This Day In Music: March 20
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March 20, 2021 ~ William Henry Deppenschmidt, commonly known as jazz drummer Buddy Deppenschmidt, passed away ~ Best known for working with renowned guitarist Charlie Byrd's trio from 1959 through 1963, including on the acclaimed Jazz Samba album which started a bossa nova craze. Has also backed artists such as Mose Allison, Chet Baker, Keter Betts, Billy Butterfield, John Coates Jr, Al Cohn, Matt Dennis, Bob Dorough, Herb Ellis, Tal Farlow, Stan Getz, Al Haig, Lionel Hampton, Barry Harris, Coleman Hawkins, Milt Hinton, Shirley Horn, JJ Johnson, Larry McKenna, James Moody, King Pleasure, Maxine Sullivan, Clark Terry, Joe Venuti, and others ~ Deppenschmidt was born in 1936
 
March 20, 2020 ~ Singer, actor, songwriter Kenny Rogers, full name Kenneth Donald Rogers, passed away in Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA ~ Hugely successful cross-over singer, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. Sold over 100 million records during his lifetime. Known for songs such as Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In, Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town, Love Lifted Me, The Gambler, Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got), and Lucille. Worked with the Scholars, Bobby Doyle, Mickey Gilley, Eddy Arnold, the New Christy Minstrels, the First Edition, Larry Butler, extensively with Dottie West, with Kim Carnes (Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer), Lynda Carter, Dolly Parton (You Can't Make Old Friends, Islands In The Stream), Sheena Easton, Lionel Richie (who wrote Rogers' Lady), David Foster, Barry Gibb, Ronnie Milsap, Whitney Duncan, Bloodline Rogers, and others ~ Rogers was born in 1938
 
March 20, 2019 ~ Operatic bass-baritone singer Hans Günter Nöcker born in Hagen, Germany ~ Best known for his association with the Bavaria State Oper, starting in 1962. Has also worked with the Theater Münster, the Stadttheater Giessen, the Staatsoper Stuttgart, La Fenice, the Teatro Massimo, the Royal Opera House, and others ~ Nöcker was born in 1927
March 20, 2019 ~ Singer, songwriter Terje Nilsen passed away ~ Best known for his 1974 hit Mjelle ~ Nilsen was born in 1951
 
March 20, 2017 ~ Roger Wendell Hill, commonly known as jazz tenor, soprano saxophonist Buck Hill, passed away in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Recorded a number of late 1950s albums to disappear from view in the 1960s and reemerge in the 1970s as a leader. Has worked with Charlie Byrd, Shirley Horn, Shirley Scott ~ Hill was born in 1927
March 20, 2017 ~ Conductor Louis Frémaux, full name Louis Joseph Felix Frémaux, passed away ~ Member of the French Resistance during World War II. As a conductor and director worked with the Monte Carlo Orchestre, the Orchestre National De Lyon, the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Frémaux was born in 1921
March 20, 2017 ~ Trumpeter Tony Terran passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of highly revered collective of first call session musicians the Wrecking Crew. Has backed artists such as the Jackson 5, the Mamas & the Papas, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Bee Gees, Ray Charles, Chicago, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Elvis Presley, Eartha Kitt, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Madonna, Dean Martin, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, the Baja Marimba Band, the Tijuana Brass, the Carpenters, Tom Waits and others. Also known for his many recordings for TV series, I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch, Star Trek, The Love Boat, and films such as An Officer And A Gentleman, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and The Excorcist ~ Terran was born in 1926
 
March 20, 2015 ~ Alexander Jude Pero, commonly known as drummer AJ Pero, passed away ~ Best known as a member of Twisted Sister and of the Adrenalin Mob. Also worked with the Cities, No More Tears, Circle Of Thorns, and others ~ Pero was born in 1959
March 20, 2015 ~ Jazz saxophonist, arranger Paul Jeffrey passed away ~ Worked with Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, BB King, Illinois Jacquet, Elmo Hope, Big Maybelle, Wynonie Harris, Howard McGhee, Count Basie, Jimmy Owens, George Cables, Jack Wilkins, Thomas Chapin, Clifford Jordan, Joseph Little, Lance Smith, Jerry Weldon, Alan Watson, Curtis Fuller, Calvin Jones, Sam Rivers, and others ~ Jeffrey was born in 1933
 
March 20, 2013 ~ Rockabilly singer, guitarist Eddie Bond passed away in Bolivar, Tennessee, USA ~ Infamous for turning down a then-unknown Elvis Presley auditioning for Bond's backup band ~ Bond was born in 1933
March 20, 2013 ~ Jazz saxophonist George Barrow passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Charles Mingus, Ernie Wilkins, Oliver Nelson, Teddy Charles, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Gene Ammons, Etta Jones, Jimmy Forrest, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Bill Dixon, Bobby Timmons, Melvin Peebles, Jimmy Owens, and others ~ Barrow was born in 1921
March 20, 2013 ~ Risë Gus Steenberg, commonly known as operatic mezzo-soprano singer Risë Stevens, passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Closely associated with the Metropolitan Opera, starring in numerous operas for over two decades starting in 1938. Would go on to serve as director of the Metropolitan Opera National Company from 1963 through 1968 ~ Steenberg was born in 1913
 
March 20, 2011 ~ Orchestra leader, pianist Johnny Pearson, full name John Valmore Pearson, passed away ~ Best known as orchestra leader for the BBC show Top Of The Pops for 16 years starting in 1966 ~ Pearson was born in 1925
March 20, 2011 ~ Steel guitarist, songwriter Ralph Mooney passed away ~ Key player on the Bakersfield country scene. Has worked with Wynn Stewart, Buck Owens, and with Merle Haggard. Member of Waylon Jennings' backing band for two decades. Co-wrote Crazy Arms, Ray Price's first major hit topping the country chart in 1956. Especially known for his instrumental work, notably showcased on Corn Pickin' & Slick Slidin', a 1968 collaborative album with guitarist James Burton ~ Mooney was born in 1928
 
March 20, 2010 ~ Jazz composer, bandleader Erwin Lehn passed away ~ Best known for founding the Sudfunk Dance Orchestra also known as the SWR Big Band in 1951, directing it until 1992 ~ Lehn was born in 1919
 
March 20, 2009 ~ Blues guitarist, singer Mel Brown passed away in Kitchener, Canada ~ Best known for his association with Bobby Blue Bland. Also a solo artist with over a dozen albums to his name starting with Chicken Fat in 1967. Has worked with Clifford Coultier, BB King, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy McGriff, Doug Sahm, Earl Hooker, T-Bone Walker, and others ~ Brown was born in 1939
 
March 20, 2001 ~ Saxophonist, clarinetist Jay Cameron passed away in San Diego, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Fronted the International Sax Band and the Third Herdsmen. Spent most of the 1940s backing Ike Carpenter. Would go on to work with Rex Stewart, Bill Coleman, Roy Haynes, Henri Renaud, Bobby Jaspar, Barney Wilen, Jean-Louis Chautemps, Woody Herman, Slide Hampton, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Candido Camero, Bill Barron, Andre Hodeir, Hal McKusick, Les Elgart, Larry Elgart, Paul Winter, and others ~ Cameron was born in 1928
 
March 20, 2000 ~ Gene Andrusco, commonly known as rock, alternative rock, funk rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Gene Eugene, passed away in Huntington Beach, California, USA ~ Best known for fronting alternative rock band Adam Again. Member of the Swirling Eddies. Co-founding member of supergroup the Lost Dogs. Notable credits as a producer and engineer include 441, Randy Stonehill, the 77's, Daniel Amos, Aunt Bettys, the Kosmos Express and Starflyer '59 ~ Andrusco was born in 1961
March 20, 2000 ~ Journalist, author, columnist, critic, radio and TV personality Johan Anthierens passed away in Dilbeek, Belgium ~ Hosted Charme Van Het Chanson on Belgian public radio, showcasing his knowledge of and love for chansons, especially the anarchic lyrics of Leo Ferré, Georges Brassens, and Jacques Brel. Regularly irritated the censors. Fired for reading the lyrics of Evviva Il Papa on-air, a banned song protesting the Pope. Fired as co-host of TV show Noord-Zuid after angering singer Vader Abraham to the point of the latter walking out. The other host, Mies Bouwman, was offered a new co-host but declined and the show would be canceled altogether ~ Anthierens was born in 1937
March 20, 2000 ~ Contemporary classical pianist, composer Vivian Fine passed away in Bennington, Vermont, USA ~ As a pianist known for premiering works by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, and others. As a composer best known for bringing a sense of fun to her compositions ~ Fine was born in 1913
 
March 20, 1997 ~ Ronald Raymond Barosse, commonly known as keyboardist, organist, singer, actor Ronnie Barron, passed away ~ Known for his associations with Paul Butterfield, Better Days, Canned Heat, Ry Cooder, Tom Waits, Eric Burdon, Delaney & Bonnie, and especially Dr John ~ Barosse was born in 1943
 
March 20, 1992 ~ TV, film composer, pianist, clarinetist Georges Delerue passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ 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 was born in 1925
 
March 20, 1989 ~ Country, country-pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Lindsay Ell, full name Lindsay Elizabeth Ell, born in Calgary, Canada ~ Discovered by Randy Bachman. Draws from rock, blues, pop. Influenced by John Mayer, Keith Urban, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton. Released her Consider This debut album in 2008. Best known for songs such as All Alright, Waiting On You, Criminal, What Happens In A Small Town with Brantley Gilbert and Want Me Back
 
March 20, 1988 ~ Pop singer, songwriter Angel Taylor, full name Angel Mae Taylor, born in Sylmar, California, USA ~ Debuted in 2009 with the Love Travels album. Has opened for acts such as Five For Fighting, Mat Kearney, Sugar Ray
March 20, 1988 ~ Ian Ernest Gilmore Green, commonly known as jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, composer Gil Evans, passed away in Cuernavaca, Mexico ~ Helped develop cool jazz, modal jazz, free jazz. Closely associated with Miles Davis, arranging the pivotal Davis albums Miles Ahead, Porgy & Bess and Sketches Of Spain. Has also worked with Kenny Burrell, Claude Thornhill, Glen Hall, Astrud Gilberto, Kimiko Kasai, Masabumi, Lee Konitz, Lucy Reed, Ray Russell, James Senese, Lew Soloff, and others ~ Green was born in 1912
 
March 20, 1986 ~ Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, commonly known as underground rapper, producer Sammus, born in Rhinebeck, New York, USA ~ Released her full-length M'Other Brain solo debut album in 2012. Has since collaborated with DJ Cutman and notably with nerdcore rapper, DJ Raheem Jarbo
 
March 20, 1984 ~ Evgeniya Dmitrievna Lubich, commonly known as pop, pop rock, lounge singer, songwriter Jenia Lubich, born in Leningrad, Russia ~ Primarily a solo artist active since the mid-2000s. To French audiences best known for her collaboration with Nouvelle Vague, notably present on the songs Marooned and Aussi Belle Qu'une Balle of the band's 2009 NV3 album. Has also worked with Nicolas Comment, Malik Alary, Stephane Pompougnac, Naiv, and others
 
March 20, 1982 ~ Christopher August Megert, commonly known as singer, songwriter Chris August, born in Garland, Texas, USA ~ Active as a secular artist before switching to Christian music at the turn of the 2010s. Perhaps best known for Starry Night of his 2010 No Far Away album. Other well-known songs include Come Now Our King, 7 x 70 and Center Of It
March 20, 1982 ~ Dance bandleader Roy Fox passed away in London, UK ~ Popular during the British dance band era, residing and performing in England in the 1930s. Worked with Abe Lyman, Miff Mole, Gussie Mueller, Henry Halstead, Gus Arnheim, Art Hickman, and others ~ Fox was born in 1901
 
March 20, 1981 ~ Jazz saxophonist, composer Sonny Red passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Wynton Kelly, Billy Higgins, Cedar Walton, Curtis Fuller, Yusef Lateef, Pony Poindexter, Paul Quinichette, Frank Wess, and others ~ Red was born in 1932
 
March 20, 1976 ~ Alternative metal, alternative rock, post-grunge guitarist, singer Chester Bennington, full name Charles Charles Bennington, born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ~ Lead singer of Linkin Park, best known for their 2000 Hybrid Theory debut album. Has also worked with Grey Daze, Dead By Sunrise, Stone Temple Pilots, Kings Of Chaos ~ Bennington passed away in 2017
 
March 20, 1974 ~ Nick Barber, commonly known as alternative rock, alternative Christian rock singer, guitarist, pianist, producer, engineer Aaron Sprinkle, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ First gained attention as member of Poor Old Lu from 1990 through 2002. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with Rose Blossom Punch, Fair, Blank Books, and others
 
March 20, 1972 ~ Alexander Paul Kaparanaos Huntley, commonly known as indie rock, dance-punk, art rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Alex Kapranos, born in Almondsbury, UK ~ Lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, known for a string of 2000s singles including the UK top 10 hits Take Me Out, The Dark Of The Matinee and Do You Want To. Also a member of supergroups FFS and BNQT. Has worked with Yummy Fur, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Girls and served as producer for the Cribs, Citizens and RM Hubbert
March 20, 1972 ~ Jason Charles Beck, commonly known as pianist, singer Chilly Gonzales, born in Montreal, Canada ~ Fronted 1990s alternative pop band Son, which also included Mocky and Dave Szigeti. As a solo artist known for a series of rap and hip-hop-influenced albums, starting with 1999's Gonzales Uber Alles, and a series of classical-tinted instrumental albums from the mid-2000s forward
 
March 20, 1970 ~ Rahem Brown, commonly known as rapper Tame One, born in New Jersey, USA ~ Member of 1990s rap group the Artifacts, which also included El da Sensei and DJ Kaos, known for songs such as Easter, C'mon Wit Da Git Down, The Ultimate (You Know The Time) and perhaps their best-known Wrong Side Of Da Tracks. Has also worked with Leak Bros, the Weathermen, the Boom Skwad, and others ~ Brown passed away in 2022
 
March 20, 1969 ~ Byron Otto Thomas, commonly known as hip-hop, Southern hip-hop producer, rapper Mannie Fresh born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Formed the hip-hop duo Big Tymers with rapper Birdman. Staff producer for Cash Money. Worked with artists such as Lil' Wayne, BG, TI, Mos Def, Juvenile, T-Pain, Noreaga, Notorious BIG, Mack 10, Toni Braxton, Chamillionaire, Chingy, Tyreese, Drake, and others
 
March 20, 1968 ~ Anthony Best, commonly known as hip-hop producer Buckwild, born in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Member of collective the Digging In The Crates Crew alongside Lord Finesse, Showbiz & AG, Diamond D, Fat Joe, Big L, and OC. Debuted as as a recording artist with the full-length album Nineteen Ninety Now in 2010, a collaboration with Celph Titled. Renowned hip-hop producer, produced or co-produced songs such as I Got A Story To Tell (Notorious BIG), Whoa (Black Rob), How You Been (Mic Geronimo), Mrs International (Method Man & Redman), and numerous others
March 20, 1968 ~ Singer, DJ, producer, songwriter Ultra Naté born in Havre de Grace, Maryland, USA ~ Known for a number of dance hits starting in the 1990s, well through the 2010s, including Joy, Show Me, How Long, Free, Found A Cure, Pressure, Desire, Get It Up (The Feeling), Love's The Only Drug, Automatic, Turn It Up, Unconditional, and others
 
March 20, 1965 ~ Guitarist, cellist, bassist, keyboardist Adrian Oxaal born in California, USA ~ Worked with Goat, Sharkboy, James, the Oyster Band, and others
March 20, 1965 ~ Singer France Gall wins the 10th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Naples, Italy ~ Representing Luxembourg Gall wins with the song Poupee De Cire (Poupee De Son) written by Serge Gainsbourg
 
March 20, 1964 ~ Singer Natacha Atlas born in Brussels, Belgium ~ First gained attention as singer of world fusion group Trans-Global Underground, fusing Arabic and Western music. Debuted as a solo artist with the album Diaspora in 1995. Best known for her 1999 single Mon Amie La Rose, a suprise hit in France and Belgium
 
March 20, 1960 ~ Singer Elvis Presley records A Mess Of Blues ~ Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman. Released the following July as the B-side to It's Now Or Never. Presley is accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and drummer DJ Fontana as well as by Hank Garland bass, Bob Moore double bass, Floyd Cramer piano, Buddy Harman aadditional drums and the Jordanaires backing vocals
 
March 20, 1954 ~ Reubern David Egan, commonly known as pianist, singer, songwriter David Egan born ~ 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 passed away in 2016
March 20, 1954 ~ Guitarist, singer Jim Seales born in Hamilton, Alabama, USA ~ Lead guitarist of Shenandoah from 1984 through 2014. Present on most of the band's best-known including the albums The Road Not Taken released in 1989 and its follow-up Extra Mile released the following year. Well-known songs include The Church On Cumberland Road, Sunday In The South, Two Dozen Roses, Next To You Next To Me and If Bubba Can Dance I Can Too, all of which would top the Billboard Country charts. The band is also known for the 1994 single Somewhere In The Vicinity Of My Heart, a collaboration with Alison Krauss giving the latter her first Billboard Country top 40 hit
 
March 20, 1951 ~ Guitarist Jimmy Vaughan, full name Jimmie Lawrence Vaughan, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Influenced by Albert King, BB King, Johnny Guitar Watson. Brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Founded the Fabulous Thunderbirds with Lou Ann Barton and Kim Wilson
 
March 20, 1950 ~ Drummer, percusionnist Carl Palmer, full name Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer, born in Birmingham, UK ~ One of the most revered progressive rock drummers influenced by jazz artists such as Art Blakey, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. Best known as co-founding member of supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer along with keyboardist Keith Emerson and guitarist, bassist Greg Lake, and as member of Asia. Previously a touring drummer for Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and co-founding member of Atomic Rooster. Other notable credits include producing Back Door's 1976 Activate and appearring on Mount Teidi of the 1982 Five Miles Out Mike Oldfield album
March 20, 1950 ~ Guitarist Fapy Lafertin born in Kortrijk, Belgium ~ Worked with Albert Vivi Limberger, Michel Verstraeten, Rudi Brink, Tim Kliphuis, Joop Hendricks, Charlie Byrd, Al Casey, Scott Hamilton, Benny Waters, Stéphane Grappelli, and others
March 20, 1950 ~ Folk, cabaret, rock singer, guitarist Kris de Bruyne born in Antwerp, Belgium ~ Active since the early 1970s. Best known for songs such as Vilvoorde City, Waar Ik Voor Leef and Lieve Jacoba ~ De Bruyne passed away in 2021
 
March 20, 1949 ~ Country singer Hank Williams records Wedding Bells at Castle Studio, Nashville, Tennessee ~ Written by Claude Boone. Produced by Fred Rose. Backed by Dale Potter on fiddle, Don Davis steel guitar, Zeb Turner electric guitar, Jack Shook rhythm guitar, Velma Williams bass. Paired with I've Just Told Mama Goodbye on the B-side released as a single the following May
March 20, 1949 ~ Jazz clarinetist Irving Fazola passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Influenced by Leon Roppolo, Jimmie Noone, and others. Topped the 1940 and 1941 Down Beat polls for clarinettists, beating Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Edmond Hall. Worked with Louis Prima, Candy Candido, Sharkey Bonano, Armand Hug, Ellis Stratakos, Ben Pollack, Gus Arnheim, Glenn Miller (including on Doing The Jive), Bob Crosby, George Brunies, Tony Almerico, and others ~ Fazola was born in 1912
March 20, 1949 ~ Blues singer, pianist Marcia Ball born in Orange, Texas, USA ~ Releasing solo records since the early 1970s. Duetted with Irma Thomas. Duetted with Dave Alvin. Has also worked with Lou Ann Barton, Delbert McClinton, Angela Strehli, Tracy Nelson, and others
 
March 20, 1948 ~ Marva Maria Williams, commonly known as blues singer Marva Wright, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Sang backup for Allen Toussaint, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, Bobby McFerrin, Aaron Neville, Fats Domino, Lou Rawls and Marcia Ball. As a solo artist recording steadily since her 1991 Heartbreaking Woman debut album ~ Williams passed away in 2010
 
March 20, 1946 ~ Guitarist Douglas B Green, also known as Ranger Doug Green, born in Great Lakes, Illinois, USA ~ Member of Western swing, musical comedy troupe the Riders In The Sky alongside Fred LaBour, Woody Paul and Joey Miskulin, active since the mid-1970s
 
March 20, 1944 ~ Conductor, composer, arranger John Cameron born in Essex, UK ~ Well known for his film, TV and stage credits. In-demand arranger and conductor for several pop acts including Donovan, Cilla Black, Hot Chocolate and notably CCS on the instrumental cover of Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love, the latter reaching the UK top 20 in 1970
 
March 20, 1943 ~ Jazz drummer Jon Christensen, full name Jon Ivar Christensen, born in Oslo, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Bobo Stenson, Eberhard Weber, Ralph Towner, Barre Phillips, Arild Andersen, Enrico Rava, John Abercrombie, Miroslav Vitous, Rainer Bruninghaus, Tomasz Stańko, and others ~ Christensen passed away in 2020
 
March 20, 1942 ~ Country singer Al Dexter records Pistol Packin' Mama at CBS Columbia Square Studio, Los Angeles, California ~ Self-penned. Released later the same month, Rosalita featured on the flipside. Backing musicians included Johnny Bond and Dick Reinhart. The single would become a nationwide sensation, eventually selling over 3 million records. It would notably be covered by Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters the same year. Over time numerous would record the song, including Gene Vincent, Lloyd Price, Hank Thompson and Boxcar Willie
 
March 20, 1941 ~ Pianist, guitarist, singer Mike Settle, fulll name Michael Ward Settle, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Member of the New Christy Minstrels. As a solo artist best known for his 1961 debut album Folk Sing Hallelujah and especially the track Sing Hallelujah notably covered by Judy Collins. Also worked with Kenny Rogers' backing unit the First Edition from 1967 to 1970, also writing a number of the band's best-known such as But You Know I Love You and The Last Few Threads Of Love
March 20, 1941 ~ Rod Lawrence Strunk, commonly known as singer, actor Rod Lauren born in Fresno, California, USA ~ Best known as an actor. As a singer Strunk scored one hit, namely If I Had A Girl reaching the American top 40 in 1961 ~ Strunk passed away in 2007
March 20, 1941 ~ Singer Vito Picone, full name Vito Joseph Picone, born ~ Original lead singer of doo-wop outfit the Elegants, alongside Arthur Venosa, Frank Tardogno, Carmen Romano and James Moschello, known for Little Star, a million-seller in 1958
 
March 20, 1940 ~ Trombonist, conductor, composer Frode Thingnæs born in Nore-og-Uvdal, Norway ~ Classical, jazz, pop conductor, composer. Composed the music for Norway's 1974 and 1976 Eurovision Songfestival entries, respectively Hvor Er Du and Mata Hari. Worked with Egil Kapstad, Terje Rypdal, Laila Dalseth, Espen Rud, Bjørn Alterhaug, Per Husby, Popol Ace, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Anne-Karine Strøm, Kampen Janitsjarorkester, Wenche Myhre, Lill Lindfors, Svante Thuresson, Einar Schanke, Alfred Naess, Yngvar Numme, the Bodega Band, and others ~ Thingnaes passed away in 2012
 
March 20, 1939 ~ Lawrence Ira Kahn, commonly known as salsa keyboardist, bandleader, producer, composer Larry Harlow born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Son of opera singer Rose Sherman and bandleader Buddy Kahn. Larry Harlow led Orchestra Harlow, the second orchestra to be signed to Fania. Harlow has recorded numerous albums with his own ensembles and produced over a 100 albums for various artist, mostly. Founded the Fania All-Stars, regarded as the seminal and most-important salsa group to date ~ Harlow passed away in 2021
 
March 20, 1938 ~ R&B singer Carlis McKinley Monroe born ~ Member of late 1960s, early 1970s R&B outfit 100 Proof (Aged In Soul). Has formerly sang with the Falcons, the Firestones and with the Fabulous Playboys ~ Monroe passed away in 2009
 
March 20, 1937 ~ Saxophonist Eddie Shaw born in Stringtown, Mississippi, USA ~ Best known for his association with Howlin' Wolf, leading Wolf's backing unit the Wolf Gang from 1972 onwards. Wrote or co-wrote half the songs on Wolf's 1973 album Back Door Wolf. In his teens worked with Little Milton, Willie Love and an ocassional jam session with Ike Turner at age 14. Joined Muddy Waters backing unit at age 20. Also worked with Hound Dog Taylor, Freddie King, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, and others. Released nine albums as a solo artist, starting with 1982's Moving & Grooving through 2012's Still Riding High ~ Shaw passed away in 2018
March 20, 1937 ~ Jerry Reed Hubbard, commonly known as guitarist, singer, songwriter Jerry Reed, born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Known for songs such as Guitar Man, US Male, A Thing Called Love, Alabama Wild Man, Amos Moses, When You're Hot You're Hot, Lord Mr Ford, East Bound And Down, and others. Member of country supergroup Old Dogs, which also included Mel Tillis, Bobby Bare and Waylon Jennings ~ Reed passed away in 2008
March 20, 1937 ~ R&B singer Joe Rivers born in Charleston, South Carolina, USA ~ Formed the duo Johnnie & Joe with Johnnie Louise Richardson, known for late 1950s songs such as Over The Mountain (Across The Sea), I'll Be Spinning and My Baby's Gone On On
 
March 20, 1936 ~ Hard bop, post-bop, soul-jazz pianist, composer Harold Mabern born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Described as one of the great post-bop pianists, Mabern has recorded over 20 albums as a leader. Initially started on drums. Self-taught on piano by emulating Charles Thomas and Phineas Newborn Jr. In the mid 1950s Mabern played in Chicago with artists such as Walter Baby Sweet Perkins and others. Moved to New York in 1959 and replaced Tommy Flanagan in trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison's backing band. Backed Jimmy Forrest for a recording that resulted in the albums All The Gin Is Gone and Black Forrest. Mabern continued to perform, tour and record as a sideman with artists such as Lionel Hampton, the Jazztet, Betty Carter, Johnny Hartman, Arthur Prysock, Donald Byrd, Roy Haynes, Miles Davis, JJ Johnson, Sonny Rollins, Lee Morgan, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Blue Mitchell, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, and others. Signed with Prestige Records and released his debut as a leader, A Few Miles From Memphis, in 1968 and the rest is history. An admired leader and collaborator Mabern continues to record to this day
March 20, 1936 ~ Rainford Hugh Perry, commonly known as reggae, dub, ska, rocksteady, jungle producer, songwriter Lee Scratch Perry born in Hanover, Jamaica ~ Pioneering producer acclaimed for his importance to dub music, using samples, remixing and studio effects. Has worked with Bob Marley, Junior Murvin, Max Romeo, the Beastie Boys, the Clash, and others ~ Perry passed away in 2021
 
March 20, 1927 ~ Composer John Joubert, full name John Pierre Herman Joubert, born in Cape Town, South Africa ~ Music academic associated with the universities of Hull and Birmingham. Composed over 160 works including symphonies, concertos, and operas. Best known for the carols Torches and There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue and the anthem O Lorde The Maker Of All Thing ~ Joubert passed away in 2019
 
March 20, 1922 ~ Lawrence Joseph Elgart, commonly known as saxophonist, bandleader Larry Elgart born in New London, Connecticut, USA ~ Member of the Elgarts, alongside his brother Les Elgart. The Elgarts are best known for recording Charles Albertine's Bandstand Boogie which would be used as the theme for the TV show American Bandstand ~ Elgart passed away in 2017
 
March 20, 1921 ~ Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Coe born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, USA ~ Active since the late 1930s. Has worked with Erroll Groundhog Grandy, Buddy Bryat, Jay McShann, Charlie Parker, Al Hibbler, Tiny Bradshaw, Aretha Franklin, Roy Hamilton, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Slide Hampton, David Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Carl Perkins, Larry Ridley, Leroy Vinnegar, and others ~ Coe passed away in 2004
 
March 20, 1918 ~ Margaret Marian Tuner, commonly known as jazz pianist, composer Marian McPartland, born in Slough, UK ~ Met her husband cornetist Jimmy McPartland when both served in the USO, playing for the Allied troops during World War II. After the war Marian played with Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Terry Gibbs, Joe Morello, Vinnie Burke, Bill Crow, and others ~ Turner passed away in 2013
 
March 20, 1917 ~ Singer, songwriter, actress Vera Lynn, full name Vera Margaret Lynn, born in East Ham, UK ~ Widely known for her concerts for the troops during World War II. Best known for songs such as We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs Of Dover, A Nightingale Sang In Berkely Square, There Will Always Be An England, Auf Wiedersehen Sweetheart, and My Son My Son. Became the oldest person, at age 97, to top the English album charts, with the compilation album We'll Meet Again (The Very Best Of Vera Lynn) in 2014 ~ Lynn passed away in 2020
 
March 20, 1915 ~ Blues singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA ~ Gospel, blues singer popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Influenced early rock & roll musicians such as Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Also a major influence on later British stars, such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Keith Richards. Pioneered use of deliberate distortion on the electric guitar. Pushed pop-gospel, gospel-influenced pop into the mainstream. Known for songs such as Rock Me, Down By The Riverside, and Strange Things Happening Every Day ~ Tharpe passed away in 1973
 
March 20, 1912 ~ Pianist Andreja Preger born in Pecs Austro, Austro-Hungary ~ Of Jewish descent and member of the Yugoslav Resistance during World War II. Became a noted concert pianist after the war. Co-founded the Belgrade Trio ~ Preger passed away in 2015
 
March 20, 1908 ~ Jazz, pop bandleader, saxophonist Bob Chester born ~ Known for songs such as Wait Till The Sun Shines Nelie, Madellaine, Not A Care In The World and With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair. Employed sidemen such as Alec Fila, Nick Travis, Lou Mucci, Conrad Gozzo, Herbie Steward, Peanuts Hucko, Irv Kluger, Dolores O'Neill, Kathleen Lane, Betty Bradley, Gene Howard, Bill Darnell, Stu Brayton, Bob Haymes, and others ~ Chester passed away in 1977
 
March 20, 1892 ~ Composer Arthur Goring Thomas passed away ~ Composed choral music, orchestral music, song and duets, cantatas, ballets and operas. Best known for his 1885 Nadeshda opera. Committed suicide at age 41 ~ Thomas was born in 1850
 
March 20, 1890 ~ Operatic tenor Lauritz Melchior, full name Lauritz Lebrecht Hommel Melchior, born in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Tenor singer popular from the 1920s through the 1940s acclaimed for his interpretations of works by Richard Wagner ~ Melchior passed away in 1973
 
March 20, 1883 ~ Operatic baritone Erik Ole Bye born in Drammen, Norway ~ Worked with the National theater Oslo, the Breslau Opera House, the Opera-Comique, and others ~ Bye passed away in 1953
 
March 20, 1863 ~ Maxixe, choro, classical composer, pianist Ernesto Nazareth, full name Ernesto Júlio De Nazareth, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Formed the bridge between classical and popular music, drawing from a diverse set of rhythms including polka, habanera and lundu. Pivotal to the development of Brazilian tango ~ Nazareth passed away in 1934
 
March 20, 1820 ~ Tenor singer Charles Lockey born in Berkshire, UK ~ Sang with the Melophonic Society, the Sacred Harmonic Society and others ~ Lockey passed away in 1901