This Day In Music: March 25
March 24 ~ Birthdays/All ~ March 26
 
March 25, 2022 ~ R&B singer, keyboardist, bassist, percussionist, songwriter, producer Keith Martin's body found at his Quezon City, Philippines gome ~ Influenced by the Jackson 5, Prince, the hitmaking producer duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Stevie Wonder as well as jazz and funk. Close longtime friend of Johnny Gill, Stacy Lattisaw and Kenny Lattimore. Member of local group Masquerade which also included D'Extra Wiley of future II D Extreme fame. Backed MC Hammer on the Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em and Too Legit To Quit world tours. As a solo artist first gained attention with Never Find Someone Like You, featured in the Bad Boys soundtrack. Would release his full-length It's Long Overdue debut album the following year, in 1995, and has recorded to mixed succes since ~ Martin was born in 1966
March 25, 2022 ~ Alternative rock, punk rock, post-grunge drummer Taylor Hawkins, full name Oliver Taylor Hawkins passed away in Bogota, Colombia ~ Influenced by Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Stephen Perkins, Jim Gordon, Neal Peart. Best known as member of the Foo Fighters. Touring drummer for Alanis Morissette. Also worked with Birds Of Satan, Coheed & Cambria, Vasco Rossi, Chevy Metal, and others ~ Hawkins was born in 1972
 
March 25, 2021 ~ Double-bassist, conductor, composer Paul W Whear, full name Paul William Whear, passed away ~ Composed for orchestras, bands, choir, vocal music, chamber music and organ. Had his works performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Philharmonic, the Rochester Civic Orchestra, the US Navy Band, and others ~ Whear was born in 1925
 
March 25, 2020 ~ Singer, actress Liesbeth List, full name Elisabeth Dorothea List, passed away in Soest, the Netherlands ~ Known for her collaborations with Ramses Shaffy and for her Dutch renditions of Jacques Brel songs ~ List was born in 1941
 
March 25, 2019 ~ Jazz double-bassist Lisle Atkinson, full name Lisle Arthur Atkinson, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Nina Simone, the New York Bass Choir, Les Spann, Betty Carter, Kenny Burrell, George Coleman, Andrew Cyrille, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, John Gordon, Jon Hendricks, Helen Humes, Hank Jones, Wynton Kelly, Howard McGhee, Horace Parlan, Hazel Scott, Norma Simmons, Frank Strozier, Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Stanley Turrentine, Richard Wyands, the Neo Bass Ensemble, Paul H Brown, Al Harewood, Benny Carter, Lee Konitz, Grover Mitchell, Joe Newman, Dakota Staton, Ernie Wilkins, Barry Harris, [artist-leroy-williams-trombonist], Jeanne Lee, Charles Thompson, Walt Dickerson, Horace Parlan, Frank Strozier, and others ~ Atkinson was born in 1940
 
March 25, 2016 ~ Singer, actress Shannon Bolin passed away in New York, USA ~ Dubbed the “Lady with the Dark Blue Voice” ~ Bolin was born in 1917
 
March 25, 2010 ~ Bassist, singer Dean Townson passed away ~ Bassist of the Pirates Of The Mississippi from its inception in 1987 until 1996 ~ Townson was born in 1959
 
March 25, 2009 ~ Country, soft rock singer, guitarist Dan Seals, full name Danny Wayland Seals, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Brother of Jim Seals. First gained attention as half of the 1970's duo England Dan & John Ford Coley with John Ford Coley, known for songs such as Simone, I'd Really Love To See You Tonight, Nights Are Forever Without You and Love Is The Answer. As a solo artist known for country hits such as Meet Me In Montana with Marie Osmond, Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold, Bop, You Still Move Me, I Will Be There, Three Time Loser, One Friend, Addicted, Big Wheels In The Moonlight, Love On Arrival, Good Times, and others ~ Seals was born in 1948
March 25, 2009 ~ Percussionist Manny Oquendo passed away ~ Worked with Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Valero, Luis del Campo, Juan El Boy Torres, Chano Pozo, Jose Budet, Juanito Sanabria, Marcelino Guerra, Jose Curbelo, Pupi Campo, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Vicentico Valldes, Conjunto Liber, Andy Gonzalez, Eddie Palmieri, Paul Quinichette, and others ~ Oquendo was born in 1931
March 25, 2009 ~ Juan Alberto Ficicchia, commonly known a jazz drummer Tito Alberti, passed away ~ Father of Soda Stereo-drummer Charly Alberti. Best known for founding Jazz Casino, fusing Caribbean steel drums with Latin jazz. Has also worked with Xavier Cugat, Dámaso Pérez Prado, and others ~ Ficicchia was born in 1923
 
March 25, 2008 ~ Singer, arranger Gene Puerling, full name Eugene Thomas Puerling, passed away ~ Founded and led both the Hi-Lo's and the Singers Unlimited. Known for his innovative use of harmony vocals, influencing numerous artists including Take 6, the King's Singers, the Manhattan Transfer, Chanticleer, GLAD, the Free Design and the Beach Boys-singer Brian Wilson ~ Puerling was born in 1929
 
March 25, 2006 ~ Maria de Los Angeles de las Heraz Ortiz, commonly known as mariachi, canción melodica singer, actress Rocio Dúrcal, passed away in Torrelodones, Spain ~ Awarded a 2005 Latin Grammy Award, a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to the genre. Known for recordings such as La Guirnalda, Como Tu Mujer, Vestida De Banco, El Destino and Infiel. Worked with Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solís, Luis Sanz, Silvetti, and others ~ De las Heras was born in 1944
 
March 25, 2004 ~ Radio DJ, nightclub DJ, producer, remixer Tom Wilson passed away ~ Closely associated with the Scottish dance music scene. Best known for his radio show Steppin' Out, aired on Radio Forth for over a dozen years starting in 1985. Nightclub DJ. Record producer, remixer, worked with artists such as N-Trance, the Time Frequency, Ice MC, Scooter, DJ Dado, and others ~ Wilson was born in 1951
 
March 25, 2002 ~ Singer Bea Rosse passed away ~ Formed the sibling outfit the Fontane Sisters with Geri Rosse and Marge Rosse, best known for backing Perry Como and for their 1954 million-seller Hearts Of Stone ~ Rosse was born in 1915
 
March 25, 1993 ~ Jazz trumpeter, producer Jake Porter passed away ~ Played with Melvin Parks, Lionel Hampton, Saunders King, Cee Pee Johnson, Slam Stewart, Slim Gaillaird, Benny Carter, Fats Waller, Noble Sissle, Fletcher Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Horace Henderson, Benny Goodman, Mel Powell, and notably on BB King's 1956 album Singing The Blues ~ Porter was born in 1916
 
March 25, 1992 ~ Drummer Phillip Wilson passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as founding member of Art Ensemble Of Chicago and as member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Formed jazz-rock band Full Moon with fellow Butterfield Band member Buzz Feiten, known for their 1972 eponymous Full Moon which is now considered one of the finest early jazz fusion works. Has also jammed with Jimi Hendrix and collaborated with artist such as the Last Poets, Fontella Bass, Olu Dara, Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, Sam Lazar, Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Anthony Braxton, Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Bill Laswell, and others. Murdered at age 50. The killer, Marvin Slater, was caught and eventually sentenced to 33 years after attention from the America's Most Wanted TV show ~ Wilson was born in 1941
 
March 25, 1991 ~ Pianist Eileen Joyce, full name Eileen Alannah Joyce, passed away in Redhill, UK ~ Popular in the 1930s and 1940s and at her peak compared in popular esteem to Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn. Drew comparisons to Clara Schumann, Sophie Menter and Teresa Carreño ~ Joyce was born in 1908
March 25, 1991 ~ Royal G Bryant, commonly known as jazz tenor, alto saxophonist Rusty Bryant, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Known for his 1952 recording All Nite Long. Worked with Tiny Grimes, Stomp Gordon, Hank Marr, Nancy Wilson, Richard Groove Holmes, Boogaloo Joe Jones, Johnny Hammond Smith, Charles Kynard, Sonny Phillips, and others ~ Bryant was born in 1929
March 25, 1991 ~ Alexander Balos Williams, commonly known as trombonist Sandy Williams, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his work with Chick Webb and with Ella Fitzgerald. Also played with Claude Hopkins, Horace Henderson, Fletcher Henderson, Cootie Williams, Sidney Bechet, Duke Ellington, Art Hodes, Roy Eldridge, and others ~ Williams was born in 1906
 
March 25, 1989 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter Aly Michalka, full name Alyson Renae Michalka, born in Torrance, California, USA ~ Half of sibling duo Aly & AJ, the other half being AJ Michalka
 
March 25, 1988 ~ Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, commonly known as rapper Big Sean, born in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Discovered by Kanye West. Released his full-length Finally Famous solo debut album in 2011. Featured on hits such as West's Mercy, Lil' Wayne's My Homies Still and Justin Bieber's As Long As You Love Me. As a solo artist known for the Billboard top 10 hits Dance (A$$) featuring Nicki Minaj and Bounce Back. Has also worked with Twenty 88, Royce da 5'9", Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Ariana Grande, Eminem, Metro Boomin', Ty Dolla $ign, and others
March 25, 1988 ~ Producer, DJ, songwriter Ryan Lewis born in Spokane, Washington, USA ~ Best known for his association with Macklemore, scoring hits such as Same Love, Thrift Shop, Can't Hold Us, Downtown, and others
 
March 25, 1987 ~ Country singer, songwriter Meghan Patrick born in Bowman Ville, Canada ~ Cites Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Aretha Franklin as influences. Has collaborated with Rodney Clawson, Gord Bamford, Chantal Kreviazuk, Marty Dodson, Patricia Conroy, and others. Releases her full-length debut album, Grace & Grit, in 2016. Best known for songs such as Still Loving You featuring Joe Nichols, Country Music Made Me Do It, Walls Come Down and Wild As Me, all of which reached top 10 on the Canadian country charts
 
March 25, 1984 ~ Pop, R&B singer, songwriter Katharine McPhee, full name Katherine Hope McPhee, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Reached 2nd place, behind Taylor Hicks, in the 5th season of American Idol in 2006
 
March 25, 1980 ~ Conductor, pianist, teacher Walter Susskind, full name Jan Walter Susskind, passed away in Berkeley, California, USA ~ Fled to England two days before the Nazis invaded his native Prague, eventually becoming a naturalized Brit. Married to cellist Eleanor Warren from 1943 to 1953. As a pianist known for forming the the Czech Trio. As a conductor known for his association with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, the Scottish Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Susskind was born in 1913
 
March 25, 1979 ~ Drummer Franco Manzecchi passed away in Konstanz. West Germany ~ Worked with Chet Baker, Eric Dolphy, Larry Young, Clark Terry, Bill Coleman, Lou Bennett, Mal Waldron, and others ~ Manzecchi was born in 1931
March 25, 1979 ~ Michael Martinez, commonly known as hip-hop, alternative hip-hop rapper, producer Onry Ozzborn, born in Farmington, New Mexico, USA ~ Best known for his role as member of several alternative hip-hop groups including Grayskull, Dark Time Sunshine and Oldominion. Also a solo artist, releasing his Knightingale in 1997, and an in-demand collaborator working with artists such as Aesop Rock, Sleep, Mr Lif, POS, the Slug, and Busdriver
March 25, 1979 ~ Sultan Banks, commonly known as hip-hop producer, rapper Traxamillion, born ~ First gained attention producing Keak da Sneak's 2005 single Super Hyphy. Released two albums, 2006's The Slapp Addict and 2012's My Radio. Has worked with Mistah FAB, Brooke Hogan, MC Lars, Drew Deezy, Clyde Carson, Chantelle Paige, and others ~ Banks passed away in 2022
 
March 25, 1976 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Chris Murphy, full name Christopher Bryce Murphy, born in Australia ~ Gained widespread attention in 2006 as contestant on the talent show Australian Idol, reaching 4th place. Would release a full-length eponymous Chris Murphy album the following year. Fronted Murphy's Lore since 1993, known for the albums People In Grass Houses, Best Laid Plans and The Universe Conspires. The band has opened for acts such as Jimmy Barnes and Daryl Braithwaite
 
March 25, 1975 ~ Singer Melanie Blatt, full name Melanie Ruth Blatt, born in London, UK ~ Rose to fame as member of girl group All Saints, known for hits such as Never Ever, Bootie Call, Pure Shores and Black Coffee. As a solo artist scored a UK top 20 hit with Do Me Wrong in 2003. Has also collaborated with Artful Dodger, Outsidaz, and others
March 25, 1975 ~ Bassist, songwriter, producer, author Tony Grey, full name Antony Phillip Grey, born in Newcastle, UK ~ Worked with Hiromi, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Reeves Gabrels, Kelly Buchanan, Naveen Kumar, Tomoyasu Hotei, Gavin Degraw, Dennis Chambers, Bill Evans, Zack Alford, Zakir Hussain, Grégoire Maret, Gary Husband, Mino Cinelu, Brian Blade, Mike Stern, Karsh Kale, Wayne Krantz, Dave Holland, Mark Giuliana, Kerwood Dennard, David Fluczynki, Fabrizio Soti, Raymond Angry, Gene Lake, Chris Dave, Faiguni, Reb Beach, Deantoni Parks, Lionel Loueke, Oli Rockberger, and others
 
March 25, 1974 ~ Alternative rock, electronica, trip hop, reggae fusion singer, guitarist Finley Quaye born in Edinburgh, UK ~ Son of vaudeville pianist Cab Kaye. Half-brother of guitarist Caleb Quaye. Debuted in 1997 with the album Maverick A Strike. It spawned the hits Sunday Shining, It's Great When We're Together and Even After All, the latter reaching the UK top 10. Has collaborated with A Guy Called Gerald, William Orbit (Dice), Timo Maas, Cathy Claret, Ava Leigh, Christopher Chaplin, and others
 
March 25, 1972 ~ Singer Vicky Leandros wins the 17th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Edinburgh, UK ~ Representing Luxembourg Leandros wins with the song Après Toi written by Leo Leandros, Klaus Munro and Yves Dessca
 
March 25, 1971 ~ Alternative metal, alternative rock bassist Michael McKeegan, full name Michael Robert McKeegan, born in Lame, Northern Ireland ~ Best known as co-founding member of Therapy, and along with Andy Cairns the only original member still with the band. Has also worked with Evil Priest, the Sons Of Massey and the Gemils
 
March 25, 1969 ~ Bandleader Billy Cotton, full name William Edward Cotton, passed away in London, UK ~ Popular band leader from the 1920s onwards and one of the few to remain popular after the British dance band era and well into the 1950s. Known for songs such as Somebody Stole My Gal. Also appeared in a number of films starting in the 1930s ~ Cotton was born in 1899
March 25, 1969 ~ House, dance, dance-pop singer, songwriter Cathy Dennis born in Norwich, UK ~ Rose to fame as singer with D-Mob, notably present on the 1989 single C'mon And Get My Love which is considered an underground dance classic. Released her solo debut album Move To This in 1990. Known for songs such as Just Another Dream, Touch Me All Night Long and Too Many Wails. Would go on to become an in-demand songwriter. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Bumper To Bumper for the Spice Girls, Before Your Love for Kelly Clarkson, and I Kissed A Girl for Katy Perry
 
March 25, 1966 ~ Guitarist, singer Jeff Healey, full name Norman Jeffrey Healey, was born in Toronto, Canada ~ Enjoyed popularity in the 1980s and 1990s with songs such as I Think I Love You Too Much, How Long Can A Man Be Strong and perhaps his best-known Angel Eyes, the latter reaching top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Healey passed away in 2008
 
March 25, 1963 ~ Alternative country, roots rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Robbie Fulks born in York, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Over a dozen albums to his name starting with Country Love Songs released in 1996, praised for his flatpicking guitar technique, his near encyclopaedial knowledge of country and pop, and for his literate songwriting
 
March 25, 1961 ~ Jazz pianist Makoto Ozone born in Kobe, Japan ~ Worked with Gary Burton, Kimiko Itoh, Anna Maria Jopek, Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, and others
March 25, 1961 ~ Keyboardist, singer Patricia Lynn Sylvers born ~ Member of popular 1970s sibling R&B outfit the Sylvers, known for songs such as Fools Paradise, Fever and Hot Line
 
March 25, 1960 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion, rock drummer Chad Wackerman born in Long Beach, California, USA ~ Worked with Frank Zappa, Allan Holdsworth, Banned from Utopia, Bill Watrous, Steve Vai, Andy Summers, Ed Mann, Albert Lee, Colin Hay, and others. Has released a number of solo albums, starting with Forty Reasons in 1991
March 25, 1960 ~ Pop, post-punk guitarist Steve Norman born in Islington, UK ~ Co-founding member of Spandau Ballet, known for a string of 1980s UK top 20 hits including Muscle Bound, Lifeline, True, Gold and Only When You Leave. Norman remained with the band through its entire existence, initially as a guitarist and later also as bassist and saxophonist
 
March 25, 1958 ~ Trombonist, bandleader Tom Brown passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Played with Papa Jack Laine and Frank Christian before leading bands of his own by the 1910s. Brown bragged to lead the first white band to play “Jass,” a similar claim as Nick LaRocca of the competing the Original Dixieland Jazz Band has adamantly made. Later Brown would also serve under bandleaders such as Bert Kelly and Harry Yerkes ~ Brown was born in 1888
 
March 25, 1955 ~ Conductor, violinist, keyboardist, songwriter, arranger Lucio Fabbri born in Crema, Italy ~ Worked in progressive rock with acts such as Il Pacco, Piazza Delle Erbe. Sessioned for artists such as Roberto Vecchioni, Claudio Rocchi, Eugenio Finardi. Works primarily as a arranger and conductor from the 1980s onwards, working with artists such as Matia Bazar, Paul Young, Umberto Tozzi, Mika, Gianni Morandi, Enzo Jannacci, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Marco Mengoni, Massimo Ranieri, Chiara Galiazzo, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, Captain Sensible, and others
 
March 25, 1952 ~ Songwriter Jack Lee born ~ Member of Nerves alongside Paul Collins and Peter Case. Best known for penning Hanging On The Telephone and Come Back And Stay, hits for respectively Blondie and Paul Young
 
March 25, 1951 ~ Jazz, bebop drummer Big Sid Catlett passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ One of the most versatile drummers of his generation. Influenced by Zutty Singleton, Baby Dodds, Jimmy Bertrand. Worked with Benny Carter, mcKinney's Cotton Pickers, the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Ruth Brown, and others ~ Catlett was born in 1910
 
March 25, 1950 ~ Singer, producer, songwriter Chuck Greenberg born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his work with Shadowfax, acclaimed for blending jazz, rock, folk and elements of world music ~ Greenberg passed away in 1995
March 25, 1950 ~ Country singer, songwriter Ronnie McDowell, full name Ronald Dean McDowell, born ~ Best known for the Elvis Presley-tribute song The King Is Gone. Also known for Older Women and You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation
 
March 25, 1949 ~ Robert Alan Ezrin, commonly known as producer Bob Ezrin born in Toronto, Canada ~ Revered rock, hard rock, arena rock producer. Has worked with Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Phish, the Deftones, Thirty Seconds To Mars, and others
March 25, 1949 ~ Guitarist Neil Jones born in Llanbradach, UK ~ Member of Amen Corner, known for string of late 1960s UK hits including Gin House Blues, Bend Me Shape Me, High In The Sky and perhaps their best-known If Paradise Is Half As Nice, the latter topping the English charts in 1969 ~ Jones passed away in 2018
 
March 25, 1948 ~ Producer, singer, guitarist, songwriter Michael Stanley born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Enjoyed regional popularity during the 1970s and 1980s with his brand of heartland rock. Nationally best known for the single He Can't Love You, which reached the Billboard top 40 in 1980 ~ Stanley passed away in 2021
 
March 25, 1947 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Duncan Brown, full name Duncan John Browne, born ~ Signed by Andrew Loog Oldham and debuted in 1968 with the album Give Me Take You. Best known for songs such as Journey (1972) and The Wild Places (1978). Member of Metro. Co-wrote Criminal WOrld, which David Bowie included on his Let's Dance released in 1983 ~ Browne passed away in 1993
March 25, 1947 ~ Reginald Kenneth Dwight, commonly known as singer, songwriter Elton John born in Pinner, UK ~ One of all-time best-selling artists, with sales exceeding 300 million records. Acclaimed for a number of 1970s albums, notably Honky Château, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy. Known best for songs such as Rocket Man, Crocodile Rock, Daniel, Bennie And The Jets, Island Girl, Don't Go Breaking My Heart with Kiki Dee, I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, I'm Still Standing, Nikita, Candle In The Wind, Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me and Can You Feel The Love Tonight
 
March 25, 1944 ~ Beat bassist Megan Davies, full name Megan Kelso Davies ~ Member of the Applejacks, known for a number of mid-1960s singles including Like Dreamers Do penned by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Three Little Words and the UK top 10 hit Tell Me When. The band was also the first to record I Go To Sleep, written by the Kinks singer Ray Davies. Others who have recorded the song include Cher on her 1965 All I Really Want To Do solo debut album, Peggy Lee, the Pretenders, Graham Bonnet, Soulwax, and others
 
March 25, 1942 ~ Singer Aretha Franklin born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Undisputed Queen of Soul. Had no less than eighty-eight singles hit the US singles charts starting in 1955 including hits such as RESPECT, Chain Of Fools, Think, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, I Say A Little Prayer, Rock Steady, Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do), Chain Of Fools, Day Dreaming, and Who's Zoomin' Who ~ Franklin passed away in 2018
 
March 25, 1940 ~ Pop singer Anita Bryant, full name Anita Jane Bryant, born in Barnsdale, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known for her single Paper Roses, a Billboard top 10 hit in 1960
March 25, 1940 ~ Anna Maria Mazzini, commonly known as pop, blues, jazz, R&B, bossa nova singer Mina, was born in Busto Arsizio, Italy ~ One of the most popular pop Italian pop singers in the 1960s and 1970s. Praised for her three-octave vocal range and vocal agility, dubbed “the Queen of Screamers”. Internationally best known for the ballad This World We Love In, which hit the low end of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961. At times banned from Italian radio and TV for her emancipated, liberated, loose rock & roll image
 
March 25, 1938 ~ Singer, songwriter Hoyt Axton born in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA ~ Son of noted songwriter Mae Boren Axton who co-wrote Heartbreak Hotel. Hoyt performed and recorded as a singer but is best known as a songwriter responsible for songs made famous by others such as Joy To The World and Never Been To Spain by Three Dog Night, The Pusher from Easy Rider by Steppenwolf, Greenback Dollar by the Kingston Trio, and The No No Song by Ringo Starr. Other artists who have recorded Hoyt's work include Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, BJ Thomas, John Denver, Waylon Jennings, Jonathan Edwards, Anne Murray, and others ~ Axton passed away in 1999
 
March 25, 1936 ~ Singer Edythe Wright, backed by Tommy Dorsey and orchestra, records Robins And Roses ~ Written by Joe Burke and Edgar Leslie. Recorded by several artists, the biggest hit being Bing Crosby's version which peaked at No.2. Other 1936 versions would be recorded by Orville Knapp, and by Dorsey's brother Jimmy Dorsey with Kay Weber
March 25, 1936 ~ Jazz double-bassist Larry Gales, full name Lawrence Bernard Gales, born ~ Renowned sideman. Occassional leader. Worked with JC Heard, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Mann, Junior Mance, Joe Williams, Erroll Garner, Willie Bobo, Red Rodney, Harry Sweets Edison, Benny Carter, Blue Mitchell, Clark Terry, Kenny Burrell, Buddy Tate, Bennie Green, Sonny Stitt, Mary Lou Williams, Jimmy Smith, Sonny Criss, Big Joe Turner, Eddie Henderson, Johnny Lytle, Junior Mance, Charlie Rouse, and others ~ Gales passed away in 1995
 
March 25, 1935 ~ Juan Azarias Pacheco Knipping, commonly known as singer, producer, bandleader, label executive Johnny Pacheco, born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic ~ Leading figure in 1960s and 1970s salsa. Founded Fania Records. Founded the Fania All-Stars ensemble ~ Knipping passed away in 2021
 
March 25, 1934 ~ Singer, songwriter Johnny Burnette, full name John Joseph Burnette, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Father of 1980s rockabilly singer Rocky Burnette. Formed and fronted the Johnny Burnette Trio, which also included his brothers Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison, known for a number of pivotal rock & roll releases including 1956's Train Kept A-Rollin'. Pursued a solo career in the early 1960 reaching the top 20 with a number of smooth pop songs and ballads, perhaps most notably Dreamin', You're Sixteen and Little Boy Sad, before an early death in a boating accident ~ Burnette passed away in 1964
March 25, 1934 ~ Jazz singer, guitarist, bandleader Philip Tabane born in South Africa ~ Best known for lead the group Malombo. Heavily influenced by traditional Sepedi chants and rhythms ~ Tabane passed away in 2018
 
March 25, 1933 ~ Blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Clarence Edwards born in Lindsay, Louisiana, USA ~ Would gain recognition later in life, playing the blues festival circuit in the late 1980s. Best known for songs such as Lonesome Bedroom Blues and I Want Somebody ~ Edwards passed away in 1993
March 25, 1933 ~ Charles William Harris, commonly known as singer Wee Willie Harris, born in Bermondsey, UK ~ Early British rock & roller, dubbed “Britain's wild man of rock & roll,” known for his energetic stage shows. Referenced in Ian Dury's Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3
 
March 25, 1931 ~ Pianist, harpsichordist, producer Erik Smith, full name Erik George Sebastian Smith, born in Rostock, Germany ~ Son of conductor Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. Of Jewish descent fled Germany in 1936 with his mother and brother to be raised in the UK. Producer for Decca Records and Phillips. Formed the London Wind Soloists and the Vienna Mozart Ensemble. Produced over 90 opera recordings. Best known for the complete recordings of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, some 180 CDs known as The Complete Mozart Edition released in the early 1990s ~ Smith passed away in 2004
March 25, 1931 ~ Jazz, bebop, post-bop, avant-garde drummer, bandleader, composer Paul Motian, full name Stephen Paul Motian, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Rose to prominence in the late 1950s backing Bill Evans. Also closely associated with Keith Jarrett, playing with the latter for about a decade starting in 1967. As a leader known for albums such as Dance, Psalm, and The Story Of Maryam. Has worked with the Electric Bebop Band, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Paul Bley, Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Joe Castro, Arlo Guthrie, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Don Cherry, Marilyn Crispell, Leni Stern, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Alan Pasqua, Bill McHenry, Stéphan Oliva, Frank Kimbrough, Eric Watson, Tethered Moon, and others ~ Motian passed away in 2011
March 25, 1931 ~ Producer Tom Wilson, full name Thomas Blanchard Wilson Jr, born ~ Founded Transition Records, known for several quintessential mid-1950s jazz releases including Cecil Taylor's Jazz Advance and Sun Ra's Jazz By Sun Ra. As staff producer at Columbia Records especially noted for producing three key Bob Dylan albums, namely The Times They Are A-Changin', Another Side Of Bob Dylan and Bringing It All Back Home. Produced Simon & Garfunkel's 1964 Wednesday Morning 3AM debut album. Has also worked with the likes of the Mothers Of Invention, the Velvet Underground, Eddie Harris, Eric Burdon, Blues Project, and others ~ Wilson passed away in 1978
 
March 25, 1929 ~ Pianist Cecil Taylor, full name Cecil Percival Taylor, born in Long Island, New York, USA ~ Classically trained. Pioneer of free jazz. Leader and sideman. Known for landmark albums such as Looking Ahead and Unit Structures. Has worked with Buell Neidlinger, Dennis Taylor, John Coltrane, Jimmy Lyons, Sunny Murray, Gil Evans, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and others ~ Taylor passed away in 2018
 
March 25, 1925 ~ Singer, voice actor Elmer Dresslar Jr born ~ Best known as a voice actor, mostly in jingles and commercials. As a solo singer known for the singles Chain Gang and These Hands. Member of the Singers Unlimited ~ Dresslar passed away in 2005
March 25, 1925 ~ Morris Joseph Lazar, commonly known as big band singer, actor Freddie Stewart, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for appearing in the fim series The Teen Agers from 1946 through 1948. Wrote the song Do I Know What I'm Doing for the 1943 She's For Me musical comedy film. Briefly sang with Tommy Dorsey's orchestra ~ Lazar passed away in 2000
 
March 25, 1923 ~ Bonnie Buckingham, commonly known as singer, songwriter Bonnie Guitar born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ As a solo artist best known for her 1957 country-pop hit Dark Moon, one of the first songs by a female country artist to cross over to the pop charts. As co-founder of Dolton Records she was incremental in launching the careers of the Fleetwoods and the Ventures. Later co-owner of Jerden Records ~ Buckingham passed away in 2019
 
March 25, 1918 ~ Composer Claude Debussy passed away in Paris, France ~ Sometimes referred to as the first impressionist composer, although he rejected the term ~ Debussy was born in 1862
 
March 25, 1915 ~ Edna May Squires, commonly known as traditional pop singer Dorothy Squires, born in Pontyberem, UK ~ Best known for her association with Billy Reid, appearing on songs such as The Gypsy, A Tree In The Meadow, and I'm Walking Behind You ~ Squires passed away in 1998
March 25, 1915 ~ Jazz pianist Linton Garner born in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA ~ Worked with his baby brother Erroll Garner, with Fletcher Henderson, Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole, Carmen McRae, Della Reese, and others ~ Garner passed away in 2003
 
March 25, 1906 ~ Blues, Piedmont blues guitarist, singer Curley Weaver, full name Curley James Weaver, born in Covington, Georgia, USA ~ Best known for his duets with Blind Willie McTell until the 1950s. Has also worked with Buddy Moss and Fred McMullen. Father of blues singer Cora Mae Bryant ~ Weaver passed away in 1962
March 25, 1906 ~ Singer, actor, songwriter Jean Sablon born in Nogent-sur-Marne, France ~ One of the first French singers to embrace jazz. The first singer to record with famed guitarist Django Reinhardt. Enjoying an international career in film, stage and music he was often referred to as a French version of Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra. Known for songs such as Vous Qui Passez Sans Me Voir, In The Still Of The Night, Love Walked In, Les Feuilles Mortes, and others ~ Sablon passed away in 1994
 
March 25, 1904 ~ Kermit H Johnson, commonly known as boogie-woogie, jazz pianist Pete Johnson, born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Helped make boogie-woogie popular in the late 1930s. Played with Big Joe Turner (including on Roll 'Em Pete, generally seen as one of the first rock & roll records), Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons, JC Higginbotham, JC Heard, Chuck Berry, and Big Maybelle. Johnson also wrote and recorded Rocket '88 Boogie, the inspiration for Ike Turner's ocket '88 two years later in 1951 ~ Johnson passed away in 1967
 
March 25, 1903 ~ Francis Nunzio Carlone, commonly known as big band, easy listening pianist, bandleader, songwriter Frankie Carle, born in Mesa, Arizona, USA ~ Popular 1940s, 1950s bandleader dubbed “the Wizard of the Keyboard”. Best known for Sunrise Serenade, a 1938 million-seller and US No.1 hit ~ Carle passed away in 2002
 
March 25, 1902 ~ Clarinetist Albert Burbank born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Student of Lorenzo Tio. Worked with Kid Milton, Paul Barbarin, Kid Ory, Herb Morand, Kid Clayton, Percy Humphrey, Jimmy Archey, and others ~ Burbank passed away in 1976
 
March 25, 1897 ~ Jazz pianist, singer Sweet Emma Barrett born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Papa Celestin, William Ridgely, AJ Piron, John Robichaux, Sidney Desvigne, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and others ~ Barrett passed away in 1983
 
March 25, 1881 ~ Composer, pianist Béla Bartók, full name Béla Viktor János Bartók, born in Nagyszentmikloós, Hungary ~ Considered one of the most important 20th century composers. Along with Franz Liszt counted among Hungary's most important ~ Bartók passed away in 1945
 
March 25, 1867 ~ Conductor Arturo Toscanini born in Parma, Italy ~ One of the most beloved musicians of the late 19th century, early 20th century. Household name in America, known for popularizing operatic and symphonic repertoire. Worked with La Scala, the New York Philharmonic, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Toscanini passed away in 1957