This Day In Music: March 17
March 16 ~ Birthdays/All ~ March 18
March 17, 2021 ~ Violinist, cellist Anna Wójtowicz passed away in Krakow, Poland ~ Member of Anawa, present on albums such as Marek Grechuta & Anawa, Korowod and Anawa ~ Wójtowicz was born ca.1948
March 17, 2021 ~ Classical, film composer Antón García Abril passed away in Madrid, Spain ~ Composed chamber music, orchestral and vocal works. Also a prolific film composer with films such as Texas Adios, Awkward Hands and the Blind Dead series of films to his credit ~ Abril was born in 1933
March 17, 2021 ~ Hard bop pianist, composer Freddie Redd passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Redd worked with artists such as Tiny Grimes, Cootie Williams, Oscar Pettiford, Art Blakey, Ernestine Anderson, Rolf Ericson, Jackie McLean, Tina Brooks, Paul Chambers, Howard McGhee, Milt Hinton, Lou Donaldson, Benny Bailey, Charles Mingus, Al McKibbon, Billy Higgins, Osie Johnson, Tommy Potter, Joe Chambers, and others ~ Redd was born in 1928
March 17, 2021 ~ Producer, radio DJ, TV personality Gerhard Augustin passed away in Bremen, Germany ~ Co-founded the German music show Beat-club, aired from 1965 through 1972. A&R executive for United Artists Records. Producer, manager for Ike & Tina Turner ~ Augustin was born in 1941
March 17, 2019 ~ Zephire André Williams, singer, songwriter, producer, label executive, commonly known as André Williams passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for songs such as Jail Bait, Greasy Chicken, Bacon Fat, and Cadillac Jack. Co-wrote Stevie Wonder's first song, Thank You For Loving Me. Also co-authored Shake A Tail Feather, which has since has become a R&B all-time classic recorded by many including notable versions by Ike & Tina Turner and by James & Bobby Purify ~ Williams was born in 1936
March 17, 2019 ~ Composer Barbara Benary passed away ~ Known for works such as Gauntlet Or The Moon's On Fire, Karna and The Story Of Esther ~ Benary was born in 1946
March 17, 2019 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock guitarist Bernie Tormé, full name Bernard Joseph Tormey, passed away in London, UK ~ Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore. Best known as member of Gillan, fronted by Deep Purple's Ian Gillan, present on the albums Mr Universe, Glory Road and Future Shock. Has also worked with Atomic Rooster, Desperado, René Berg, GMT, Ozzy Osbourne, Quatermass, Gary Barden's Silver, and others ~ Tormey was born in 1952
March 17, 2019 ~ Clarinetist Wolfgang Meyer passed away in Karlsruhe, Germany ~ Brother of clarinetist Sabine Meyer. Worked with Dagmar Becker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Trio Di Clarone, the Zemlinsky Trio, Carmina Quartet, Quatuor Mosaiques, Peter Lehel, and others ~ Meyer was born in 1954
March 17, 2019 ~ Singer, producer, actor Yoya Uchida passed away in Tokyo, Japan ~ Leading figure in Japanase pop. Befriended John Lennon after opening for the Beatles on their 1966 Japanese tour. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Recorded with Frank Zappa and with the Ventures ~ Uchida was born in 1939
March 17, 2016 ~ Classical pianist, organist, harpsichordist, hornist David McSkimming passed away ~ Member of the State Opera Of South Australia from 1976 through 1989. Has also worked with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra Victoria, the Opera Factory Zurich, the Opera Australia, and others ~ McSkimming was born in 1950
March 17, 2016 ~ Composer Jean Prodromidès passed away ~ Pupil of René Leibowitz. Best known as a film composer, notably for films such as Maigret Et L'Affaire Saint Fiacre and Danton ~ Prodromidès was born in 1927
March 17, 2016 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Steve Young passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Pioneer of country rock, americana, alt-country and a vital force behind the outlaw country movement. Best known for his 1969 song Seven Bridges Road ~ Young was born in 1942
March 17, 2011 ~ Singer, actor, guitarist Ferlin Husky, full name Ferlin Eugene Husky, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Traditional honky-tonk, weeping country ballads, rockabilly, with some humorous novelty songs thrown in for good measure. Popular from the early-1950s forward. Had a then-unknown Elvis Presley open for him. Known for songs such as I Feel Better All Over More Than Anywhere Else, I'll Baby Sit With You, Gone, The Wings Of A Dove, The Waltz You Saved For Me, Once, and Just For You ~ Husky was born in 1925
March 17, 2010 ~ Singer Alex Chilton passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ First gained attention fronting the Box Tops while still in his teens, scoring hits with songs such as The Letter, Neon Rainbow, Cry Like A Baby, and Soul Deep. Would go on to front the seminal power pop band Big Star, recording three albums in the 1970s, influential on artists as diverse as Kiss's Paul Stanley, REM, Teenage Fanclub, the Replacements, Primal Scream, Matthew Sweet, Velvet Crush, and others ~ Chilton was born in 1950
March 17, 2009 ~ Blues harpist, singer Lester Davenport passed away ~ Worked with Arthur Big Boy Spires, Snooky Pryor, Homesick James, Bo Diddley, the Kinsey Report, Kansas City Red, and others ~ Davenport was born in 1932
March 17, 2006 ~ Trumpeter Howard Evans passed away ~ Worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Albion Band, Home Service. Guested on the Martin Carthy albums Because It's There and Out Of The Cut ~ Evans was born in 1944
March 17, 2006 ~ Jazz bassist, banjoist, singer Narvin Kimball passed away ~ Son of bassist Henry Kimball. Married to pianist Jeanette Kimball. Worked with Fate Marable, Papa Celestin, Sidney Desvigne, Alvin Alcorn, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and others ~ Kimball was born in 1909
March 17, 1997 ~ Singer, dancer Jermaine Stewart, full name William Jermaine Stewart, passed away in Homewood, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his 1986 recording We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off, a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Started out as a dancer on Soul Train show where he befriended Jody Watley and Jeffrey Daniel. All three of them auditioned for Shalamar as backup singers. Stewart lost out but would join the band as a dancer. Sang backup on Culture Club's Miss Me Blind ~ Stewart was born in 1957
March 17, 1996 ~ Rock, country singer, songwriter Terry Stafford, full name Tery LaVerne Stafford, passed away in Amarillo, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his 1964 hit Suspicion and his 1973 hit Amarillo By Morning ~ Stafford was born in 1941
March 17, 1995 ~ Jazz drummer Fred Braceful, full name Fred Arthur Braceful, passed away in Munich, Germany ~ Worked with Wolfgang Dauner, Et Cetera, Albert Mangelsdorff, Joki Freund, Hans Koller, Bob Degen, Benny Bailey, Robin Kenyatta, Manfred Schoof, Bernd Köppen, Jay Oliver, Eugen de Ryck, Michael Hornstein, and others ~ Braceful was born in 1938
March 17, 1995 ~ Albert Luandrew, commonly known as pianist, singer, songwriter Sunnyland Slim, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Helped define Chicago blues. Worked with blues artists such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Lockwood Junior, Little Walter, and with rockers such as Canned Heat and Mick Taylor ~ Luandrew was born in 1906
March 17, 1990 ~ Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, mononymously known as singer, songwriter Hozier born in Bray, Ireland ~ Rose to fame with his 2013 debut EP Take Me To Church, spawning the hit single Take Me To Church which would reach top 10 in his native Ireland, the UK, America and across Europe. Would release his full-length eponymous Hozier debut album the following year and has recorded to critical acclaim and commercial success since
March 17, 1982 ~ Drummer, singer Sam George passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Member of soul trio the Capitols, known for their 1966 hit Cool Jerk ~ George was born ca.1942
March 17, 1981 ~ Nick Rivera Caminero, commonly known as Latin trap, reggaeton MC, singer, songwriter Nicky Jam, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known for songs such as X, Travesuras, El Perdón, El Amanecer and El Amante. Has collaborated with Daddy Yankee, J Balvin and Ozuna
March 17, 1978 ~ Malvina Milder, commonly known as folk, blues singer, songwriter, activist Malvina Reynolds, passed away ~ Known for her songwriting, including What Have They Done To The Rain notably recorded by close friend and fellow activist Pete Seeger ~ Milder was born in 1900
March 17, 1977 ~ Singer, fiddler, composer Jon Boden born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of Bellowhead. Also half of Spiers & Boden, the other half being John Spiers. Member of Eliza Carthy's backing unit the Ratcatchers. Also worked with Fay Hield, Sam Sweeney, Paul Sartin, Rob Harbron, Rick Foot, the Sacconi Quartet, and others
March 17, 1976 ~ Singer Stephen Gately born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Best known as co-lead singer, along with Ronan Keating, of pop group Boyzone ~ Gately passed away in 2009
March 17, 1975 ~ Latin pop, samba, acid jazz, soul singer, songwriter, producer Jair Oliveira, full name Jair Rodrigues Oliveira born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Son of singer Jair Rodrigues, brother of singer Luciana Mello. Member of Turma Do Balão Mágico. As a solo artist best known for his acclaimed Selfie album, released in 2019
March 17, 1973 ~ Singer, drummer Caroline Corr, full name Caroline Georgina Corr born in Dundalk, Ireland ~ Dubbed the “Chick with Stick” for her role as drummer in the Celtic folk rock band the Corrs, known for songs such as Runaway, Only When I Sleep, Dreams and Breathless. Also plays the piano and a variety of traditional instruments including the bhodran
March 17, 1973 ~ Pop, rock singer, guitarist Shannon McNally, full name Shannon Maureen McNally, born in Hempstead, New York, USA ~ Recorded her debut album, Jukebox Sparrows, in 2002 with backing from Jim Keltner, Greg Leisz and James Gadson. Has recorded to critical acclaim since
March 17, 1972 ~ Jazz, pop singer, pianist Gabriela Anders born in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Influenced by Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane. Sang with Tito Puente and Grover Washington Jr. Released her debut album, Wanting, in 1998
March 17, 1971 ~ Saxophonist, bandleader Abraham Burton born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Formed Forbidden Fruit. Worked with Marc Cary, Allan Palmer, James Hurt, Billy Johnson, Yosuke Inoue, Erin McPherson, Louis Hayes, Ali Jackson, Santi Debriano, the Mingus Big Band, Art Taylor, Jack Walrath, Steve Davis, Duane Eubanks, Dusko Gojkovic, Jimmy Smith, Horace Tapscott, and others
March 17, 1970 ~ Aaron Freeman, also known as singer, guitarist, percussionist Gene Ween, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as half of Ween, the other half being childhood friend Dean Ween. known for albums such as 1992's Push Th' Little Daisies and 1994's Chocolate And Cheese. Though never achieving much commercial success, the band's only two singles reaching the Billboard charts being Push Th' Little Daisies and Voodoo Lady, the band enjoyed a cult following and be critically acclaimed. Freeman released a solo album. Marvelous Clouds, in 2012 and shortly thereafter left the band. Stopped using the moniker Gene Ween and performed under his birth name. Formed five-piece band, Freeman, in 2014
March 17, 1970 ~ Singer Gladys Knight & the Pips record If I Were Your Woman at Hitsville USA, Detroit, Michigan ~ Written by Pam Sawyer, Gloria Jones and Clay McMurray, the latter also serving as producer. Released as a single, b/w The Tracks Of My Tears, the following November it would reach top 10 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 and top the Billboard R&B charts. It would be notably covered by Alicia Keys for her 2003 sophomore The Diary Of Alicia Keys album
March 17, 1966 ~ Punk rock guitarist Michael Weber, full name Michael Peter Weber, born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Best known as founding member, lead guitarist of punk rockers the Seminal Rats. Also a member of hard rock outfit Hoss for two years before returning to Rats in 1992 playing with the band until his untimely death due to a heroin overdose in 1999. The band would break up after Weber's deaths ~ Weber passed away in 1999
March 17, 1963 ~ Elizabeth Mary Landreaux, commonly known as blues singer Lizzie Miles, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Joe Oliver, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, AJ Piron, Manuel Manetta, Freddie Keppard, Charlie Elgar, Herb Morand, Jelly Roll Morton, Paul Barbarin, Bob Scobey, Joe Darensbourg, Freddie Kohlmann, and others. Half-sister of blues singer Edna Hicks ~ Landreaux was born in 1895
March 17, 1963 ~ Bassist Michael Ivins, full name Michael Lee Ivins, born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA ~ Founded alternative rock band the Flaming Lips with Mark Coyne and Wayne Coyne, known for songs such as She Don't Use Jelly, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt.1 and The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)
March 17, 1962 ~ Claire Patricia Grogan, commonly known as new wave singer, actress Clare Grogan born in Glasgow, UK ~ Lead singer of 1980s new wave band the Altered Images, known for the UK top 10 hits Happy Birthday, I Could Be Happy and Don't Talk To Me About Love
March 17, 1961 ~ Songwriter, producer Alexander Bard, full name Alexander Bengt Magnus Bard, born in Motal, Sweden ~ Founded tongue-in-cheek camp disco, dance-pop outfit Army Of Lovers with Jean-Pierre Barda and La Camilla, known for hits such as Sexual Revolution, Obsession and their biggest hit Crucified
March 17, 1960 ~ Blues, jazz singer Peter Gelling born in Bulli, Australia ~ Member of Blind Freddy. As a solo artist best known for his 2000 Bluestime. Also an accomplished mentor and author with over 100 instructional titles to his name covering various instruments and styles ~ Gelling passed away in 2018
March 17, 1959 ~ Keyboardist, singer Mike Lindup born in London, UK ~ Founding member of pop-rock outfit Level 42, remaining with the band through 1994 and rejoining in 2006, known for songs such as Sun Goes Down (Living It Up), Something About You, Lessons In Love, Running In The Family, To Be With You Again and It's Over. Has also released a number of solo recordings, starting with 2000's Changes, and was a member of Da Lata since 2000
March 17, 1958 ~ Jazz pianist Carl Perkins passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Curtis Counce, Tiny Bradshaw, Big Jay McNeely, Miles Davis, Oscar Moore, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Frank Morgan, Pepper Adams, Chet Baker, Victor Feldman, Dexter Gordon, Illinois Jacquet, Leroy Vinnegar, and others ~ Perkins was born in 1928
March 17, 1958 ~ R&B outfit the Coasters record Yakety Yak ~ Written and produced by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Released as a single, b/w Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart, the following month it would top both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard R&B charts. The song's saxophone solo, played by King Curtis, would inspire the 1963 Boots Randolph hit Yakety Sax
March 17, 1958 ~ James Wilkinson, commonly known as hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal singer Jizzy Pearl, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for fronting Love/Hate. Also worked with Adler's Appetite, RATT, the LA Guns, Quiet Riot, and with the Sin City Sinners
March 17, 1957 ~ Indie rock singer, drummer, guitarist, songwriter Hamish Kilgour born in Christchurch, New Zealand ~ Best known for co-founding indie rock band Clean with his brother David Kilgour, known best for their 1981 single Tally Ho. Following the band's initial disbandement Kilgour relocated to New York and formed the Mad Scene with guitarist, bassist Lisa Siegel, recording the albums A Trip Thru Monsterland and Sealight. Kilgour released his All Of It And Nothing solo debut album in 2014. Hamish would be reported missing by his family in December 2022, his body found by police one week later ~ Kilgour passed away in 2022
March 17, 1956 ~ Rosemary Patricia Sebert, commonly known as singer, songwriter Pebe Sebert, born in Michigan City, Indiana, USA ~ Mother of singer, songwriter Ke$ha, for whom she has also written several songs including Animal and Your Love Is My Drug. Other artists who have recorded songs written or co-written by Pebe include Katy Moffatt, Joe Sun (Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You), Dolly Parton, Kathy Mattea, Crystal Gayle, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Cosgrove, and others
March 17, 1955 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Paul Overstreet, full name Paul Lester Overstreet, born in Newton, Mississippi, USA ~ As a solo artist known for songs such as Love Helps Those, Seein' My Father In Me, The Richest Man On Earth and Daddy's Come Around, all of which reached top 10 Billboard Country. Collaborated with Thom Schuyler and Fred Knobloch on the 1986 album Schuyler Knobloch & Overstreet spawning the country No.1 hit Baby's Got A New Baby. Best known as a songwriter, his songs recorded by the likes of Eddie Rabbitt, George Jones (Same Ole Me), Randy Travis, Mel Tillis, Michael Martin Murphey, Randy Travis (Forever And Ever Amen), the Seldom Scene, Keith Whitley (When You Say Nothing At All), Ricky Skaggs, Dean Dillon, Janie Fricke, the Judds (Love Can Build A Bridge), Kenny Chesney (She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy), Blake Shelton, and others.
March 17, 1954 ~ Pop, rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, minister Bjørn Eidsvåg born in Sauda, Norway ~ Over two dozen albums to his name, starting with Inn For Landing released in 1976
March 17, 1954 ~ Michel Leonard Mann, commonly known as blues guitarist, singer Hollywood Fats, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Given his nickname by Junior Wells. Has worked with James Harman, Jimmy Witherspoon, JB Hutto, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Junior Watson, Kid Ramos, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Canned Heat, and others. Briefly a member of the Blasters, replacing Dave Alvin in 1986. Mann would die later the same year of a drug-induced heart attack ~ Mann passed away in 1986
March 17, 1950 ~ Producer, arranger, songwriter Patrick Adams born in New York, New York, USA ~ First gained attention in the 1970s working as producer with Salsoul Records. Would go on to work with several labels, including major ones, and with acts such as Black Ivory, Inner Life, Loleatta Holloway, R Kelly, the Universal Robot Band, Coolio, Keith Sweat, Eric B & Rakim, Musique, Soul Severes, and others ~ Adams passed away in 2022
March 17, 1949 ~ Folk, blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Werner Lämmerhirt born in Berlin, Germany ~ Influenced by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Donovan, Big Bill Broonzy, and Mississippi John Hurt. Rose to local fame in the late 1960s Berlin folk clubs. Debuted as a recording artist in 1974 with the album Ten Thousand Miles. Collaborated with Tom Paxton, Alex Campbell, Hannes Wader, Wizz Jones, and others ~ Lämmerhirt passed away in 2016
March 17, 1947 ~ Rock drummer Craig Atkinson, full name Byron Craig Atkinson, born ~ Drummer of garage-rock band Count Five, best known for Psychotic Reaction, a Billboard top 10 hit in 1966 ~ Atkinson passed away in 1998
March 17, 1946 ~ Funk, rock drummer, singer Harold Brown, full name Harold Ray Brown, born in Long Beach, California, USA ~ Founded 1970s funk outfit War with Howard Scott, known for songs such as The Cisco Kid, Slipping Into Darkness and Why Can't We Be Friends
March 17, 1946 ~ Guitarist, singer Ian Gomm, full name Ian Robert Gomm, born in Chiswick, UK ~ Best known as rhythm guitarist of Brinsley Schwarz from 1970 through 1974. Co-wrote Cruel To Be Kind, a hit for Nick Lowe. As a solo artist scored a Billboard top 20 hit Hold On of his 1978 Gomm With The Wind album. Also worked with Unit 4, the Stranglers, Alexis Korner, Dire Straits, and others
March 17, 1945 ~ Elis Regina Carvalho Costa, commonly known as pop, jazz singer Elis Regina, born in Porto Alegro, Brazil ~ Known for songs such as Arrastao, Comme Nossos Pais, Uipa Naguinho, Madalena, Aguas De Marco, Atras De Porta, O Bebado E A Equilibrista, and others ~ Carvalho passed away in 1982
March 17, 1943 ~ Singer, songwriter Jim Weatherly, full name James Dexter Weatherly, born ~ Revered singer, songwriter wrote or co-wrote songs recorded by pop, R&B and country artists including Bob Luman, Gladys Knight (Neither One Of Us Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye, Midnight Train To Georgia), Glen Campbell (A Lady Like You), Kenny Rogers, Asha Puthli, Ray Price (If You Ever Change Your Mind), Neil Diamond, Carl Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Lynn Anderson, Brenda Lee, Batdorf & Rodney, and others ~ Weatherly passed away in 2021
March 17, 1943 ~ Rock drummer Tony Newman born in Southampton, UK ~ Worked with May Blitz, Three Man Army, T.Rex, Boxer, Jeff Beck Group, David Bowie (Diamond Dogs), George Harrison, Robert Palmer, Eric Clapton, Donovan (Barabajagal), Crystal Gayle, the Everly Brothers, and others
March 17, 1941 ~ Singer, guitarist Paul Kantner, full name Paul Lorin Kantner, born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Co-founding member, lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane, a pivotal act in San Francisco's late 1960s counterculture peak. The band is best known for Somebody To Love and White Rabbit of their quintessential Surrealistic Pillow sophomore album. Both singles would reach top 10 Billboard Hot 100. Kantner has also been involved with several Airplane side projects and spin-offs including Hot Tuna, the KBC Band, and Jefferson Starship ~ Kantner passed away in 2016
March 17, 1938 ~ Zoletta Lynn Taylor, commonly known as singer Zola Taylor, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as the first female member of the Platters, remaining with the group from 1954 to 1962. Present on recordings such as Maggie Doesn't Work Here Anymore, Mean To Me, My Prayer, Twilight Time, He's Mine, Indiff'rent, The Great Pretender and Only You And You Alone ~ Taylor passed away in 2007
March 17, 1937 ~ Patrick Henry Wade, commonly known as singer, TV host, actor Adam Wade, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Perhaps best known for his stint as host of the CBS game show Musical Chairs, making him the first African-American to host a game show. As a singer known for early 1960s recordings such as Take Good Care Of Her, As If I Didn't Know and The Writing On The Wall, all of which reached top 10 Billboard Hot 100 ~ Wade passed away in 2022
March 17, 1937 ~ Krautrock, electronic, experimental keyboardist, cellist, violinist, percussionist Conrad Schnitzler born in Düsseldorf, Germany ~ Early member of Tangerine Dream, playing with the band in 1969 and 1970. Co-founding member of Kluster. Member of Eruption. Has also recorded prolifically as a solo artist and was an in-demand collaborator, notably working with Gen Ken Montgomery ~ Schnitzler passed away in 2011
March 17, 1937 ~ Vincent Marcellino, commonly known as singer Vince Martin, born ~ First recorded with the Tarriers. which also included Erik Darling, Alan Arkin, and Bob Carey. Duetted with Fred Neil in the early-1960s, notably on 1964's Tear Down The Walls playing alongside John Sebastian and Felix Pappalardi. Released his solo debut album. If The Jasmine Don't Get You The Bay Breeze Will, in 1969 ~ Marcellino passed away in 2018
March 17, 1934 ~ Jazz singer Lee Wiley records Easy Come Easy Go ~ Wiley, backed by Johnny Green & his Orchestra, records Easy Come Easy Go. Penned by Green and Edward Heyman. Later covered by Eddy Duchin with the DeMarco Sisters, Lew Stone, Tony Bennett, and others
March 17, 1932 ~ Richard William Curless, commonly known as country singer, guitarist, songwriter Dick Curless, born in Fort Fairfield, Maine, USA ~ Best known for his single A Tombstone Every Mile, which reached the top 10 of Billboard's country chart in 1965. Other well-known songs include Six Times A Day (The Trains Came Down), Big Wheel Cannonball and Hard Hard Traveling Man ~ Curless passed away in 1995
March 17, 1930 ~ Trombonist, bandleader Grover Mitchell, full name Grover Curry Mitchell, born in Watley, Alabama, USA ~ Best known for his association with Count Basie, staying with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1962 through 1970. Also worked with Earl Hines, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Gene Ammons, Joey DeFrancesco, Al Grey, Eddie Harris, Oliver Nelson, and others ~ Mitchell passed away in 2003
March 17, 1930 ~ Jazz, new age flautist, saxophonist, composer Paul Horn born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Especially acclaimed for his 1969 Inside album, considered a landmark album in world music and new age circles. Worked with Chico Hamilton, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Lorez Alexandria, Fred Katz, Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, and with the Beach Boys on their 1966 Pet Sounds album ~ Horn passed away in 2014
March 17, 1927 ~ Operatic mezzo-soprano Betty Allen born in Campbell, Ohio, USA ~ Popular from the 1950s through the 1970s. Worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the Oratoria Society Of New York, the Teatro Colón, the Canadian Opera Company, and others ~ Allen passed away in 2009
March 17, 1919 ~ Nathaniel Adams Coles, commonly known as jazz, jazz-pop pianist, singer Nat King Cole born in Montgomery, Alabama, USA ~ Served as blueprint for later small jazz, jazz-pop ensembles. Father of singer Natalie Cole. Known for songs such as Sweet Lorraine, All For You, I Love You For Sentimental Reasons, Nature Boy, Mona Lisa, Too Young, Smile, Send For Me, and others ~ Cole passed away in 1965
March 17, 1916 ~ Henry Pitts Brown, commonly known as jazz, blues, jump blues singer, drummer, bandleader Ray Ellington, born in Kensington, UK ~ Best known for his regular appearances on the British radio show The Goon Show during most of the 1950s. Heavily influenced by Louis Jordan. Remembered for his 1962 UK hit The Madison ~ Brown passed away in 1985
March 17, 1909 ~ Edward Lee Watson, commonly known as electric blues pianist, singer Lovie Lee, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for his association with Muddy Waters, joining Waters' backup unit in 1979 as replacement for Pinetop Perkins ~ Watson passed away in 1997
March 17, 1884 ~ Jazz clarinetist Alcide Nunez, full name Alcide Patrick Nunez, born in St Bernard Parish, Louisiana, USA ~ One of the first New Orleans jazz musicians to make recordings. Declared the world's greatest jazz clarinetist by Pee Wee Russell. Worked with Papa Jack Laine, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Nick LaRocca, Bert Kelly, the Louisiana Five, Harry Yerkes, and others ~ Nunez passed away in 1934
March 17, 1883 ~ Country, old-time guitarist, singer David Miller born in Ohio River, Ohio, USA ~ One of the earliest country musicians. Began playing the guitar after going blind as a result of contracting blepharitis during his service in the Army in World War I. Known for songs such as Since Mother's Gone and It's Hard To Be Shut Up In Prison ~ Miller passed away in 1953