This Day In Music: March 12
March 11 ~ Birthdays/All ~ March 13
March 12, 2022 ~ Guitarist Barry Bailey passed away ~ Founding member of Southern rock outfit the Atlanta Rhythm Section, remaining with the band from 1972 until leaving in 2006 to care for his ailing wife. The band is known for songs such as So Into You, I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight, Imaginary Lover, Do It Or Die and Spooky, all of which reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Bailey was born in 1948
March 12, 2022 ~ R&B, soul, pop singer, TV, radio personality Traci Braxton, full name Traci Renee Braxton, passed away ~ Member of sibling outfit the Braxtons, alongside Towanda Braxton, Trina Braxton, Toni Braxton and Tamar Braxton, known for their 1990 single Good Life which although unsuccessfull spawned oldest sister Toni's career. As a solo artist best known for the Last Call single of her 2014 Crash & Burn solo debut album ~ Braxton was born in 1971
March 12, 2021 ~ Blues guitarist, singer Dion Payton passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ In-demand touring and session musician. Has worked with the Violinaires, Millie Jackson, Albert King, OV Wright. Played rhythm guitar and co-arranged Lonnie Brooks's Hot Shot album, released in 1983 ~ Payton was born in 1950
March 12, 2020 ~ Jazz, swing clarinetist, saxophonist, flautist Don Burrows, full name Donald Vernon Burrows, passed away in Sydney, Australia ~ Closely associated with James Morrison. Also worked with George Golla, Ed Gaston, Alan Turnbull, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Stéphane Grappelli, Cleo Laine, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Kevin Hunt, and others ~ Burrows was born in 1928
March 12, 2019 ~ Singer, songwriter John Kilzer, full name John Turner Kilzer, passed away ~ Known for the late-1980s album Memory In The Making which peaked at No.110 on the Billboard Hot 200. Its follow-up, 1991's Busman's Holiday, would fail to chart ~ Kilzer was born in 1957
March 12, 2019 ~ Label executive, producer Shelly Liebowitz passed away ~ Producer, label executive, consultant for several major labels. Has worked with artists such as Sammy Davis Jr, John Lennon, Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones, Frankie Avalon, and others ~ Liebowitz was born in 1946
March 12, 2019 ~ Singer Vera Bílá passed away in Plzen, Czech Republic ~ Dubbed the “ Ella Fitzgerald of Gypsy” or the “Queen of Romany” ~ Bílá was born in 1954
March 12, 2018 ~ Rapper Craig Mack, full name Craig Jamieson Mack, passed away in Walterboro, South Carolina, USA ~ Known for his 1994 hit Flava In Ya Ear, especially in the remix version which reached Billboard Hot 100 top 10. It would be the first hit for Bad Boy Entertainment, the breakout appearance of Notorious BIG, and one of the first solo appearances by Busta Rhymes. Mack would be unable to replicate Flava's succes and eventually disappear from public view to resurface in 2012, having joined a church characterized by some as an end of times prophecy cult ~ Mack was born in 1970
March 12, 2018 ~ Noie Floyd Edwards, commonly known as guitarist, bassist Nokie Edwards, passed away in Yuma, Arizona, USA ~ Member of surf band the Ventures from 1960 through 1968 and again from 1972 through 1985. initially as bassist and later, in the classic line-up as guitarist. Has also worked as a solo artist, including releasing the underrated 1971 Nokie, played lead guitar on Lefty Frizzell's final recordings, collaborated with artists such as AdVenture, Art Greenhaw and the Light Crust Doughboys, and had a minor career as an actor including briefly appearing on the Western TV series Deadwood ~ Edwards was born in 1935
March 12, 2016 ~ Drummer, singer Tommy Brown passed away ~ Enjoyed his greatest succes in the early-1950s when teaming up with the Griffin Brothers for a number of recordings, in particular Tra La La and Weeping And Crying. The Griffins had previously backed, on tour and on record, artists such as Amos Milburn, Paul Williams, Margie Day and others. Brown also worked with Bill Doggett and Big Walter Horton ~ Brown was born in 1931
March 12, 2014 ~ Meredith Irwin Flory, commonly known as jazz saxophonist, bandleader, actor Med Flory, passed away in North Hollywood, California, USA ~ Worked with Claude Thornhill, Woody Herman, Terry Gibbs, Art Pepper, Joe Maini, and others ~ Flory was born in 1926
March 12, 2012 ~ Drummer Michael Hossack passed away in Dubois, Wyoming, USA ~ Played with the Doobie Brothers from 1971 through 1973, appearing on the albums Toulouse Street, The Captain And Me, and What Where Once Vices Are Now Habits ~ Hossack was born in 1946
March 12, 2011 ~ Jazz drummer Joe Morello passed away in Irvington, New Jersey, USA ~ At six years of age Morello began studying the violin, three years later he was a featured soloist with the the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Morello later switched to drums and is best known as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, noted for playing in the unusual time signatures that characterized songs such as Take Five and Blue Rondo A La Turk. Before Morello joined the Quartet he played with Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Stan Kenton, Phil Woods, Sal Salvador, Marian McPartland, Jay McShann, Art Pepper, and Howard McGhee. He declined invitations to join both Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey's bands, favoring a temporary two-month tour with Brubeck. The two months turned into a decade. After he left the Quartet he became an in-demand bandleader and teacher whose students included Danny Gottlieb, Max Weinberg, Rich Gallison, Jon Fishman, Gary Feldman, Patrick Wanter, Tony Woo, Gerry Polci, Jerry Granelli, Sandy Slavin, and Tico Torres ~ Morello was born in 1928
March 12, 2010 ~ Lesley Cox, commonly known as singer, songwriter Lesley Duncan, passed away in Isle of Mull, UK ~ Considered one of Britain's first female singer-songwriters. Active since the early-1960s. Known for songs such as Everything Changes, Sing Children Sng, Love Song, and others. Sang backup for Dusty Springfield and Pink Floyd. Sang lead on the Alan Parsons Project's If I Could Change Your Mind ~ Cox was born in 1943
March 12, 2007 ~ Elizabeth June Thornburg, commonly known as singer, actress Betty Hutton born in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA ~ Baby sister to singer, actress Marion Hutton. Scouted by orchestra leader Vincent Lopez. Would go on to a prolific career, mostly in movies, Broadway and TV ~ Hutton was born in 1921
March 12, 2002 ~ John David Percy Keen, commonly known as drummer, keyboardist, songwriter John Speedy Keen, passed away ~ Member of Thunderclap Newman from 1969 to 1971, a band formed by the Who's Pete Townshend and producer Kit Lambert to showcase the talent of Keen, Jimmy McCulloch and Andy Newman. The band would top the UK charts with their Keen-penned single Something In The Air in 1969, taken of the band's sole Hollywood Dream studio album ~ Keen was born in 1945
March 12, 2001 ~ Lancelot Victor Edward Pinard, commonly known as calypso singer, actor Sir Lancelot, passed away in Anaheim, California, USA ~ Helped popularize calypso in America, enjoying popularity from the 1940s through the 1960s. Best known for penning and first recording Shame And Scandal In The Family ~ Pinard was born in 1902
March 12, 1999 ~ Violinist, conductor Yehudi Menuhin passed away in Berlin, Germany ~ Considered one of the greatest 20th century violinists ~ Menuhin was born in 1916
March 12, 1998 ~ Charles Coleridge Richards, commonly known as jazz pianist Red Richards, passed away in Scarsdale, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Tab Smith, Bob Wilber, Sidney Bechet, Mezz Mezzrow, Buck Clayton, Frank Sinatra, Muggsy Spanier, Saints & Sinners, Eddie Condon, Panama Francis, the Savoy Sultans, Buster Bailey, Eddie Durham, Fletcher Henderson, Marian McPartland, Pee Wee Russell, Maxine Sullivan, Dinah Washington, George Wettling, Jimmy Witherspoon, and others ~ Richards was born in 1912
March 12, 1994 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist Don Joseph, full name Donald Frederick Joseph, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Manny Albam, Buddy Rich, Alvino Rey, Lucky Millinder, Bill Triglia, Red Mitchell, Chuck Wayne, Gerry Mulligan, Art Mardigan, Jackie Paris, and others ~ Joseph was born in 1923
March 12, 1993 ~ Singer Alex Taylor, full name Alexander Robert Taylor, passed away ~ Brother of more famous singer, songwriter James Taylor. Known best for his 1971 With Friends And Neighbors album with backing from his brother James, Willie Bridges, King Curtis, Ronnie Cuber, Paul Hornsby, and others. James's song Sweet Baby James is about Alex's son James ~ Taylor was born in 1947
March 12, 1993 ~ June Foglia, commonly known as singer, TV personality June Valli passed away in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA ~ Known for songs such as Strange Sensation, A Shoulder To Cry On, Crying In The Chapel, Why Don't You Believe Me, and others ~ Valli was born in 1922
March 12, 1990 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, arranger Harry South passed away ~ Worked with Joe Harriott, Dizzy Reece, Tony Crombie, Tubby Hayes, Les Condon, Joe Temperley, Sammy Walker, Lennie Dawes, Ashley Kozak, Dick Morrisey, Phil Seamen, Keith Christie, Ronnie Scott, Ian Carr, Georgie Fame, Humphrey Lyttelton, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Jimmy Witherspoon, Annie Ross, Vic Ash, Jimmy Deuchar, Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Witherspoon, and others ~ South was born in 1929
March 12, 1986 ~ Guitarist, singer Danny Jones born in Bolton, UK ~ Member, co-lead guitarist of McFly, known for songs such as 5 Colours In Her Hair, Obviously, All About You, You've Got A Friend, I'll Be OK, Don't Stop Me Now, Star Girl and Baby's Coming Back, all of which topped the British charts
March 12, 1986 ~ Singer David Walker passed away ~ Original member of traditional gospel group the Mighty Clouds Of Joy, alongside Johnny Martin, Ermant Franklin Jr, Elmo Franklin, Richard Wallace, Leon Polk and Joe Ligon. Also recorded secular music under the moniker Bunker Hill, of which 1962's Hide & Go Seek featuring guitarist Link Wray became a novelty hit. Despite hiding his identity he was found out and asked to leave the Clouds ~ Walker was born in 1941
March 12, 1981 ~ Country, Americana, folk singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Holly Williams, full name Holly Audrey Williams, born in Cullman, Alabama, USA ~ Daughter of Hank Williams Jr. Has released a number of albums, starting with The Ones We Never Knew in 2004
March 12, 1980 ~ Guitarist Frans van Essen born in Haarlem, the Netherlands ~ Founding member of Silkstone, known for songs such as Ready, Rain Has Come and Here In Your World. Also an in-demand songwriter, collaborated with Alain Clark, Blaxtar, Gordon, and others
March 12, 1979 ~ Jazz saxophonist, singer Nicolas Kummert born ~ Worked with Alexi Tuomarila, Jef Neve, Alchimie, Yves Peeters, Pierre van Dormael, Manu Dibango, Nicolas Thys, and others
March 12, 1976 ~ Singer Elvis Presley records Hurt at Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee ~ Written by Jimmie Crane and Al Jacobs, originally recorded by Roy Hamilton in 1954. Known best as a signature tune for Timi Yuro, who recorded the song in 1961, and a concert favorite of Elvis. The latter would record the song as a studio version for his 1976 From Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis Tennessee album. Featured as the B-side to For The Heart released in March 1976
March 12, 1975 ~ Singer, actress Kéllé Bryan born in Plaistow, UK ~ Member of R&B girl group the Eternal, known for mid to late 1990s recordings such as Oh Baby I, Power Of A Woman, Don't You Love Me, I Wanna Be The Only One featuring CeCe Winans, Angel Of Mine, and perhaps their best-known Stay, the latter reaching the Billboard top 20 in 1993
March 12, 1972 ~ Benjamin Pettit, commonly known as drum and bass, breakbeat, house, trip hop DJ, producer DJ Zinc, born in UK ~ Best known for Super Sharp Shooter, considered a classic merging hip-hop and jungle. Member of the collectives the Ganja Kru and True Playaz
March 12, 1969 ~ Alternative rock, indie rock, Britpop guitarist, singer, songwriter Graham Coxon, full name Graham Leslie Coxon, born in Rinteln, West Germany ~ Founding member of Blur, known for UK top 10 hits such as There's No Other Way, Girls & Boys, Parklife, Country House, The Universal, Charmless Man, Beetlebum, Song 2, Tender and Out Of Time
March 12, 1964 ~ Antonio Terry, commonly known as soul, R&B singer Tony Terry born in Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA ~ Known for a number of 1990s new jack swing singles, notably Everlasting Love and With You, the latter a Billboard top 20 hit in 1991
March 12, 1961 ~ Singer, guitarist Kevin Kinney born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Best known as lead singer, guitarist of Drivin' 'n Cryin', co-founded with bassist Tim Nielsen and drummer Paul Lenz. Also worked with Warren Haynes, John Popper, Star, the Golden Palominos, and others
March 12, 1960 ~ Christopher Joel Lennon, commonly known as percussionist, singer Kipp Lennon, born in Venice, California, USA ~ Founding member, co-lead singer of folk-rock, folk-pop outfit Venice. Also worked with the Pine Mountain Logs, David Crosby, and others
March 12, 1960 ~ Alternative rock guitarist, keyboardist Steve Marker born in Mamaroneck, New York, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of Garbage, known for songs such as Stupid Girl, Why Do You Love Me, Blood For Poppies and Empty
March 12, 1958 ~ Singer André Claveau wins the 3rd edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Hilversum, the Netherlands ~ Representing France Claveau wins with the song Dors Mon Amour written by Hubert Giraud and Pierre Delanoë
March 12, 1957 ~ Pop, rock singer Erik Mesie born ~ Best known as frontman of Toontje Lager. After the band's disbandement Mesie persued a solo career, reaching the Dutch top 19 with Zonder Jou in 1986
March 12, 1956 ~ Heavy metal, hard rock inger Guy Speranza born in Orlando, Florida, USA ~ Best known as Riot's original frontman, singing with the band from 1975 through 1981 ~ Speranza passed away in 2003
March 12, 1955 ~ Saxophonist Charlie Parker passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Pivotal be-bop pioneer. Helped change the image of a jazz musician from entertainer to intellectual. Best known for songs such as Yardbird Suite and Ornithology. Influenced by Count Basie, Bennie Moten, Buster Smith. Worked with Jay McShann (who gave Parker his nickname, Yardbird, usually shortened to Bird), Earl Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Christian, Kenny Clarke, William Fleet, Miles Davis, Curley Russell, Max Roach, and others. Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones, wrote the children's book Ode To A High Flying Bird as a tribute to Parker ~ Parker was born in 1920
March 12, 1954 ~ Singer Abednego Mazibuko born in Ladysmith, South Africa ~ Member of vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo since 1974
March 12, 1953 ~ Hans Jurgen Fritz, commonly known as keyboardist Jurgen Fritz, born in Koln, West Germany ~ Original member of progressive rock, krautrock band Triumvirat. Has also played with Eric Burdon, disco group Bad Boys Blue and composed the score to the 1989 sci-fi film Hard To Be A God
March 12, 1952 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Randy Stonehill, full name Randall Evan Stonehill, born in Stockton, California, USA ~ Pioneer of contemporary Christian music. Draws heavily from folk-rock, yet also from idioms such as new wave, pop, pop rock, roots rock and children's music. Debuted in 1971 with the album Born Twice, financed by Pat Boone
March 12, 1950 ~ Guitarist, producer Jim Jones, full name James E Jones born ~ Best known as a member of Pere Ubu. Also worked with the Easter Monkeys, the Foreign Bodies, the Mirrors, the Styrenes, the Electric Eels, Home & Garden, the Terminal Lovers, Noble Rot, and others ~ Jones passed away in 2008
March 12, 1949 ~ Pianist, keyboardist Bill Payne born in Waco, Texas, USA ~ Member of Little Feat, which he co-founded with Lowell George, known for songs such as Rock & Roll Doctor, Let It Roll, One Clear Moment and Texas Twister. Has also worked with JJ Cale, the Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Adams, Bob Seger, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and others
March 12, 1949 ~ Rock drummer, percussionist, singer Mike Gibbins, full name Michael George Gibbins, born in Swansea, UK ~ Original member of Iveys, which evolved into Badfinger. Gibbins remained with the band until its initial disbandement in 1975 and is present on the band's best-known including Come And Get It, No Matter What and Day After Day all of which reached top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. After the band dissolved Gibbins would work as a session musician, notably on Bonnie Tyler's It's A Heartache, briefly rejoined a Badfinger reincarnation, and recorded as a solo artist starting with the album A Place In Time released in 1998 ~ Gibbins passed away in 2005
March 12, 1948 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter James Taylor born in Belmont, Massachusetts, USA ~ Quintessential 1970s singer, songwriter. One of all-time best-selling artists with over 100 million records sold. Known for originals such as Fire And Rain and Sweet Baby James, as well as for covers such as How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You and Handy Man. Has collaborated with Carly Simon, Art Garfunkel, George Jones, Steve Winwood, and others
March 12, 1947 ~ Flutist Konrad Hünteler born in Mechernich, Germany ~ Specialized in Baroque music, following the practice of historically informed performance. Soloist with renowned ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, the Collegium Aureum, the London Classical Players, and the Orchestra Of The Eighteenth Century ~ Hünteler passed away in 2020
March 12, 1947 ~ Ruby Stackhouse, commonly known as R&B, deep soul, soul blues singer Ruby Andrews born in Hollendale, Mississippi, USA ~ Known for a number of 1960s, 1970s songs including Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over), You Made A Believer Out Of Me and Everybody Saw You
March 12, 1946 ~ Singer, actress Liza Minnelli born in Hollywood, California, USA ~ Daughter of director Vincent Minnelli and singer Judy Garland. Known for her stage presence and powerful alto voice. Starred in musicals and stage shows such as Best Foot Forward, Flora The Red Menace, The Act, winning Tony Awards for the last two. Known for songs such as New York New York, Cabaret and Maybe This Time
March 12, 1945 ~ Singer, songwriter George Jackson, full name George Henry Jackson, born in Indianola, Mississippi, USA ~ Member of the Ovations, including on their best known song It's Wonderful To Be In Love. Recorded well over a dozen northern soul singles as a solo artist, with some success. Best known as a songwriter for other artists. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Too Weak To Fight (Clarence Carter), I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart Than A Young Man's Fool (Candi Staton), Down Home Blues (ZZ Hill), One Bad Apple (the Osmonds), Old Time Rock & Roll (Bob Seger), and The Only Way Is Uo (Otis Clay). Other artists who have recorded his songs include the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Latimore, and Denise Lasalle ~ Jackson passed away in 2013
March 12, 1943 ~ Lesley Cox, commonly known as singer, songwriter Lesley Duncan, born in Stockton-on-Tees, UK ~ Considered one of Britain's first female singer-songwriters. Active since the early-1960s. Known for songs such as Everything Changes, Sing Children Sng, Love Song, and others. Sang backup for Dusty Springfield and Pink Floyd. Sang lead on the Alan Parsons Project's If I Could Change Your Mind ~ Cox passed away in 2010
March 12, 1941 ~ Rock, country, rockybilly singer, pianist, songwriter, producer Earl Poole Ball born ~ Best known for touring and recording with Johnny Cash from 1977 through 1997. Also played with Buck Owens, Gram Parsons, Carl Perkins, Merle Haggard, Freddie Hart, Marty Stuart, Phil Ochs, Michael Nesmith, the Fraternity Of Man (including on Don't Bogart That Joint), Marty Robbins, Wynn Stewart, the Flying Burrito Brothers, the Byrds, and others. Wrote Glen Campbell's Try A Little Kindness and Waylon Jennings' The Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line
March 12, 1940 ~ Singer Al Jarreau born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Studied psychology. Sang nightclubs from the late 1960s onwards. Appeared on Saturday Night Live on Valentine's Day 1976. His debut album, We Got By, followed shortly thereafter and catapulted him to international fame. Over the years Jarreau has won seven Grammys and was nominated a dozen times more. Dubbed the “Acrobat of Skat” for his unique vocal technique, showcased on songs such as Roof Garden. Jarreau has performed with artists such as Joe Sample, Chick Corea, Gregor Praecht, Miles Davis, George Duke, David Sanborn, Rick Braun, and George Benson ~ Jarreau passed away in 2017
March 12, 1940 ~ Singer, songwriter MA Nummunen, full name Mauri Antero Numminen born in Somero, Finland ~ Pioneer of Finnish electronic music
March 12, 1938 ~ Lewis Calvin DeWitt Jr, commonly known as country singer, guitarist Lew DeWitt born in Roanoke County, Virginia, USA ~ Founding member of the Statler Brothers. Wrote or co-wrote several of the band's best-known including Flowers On The Wall, Things, Since Then, Thank You World and The Movies. DeWitt left the band in 1982 for medical reasons ~ DeWitt passed away in 1990
March 12, 1938 ~ Rock, country drummer Ronnie Tutt, full name Ronald Ellis Tutt, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ In-demand session and touring drummer. Best known as member of Elvis Presley's backing band the TCB Band from 1969 until Presley's death in 1977. Also appeared on Billy Joel's 1973 breakthrough album Piano Man and it's 1974 follow-up album Streetlife. Toured with several of Jerry Garcia's side projects, including the Jerry Garcia Band and Legion Of Mary. Has also worked with Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, the Carpenters, Roy Orbison, Silverado, and others ~ Tutt passed away in 2021
March 12, 1935 ~ Jazz pianist Hugh Lawson born ~ Influenced by Bud Powell, Hampton Hawes, and Bill Evans. Leader and sideman. Best known for his association with Yusef Lateef. Also worked with Harry Sweets Edison, Roy Brooks, Stanley Cowell, Harold Mabern, Charles Mingus, Charlie Rouse, George Adams, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Doug Watkins, and others ~ Lawson passed away in 1997
March 12, 1932 ~ Ska trombonist, songwriter Don Drummond born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Best known as original member of pivotal ska outfit the Skatalites. Convicted of murder of his longtime girlfriend in 1965 and imprisoned until his death four years later ~ Drummond passed away in 1969
March 12, 1928 ~ Pianist, composer, arranger, conductor Aldemaro Romero born in Valencia, Venezuela ~ Worked with Dean Martin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stan Kenton, René Touzent, Machito, Tito Puente, the London Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and others ~ Romero passed away in 2007
March 12, 1928 ~ Bandleader, pianist Paul Kuhn born in Wiesbaden, Germany ~ Best known for leading the SFB Big Band. the orchestra of the West- Berlin TV station SFB, part of ARD ~ Kuhn passed away in 2013
March 12, 1928 ~ Trumpeter, bandleader Philip Jones born in Bath, UK ~ Led the Philip Jones Ensemble, one of the first brass ensembles founded in 1951. Also worked with the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC Sympony Orchestra, Elgar Howarth, Ifor James, Raymond Premru, John Fletcher, and others ~ Jones passed away in 2000
March 12, 1925 ~ TV, film composer, pianist, clarinetist Georges Delerue born in Roubaix, France ~ Dubbed “the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of cinema” by Le Figaro. Composed over 350 soundtracks for TV and film, including for the 1980 film A Little Romance earning him an Academy Award for Best Original Score ~ Delerue passed away in 1992
March 12, 1924 ~ Etienne Stephen Jean Gustave Combe, commonly known as jazz drummer Stuff Combe, born in Bern, Switzerland ~ Worked with Philippe Brun, Eddie Brunner, Ernest Hollerhagen, Hazy Osterwald, Paul Kuhn, Fat Sadi, Kurt Edelhagen, Lucky Thompson, Francy Boland, Benny Bailey, the Groupe Instrumental Romand, and others ~ Combe passed away in 1986
March 12, 1921 ~ Singer, actor Gordon Macrae, full name Albert Gordon Macrae born in East Orange, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known for appearing in the film versions of Oklahoma and Carousel, both musicals composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Has also worked with Harry James, Jo Stafford, Archie Bleyer, Doris Day, and others on stage including Broadway and in radio and TV shows ~ MacRae passed away in 1984
March 12, 1917 ~ Lejzor Szmuel Czyz, commonly known as producer, label executive Leonard Chess born in Motal, Poland ~ Co-founded Chess Records with his brother Phil Chess. Pivotal to the development of blues, electric blues and rock & roll with recordings by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Gene Ammons, Jimmy Rogers, Rufus Thomas, Doctor Ross, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Fontella Bass, Koko Taylor, Little Milton, and others ~ Czyz passed away in 1969
March 12, 1912 ~ Paul Wetstein, commonly known as jazz, easy listening, traditional pop pianist, conductor, arranger, composer Paul Weston, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA ~ Pioneered mood music. Known for compositions such as I Should Care, Day By Day and Shrimp Boats ~ Wetstein passed away in 1996
March 12, 1904 ~ Jazz pianist, singer Freddy Johnson born ~ Worked with Florence Mills, Elmer Snowden, Billy Fowler, Henri Saparo, Noble Sissle, Sam Wooding, Arthur Briggs, Freddy Taylor, the Quintette du Hot Club, Les van Spall, Coleman Hawkins, Max Wolski, Garvin Bushell, and others ~ Johnson passed away in 1961
March 12, 1896 ~ Blues harpist, guitarist, percussionist, singer Jesse Fuller born in Jonesboro, Georgia, USA ~ Worked in a variety of day jobs prior to first recording in the late 1950s. As a busker developed himself as a one-man band including playing the harmonica mounted on a neck brace. Influenced artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, the Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna, Janis Joplin, Richie Havens, and others. Best known for San Francisco Bay Blues ~ Fuller passed away in 1976
March 12, 1890 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter, author Evert Taube, full name Axel Evert Taube, born in Gothenburg, Sweden ~ Considered Sweden's premier troubadour carrying the torch of the Swedish ballad tradition in the 20th century. Known for songs such as Calle Schewens Vals, Brevet Från Lillan, Änglamark, Sjösala Vals and Så Långe Skutan Kan Gå. Artists such as Roger Whittaker, Sven-Bertil Taube, Martin Best and Emily Melcher have recorded English versions of his songs ~ Taube passed away in 1976
March 12, 1888 ~ Conductor Hans Knappertsbusch born in Elberfeld, Germany ~ Best kno0wn for his performances of works composed by Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner and Richard Strauss. Worked with the Bavarian State Opera until his dismissal by the nazis in 1936. Has also worked with the London Philharmonic, the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Suisse Romande Orchestra, and others ~ Knappertsbusch passed away in 1965