This Day In Music: March 18
March 17 ~ Birthdays/All ~ March 19
 
March 18, 2022 ~ Orin Glenn Troutman, commonly known as rockabilly, pop singer Glen Glenn, passed away ~ Formed the duo the Missouri Mountain Boys with guitarist Gary Lambert. Ventured into a solo career by the mid-1950s, releasing his Everybody's Movin debut single in 1958. Drafted soon after its release, Troutman was unable to do any promotion, effectively stalling his career. Resurfaced in the 1970s after Ace Records issued a compilation of his rockabilly recordings ~ Glenn was born in 1934
 
March 18, 2020 ~ Jazz pianist Wray Downes passed away in Montreal, Canada ~ Worked with Sidney Bechet, Bill Coleman, Oscar Peterson, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Clark Terry, Lester Young, Peter Appleyard, Dave Young, Archie Alleyne, Pete Magadini, Buddy Tate, Dave Turner, and others ~ Downes was born in 1931
 
March 18, 2018 ~ Frank Pucci, commonly known as singer Killjoy, passed away ~ Best known as co-founding member and lead singer of death metal band Necrophagia. Also worked with Viking Crown, Ravenous, Wurdulak and with Enoch ~ Pucci was born in 1966
March 18, 2018 ~ Reggae producer Lloyd Daley passed away in Florida, USA ~ Worked with Jackie Mittoo (The Dark Of The Sun), the Scorchers, Little Roy, the Abyssinians, the Ethiopians (Owen Me No Pay Me), Dennis Brown (Things In Life, Don't Do It), the Wailing Souls, Alton Ellis (Lord Deliver Us), John Holt, the Paragons, U-Roy (Sound Of The Wise, Scandal), and others ~ Daley was born in 1939
 
March 18, 2017 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Chuck Berry passed away in Wentzville, Missouri, USA ~ Hugely influential rock & roll pioneer known for songs such as Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock & Roll Music, Nadine, You Never Can Tell, Sweet Little Sixteen, and Johnny B Goode ~ Berry was born in 1926
 
March 18, 2016 ~ Reubern David Egan, commonly known as pianist, singer, songwriter David Egan passed away ~ As a songwriter had his songs recorded by the likes of Irma Thomas (Theys Honey Do's), Etta James (Please No More), Johnny Adams (Even Now), Jimmy Witherspoon (Wake Up Call), Solomon Burke (Fading Footsteps), Percy Sledge (First You Cry), Tab Benoit (Good To You Baby), and others ~ Egan was born in 1954
March 18, 2016 ~ Henry Ned Miller, commonly known as country songwriter, singer Ned Miller passed away in Medford, Oregon, USA ~ Best known for his 1962 crossover hit From A Jack To A King ~ Miller was born in 1925
 
March 18, 2014 ~ Drummer, percussionist Joe Lala, Joseph Antony Lala, passed away in Tampa, Florida, USA ~ Co-founded Blues Image in 1966, best known for the hit Ride Captain Ride of their 1970 Open sophomore album. Sessioned for numerous pop and rock acts including the Byrds, Crosby Stills & Nash, Manassas, the Bee Gees (You Should Be Dancing), Joe Walsh, Andy Gibb, Dionne Warwick, Dan Fogelberg, Bill Wyman, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, and others ~ Lala was born in 1947
 
March 18, 2011 ~ Terrence Harris, commonly known as bassist Jet Harris, passed away in Winchester, UK ~ Member of the Shadows from 1958 through 1962 and notably present on songs such as Savage as used in the Cliff Richard-film The Young Ones. Following his departure from the band would score moderate hits as a solo artist (Besamo Mucho, Theme From The Man With The Golden Arm), handful of UK top 10 hits with Tony Meehan (Diamonds, Scarlet O'Hara), and briefly play with Jeff Beck before disappearing from the public view ~ Harris was born in 1939
 
March 18, 2009 ~ Edwin Joseph Bocage, commonly known as pianist, singer, Eddie Bo, passed away in Picayne, Mississippi, USA ~ New Orleans R&B veteran schooled in jazz, known for his blues, soul and funk recordings. Has released more records than anyone else in New Orleans, not counting Fats Domino. Member of the Hoodoo Kings. Formed the the Spider Bocage Orchestra, known for backing artists such as Big Joe Turner, Earl King, Guitar Slim, Johnny Adams, Lloyd Price, Ruth Brown, Smiley Lewis, and the Platters. Debuted as a recording artist in 1955 with the single Baby. Bocage's 1956 single I'm Wise was later covered by Little Richard as Slippin' & Slidin'. His 1957 My Dearest Darling would become a national hit Etta James. Also worked as a producer for Irma Thomas, Chris Kenner, Al Johnson, Art Neville, Chuck Carbo, Mary Jane Hooper, Robert Parker, and the Explosions. Bocage never broke through nationally, safe for his 1969 single Hook & Sling (Parts 1 & 2) reaching No.73 on the Billboard Hot 100, but was held in the highest regard in Louisiana ~ Bocage was born in 1930
 
March 18, 2004 ~ Jazz trumpeter Wallace Davenport, full name Wallace Foster Davenport, passed away ~ Worked with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Papa Celestin, Roy Brown, Lionel Hampton, Mezz Mezzrow, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Lloyd Price, George Wein, Earl Hines, the Alliance Hall Dixieland Band, the Zion Harmonizers, Aline White, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Phil Upchurch, and others ~ Davenport was born in 1925
 
March 18, 2001 ~ Singer, songwriter John Phillips, full name John Edmund Andrew Phillips, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Founding member of vocal group the Mamas & the Papas, known for songs such as California Dreamin', Monday Monday, Dedicated To The One I Love, Creeque Alley, and others ~ Phillips was born in 1935
March 18, 2001 ~ Pianist, bassist, saxophonist Rupert Nurse, full name Rupert Theophilus Nurse, passed away in Arima, Trinidad & Tobago ~ Worked with Fitzroy Coleman, Cyril Jones, Leslie Hutchinson, Cab Kaye, Winifred Atwell, Lord Kitchener, Lauderic Caton, Joe Harriott, Coleridge Goode, Russell Henderson, and others ~ Nurse was born in 1910
 
March 18, 1988 ~ Jazz bandleader, trumpeter, hornist, cornetist Billy Butterfield, full name Charles Wiliam Butterfield, passed away in North Palm Beach, Florida, USA ~ Worked with Austin Wylie, Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw, Les Brown, Benny Goodman, Charlie Spivak, Yank Lawson, Tommy Dorsey, the World's Greatest Jazz Band, and others ~ Butterfield was born in 1917
March 18, 1988 ~ David Baird, commonly known as jazz, rock, electronic saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, songwriter Chase Baird, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Influenced by Michael Brecker. Released his debut album, Crosscurrent. Has worked with Antonio Sánchez, Christopher Tordini, Venture, Brad Mehldau, Nir Felder, Dan Chmielinski, Mike Stern, Aaron Parks, Thana Alexa, Gene Perla, Dan Tepfer, Victor Wooten, Keith Carlock, Chaka Khan, Matthew Morrison, Jakob Dylan, Diana DeGarmo, Chloë Agnew, Morgan James, and others
 
March 18, 1986 ~ Lu Lyjje Timoteg Zachrisson, commonly known as indie pop, dream pop, electronic singer, model, songwriter Lykke Li, born in Ystad, Sweden ~ Released her full-length Youth Novels debut album in 2008. Best known for her 2011 hit I Follow Rivers, a top 10 across Europe
 
March 18, 1984 ~ Torae L Carr, mononymously known as rapper Torae, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Especially acclaimed for Double Barrel, a collaborative album with Marco Polo released in 2008. Has also worked with Skyzoo, Sean Price, Masta Ace, Talib Kweli, and others
 
March 18, 1981 ~ Ingrid Olava Braend Eriksen, commonly known as singer, pianist Ingrid Olava, born in Norway ~ Best known for her debut single Only Just Begun from 2007 and as a backup singer for Madrugada. Also worked with Vidar Vang, Sivert Høyem, Lukas Kasha, Glimmer Of Hope, Weight Of Spring, and others
 
March 18, 1979 ~ Singer, guitarist Adam Levine born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of Kara's Flowers. Founding member, lead singer of Maroon 5 known for hits such as This Love, Makes Me Wonder, Moves Like Jagger featuring Christina Aguilera, One More Night, Animals, Sugar, Don't Wanna Know featuring Kendrick Lamar, Girls Like You featuring Cardi B and Memories, all of which reached Billboard top 5
 
March 18, 1977 ~ Harold Lima, commonly known as pop, R&B, dance-pop singer Devin Lima, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA ~ Member of LFO (Lyte Funky Ones) from 1999 to 2010, replacing Brian Gillis, and present on the Billboard top 1o hits Summer Girls and Girl On TV ~ Lima passed away in 2018
 
March 18, 1976 ~ Blues, electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Luther Snake Boy Johnson passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Member of gospel group the Milwaukee Supreme Angels before gravitating towards blues. Backed Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Otis Spann and Muddy Waters throughout the 1960s. Half a dozen albums to his name as a solo artist, starting with the 1968 album Come On Home backed by several of Waters' backing musicians ~ Johnson was born ca.1941
 
March 18, 1975 ~ Jazz, folk double-bassist, cellist Sondre Meisfjord born in Oslo, Norway ~ Worked with Come Shine, Flukt, Gjermund Larsen, the Zetting, Kari Bremnes, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Tord Gustavsen, and others
 
March 18, 1974 ~ Twin brothers Evan Lowenstein and Jaron Lowenstein born ~ Recorded as Evan & Jaron, best known for the single Crazy For This Girl, a Billboard top 20 hit in 2000
March 18, 1974 ~ Bassist, guitarist, keyboardist Stuart Zender born in Sheffield, UK ~ Member of Jamiroquai from 1993 through 1998, leaving the band during the recording of Synkronized due to conflicts with frontman Jay Kay. Present on hit songs such as Space Cowboy, Light Years, Virtual Insanity and Cosmic Girl
 
March 18, 1973 ~ Operatic tenor Lauritz Melchior, full name Lauritz Lebrecht Hommel Melchior, passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Tenor singer popular from the 1920s through the 1940s acclaimed for his interpretations of works by Richard Wagner ~ Melchior was born in 1890
 
March 18, 1971 ~ Swing, big band bandleader, drummer George Olsen, full name George Edward Olsen Sr, passed away ~ One of Victor Recording Company most popular bandleaders through the 1930s. Married to singer, actress Ethel Shutta from 1926 to 1939 with whom he has two children. Noted for leading the orchestra for the 1928 Broadway musical Whoopee as well as its 1930 movie version. Orchestra leader for The Jack Benny Program radio show ~ Olsen was born in 1893
March 18, 1971 ~ Alternative rock, indie rock, punk rock, hip-hop singer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, percussionist Morgan Nicholls, full name Morgan Daniel Nicholls, born in London, UK ~ Member of the Senseless Things from 1989 through 1995. Released his sole solo album, Organized, in 2000. Has also worked with Vent 414, Gorillaz, Muse, and with Circle 60
 
March 18, 1970 ~ Dana Elaine Owens, commonly known as rapper, songwriter, actress Queen Latifah, born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Described as a “feminist” rapper, empowering women in general and especially in the male-dominated hip-hop scene. Hip-hop's Aretha, hugely influential on soul, neo-soul, hip-hop, R&B artists such as Eve, Lil' Kim, the Fugees, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, Foxxy Brown, and others. Debuted in 1989 with the critically acclaimed All Hail The Queen album. Known for songs such as Ladies First, UNITY and Paper. Worked with Native Tongues, De La Soul, Erykah Badu, Living Colour, Monifah, David Bowie, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones, Salt-n-Pepa, Shabba Ranks, Naughty By Nature, Sly & Robbie, and others. Prolific and much-awarded film and TV actress
 
March 18, 1967 ~ Andres Titus, commonly known as rapper Dres, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Formed the alternative hip-hop duo Black Sheep with Mista Lawnge. Released his full-length Sure Shot Redemption solo debut album in 1999. Has collaborated with De La Soul, Chi-Ali, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Twista, and others
 
March 18, 1966 ~ Alternative metal, grunge, hard rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Jerry Cantrell, full name Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr, born in Tacoma, Washington, USA ~ Founding member, guitarist, primary songwriter of Alice In Chains, known for songs such as No Excuses, Heaven Beside You and Check My Brain. Took over lead vocal duties after the death of Layne Staley in 2002. Has also released a number of solo albums, starting with 1998's Boggy Depot, and has collaborated with Heart, Ozzy Osbourne, Circus Of Power, Govt Mule, Pearl Jam, the Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, Glenn Hughes, Duff McKagan, the Deftones, and others
March 18, 1966 ~ Leroy May, commonly known as reggae, dancehall DJ Red Dragon, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Known for a number of 1980s, 1990s recordings including Computer, Nah Get Nutten, Hol' A Fresh and perhaps his best-known Compliments On Your Kiss ~ May passed away in 2015
 
March 18, 1964 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist Courtney Pine born in London, UK ~ Acclaimed for his 1986 Journey To The Urge Within debut album. Has incorporated newer influences into his playing, including drum and bass and garage. Has worked with the Grand Union Orchestra, the Jazz Warriors, Mica Paris, Trevor Jones, Harry Beckett, and others
March 18, 1964 ~ Rozalla Miller, mononymously known as eurodance singer Rozalla, born in Ndola, Northern Rhodesia ~ Known best for a number of early 1990s dance hiots, namely Faith In The Power Of Love, Are You Ready To Fly and her best-known Everybody's Free To Feel Good
 
March 18, 1963 ~ Glam metal, hard rock bassist, guitarist, cellist, keyboardist, singer Jeff LaBar, full name Jeffrey Philip LaBar, born in Darby, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as member of glam metal band Cinderella since 1985, taking over from original guitarist Michael Schermick. Has also worked with Naked Beggars, Freakshow, Cheap Thrills and released his solo debut album, One For The Road, in 2014
March 18, 1963 ~ Singer, actress Vanessa Williams, full name Vanessa Lynn Williams, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Miss America 1984. As a singer known for her 1988 debut album The Right Stuff, spawning the Billboard top 10 hit Dreamin'. Would continue to record and hit the higher echelons of the charts throughout the 1990s with singles sucgh as Save The Best For Last, Love Is featuring Brian McKnight, The Sweetest Days and Colors Of The Wind, the latter featured the Pocahontas soundtrack
March 18, 1963 ~ Composer, arranger, pianist, singer Yoko Kanno born in Senai, Japan ~ Best known as a composer for anime films, TV series, films and video games. Frontwoman and main songwriter of the Seatbelts. Released her debut solo LP, Song To Fly, in 1998.
 
March 18, 1962 ~ Singer Isabelle Aubret wins the 7th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Luxembourg, Luxembourg ~ Representing France Aubret wins with the song Un Premier Amour written by Claude Henri Vic and Rolande Valade
March 18, 1962 ~ Folk-rock, Americana singer, guitarist, songwriter James McMurtry born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Debuted in 1989 with the album Too Long In The Wasteland, produced by John Mellencamp, and has recorded to critical acclaim since. Known for songs such as Painting By Numbers, Choctaw Bingo and We Can't Make It Here
 
March 18, 1961 ~ Singer Jean-Claude Pascal wins the 6th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Cannes, France ~ Representing Luxembourg Pascal wins with the song Nous Les Amoureux written by Jacques Datin and Maurice Vidalin
 
March 18, 1960 ~ Siblings the Everly Brothers record Cathy's Clown ~ Written by Don Everly. Produced by Wesley Rose. Released as a single, b/w Always It's You, the following month it would top the Billboard R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts, as well as reach No.1 in the UK
 
March 18, 1959 ~ Irene Cara Escalera, commonly known as R&B, pop, disco singer, actress Irene Cara, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for singing, co-writing the 1984 Flashdance What A Feeling from the film Flashdance, earning her a Grammy Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Also acted in the 1980 film Fame, for which she also sang Out Here On My Own and the title track Fame, the latter a Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit ~ Escalera passed away in 2022
March 18, 1959 ~ Jazz vibraphonist, composer Joe Locke, full name Joseph Paul Locke, born in Palo Alto, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with artists such as Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Eddie Daniels, Jerry Gonzalez, Rod Stewart, the Beastie Boys, Eddie Palmieri, Eddie Henderson, Hiram Bullock, Bob Berg, Ron Carter, Jimmy Scott, Geoffrey Keezer, the Mingus Big Band, Randy Brecker, Frank Kimbrough, Tim Riles, Jeff Ballard, the New Sound Quartet, Russell Malone, Eddie Higgins, Billy Childs, Idris Muhammad, Cameron Brown, Freddy Cole, Dena Derose, Waye Escoffery, David Finck, Jim Rotondi, George Cables, Tony Lakatos, Mark Soskin, Chick Corea, Paul Bollenback, Gerard Presencer, Mark Sherman, Hadley Caliman, Dominick Farinacci, Ryan Cohan, and others
 
March 18, 1957 ~ Composer Gheorghi Arnaoudov born in Sofia, Bulgaria ~ Internationally acclaimed. Influenced by Alexander Scriabin, Olivier Messiaen, Edgard Varèse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Arvo Pärt, Anton Webern, Morton Feldman. Rooted in minimal music and known for composing for stage, orchestra, chamber music, film music and piano
 
March 18, 1954 ~ Jazz saxophonist Harry Sokal born in Vienna, Austria ~ Worked with the Vienna Art Orchestra, Depart, Jojo Mayer, Heiri Kanzig, Art Blakey, Wolfert Brederode, Dave Holland, Terje Rypdal, Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, Mike Richmond, Mino Cinelu, Friedrich Gulda, Idris Muhammad, Joe Zawinul, Gene Jackson, Andy McKee, Art Farmer, Wolfgang Puschnig, Falco, Timeless, and others
 
March 18, 1952 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock guitarist Bernie Tormé, full name Bernard Joseph Tormey, born in Dublin, Ireland ~ 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 passed away in 2019
March 18, 1952 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Laura Smith born in London, Canada ~ Best known for her 1995 single Shade Of Your Love, one of the year's biggest radio hits in Canada ~ Smith passed away in 2020
 
March 18, 1950 ~ Drummer John Hartman born in Falls Church, Virginia, USA ~ Original drummer, co-founding member of the Doobie Brothers. The band would add a second drummer, Michael Hossack, to the line-up in 1971 and keep the dual-drummer formation until Hartman's final departure from the band in 2016. Hartman was present on Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hits such as Listen To The Music, Long Train Runnin', China Grove, Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me), Takin' It To The Street and Minute By Minute. 1974's Black Water and 1979's What A Fool Believes would both reach No.1 ~ Hartman passed away in 2021
 
March 18, 1949 ~ Singer Martine Clémenceau born ~ Known for songs such as A Jour L'Amour, France's 1973 Eurovision Songfestival entry Sans Toi which reached 15th place, and perhaps most notably known for writing and first recording Solitaire in 1982. The latter would be covered by Laura Branigan two years later, reaching the Billboard Hot 100 top 10
 
March 18, 1946 ~ Country, folk singer, songwriter Merle Travis records No Vacancy at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, California ~ Written by Travis and Cliffie Stone. Reportedly, No Vacancy got Travis his first major solo recording contract. Stone brought the idea, a tale of a World War II veteran returning to find nowhere to live, to Travis who recorded it. Lee Gillette would be enamored and sign Travis to Capitol Records. The single, b/w Cincinnati Lou, would reach top 5 Billboard Country
March 18, 1946 ~ Composer, writer, broadcaster Robert Walker born in Northampton, UK ~ Founded and conducted the Grimsby Bach Choir
 
March 18, 1945 ~ Roberto Satti, commonly known as pop singer, actor Bobby Solo, born in Rome, Italy ~ Disqualified at the 1964 Sanremo Music Festival for lip-syncing due to suffering from laryngitis, yet his entry of Una Lacrima Sul Viso would become a hit and actually the first record to sell over a million copies in Italy. Other well-known songs include Se Piangi Se Ridi which was picked as Italy's 1965 Eurovision Songfestival entry reaching 5th place, and his 1969 No.1 hit Zingara
March 18, 1945 ~ Charles Edward Weiss, commonly known as singer, songwriter, actor Chuck E Weiss, born in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Played blues, beat poetry, rock & roll. got his start in music as touring drummer for Lightnin' Hopkins. To mainstream audiences perhaps best known as the subject of Rickie Lee Jones' 1979 Chuck E's In Love hit single. Released his eponymous Chuck E Weiss debut album in 1981. Had Tony Gilkyson and Tom Waits guest on his 1999 Extremely Cool album, with Waits also signing on as co-producer ~ Weiss passed away in 2021
March 18, 1945 ~ Singer, songwriter, keyboardist, artist manager Eric Woolfson born in Charing Cross, UK ~ Best known for his close association with Alan Parsons, practically being co-creator and only other key member of the Alan Parsons Project. Previously worked as a songwriter for artists including Marianne Faithfull, Frank Ifield, Joe Dassin, the Tremeloes, Marmalade, Dave Berry, Peter Noone, and others. Turned to music management, his first two signings Carl Douglas and Parsons ~ Woolfson passed away in 2009
March 18, 1945 ~ R&B singer, guitarist Willis Draffen born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Member of Bloodstone, known for a string of R&B hits starting in the early 1970s including Natural High, Never Let You Go, Outside Woman, My Little Lady, and We Go A Long Way Back, all of which reached top 10 Billboard R&B ~ Draffen passed away in 2002
 
March 18, 1943 ~ Songwriter Dennis Linde born in Abilene, Texas, USA ~ Songwriter best-known for penning Elvis Presley's 1972 hit Burning Love. Others who have recorded his songs include Roy Drusky (Long Long Texas Road), Roger Miller, Gary Morris, the Oak Ridge Boys, Tanya Tucker, Don Williams (Walkin' A Broken Heart), Eddy Raven, Mark Chesnutt, Aaron Tippin, Garth Brooks (Callin' Baton Rouge), Delbert McClinton (Love Rustler), Blackhawk, Joe Diffie (John Deere Green), the Judds, BJ Thomas, the Dixie Chicks (Goodbye Earl), the Everly Brothers, Chris LeDoux, Shenandoah, Ricky Van Shelton, Joy Lynn White, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jo-El Sonnier, Sherrié Austin, Confederate Railroad, and others ~ Linde passed away in 2006
March 18, 1943 ~ Soul singer Lowrell Simon born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Member of the Vondells. Member of Lost Generation. Wrote Dance Master for Willie Henderson. Wrote All About The Paper for Loleatta Holloway. As a solo artist best known for Mellow Mellow Right, a modest hit in 1979 and sampled by numerous artists including Massive Attack, Imagination and Common ~ Simon passed away in 2018
 
March 18, 1942 ~ Singer Al Dexter records Rosalita at CBS Columbia Square Studio, California, USA ~ Self-penned. Backed by Frank Marvin, Johnny Bond, Dick Reinhart. Released in March 1943 as the flipside of Pistol Packin' Mama. During the same session Dexter also recorded So Long Pal and Too Late To Worry
 
March 18, 1941 ~ Country singer Margie Bowes, full name Margie Marie Bowes, born in Roxboro, North Carolina, USA ~ Best known for her 1959 country hit Poor Old Heartsick Me. Other well-known songs include My Love And Little Me and Little Miss Belong To No One. Briefly married to Doyle Wilburn of the Wilburn Brothers ~ Bowes passed away in 2020
March 18, 1941 ~ R&B, soul singer, songwriter Wilson Pickett born in Prattville, Alabama, USA ~ R&B, soul with a grittier edge than most of his contemporaries. Nicknamed “the Wicked Pickett”. Started out as a member of gospel, vocal groups such as the Violinaires and notably the Falcons,, teaming up with Eddie Floyd and Mack Rice, one of the key bands that laid the groundwork for later development of soul music. Sang lead on I Found A Love, which he co-wrote. Embarked on a solo career by the early 1960s. His third single, 1965's In The Midnight Hour, sold a million copies. Also known for tracks such as 634-5789 (Soulsville USA), Mustang Sally, Funky Broadway, and others. Pickett wrote or co-wrote the majority of his recordings ~ Pickett passed away in 2006
 
March 18, 1939 ~ Rock & roll singer Travis Pritchett, full name Travis Wilbon Pritchett, born in Jackson, Alabama, USA ~ Half of Travis & Bob, the other half being Bob Weaver, known for their sole hit Tell Him No, a Billboard top 10 hit in 1959 ~ Pritchett passed away in 2010
 
March 18, 1938 ~ Country singer, guitarist Charley Pride, full name Charley Frank Pride, born in Sledge, Mississippi, USA ~ One of only three African-American artists who made it to the Grand Ole Opry, the other two being DeFord Bailey and Darius Rucker. Actively recording since the mid-1960s. Known best for country hits such as The Easy Part's Over, All I Have To Offer You Is Me, I'm So Afraid Of Losing You Again, Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone, Wonder Could I Live There Anymore, I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me, I'm Just Me, It's Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer, She's Too Good To Be True, A Shoulder To Cry On, Hope You're Feelin' Me Like I'm Feelin' You, I'll Be Leaving Alone, Where Do I Put Her Memory, You're My Jamaica, Mountain Of Love, Night Games, and others ~ Pride passed naway in 2020
March 18, 1938 ~ Composer Jean Claude Risset born in Le-Puy-en-Velay, France ~ Computer music pioneer ~ Risset passed away in 2016
March 18, 1938 ~ Singer, actor, songwriter Kenny Lynch born in London, UK ~ In his day one of the few black pop singers in British pop. Known for the early 1960s top 10 hits Up On The Roof and You Can Never Stop Me Loving You. Also noted for being the first to record a cover of the Beatles, namely Misery. Also wrote or co-wrote songs for Linda Thorson, the Small Faces (Sha-la-la-la-lee), Cilla Black (Love's Just A Broken Heart), and others ~ Lynch passed away in 2019
 
March 18, 1935 ~ Ska, rocksteady, reggae percussionist Noel Simms, full name Noel Bartholomew Simms, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Half of the duo Bunny & Scully, the other half being Arthur Bunny Robinson. Also worked with Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, the Aggrovators, the Upsetters, the Revolutionaries, Roots Radics, Big Youth, Peter Tosh, Dillinger, the Heptones, Justin Hinds, Johnny Moore, Jimmy Cliff, and others ~ Simms passed away in 2017
 
March 18, 1932 ~ John Chancellor Olcott, commonly known as singer, actor, songwriter Chauncey Olcott, passed away in Monte Carlo, Monaco ~ Sang in minstrel shows and Broadway shows. As a lyricist and composer especially known for Irish musicals such as Sweet Iniscare, Garrett O' Magh and The Old Limerick Town. Retired from music in 1925 due to health reasons ~ Olcott was born in 1858
 
March 18, 1930 ~ Fiddler Billy Armstrong born in Streato, Illinois, USA ~ Member of the Sons Of The Pioneers from 1966 through 1972
 
March 18, 1927 ~ Guitarist, singer Big Daddy Kinsey born in Pleasant Grove, Mississippi, USA ~ Best known as patriarch of two family outfits, namely Big Daddy Kinsey & his Fabulous Sons from the 1950s through the early 1970s and Big Daddy Kinsey & the Kinsey Report started in the mid-1980s ~ Kinsey passed away in 2001
 
March 18, 1925 ~ Instrumentalist, composer Alessandro Alessandroni born in Rome, Italy ~ Best known for his longtime association with Ennio Morricone. Alessandroni's twangy guitar riff is central to the main theme of The Good The Bad & The Ugly. Other than performing on Morricone's film scores Allesandroni is also a noted film composer in his own right scoring films since the late-1960s ~ Allesandroni passed away in 2017
March 18, 1925 ~ Baritone singer Jean-Christophe Benoît born in Paris, France ~ Closely associated with the Opera-Comique. Known for roles in operas such as Comme Il Vous Plaira, Turandot, L'Heure Espagnola, La Mere Coupable, La Traviata, and others ~ Benoît passed away in 2019
 
March 18, 1919 ~ Michèline Care, commmonly known as singer, chansonierre Michèle Arnaud, born in Toulon, France ~ Represented Luxembourg in the 1st edition of the Eurovision Songfestival in 1956, performing the songs Ne Crois Pas and Les Amants De Minuit. Arnaud would reach the 2nd place, losing out to Lys Assia's Refrain, the contestant for Switzerland ~ Caré passed away in 1998
 
March 18, 1918 ~ Edward Shulman, commonly known as swing saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter Eddie Shu, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Tadd Dameron, George Shearing, Johnny Bothwell, Buddy Rich, Les Elgart, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Chubby Jackson, Gene Krupa, Jackie Paris, Bobby Byrne, Mel Powell, Louis Armstrong, Joe Bonner, and others ~ Shulman passed away in 1986
March 18, 1918 ~ Jazz saxophonist, trumpeter, arranger Sam Donahue born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Gene Krupa, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Billy May, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Cab Calloway, Vic Lewis, and others ~ Donahue passed away in 1974
 
March 18, 1908 ~ Songwriter, film composer Gabriel Ruiz, full name Gabriel Ruiz Galindo, born in Guadalajara, Mexico ~ Best known for composing Amor, covered in both Spanish and English, perhaps most notably by Ben E King in 1961. Others who have recorded the song include Dale Evans, Rod McKuen, and Julio Iglesias ~ Ruiz passed away in 1999
 
March 18, 1906 ~ Jazz trumpeter George Orendorff born ~ Worked with Paul Howard, Les Hite, Louis Armstrong, Ceele Burke, Maxwell Davis, Ike Lloyd, and with T-Bone Walker ~ Orendorff passed away in 1984
 
March 18, 1893 ~ Swing, big band bandleader, drummer George Olsen, full name George Edward Olsen Sr, born in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ One of Victor Recording Company most popular bandleaders through the 1930s. Married to singer, actress Ethel Shutta from 1926 to 1939 with whom he has two children. Noted for leading the orchestra for the 1928 Broadway musical Whoopee as well as its 1930 movie version. Orchestra leader for The Jack Benny Program radio show ~ Olsen passed away in 1971
March 18, 1893 ~ Jazz, dixieland pianist, bandleader Jean Goldkette, full name John Jean Goldkette, born in Valenciennes, France ~ Led the Victor Recording Orchestra during the mid- to late 1920s, which at times included Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang, Chauncey Morehouse, Don Murray, Spiegle Willcox, and others ~ Goldkette passed away in 1962
March 18, 1893 ~ Songwriter, music publisher Maurice Abrahams born in Odessa, Russia ~ Perhaps best remembered for co-writing Bob Roberts's Ragtime Cowboy Joe and Fred Douglas's He'd Have To Get Under (Get Out And Get Under) ~ Abrahams passed away in 1931
 
March 18, 1879 ~ Contralto singer Emma Carus born ~ Vaudeville, Broadway performer. First gained attention in the cast of the original 1907 Ziegfeld Follies revue. Drew comparisons to Sophie Tucker, Fay Templeton and Eva Tanguay. Helped popularize Alexander's Ragtime Band, songwriter Irving Berlin's first major hit ~ Carus passed away in 1927