This Day In Music: March 10
March 9 ~ Birthdays/All ~ March 11
March 10, 2022 ~ Country pianist, singer Bobbie Nelson, full name Bobbie Lee Nelson, passed away in Austin, 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 was born in 1931
March 10, 2021 ~ Bass singer Bruce Abel passed away ~ Lieder, oratoria singer enjoyed his greatest popularity during the 1960s and 1970s. Noted as a soloist in the 1971 world premiere of Fritz Werner's Whitsun Oratoria ~ Abel was born in 1936
March 10, 2021 ~ Jazz pianist Janós Gonda passed away ~ Leader and sideman active since the early 1960s. Known for a series of Modern Jazz albums throughout the end of the decade. Led the Gonda Sextet in the 1970s, which also included Gábor Balázs and best known for the composition Shaman Song. Also branched out into other musical forms including composing soundtracks, notably 1966's Father, dance compositions and symphonic jazz works such as Australian Concerto ~ Gonda was born in 1932
March 10, 2021 ~ Composer Lyudmila Lyadova, full name Lyudmila Aleskeevna Lyadova, passed away in Moscow, Russia ~ Daughter of violinist Alexei Lyadov and singer Julia Lyadova. Sang with her mother starting in World War II as entertainment for the Russian troops, continuing to perform as a duo through the early 1950s. Has since worked as a composer, often collaborating with lyricist, poets such as Sergey Mikhalkov, Yevgeny Yevtusenko, Vladimir Petrov. Known for works such as Spanish Dance, Volga Suite, Concert Polka, The Great Battle and The Tale Of Eremu Daniel And Evil Forces ~ Lyadova was born in 1925
March 10, 2017 ~ Conductor Gido Kokars passed away ~ Twin brother of Imants Kokars, also a conductor ~ Kokars was born in 1921
March 10, 2017 ~ Joan Elisa Sledge, commonly known as singer, actress, songwriter Joni Sledge passed away in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of sibling R&B, pop, disco group Sister Sledge, known for hits such as We Are Family and He's The Greatest Dancer ~ Sledge was born in 1956
March 10, 2016 ~ Drummer, percussionist Daniel Buess passed away ~ Worked with the Ensemble Phoenix Bazel, Cortex, How2, Noisezone, Zbignieuw Karkowski, Alex Buess, Harry Bedair, Kasper T Toeplitz, John Duncan, Jurg Henneberger, Michael Wertmuller, Phil Niblock, Zev, Julio Estrada, Antoine Chessex, Christoph Bosch, Volker Heyn, Thomas Lauck, Tim Hodgkinson, Marco Papiri, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana Maria Avram, Jerome Noetinger, Cadlah, and others ~ Buess was born in 1976
March 10, 2016 ~ Jazz and blues singer Ernestine Anderson passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Billie Holiday. Worked with Robert Bumps Blackwell, Lionel Hampton, Gigi Gryce, Rolf Ericson, Quincy Jones, Ray Brown, the Concord All-Stars, George Shearing, and others ~ Anderson was born in 1928
March 10, 2016 ~ Myrtle Audrey Arinsburg, commonly known as singer Gogi Grant, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for her 1956 hit Wayward Wind. Also known for songs such as Suddenly There's A Valley, Strange Are The Ways Of Love, and others ~ Arinsburg was born in 1924
March 10, 2010 ~ Singer, actress Evelyn Dall passed away ~ Began as an actress in shorts and supporting Broadway roles. Moved to England in 1935 where she stayed throughout World War II, working as a singer with bandleaders such as Bert Ambrose ~ Dall was born in 1918
March 10, 2010 ~ Jazz pianist George Webb, full name George Horace Webb, passed away ~ Led the Dixielanders. Sidemen included Humphrey Lyttelton, Wally Fawkes, Eddie Harvey, and others ~ Webb was born in 1917
March 10, 2008 ~ Jazz double-bassist, composer Dennis Irwin passed away ~ Worked with Red Garland, Charles Brackeen, Ted Curson, Jackie Paris, Betty Carter, Annie Ross, Ann Hampton Callaway, Tania Maria, Mose Allison, Chet Baker, Mel Lewis, Joe Lovano, Stan Getz, Johnny Griffin, Horace Silver, uduca Fonseca, Portinho, John Scofield, Joshua Breakstone, Curtis Fuller, Johnny Griffin, Scott Hamilton, Valery Ponomarev, and others ~ Irwin was born in 1951
March 10, 2005 ~ Southern rock, hard rock singer Danny Joe Brown passed away in Davie, Florida, USA ~ Lead singer and songwriter of Molly Hatchet, succeeding founding member Dave Hlubek. Present on hits such as Whiskey Man and Flirtin' With Disaster ~ Brown was born in 1951
March 10, 2005 ~ Jacqueline Neal, commonly known as blues singer Jackie Neal, passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Right Thang Wrong Man, The Way We Roll, Down In The Club. Daughter of blues guitarist Raful Neal, sister of blues guitarist Kenny Neal. Shot and killed at age 37 by an ex-boyfriend ~ Neal was born in 1967
March 10, 2003 ~ Singer, songwriter Jimmy Bilsbury, full name James Robert Bilsbury, passed away in Bonn, Germany ~ Perhaps best known for co-writing the Boney M hit Belfast with Drafi Deutscher and Joe Menke. Member of the Magic Lanterns. Co-founding member of the Les Humphries Singers, present on the band's 1976 Eurovision Songfestival entry Sing Sang Song, generally considered one of the all-time worst Eurovision songs ~ Bilsbury was born in 1942
March 10, 2002 ~ Jazz, hard bop, soul jazz organist, pianist Shirley Scott passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sidewoman. Married to Stanley Turrentine from 1960 to 1971, with whom she also worked. Also closely associated with Eddie Lockjaw Davis, notably on the late 1950s hit In The Kitchen. Has collaborated with Lem Winchester, Oliver Nelson, Kenny Burrell, Gary McFarland, Buddy Tate, Clark Terry, King Curtis, Hank Crawford, Mildred Anderson, Jimmy Forrest, Al Grey, Joe Newman, Jimmy Rushing, and others ~ Scott was born in 1934
March 10, 1997 ~ R&B singer Lavern Baker, full name Delores Lavern Evans, passed away in Queens, New York, USA ~ Known for 1950s hits such as Tweedle Dee, Play It Fair, Jim Dandy, I Cried A Tear, I Waited Too Long, and others ~ Baker was born in 1929
March 10, 1988 ~ Singer Andy Gibb, full name Andrew Roy Gibb, passed away in Oxford, UK ~ Younger brother of the Bee Gees' Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb. Known for a string of 1970s, 1980s singles including I Just Want To Be Your Everything, Love Is Thicker Than Water, Shadow Dancing, Everlasting Love, Our Love (Don't Throw It All Away) and Desire. Had his career cut short due to an untimely death caused by years of substance abuse ~ Gibb was born in 1958
March 10, 1987 ~ Hornist, tuba player Allan Jaffe passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Took over management of the New Orleans Preservation Hall in 1961, which has since become an institute of standing and invaluable to the preservation of traditional New Orleans jazz ~ Jaffe was born in 1935
March 10, 1987 ~ Adele Emily Sandé, commonly known as R&B, soul singer, songwriter Emeli Sandé born in Sunderland, UK ~ Known for songs such as Heaven, Next To Me and Clown. Worked with Naughty Boy, Jess Glynne, David Guetta, Ronan Keating, Professor Green, Wiley, Rudimental, Kendrick Lamar
March 10, 1987 ~ Derek Smith, commonly known as alternative rock, post-hardcore, pop punk singer, rapper, songwriter Mod Sun, born in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA ~ Worked with the Semester, Four Letter Lie, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, the Ready Set, Machine Gun Kelly, Avril Lavigne, and others
March 10, 1983 ~ Country, country-pop singer Carrie Underwood, full name Carrie Marie Underwood, born in Checotah, Oklahoma, USA ~ Rose to fame winning the 4th season of American Idol in 2005. Known for songs such as Inside Your Heaven, Jesus Take The Wheel, Before He Cheats, Wasted, So Small, All-American Girl, Just A Dream, Cowboy Casanova, Good Girl, Something In The Water, Dirty Laundry, and others
March 10, 1983 ~ Cheryline Ernestine Lim, commonly known as singer Che'nelle, born in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia ~ Known for songs such as Feel Good, Baby I Love U, Believe, Believe and Destiny
March 10, 1982 ~ Ke'tara Shavon Wyatt, commonly known as soul, gospel, R&B, pop singer, songwriter Keke Wyatt, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Known best for Nothing In This World featuring Avant taken of her 2002 Soul Sista debut album. Has also worked with Faith Evans, the Dollz, Ginuwine, Blackalicious, and others
March 10, 1980 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist, percussionist, guitarist Lars Horntveth born in Tønsberg, Norway ~ Brother of tubist Line Horntveth and electronic musician Martin Horntveth. Has worked with Jagga Jazzist, the National Bank, Motorpsycho, and others
March 10, 1977 ~ Singer, songwriter Robin Thicke, full name Robin Charles Thicke, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Known for songs such as Lost Without U, Magic, Sex Therapy and Blurred Lines featuring TI and Pharrell Williams. In-demand collaborator, has worked with Nicki Minaj, 3T, Christina Aguilera, Jessie J, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Flo Rida, Brandy, Kid Cudi, Mary J Blige, and others
March 10, 1976 ~ Ane Kvien Brunvoll, commonly known as folk pop, art pop singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Ane Brun born in Molde, Norway ~ Released her Spending Time With Morgan debut album in 2003. Perhaps best known for her 2005 single Lift Me, a collaborative effort with Madrugada which reached the top of the charts in Brun's native Norway
March 10, 1976 ~ Progressive rock drummer Matt Scurfield, full name Matthew Robert Scurfield, born in Sarnia, Canada ~ Influenced by Queensryche and Iron Maiden. Worked with Jaye Foucher, Joe Stump, Matahan, Gus G, Firewind, Lita Ford, Sonic Joyride, Gary Hoey, and others
March 10, 1975 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Håvard Wiik, full name Håvard Skarpens Wiik, born in Kristiansund, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Known for his associations with Atomic, Peter Wettre, Ola Kvernberg, Stian Carstensen, Hålkon Kornstad, Motif, Wibutee, and others
March 10, 1975 ~ Hard rock, alternative rock, alternative metal, rap metal, rap rock guitarist Jerry Horton, full name Jerry Allan Horton, born in Charleston, South Carolina, USA ~ Co-founded rock band Papa Roach, known for early 2000s alternative rock hits such as Last Resort, She Loves Me Not, Getting Away With Murder and Scars, the latter a Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit of their 2004 Getting Away With Murder album
March 10, 1974 ~ Pop, folk-rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, clarinetist, songwriter Keren Ann, full name Keren Ann Zeidel, born in Ceasarea, Israel ~ Released her full-length debut album, La Biographie De Luka Philipsen, in 2000 and has recorded to critical acclaim since. Has her songs covered by Henri Salvador, Jane Birkin, Françoise Hardy, Rosa Passos, Jacky Terasson, Emmanuelle Seigner, Benjamin Biolay, Anna Calvi, and others
March 10, 1973 ~ Rapper Lord Have Mercy born ~ Best known as member of Flipmode Squad, which also included Busta Rhymes and Reek Da Villian
March 10, 1972 ~ Timothy Zachary Mosley, commonly known as producer, songwriter, singer, rapper Timbaland, born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA ~ First gained attention in the mid- to late 1990s, working as producer on albums by Ginuwine (Ginuwine The Bachelor), Aaliyah (One In A Million) and Missy Elliott (Supa Dupa Fly). As a rapper noted for his frequent collaborations with Magoo. As a producer would go on to work with numerous R&B and hip-hop artists. Has also worked with Bubba Sparxxx, Danja, DeVante Swing, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake (Cry Me A River), Keri Hilson, Nelly Furtado, Swing Mob, Ludacris, Madonna, OneRepublic, Brandy, Björk, and others
March 10, 1971 ~ Singer Daryle Singletary born in Cairo, Georgia, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Let Her Lie, Amen Kind Of Love, and Too Much Fun ~ Singletary passed away in 2018
March 10, 1968 ~ Steve Williams, commonly known as rapper, producer Stezo, born ~ First gained attention as a dancer for hip-hop group EPMD. As a solo artist released his Crazy Noise solo debut album in 1989, spawning the modest hit It's My Turn ~ Williams passed away in 2020
March 10, 1967 ~ Bandleader Zack Whyte passed away in Kentucky, USA ~ Best known for leading the Chocolate Beau Brummels, whose sidemen included Herman Chittison, Jerry Blake, Truck Parham, Sy Oliver, Roy Eldridge, Vic Dickenson, Al Sears, and others ~ Whyte was born ca.1898
March 10, 1966 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records I Want You ~ Self-penned. Produced by Bob Johnston. The last song recorded for the 1966 Blonde On Blonde album. Issued as a single in June, featuring a live version of Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues on the B-side recorded at the Odeon Theatre, Liverpool, UK
March 10, 1966 ~ Pop singer Bobby Vinton records Just As Much As Ever ~ Written by Charles Singleton and Larry Coleman. Produced by Billy Sherrill, paired with Another Memory on the B-side, it would be a Billboard Hot 100 top 30 hit for Vinton. The song had been previously recorded by Bob Beckham in 1959 and by Nat King Cole a year later, the latter reaching UK top 20
March 10, 1966 ~ Drummer Dave Krusen, full name David Karl Krusen, born in Tacoma, Washington, USA ~ Original drummer of Pearl Jam, present on the band's Ten debut album. Left the band in 1991, succeeded by Matt Chamberlain. Krusen has also worked with Hovercraft, Diamond Star Halo, Candlebox, Unified Theory, Hung White Ponies, and others
March 10, 1966 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Edie Brickell born in Oak Cliff, Texas, USA ~ Married to Paul Simon since 1992. Best known for her 1988 album Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars, backed by the New Bohemians. The album included the top 10 hit What I Am. Founding member and lead singer of the Gaddabouts, teaming up with Steve Gadd, Andy Fairweather Low, Pino Palladino, and others. Brickell also worked with Steve Martin, Sleep Canyon Rangers, Heacy Circles, Rob Wasserman, Chris Botti, and others
March 10, 1964 ~ Singer, rapper, songwriter Neneh Cherry, full name Neneh Mariann Karlsson, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Stepdaughter of iconic jazz all-hatter Don Cherry. Half-sister of singer Eagle Eye Cherry. Worked with the Slits and Rip Rig & Panic. As a solo artist best known for Buffalo Stance, Manchild and Seven Seconds, the latter a collaboration with Youssou n'Dour
March 10, 1963 ~ Bandleader, pianist Irving Aaronson passed away in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Aaronson's band included musicians such as Phil Saxe, Joe Gillespie, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa, Tony Pastor, and others, some of whom would later become noted bandleaders in their own right. Aaronson's most popular song, The Loveliest Night Of The Year, was not recorded with his own band but adapted for Mario Lanza and featured in Lanza's 1950 movie Mario Lanza Great Caruso ~ Aaronson was born in 1895
March 10, 1963 ~ Bassist Jeff Ament born in Havre, Montana, USA ~ Cites the Who, the Beatles, the Ramones, the Clash and Led Zeppelin as influences. Member of pivotal grunge pioneers Green River and Mother Love Bone. Would go on to found Pearl Jam with Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder. Wrote or co-wrote some of the band's best-known, notably Jeremy and Nothingman. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with Tone released in 2008
March 10, 1963 ~ Lewis Lessinsky, commonly known as Broadway writer, producer Lew Leslie, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Rose to fame with a number of 1920s shows at the Cotton Club and a series of Broadway-revues, notably Blackbirds Of 1928 starring Adelaide Hall, Bill Robinson, Tim Moore and Aida Ward ~ Lessinky was born ca.1890
March 10, 1963 ~ Frederick Jay Rubin, commonly known as producer, label executive Rick Rubin, born in Lido Beach, New York, USA ~ Helped popularize hip-hop music. Co-founded Def Jam Recordings. Worked with artists such as the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Geto Boys, Run-DMC, and others
March 10, 1962 ~ Singer, producer, songwriter Gary Clark born in Dundee, UK ~ Best known as frontman of Danny Wilson. Also a member of King L and of Transister. As a producer and songwriter has collaborated with Lauren Christy, Natalie Imbruglia, Ferras, the Clique Girlz, McFly, Demi Lovato, Delta Goodrem, Alex Hepburn, Kim Cesarion, Lloyd Cole, Liz Phair, Skin, Melanie C, Emma Bunton, Cathy Dennis, Ashley Parker Angel, Nick Carter, Skye Edwards, Julia Fordham, Shannon Noll, Mark Owen, Eddi Reader, the Veronicas, David McAlmont, Lawson, the Wanted, Gin Wigmore, Reece Mastin, and others
March 10, 1960 ~ Bassist, singer Gail Greenwood born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA ~ Member of Belly, joining the band in 1993 at the invite of Tanya Donelly and present on the band's King sophomore album. Member of L7 from 1997 through 2000. Toured with pop punk outfit Bif Naked
March 10, 1959 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Rita Marcotulli born in Rome, Italy ~ Worked with Richard Galliano, Chet Baker, Enrico Rava, Kenny Wheeler, Peter Erskine, Steve Grossman, Gianmaria Testa, Dewey Redman, Billy Cobham, and others
March 10, 1958 ~ Jazz, traditional pop singer Jeanie Bryson born in New York, New York, USA ~ Daughter, illegitimate love child of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and composer Connie Bryson. Released her full-length I Love Being Here With You debut album in 1993
March 10, 1957 ~ Drummer, percussionist Graham Broad born in Hammersmith, UK ~ In-demand collaborator. Worked with Roger Waters, Tina Turner, the Beach Boys, Procol Harum, Jeff Beck, Tom Cochrane, Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Bill Wyman, Tony Banks, George Michael, Bucks Fizz, Dollar, Five Star, ABC, and others
March 10, 1957 ~ Michael Davis Pratt, commonly known as alternative country singer, guitarist, songwriter Jim White, born ~ Gospel-influenced Americana. Actively recording since the late 1990s. Has worked with Johnny Dowd, Willie B, Tucker Martine, Linda Delgado, Dan Nettle, Aimee Mann, Barenaked Ladies, Bill Frisell, and others
March 10, 1955 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Gary Louris born in Toledo, Ohio, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member, principal songwriter of the Jayhawks, credited with the band's move from folk-country to pop after the departure of Mark Olson. Has also recorded as a solo artist and worked with Safety Last, Golden Smog and with Au Pair
March 10, 1955 ~ Bluegrass fiddler, mandolinist Rickie Simpkins born in Montgomery County, Virginia, USA ~ Worked with the McPeak Brothers, the Upland Express, Heights Of Grass, the Virginia Squires, the Lonesome River Band, David Parmley, the Continental Divide, Tony Rice, the Isaacs, the Seldom Scene, Wyatt Rice, Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman, Randy Kohrs, his brother Ronnie Simpins, Wendy Newcomer, Ernie Thacker, Bill Emerson, the Rice Brothers, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lou Reid, Jim Eanes, Mike Auldridge, Kim Person, Scott Vestal, Zoe Speaks, Charlie Sizemore, Exit 13, Nils Lofgren, Randy Thompson, Candlewyck, Donna Hughes, Tony Trischka, Dave Sharp, Millpond Moon, John McCutcheon, the Porchlight Trio, and others
March 10, 1954 ~ Tina Hoskins, commonly known as pop, disco singer Tina Charles, born in Whitechapel, UK ~ Best known for I Love To Love But My Baby Loves To Dance, a UK No.1 hit in 1976
March 10, 1951 ~ Film and TV composer Brad Fiedel, full name Brad Ira Fiedel, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for his signature synthesizer-heavy style. Worked on soundtracks for films such as Fright Night, True Lies, Johnny Mnemonic, The Terminator and its sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day
March 10, 1950 ~ Singer, actress Beverly Bremers, full name Beverly Ann Bremers, born ~ Broadway singer, actress known to pop audiences for Don't Say You Don't Remember, a Billboard top 20 hit in 1972
March 10, 1950 ~ Jazz saxophonist Jim Hartog, full name James Paul Hartog, born in San Mateo, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Tom Varner, Jaki Byard, the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, Karl Berger, Bobby Watson, Carmen Lundy, Keshavan Maslak, the East Down Septet, the Mingus Big Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Terell Stafford, Steve Johns, Essiet Essiet, Pete McCann, and others
March 10, 1950 ~ Norberto Anibal Napolitano, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Pappo, born in Paternal, Argentina ~ Regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in Argentine rock. Influenced by the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Freddie King, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, and Manal. Member of Abuelos de la Nada. Member of Los Gatos. Formed Pappo's Blues in 1971 ~ Napolitano passed away in 2005
March 10, 1950 ~ Edward McKenna, commonly known as drummer Ted McKenna, born in Lennoxtown, UK ~ Played with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, the Michael Schenker Group, Ian Gillan, Dan McCafferty, and others ~ McKenna passed away in 2019
March 10, 1947 ~ Conductor Andrew Parrott born ~ Founded the Taverner Choir, which also included his wife soprano singer Emma Kirkby. Has also notably worked with the Musica Reservata, and the London Mozart Players, and authored or co-authored articles and books on Johann Sebastian Bach, Claudio Monteverdi, and Henry Purcell
March 10, 1947 ~ Guitarist, bouzouki player, keyboardist Dónal Lunny born in Tullamore, Ireland ~ Key figure in Irish traditional folk. Helped popularize the bouzouki as a viable instrument. Has worked with acts such as Emmet Spiceland, Andy Irvine, Planxty, the Bothy Band, Moving Hearts, Coolfin, Mozaik, Usher's Island, and others. In-demand producer and session musician, appearing on records by Christy Moore, Kate Bush, Shaun Davey, Mary Black, Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, the Indigo Girls, Clannad, Baaba Maal, and Sinéad O'Connor
March 10, 1947 ~ Singer Tom Scholz, full name Donald Thomas Scholz, born in Toledo, Ohio, USA ~ Founder, frontman of rock band Boston, known for the Billboard top 10 hits More Than A Feeling, Don't Look Back, Amanda and We're Ready
March 10, 1946 ~ Drummer Gaylord Birch born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Worked with the Pointer Sisters, Santana, Graham Central Station, Cold Blood, Herbie Hancock, Reconstruction, Melissa Etheridge, Stevie Wonder, and others ~ Birch passed away in 1996
March 10, 1944 ~ Vibraphonist, marimba player David Friedman born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, Wayne Shorter, Joe Chambers, Hubert Laws, Horace Silver, Horace Arnold, Horace Arnold, Dave Samuels, Double Image, Daniel Humair, Chet Baker, Tim Buckley, Jazzanova, Yoko Ono, Beth Orton, Horace Arnold, Chet Baker, Blood Sweat & Tears, George Benson, Jane Ira Bloom, the Brecker Brothers, Cy Coleman, Hank Crawford, the Four Tops, Bob Franke, Aretha Franklin, Janis Ian, Billy Joel, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Earl Klugh, Luther Vandross, Charlie Mariano, Ralph MacDonald, Henry Gaffney, Micatone, Bob Moses, Don Sebesky, Wayne Shorter, Grace Slick, Keith Sykes, Stanley Turrentine, Frankie Valli, Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Wheeler, and others
March 10, 1943 ~ Blues pianist, singer, songwriter David Maxwell born in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA ~ Has worked with pop and blues giants such as Louisiana Red, Muddy Waters, Skip James, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Levon Helm, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Adams, Ronnie Earl, Freddie King, and Hubert Sumlin ~ Maxwell passed away in 2015
March 10, 1943 ~ Richard Joel Rosenblatt, commonly known as songwriter, producer Ritchie Cordell born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Wrote and produced several songs for Tommy James & the Shondells, including the hits I Think We're Alone Now and Mony Mony. Also co-produced Joan Jett's smash hit I Love Rock 'n Roll and the Ramones 1983 Subterranean Jungle album. Funny thing, in 1987 a cover of one of Rosenblatt's Shondells hits, Tiffany's I Think We're Alone Now, replaced another, namely Billy Idol's Mony Mony, at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Rosenblatt passed away in 2004
March 10, 1941 ~ Betty Jane Willis, commonly known as singer Betty Willis, born in Mississippi, 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 passed away in 2018
March 10, 1940 ~ Pop, surf singer Dean Torrence, full name Dean Ormsby Torrence, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Formed the surf duo Jan & Dean with Jan Berry, known for 1960s top 10 hits such as Baby Talk, Surf City, Drag City, Dead Man's Curve and The Little Old Lady From Pasadena
March 10, 1938 ~ Conductor Alexander Alexeev, full name Alexander Vasilievich Alexeev, born in Belkovo, Russia ~ Once offered the post of chief conductor with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra but forced to decline as he was not a member of the Communist Party and not allowed to travel outside the Soviet Union. Has worked with orchestras such as Ulyanovsk State Symphony Orchestra, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Orchestra, and others ~ Alexeev passed away in 2020
March 10, 1938 ~ David Alexander Elam, commonly known as blues pianist, singer Dave Alexander born in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Big Mama Thornton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, and others. As a solo artist best known for two early 1970s albums, 1972's The Rattler and 1973's The Dirt On The Ground ~ Elam passed away in 2012
March 10, 1938 ~ Country singer, guitarist, mandolinist, banjoist, dobroist, fiddler, songwriter Norman Blake born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA ~ Worked with the Dixieland Drifters, the Lonesome Travelers, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan (Nashville Skyline), John Hartford, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Alison Krauss, and others
March 10, 1937 ~ Pianist, composer Alfred Janson born in Oslo, Norway ~ Norwegian jazz and classical composer known for works such as November for piano, the ballet Mot Solen and Sonnet Number 76 for choir and solo voice. Janson's work may sometimes be politically themed and he is one of the few Norwegian composers who has has a demonstration held against a performance of one of his works, Interlude For Orchestra Og Accordeon which was written as a salute to Arne Treholt, a convicted Russian spy ~ Janson passed away in 2019
March 10, 1935 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter José Antonio Labordeta born in Zaragoza, Spain ~ Regarded by some as the most important and influential Aragonese singer ~ Labordeta passed away in 2010
March 10, 1933 ~ Lawyer, agent, TV producer Frank Konigsberg born ~ To pop and rock audiences perhaps best known for producing the 1977 Merrie Old Christmas TV special starring Bing Crosby. It would feature a duet with David Bowie, Crosby singing the traditional The Little Drummer Boy, Bowie countering with Peace On Earth. Bowie would release it a a single, the flipside featuring Fantastic Voyage ~ Konigsberg passed away in 2016
March 10, 1933 ~ Country music radio DJ, TV host Ralph Emery, full name Walter Ralph Emery, born in McEwen, Tennessee, USA ~ First gained attention as late-night DJ on Nashville's WSM radio station, a mecca for country music. Best known for hosting the nationally syndicated TV shows Pop Goes The Country from 1974 to 1980 and Nashville Now from 1983 to 1993. Remembered by Mickey Newbury in The Night You Wrote That Song of his 1979 The Sailor album. Emery occasionally released music of his own, notably the 1961 single Hello Fool which reached top 10 on the Billboard Country charts ~ Emery passed away in 2022
March 10, 1932 ~ Conductor Carlos Paita born in Buenos Aires. Argentina ~ Worked with the Teatro Colón, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Païta passed away in 2015
March 10, 1929 ~ Producer, label executive Huey P Meaux, full name Huey Purvis Meaux, born in Wright, Louisiana, USA ~ Has worked with artists such as Sir Douglas Quintet (She's About A Mover), Freddy Fender (Before The Next Teardrop Falls, Wasted Days And Wasted Nights), Barbara Lynn (You'll Lose A Good Thing), Sunny & the Sunliners (Talk To Me), and Gene Summer (Big Blue Diamonds) ~ Meaux passed away in 2011
March 10, 1923 ~ Jazz pianist Don Abney, full name John Donald Abney, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA ~ Worked with Wilbur de Paris, Bill Harris, Kai Winding, Chuck Wayne, Sy Oliver, Louie Bellson, Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Oscar Pettiford, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Eartha Kitt, Pearl Bailey, Anita O'Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Louie Bellson, Benny Carter, Harry Sweets Edison, Oscar Pettiford, Al Sears, Carol Sloane, and others ~ Abney passed away in 2000
March 10, 1920 ~ Writer, poet, singer, actor Boris Vian born in Ville Davray, France ~ Important influence on French jazz. Critic for several French jazz-reviews. Wrote extensively about both French and American jazz. As a singer best known for his 1954 anti-war song Deserteur. Also a revered novelist and poet remaining popular to this day ~ Vian passed away in 1959
March 10, 1920 ~ Kenneth Charles Burns, commonly known as mandolinist Jethro Burns, born in Conasauga, Tennessee, USA ~ Half of Homer & Jethro, the other half being Homer Haynes ~ Burns passed away in 1989
March 10, 1919 ~ Marion Thornburg, commonly known as singer, actress Marion Hutton, born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA ~ Sister of actress, singer Betty Hutton. Discovered by Glenn Miller, staing with the the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1938 to 1942, present on recordings such as Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead, That's Sabotage, The Rhumba Jumps, Say Si Si and I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo ~ Thornburg passed away in 1987
March 10, 1912 ~ Muriel Findlay, commonly known as stage, musical theatre, film actress, singer Muriel Angelus, born in Lambeth, UK ~ Child actress, singer active since her early teens. Known for her performances in music halls and West End and Broadway productions ~ Findlay passed away in 2004
March 10, 1903 ~ Cornetist, pianist, composer Bix Beiderbecke born in Davenport, Iowa, USA ~ One of the most influential jazz soloists of the 1920s. Member of the Wolverines. One third of Tram Bix & Lang. Known for his contributions to songs such as Singing The Blues (the Original Dixieland Jazz Band) and I'm Coming Virginia (Will Marion Cook). Has also worked with Jean Goldkette's orchestra, Frankie Trumbauer, Paul Whiteman, and others ~ Bix passed away in 1931
March 10, 1870 ~ Singer, comedian, songwriter George Honey Boy Evans born in Pontlottyn, UK ~ Best known for co-writing In The Good Old Summertime with Ren Shields. The song would be a hit in 1902 for both William Redmond and JW Myers. In later years it would be covered by Uncle Dave Macon, the Andrews Sisters, Chet Atkins, the Osmond Brothers, and numerous others ~ Evans passed away in 1915
March 10, 1870 ~ George Evans, commonly known as singer, songwriter Honey Boy Evans, born in Pontlittyn, UK ~ Perhaps best remembered for In The Good Old Summer Time and Down Where The Watermelon Grows, both co-written with Ren Shields ~ Evans passed away in 1915
March 10, 1870 ~ Composer, pianist Ignaz Moscheles, full name Isaac Ignaz Moscheles, passed away in Leipzig, Germany ~ Piano virtuoso. Influenced by Ludwig van Beethoven. Mentor to Felix Mendelssohn ~ Moscheles was born in 1794
March 10, 1844 ~ Violinist, composer Pablo de Sarasate born in Pamplona, Spain ~ Virtuoso violinist. As a composer known for works such as Zigeunerweisen, Spanish Dances and Carmen Fantasy ~ De Sarasate passed away in 1908