Baraka, born ~ Co-founding member of Christian hip hop group 116 Clique, present on the albums 13 Letters, Amped and Man Up. As a solo artist best known for the albums Lions And Liars and its follow-up Talented 10th, released respectively in 2010 and 2013, both albums reaching top 10 on the Billboard Christian charts
 
January 10, 1976 ~ Singer, songwriter, actress Dana Fuchs born in New Jersey, USA ~ Influenced by Esther Phillips and Etta James. Known for albums such as 2003's Kenny Aaronson-produced Lonely For A Lifetime and 2011's Jon Diamond-produced Love To Beg
January 10, 1976 ~ Jazz drummer Freddy Wike, full name Freddy Augdal Wike, born in Lillehammer, Norway ~ Best known for his association with Frøy Aagre, appearing on the albums Katalyze, Countryside and Cycle Of Silence. Has also worked with D:Koder, Kristin Sevaldsen, and Torbjørn Sletta Jacobsen
January 10, 1976 ~ Chester Arthur Burnett, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Howlin' Wolf, passed away in Hines, Illinois, USA ~ Best remembered for his influence in electric blues alongside rival bluesman Muddy Waters. Known for songs such as Smokestack Lightnin', Killing Floor and Spoonful, all of which regarded as blues, blues rock classics and of major influence on a generation of rock artists ~ Burnett was born in 1910
 
January 10, 1974 ~ Jazz double bassist, composer, arranger Eddie Safranksi passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Hal McIntyre, Miff Mole, Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnet, Benny Goodman, Marian McPartland, Tony Bennett, Sonny Berman, Barney Bigard, John Cacavas, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Sammy Herman, Dick Hyman, JJ Johnson, Billy Maxted, Anthony Perkins, André Previn, Joe Venuti, Cootie Williams, and others ~ Safranski was born in 1918
 
January 10, 1972 ~ Conductor, composer Al Goodman passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as orchestra conductor for numerous Broadway productions including Flyin' High, The Student Prince and Blossom Time ~ Goodman was born in 1890
January 10, 1972 ~ Rock singer, guitarist Andy Yorke born in Oxford, UK ~ Younger brother of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Best known as lead singer, guitarist for the Unbelievable Truth, releasing their Almost Here debut album in 1998. Yorke released a solo album, Simple, in 2008
 
January 10, 1971 ~ Saxophonist Ernie Caceras passed away in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Worked with Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Garry Moore, Billy Butterfield, Ruth Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and others ~ Caceres was born in 1911
 
January 10, 1968 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record Jumbo ~ Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb. Produced by the band with their manager Robert Stigwood. Released as a single, paired with The Singer Sang His Song, the following March as either a double A-side single or with Jumbo as the lead track depending on territory.
January 10, 1968 ~ Olufemi Sanyaolu, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Keziah Jones, born in Lagos, Nigeria ~ Describes his hybrid as “blufunk”, a combination of raw blues and edgy funk. Also draws from traditional Nigerian Yoruba music and soul. Debuted in 1992 with the Blufunk Is A Fact album
 
January 10, 1966 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer Kristin Sevaldsen born in Lillehammer, Norway ~ Leader and sidewoman. Best known for her acclaimed Impressions debut album, released in 2007. Has collaborated with Lewi Bergrud, Dag Stokke, Per Hillestad, Gaute Ormåsen, Cecilia Vennersten, and others
January 10, 1966 ~ Philip Lane Stewart, commonly known as producer, songwriter Laney Stewart, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with B2K, Chanté Moore, Alex Jacke, K-Ci & JoJo, Shanice, the Winans, Tony Toni Toné, Keith Washington, Jason Weaver, Go West, Aaron Hall, the Whispers, and others
 
January 10, 1964 ~ Rock, alternative rock singer, guitarist Brad Roberts, full name Bradley Kenneth Roberts, born in Winnipeg, Canada ~ Lead singer and besides keyboardist Ellen Reid the only other constant member of Crash Test Dummies. The band is internationally best known for Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm of their 1993 God Shuffled His Feet album, the single reaching top 10 in several countries including the UK and America. Superman's Song, Swimming In Your Ocean, Afternoons And Coffeespoons, The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead and He Liked To Feel It would reach top 10 in their native Canada
January 10, 1964 ~ British rockers the Rolling Stones record Not Fade Away at Olympic Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty. Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Released in the UK the next month, paired with Little By Little on the B-side, it would become the Stones' first UK top 10 hit. The US edition would be released in March as their American debut single, featuring the John Lennon/Paul McCartney-penned I Wanna Be Your Man on the flipside
 
January 10, 1959 ~ Alternative rock, hard rock guitarist, singer Curt Kirkwood, full name Curtis Matthew Kirkwood, born in Amarillo, Texas, USA ~ Best known as lead singer and primary songwriter for Meat Puppets, blending punk rock with country and psychedelic rock. The band is best known for the songs Backwater and We Don't Exist of their 1994 Too High To Die and Scum of its follow-up album No Joke released the following year. Kirkwood has also guested on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged In New York album, worked with Eyes Adrift and Volcano, and recorded as a solo artist
 
January 10, 1958 ~ Singer, songwriter Lise Cabble born in Amager, Denmark ~ Member of all-female rock bands Clinic Q and Miss B Haven. As a songwriter best known for co-writing Emmelie de Forest's Only Teardrops, the 2013 Eurovision Songfestival winner
 
January 10, 1956 ~ Singer Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel in RCA Studios, Nashville, Tennessee ~ The first on his new RCA label, Presley records this tune taking lead vocals and acoustic guitar, backed by Scotty Moore, Chet Atkins, Bill Black, Floyd Cramer. It would be released later the same month, featuring I Was The One on the flipside and earn Presley his first gold record
January 10, 1956 ~ Singer Shawn Colvin, full name Shawna Lee Colvin, born in Vermillion, South Dakota, USA ~ Actively recording since the late 1980s. Best known for her 1997 Grammy Award-winning Sunny Came Home, a Billboard top 10 single. Has guested on recordings by Bruce Hornsby, Tony Bennett, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Curtis Stigers, Jimmy Webb, Béla Fleck, Buddy Miller, Judy Collins, Billy Childs, and recorded a collaborative album, 2016's Colvin & Earle, with Steve Earle
 
January 10, 1955 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Jimmy Vivino in Paterson, New Jersey, USA ~ Closely associated with TV host Conan O'Brien, serving as music director for several of O'Brien's late night shows starting in the early 1990s. Member of the Beatles tribute band Fab Faux. Served as arranger for the likes of Phoebe Snow, Laura Nyro, Donald Fagen. Guested on recordings by Shuggie Otis, Big Bill Morganfield, Louisiana Red, Al Kooper, and others
January 10, 1955 ~ Singer Luci Martin born ~ Member of Chic, known for pivotal disco, funk hits such as Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah), Le Freak, I Want Your Love and Good Times, all of which reached top 10 Billboard Hot 100
January 10, 1955 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal guitarist Michael Schenker born in Sarstedt, West Germany ~ Early member of the Scorpions, which also included his brother guitarist Rudolf Schenker. Member of UFO, present on the acclaimed Strangers In The Night album. Founding member and eponym of the Michael Schenker Group, known best for their eponymous The Michael Schenker Group debut album released in 1980
 
January 10, 1954 ~ DJ, producer, remixer François Kevorkian born in Aveyron, France ~ Generally considered one of the forefathers of house music, having played sets at New York clubs such as Paradise Garage and Studio 54 as well as Newark's famed Club Zanzibar. Would go on to produce and remix artists such as the Smiths, Adam Ant, Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan, U2, and others
 
January 10, 1953 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion, post-bop guitarist Mike Stern born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Member of Blood Sweat & Tears from 1975 through 1977, present on the albums More Than Ever and Brand New Day. Briefly a member of Steps Ahead. Well over a dozen albums as a leader or co-leader, acclaimed for the albums Upside Downside, Time In Place and Standards (And Other Songs). In-demand sideman, has worked with Miles Davis, Lew Soloff, Bob Berg, Jim Hall, the Brecker Brothers, Pat Martino, Cindy Blackman, and others
January 10, 1953 ~ Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, commonly known as rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Pat Benatar, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Debuted in 1979 with the In The Heat Of The Night album. It would reach the American top 20 and be awarded quadruple Platinum status. Known for songs such Heartbreaker, We Live For Love, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Invincible and perhaps her best-known Love Is A Battlefield, the latter reaching top 10 positions across the globe including the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Canada and America
 
January 10, 1952 ~ Salomao Borges Filho, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Lô Borges, born in Brazil ~ Co-founder of Clube da Esquina collective and along with Milton Nascimento primary songwriter for the 1972 eponymous Clube Da Esquina landmark album. As a solo artist has recorded about a dozen albums, starting in the early 1970s
 
January 10, 1951 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Alejandro Escovedo born in San Antonio, Texas, USA ~ Brother of Coke Escovedo and Pete Escovedo, both percussionists. Active since the late 1970s. Draws from punk rock, roots rock, alternative country. Member of punk rock band the Nuns, departing the band prior to making any recordings. Subsequently worked with Judy Nylon, Rank & File and formed the True Believers. Best known as a solo artist, releasing his acclaimed Gravity debut album and its follow-up Thirteen Years in the early 1990s. Collaborated with Ryan Adams for the Whiskeytown album Strangers Almanac released in 1997, present on the tracks Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight, Dancing With The Women At The Bar and Not Home Anymore
 
January 10, 1948 ~ Percussionist, singer Cyril Neville, full name Cyrille Garrett Neville, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Member of R&B outfit the Meters from 1970 through 1977. Subsequently a member of sibling outfit the Neville Brothers with Art Neville, Charles Neville and Aaron Neville, known especially for their 1989 Yellow Moon album. Has also worked with Wild Tchoupitoulas, Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Edie Brickell, Willie Nelson, Dr John, Galactic, the Royal Souhern Brotherhood, and others
January 10, 1948 ~ Singer, pianist, songwriter Donald Fagen, full name Donald Jay Fagen, born in Passaic, New Jersey, USA ~ Co-founder, lead singer, keyboardist and along with Walter Becker the only constant member of Steely Dan, known for songs such as Do It Again, Reelin' In The Years, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Peg, Deacon Blues and Hey Nineteen. As a solo artist best known for his 1981 critically acclaimed album The Nightfly
January 10, 1948 ~ R&B, soul, disco singer Fayette Pinkney, full name Fayette Regina Pinkney,born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as original member of the Three Degrees, present on recordings such as When Will I See You Again and Take Good Care Of Yourself. Released a sole solo album, One Degree, in 1979 ~ Pinkney passed away in 2009
 
January 10, 1946 ~ Drummer Aynsley Dunbar born in Liverpool, UK ~ Reportedly once auditioned for the Jimi Hendrix Experience but lost Jimi Hendrix's coin flip to Mitch Mitchell. Has worked with a host of artists starting in the 1960s including John Mayall and Jeff Beck. Founded the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, for whom he co-wrote Warning which was notably covered by Black Sabbath for their debut album. Drummed for Frank Zappa, including on the pivotal 200 Motels album. Has also worked with Shuggie Otis, Lou Reed (Berlin), Flo & Eddie, David Bowie (Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs), Herbie Mann, Nils Lofgren, Journey, Paul Kantner, Whitesnake, Ronnie Montrose, Pat Travers, Michael Schenker, UFO, and others
January 10, 1946 ~ Harry Gumm, commonly known as composer, songwriter, vaudeville performer Harry von Tilzer passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Brother of songwriter Albert von Tilzer. Music publisher, partner of Shapiro-Bernstein Publishing Company. One of the most successful Tin Pan Alley songwriters of his time. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Cubanola Gilde, Old King Tut, Ragtime Goblin Man, They Always Pick On Me, I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad, On The Old Fall River, and perhaps his biggest hit Bird In A Gilded Cage ~ Gumm was born in 1872
 
January 10, 1945 ~ Singer, songwriter Rod Stewart, full name Roderick David Stewart, born in London, UK ~ Quintessential British rock star. Estimates of his record sales exceed 100 millions. Started in the 1960s playing in bands such as the Dimensions, Jeff Beck Group, the Faces. Released his solo debut album, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down, in 1969. Broke through with his third album, 1971's Every Picture Tells A Story, spawning the international charttopper Reason To Believe. Other well-known songs include You Wear It Well, Sailing, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Hot Legs, Da Ya Think I'm Sexy, Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me), Baby Jane, Infatuation and Some Guys Have All The Luck
 
January 10, 1944 ~ Singer, songwriter, conductor Frank Sinatra Jr born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA ~ Son of singer Frank Sinatra and his first wife Nancy Barbato Sinatra ~ Sinatra passed away in 2016
 
January 10, 1943 ~ Folk, rock, soft rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Jim Croce, full name James Joseph Croce, born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Released two unsuccessful albums before breaking through with his third effort, 1972's You Don't Mess Around With Jim, which spawned the hit singles Time In A Bottle, That's Not The Way It Feels and the title track You Don't Mess Around With Jim. His follow-up album, 1973's Life And Times, would give him the hit Bad Bad Leroy Brown. Croce would die in a plane crash while on tour, the day before I Got A Name, lead single and title track of his fifth and final album, was set to be released ~ Croce passed away in 1973
 
January 10, 1941 ~ Violist, conductor, composer Frank Bridge passed away ~ 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 was born in 1879
 
January 10, 1939 ~ Philip Wallach Blondheim III, commonly known as singer, songwriter Scott McKenzie, born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Member of Journeymen. Best known as a solo artist, especially remembered for his 1967 hit San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) written and co-produced by the Mamas & the Papas singer John Phillips. McKenzie was backed by Phillips on guitar, Joe Osborn on bass, Hal Blaine on drums ~ McKenzie passed away in 2012
 
January 10, 1935 ~ Edward Harrington, commonly known as guitarist, singer Eddy Clearwater, born in Macon, Mississippi, USA ~ Influenced by Chuck Berry. Worked with the Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and others ~ Harrington passed away in 2018
January 10, 1935 ~ Rockabilly, R&B, country singer, songwriter Ronnie Hawkins born in Huntsville, Arkansas, USA ~ Cousin of rockabilly singer Dale Hawkins. Found succes in Canada, considered pivotal to the development of Canadian rock, rock & roll. Over 20 albums since the late 1950s. Early hits included Forty Days, Mary Lou, Bo Diddley and Bluebirds Over The Mountain, all of which reached the Canadian top 10. Hawkins' backing unit the Hawks included all of the future members of the Band, acclaimed for their 1968 Music From The Big Pink and subsequent albums. Other one-time members would go on to found acts such as Crowbar, Bearfoot, Skylark and the Full Tilt Boogie Band, the latter known for their association with Janis Joplin. Both singer Pat Travers and guitarist Roy Buchanan have also served in Hawkins' backing band ~ Hawkins passed away in 2022
 
January 10, 1930 ~ Bassist Lyle Ritz born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Member of the Wrecking Crew, a group of well-used Los Angeles-based session musicians. Has worked with Herb Alpert, the Righteous Brothers, the Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, the Monkees, Herb Ohta, Dean Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Les Baxter, Martin Bell, Theodore Bikel, Dennis Budimir, Ron Elliott, Phil Everly, Bob Florence, Randy Edelman, Dan Hicks, James William Guercio, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Claudine Longet, Al Kooper, Van Dyke Parks, Jerry Riopelle, Austin Roberts, Loudon Wainwright III, Sammy Walker, Mason Williams, and others ~ Ritz passed away in 2017
 
January 10, 1927 ~ Tenor, alto saxophonist Allen Eager born in New York, New York, USA ~ Started at 15 briefly playing with Woody Herman. Went on to play with artists such as Bobby Sherwood, Sonny Dunham, Shorty Sherock, Hal McIntyre, Tommy Dorsey, Johnny Bothwell, and others. His recording debut as a leader was for Savoy Records in 1946, backed by pianist Edwin Finckel, bassist Bob Carter and drummer Max Roach. Eager would go on to work with Coleman Hawkins, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker, Red Rodney, Stan Getz, Tadd Dameron, Gerry Mulligan, Terry Gibbs, Buddy Rich, and others ~ Eager passed away in 2003
January 10, 1927 ~ Gisele Marie Louise Marguerite LaFlèche, commonly known as actress, singer Gisele MacKenzie, born in Winnipeg, Canada ~ Singer for radio and TV, notably replacing the Andrews Sisters on the CBS Radio radio show Club Fifteen, and on the TV show Your Hit Parade. As a recording artist best known for her 1955 hit Hard To Get. Has also worked as an actress both in the musical field and as a character actress for TV ~ LaFlèche passed away in 2003
January 10, 1927 ~ Pianist, bandleader, composer Guillermo Rubalcaba, full name Guillermo Gonzalez Rubalcaba, born in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba ~ Worked with Elena Burke, Blanca Rosa Gil, Omara Portuondo, Richard Edües, Enrique Jorrin, Charanga Rubalcaba, Barbarito Diez, Tito Gómez, and others ~ Rubalcaba passed away in 2015
January 10, 1927 ~ Singer Johnnie Ray, full name John Alvin Ray, born in The Dalles, Oregon, USA ~ Influenced by Billie Holiday, Little Miss Cornshucks, Lavern Baker, Judy Garland, Kay Starr. Predated rock & roll. Best known for his 1952 recording Cry. Known for his dramatic stage performances, one of the first to do so ~ Ray passed away in 1990
 
January 10, 1926 ~ William DeBerardinis, commonly known as big band, jazz trombonist Willie Dennis, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Married to singer Morgana King from 1961 until his death. Worked with Elliot Lawrence, Claude Thornhill, Sam Donahue, Charles Mingus, JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, Ronnie Ball, Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan, and others ~ DeBerardinis passed away in 1965
 
January 10, 1924 ~ Drummer Max Roach, full name Maxwell Lemuel Roach, born in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, USA ~ Pioneering bop, bebop percussionist. Closely associated with Clifford Brown. Over 50 albums to his name as a leader or co-leader, especially acclaimed for the albums Jazz At Massey Hall, Max Roach Plus Four, and Deeds Not Words. In-demand sideman, present on pivotal recordings by Miles Davis (The Birth Of The Cool), Billy Eckstine, Duke Ellington, Slide Hampton, JJ Johnson, Booker Little, Charles Mingus (Mingus At The Bohemia), Thelonious Monk (Brilliant Corners), Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Rollins (Saxophone Colossus), Stanley Turrentine, Dinah Washington, Joe Wilder, and othjers ~ Roach passed away in 2007
 
January 10, 1918 ~ Jazz pianist Aaron Bridgers born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA ~ Lover of jazz composer Billy Strayhorn from 1939 until 1947 ~ Bridgers passed away in 2003
 
January 10, 1917 ~ Producer, label executive Jerry Wexler born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Partner at Atlantic Records. Hugely influential producer during the 1950s and 1960s. Coined the term “rhythm & blues”. Incremental in the careers of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, the Drifters, Ruth Brown, and others ~ Wexler passed away in 2008
January 10, 1917 ~ R&B, jazz, gospel singer Kelsey Pharr born in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Cast member of the Broadway production of Porgy & Bess. Co-founding member of R&B outfit the Delta Rhythm Boys, known for their performances on radio shows such as Amos And Andy and The Joan Davis Show ~ Pharr passed away in 1961
 
January 10, 1915 ~ Woodrow Wilson Johnson, commonly known as jump blues, R&B pianist, bandleader, songwriter Buddy Johnson, born in Darlington, South Carolina, USA ~ Perhaps best remembered for Since I Fell For You, recorded in 1945 with his orchestra and with his sister Ella Johnson singing lead vocals. It has since become a blues, jazz standard. Other well-known songs include Let's Beat Out Some Love, Baby Don't You Cry, When My Man Comes Home and They All Say I'm The Biggest Fool ~ Johnson passed away in 1977
 
January 10, 1913 ~ Baritone saxophonist Haywood Henry, full name Frank Haywood Henry, born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Member of the Bama State Collegians, renamed to the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra when Erskine Hawkins took leadership. Has also worked with Tiny Grimes, Julian Dash, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Eddie Harris, Willis Jackson, Rex Stewart, Brook Benton, Bill Doggett, Charles Brown, Ruth Brown, Rusty Bryant, King Curtis, Aretha Franklin (on the quintessential Lady Soul album), Jimmy Witherspoon, Wilbur de Paris, Max Kaminsky, Snub Mosley, Louis Metcalf, Steve Turre, Earl Hines, Sy Oliver, the New York Jazz Repertory Company, and others. Reportedly sessioned on over 1,000 rock & roll records in the 1950s and 1960s, many of them uncredited ~ Henry passed away in 1994
 
January 10, 1899 ~ Violinist Daniel Guilet born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia ~ Member of the Calvet Quartet. Toured France as Maurice Ravel's accompanist. Relocated to America during World War II, joining the NBC Symphony Orchestra a few years later initially serving under Arturo Toscanini promoted to concertmaster in the early 1950s. Best known for co-founding the Beaux Arts Trio in 1954 with cellist Bernard Greenhouse and pianist Menahem Pressler ~ Guilet passed away in 1990
January 10, 1899 ~ Composer, author, child actor Kenneth Casey born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best remembered for co-writing Sweet Georgia Brown with Ben Bernie and Maceo Pinkard. The first recorded version would be Bernie's, but the song would become a standard recorded by numerous artists including Bing Crosby, Charlie Parker, Brother Bones, Anita O'Day, Tony Sheridan, Nancy Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roberta Flack, and others ~ Casey passed away in 1965
 
January 10, 1898 ~ Songwriter Arthur Johnston born ~ Frequent collaborator of Irving Berlin, Johnny Burke, Sam Coslow. Well-known songs co-written by Johnston include Just One More Chance (Abe Lyman, Ruth Etting, Sammy Fain), Pennies From Heaven (Eddy Duchin, Teddy Wilson, Dinah Washington), The Moon Got In My Eyes (Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey, Chick Bullock), Mandy Make Up Your Mind (Paul Whiteman, Muggsy Spanier), Cocktails For Two (Johnny Green, Spike Jones, Keely Smith), and Between A Kiss And A Sigh (Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Kay Kyser) ~ Johnston passed away in 1954
 
January 10, 1897 ~ Vivian Chatmon, commonly known as Delta blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Sam Chatmon, born in Bolton, Mississippi, USA ~ Worked with Sue Draheim, Kenny Hall, Ed Littlefield, Lou Curtiss, Will Scarlett, the Mississippi Sheiks, and others ~ Chatmon passed away in 1983