This Day In Music: March 3
March 2 ~ Birthdays/All ~ March 4
March 3, 2022 ~ Reggae singer Denroy Morgan passed away in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA ~ First gained attention as member of New York-based 1970s reggae outfit the Black Eagles. Would go on to a successfull solo career from the 1980s onwards, perhaps best known for his reggae, dance hit I'll Do Anything For You of his 1981 album of the same name. Would become the first reggae artist to be signed to RCA Records, resulting in the 1984 album Make My Day. Several of Morgan's offspring would also become professional musicians, notably his sons Gramps Morgan and Laza Morgan ~ Morgan was born in 1945
March 3, 2021 ~ Duff Clark Jackson, commonly known as jazz drummer Duffy Jackson, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Son of bandleader Chubby Jackson. Worked with Count Basie, Woody Herman, and with Buddy Rich, before he left high school. Went on to play with Monty Alexander, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Lena Horne, Milt Jackson, Barney Kessel, Benny Carter, Sammy Davis Jr, Grover Mitchell, Lionel Hampton, Al Jarreau, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Thad Jones, Illinois Jacquet, Artie Shaw, Frank Foster, Harry Allen, Billy Ross, the Manhattan Transfer, George Benson, Ira Sullivan, and others ~ Jackson was born in 1953
March 3, 2021 ~ Comedian, painter, songwriter Jeroen van Merwijk passed away in Saint-Juliette, France ~ Best known as a cabaretier, comedian. As a songwriter known for his work with the radio show Spijkers Met Koppen, Karin Bloemen, Harrie Jekkers, Hans Dorrestijn, Adèle Bloemendaal ~ Van Merwijk was born in 1955
March 3, 2021 ~ Composer Roger Verhaart passed away in Haarlem, the Netherlands ~ Best known for composing the music to the film Pocket-knife and the TV series Kinderen Van Waterland ~ Verhaart was born in 1966
March 3, 2019 ~ Singer Leo de Castro passed away ~ Founded King Harvest. Also worked with Johnny Rocco, the Dancehall Racketeers, the Roger James Band, Babylon, Ray Arnott, Ronnie Peel, Bernadette O'Neill, Ray Burton, Ayers Rock, and others ~ De Castro was born ca.1948
March 3, 2017 ~ Traditional folk singer Danny Spooner passed away ~ Worked as a salvage tug and trawler skipper before relocating to Australia, becoming a major figure in the Melbourne folk revival scene from the 1960s onwards ~ Spooner was born in 1936
March 3, 2017 ~ James Evans Fuller, commonly known as singer, guitarist Jim Fuller, passed away ~ Lead guitarist of the Surfaris. Dubbed “the Godfather of Surf” ~ Fuller was born in 1947
March 3, 2017 ~ Bassist Lyle Ritz passed away in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Member of the Wrecking Crew, a group of well-used Los Angeles-based session musicians. Has worked with Herb Alpert, the Righteous Brothers, the Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, the Monkees, Herb Ohta, Dean Martin, Linda Ronstadt, Les Baxter, Martin Bell, Theodore Bikel, Dennis Budimir, Ron Elliott, Phil Everly, Bob Florence, Randy Edelman, Dan Hicks, James William Guercio, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Claudine Longet, Al Kooper, Van Dyke Parks, Jerry Riopelle, Austin Roberts, Loudon Wainwright III, Sammy Walker, Mason Williams, and others ~ Ritz was born in 1930
March 3, 2017 ~ Thomas Aiden Page, commonly known as singer, songwriter Tommy Page, passed away ~ Best known for his 1990 hit I'll Be Your Everything ~ Page was born in 1970
March 3, 2016 ~ R&B singer, songwriter, producer Gavin Christopher dies ~ Member of Lyfe, which also included Chaka Khan. Member of High Voltage. Best known for writing several Rufus tracks, Once You Get Started, Dance With Me, and Fools Paradise. As a solo artist best known for his sole Billboard Hot 100 charter One Step Closer To You. Has produced artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and Ritchie Family, as well as mentored a young Mariah Carey ~ Christopher was born in 1949
March 3, 2013 ~ Singer. songwriter Bobby Rogers, full name Robert Edward Rogers, passed away in Soutfield, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as longtime member of the Miracles. Wrote or co-wrote several of the band's best remembered, including That's What Love Is Made Of and Going To A Go-Go, as well as hits for other Motown artists such as the Temptations (The Way You Do The Things You Do), Mary Wells (What Love Has Joined Together), the Contours (First I Look At The Purse), and Marvin Gaye (One More Heartache), and others ~ Rogers was born in 1940
March 3, 2012 ~ Guitarist, mandolinist, bassist, keyboardist, singer Ronnie Montrose passed away in Brisbane, California, USA ~ Regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in early hard rock. Frontman, eponym of Montrose from 1973 through 1977, the band's eponymous Montrose debut album often cited as America's answer to Led Zeppelin. Subsequently led Gamma from 1979 through 1983. In-demand session musician, worked with the likes of Van Morrison, Herbie Hancock, Beaver & Krause, Boz Scaggs, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Dan Hartman, the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils, Lauren Wood, Earth Quake, the Neville Brothers, Marc Bonilla, Sammy Hagar,and others ~ Montrose was born in 1947
March 3, 2008 ~ Producer, recording enginer, singer Norman Hurricane Smith passed away in East Sussex, UK ~ Best known as a studio engineer and producer. Engineered the sound for close to a 100 the Beatles tracks. Produced the Pink Floyd albums Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets and Ummagumma. Released a handful of early 1970s singles, most notably 1972's Oh Babe What Would You Say which reached the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic ~ Smith was born in 1923
March 3, 2006 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist Charlie Hodge, full name Charles Franklin Hodge, passed away in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA ~ Member of 1950s gospel group the Foggy River Boys. Best known as confidante, advisor, stage manager and friend of Elvis Presley, whom he befriended during the latter's Army service. Hodge lived at Presley's Graceland home for over 15 years, starting in the early 1960s and play an important role in Presley's career, advising him on which songs to record and who to hire for his backing band ~ Hodge was born in 1934
March 3, 2005 ~ Folk autoharpist, singer Dorris Henderson passed away in London, UK ~ Influenced by Odetta. Discovered by Lord Buckley. Closely associated with John Renbourn. Also worked with Tintagel, Eclection, and others ~ Henderson was born in 1933
March 3, 2002 ~ Songwriter, singer Harlan Howard passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Singer. Best known as revered songwriter who wrote or co-wrote classics such as Pick Me Up On Your Way Down, Heartaches By The Number, I Fall To Pieces, Everglades, The Key's In The Mailbox, Life Turned Her That Way, and Busted. Had his songs recorded by Ray Price, Guy Mitchell, Patsy Cline, Charlie Rich, the Kingston Trio, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Patty Loveless, Waylon Jennings, Lefty Frizzell, Kitty Wells, Jim Reeves, John Conlee, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Mel Tillis, the Forester Sisters, Brenda Lee, the Judds, and others ~ Howard was born in 1927
March 3, 1997 ~ Singer Camila Cabello born in Cojimar, Cuba ~ Rose to prominence as member of girl group Fifth Harmony through 2016, present on songs such as Worth It featuring Kid Ink and Work From Home featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Also known as a solo artist, releasing her well-received Camila debut album in 2018, and for a number of high-profile collaborations such as I Know What You Did Last Summer with Shawn Mendes, Bad Things with Machine Gun Kelly and Hey Ma with Pitbull
March 3, 1991 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Sal Nistico, full name Slavatore Nistico, passed away in Berne, Switzerland ~ Worked with Woody Herman, Count Basie, Carl Fontana, Nat Pierce, Michael Moore, Nat Adderley, Don Ellis, Buddy Rich, Stan Tracey, Joe Haider, Fritz Pauer, Johnny Griffin, Roman Schwaller, Paul Grabowsky, Roberto DiGiola, Thomas Stabenow, Joris Dudil, Mario Gonzi, Curtis Fuller, Helen Merrill, Pony Poindexter, Sarah Vaughan, and others ~ Nistico was born in 1940
March 3, 1990 ~ Jazz singer Monika Borzym born in Warsaw, Poland ~ Debuted in 2011 with the critically acclaimed Girl Talk and has been recording regularly since
March 3, 1987 ~ David Daniel Kaminsky, commonly known as actor, singer, dancer, comedian Danny Kaye, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Starred in close to 20 feature films from the late 1930 through the 1960s. Known for his comedy routine, pantomimes and novelty songs. Released a number of albums, starting with 1949's eponymous Danny Kaye album. Has collaborated with the Andrews Sisters (Civilization (Bong Bong Bong)), Gordon Jenkins, Eileen Wilson, and with Louis Armstrong ~ Kaminsky was born in 1911
March 3, 1986 ~ Alternative rock, post-hardcore, indie rock singer, guitarist, banjoist, bassist, keyboardist Daniel Anderson, full name Daniel Robert Anderson, born in Bellingham, Washington, USA ~ Co-founding member of alternative rock outfit Idiot Pilot and of electronic dance band Glowbug. Has also worked with the Ghost & the Grace, Ancient Lasers, Hyro The Hero, and others
March 3, 1984 ~ James Faye Hall, commonly known as pianist, songwriter Roy Hall, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Formed the Cohutta Mountain Boys, teaming up with Tommy Odum, Bud White, Flash Griner and Frankie Brumbalough ~ Hall was born in 1922
March 3, 1983 ~ Jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader Dominick Farinacci born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Mulgrew Miller, Miles To Miles, Ernie Krivda, and others
March 3, 1981 ~ Maria Concepción Mendivil Feito, commonly known as pop, folk-pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Conchita, born in Helsinki, Finland ~ Actively recording since the mid-2000s. Best known for songs such Nada Que Perder and Puede Ser both of which reached the Spanish top 10
March 3, 1981 ~ Wesley Eric Weston Jr, commonly known as rapper Lil' Flip, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Known for the singles The Way We Ball, Game Over and Sunshine
March 3, 1981 ~ Singer Shatha Hassoun, full name Shatma Amjad Al-Hassoun, born in Casablanca, Morocco ~ Rose to fame as winner of the 4th season of the Star Academy Arab World talent show in 2007. Referred to as “the Daughter of Mesopatamia”
March 3, 1977 ~ Singer Ronan Keating, full name Ronan Patrick John Keating, born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Rose to fame in the mid-1990s as member of boyband Boyzone, known for hits such as Working My Way Back To Yoy, Love Me For A Reason, Father And Son, Words, A Different Beat, All That I Need, No Matter What, and others. As a solo artist especially known for his 1999 Keith Whitley-cover When You Say Nothing At All, featured in the Notting Hill film. Released his full-length solo debut album, Ronan, the following year
March 3, 1975 ~ Jazz, experimental, avant-garde, indie rock saxophonist, clarinetist, hornist, flautist Colin Stetson born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, the Bell Orchestre, Ex Eye, Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Sinéad O'Connor, the National, Animal Collective, LCD Soundsystem, Hamid Drake, David Byrne, Bill Laswell, Evan Parker, Jolie Holland, the Chemical Brothers, Shahzad Ismaily, My Brightest Diamond, Angélique Kidjo, Kevin Devine, David Gilmour, Anthony Braxton, Sarah Neufeld, Esmerine, Feist, and others
March 3, 1970 ~ Drummer, singer Steven Bishop born in Brisbane, Australia ~ Early drummer of Powderfinger, left the band before their rise to fame. Also worked with Moonjuice, the Haymakers, sang lead with the Predators
March 3, 1966 ~ Anthony Terrell Smith, commonly known as rapper, producer, actor Tone Loc, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for his 1989 hit singles Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina, both of which reached the Billboard top 10. Also appeared on We're All In The Same Gang, a collaborative single under the moniker West Coast Rap All-Stars which also included Ice-T, Dr Dre, Young MC, Eazy E, MC Hammer and others
March 3, 1961 ~ Pianist, composer Paul Wittgenstein passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for commissioning for the left hand alone, following the amputation of his right arm. Composers who have written pieces for Witgenstein include Benjamin Britten, Alexandre Tansman, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Strauss and perhaps most famously Maurice Ravel, the latter writing the Piano Concerto For The Left Hand for him ~ Witgenstein was born in 1887
March 3, 1959 ~ Jazz guitarist, composer Frode Alnæs born in Kristiansund, Norway ~ Has collaborated with artist such as Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, Arild Andersen, Jon Balke, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Ketil Bjørnstad, Henning Sommerro, Ray Charles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ian Hunter, Bjørn Alterhaug, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Gustav Lorentzen, Jan Erik Vold, and others
March 3, 1957 ~ Singer Corry Brokken wins the 2nd edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Frankfurt, West Germany ~ Representing the Netherlands Brokken wins with the song Net Als Toen written by Guus Jansen and Willy van Hemert
March 3, 1957 ~ Michael George Haynes, commonly known as roots reggae singer Michael Prophet, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Known for songs such as Praise You Jah Jah, Fight It To The Top, Gunman and One Love. Worked with producers such as Vivian Jackson, Henry Jujo Lawes, Don Mais, Al Campbell, Sugar Minott, Winston Riley, and others ~ Haynes passed away in 2017
March 3, 1956 ~ Gerardo Horacio López von Linden, commonly known as rock bassist, songwriter Cachorro López, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina ~ Member of Zas and of Los Abuelos De La Nada. In-demand producer, having worked with the likes of Caifanes, Stephanie Salas, Andrés Calamaro, Paulina Rubio, Diego Torres, and others
March 3, 1955 ~ Pianist, saxophonist, guitarist, composer Bheki Mseleku born in Durban, South Africa ~ Member of Spirits Rejoice. Played with Joe Henderson, Abbey Lincoln, Elvin Jones and others ~ Mseleku passed away in 2008
March 3, 1954 ~ Rock singer, guitarist, songwriter John Lilley born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known as member of the Hooters from 1983 until the band's disbandement in 1995, known for songs such as And We Danced and Day By Day
March 3, 1953 ~ Singer, songwriter Robyn Hitchcock born in London, UK ~ Influenced by Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Syd Barrett, Captain Beefheart, Bryan Ferry, Roger McGuinn. Fronted psychedelic, folk-rock band the Soft Boys, acclaimed for their 1980 Underwater Moonlight album. Debuted as a solo artist with the 1981 Black Snake Diamond Role album and has recorded to critical acclaim since, at times backed by the Egyptians or Venus 3 which also included REM's Peter Buck. Has also worked with Emma Swift, Grant Lee Buffalo, the Sadies, Andy Partridge, and others
March 3, 1950 ~ R&B, jazz fusion guitarist Bruce Conte, full name Bruce Anthony Conte, born in Sanger, California, USA ~ Influenced by Albert King, Grant Green, George Benson, Jimmy Nolen. Best known as member of Tower Of Power from 1972 through 1979, including on the band's eponymous 1973 Tower Of Power album which spawned the hit What Is Hip ~ Conte passed away in 2021
March 3, 1948 ~ Gary Lachlan Mack, commonly known as news anchor Byron MacGregor, born in Calgary, Canada ~ Scored a fluke hit US top 10 with Americans, a spoken version of a Toronto newspaper commentary by Gordon Sinclair set to the tune of America The Beautiful performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Sinclair also recorded a version. MacGregor scored the US hit, peaking at No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sinclair's version would top the Canadian single chart ~ MacGregor passed away in 1995
March 3, 1948 ~ Donat Roy Mittoo, commonly known as keyboardist, singer, songwriter Jackie Mittoo, born in Browns Town, Jamaica ~ Musical director at Studio One Records. Best known as a member of the Skatalites. Also served as a member of the Sheiks, the Soul Brothers, the Soul Vendors, and of Sound Dimension. His song Peanie Wallie was reworked into Duppy Conqueror, made famous by Bob Marley. Co-wrote Armagideon ime, later covered by the Clash. Worked extensively with producer Bunny Lee. Also worked with Sugar Minott, and with Musical Youth ~ Mittoo was born in 1990
March 3, 1948 ~ Terence Charles White, commonly known as singer, guitarist Snowy White, born in Devon, UK ~ Touring guitarist with Pink Floyd from the late 1970s through the 1980 The Wall shows. Member of Thin Lizzy from 1980 through 1982. Best known for his solo single Bird Of Paradise, an international hit in 1983 of his White Flames album
March 3, 1947 ~ Singer Jennifer Warnes, full name Jennifer Jean Warnes, born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Best known for the hit duets Up Where We Belong with Joe Cocker and I've Had The Time Of My Life with Bill Medley
March 3, 1943 ~ William Charles Linhart, commonly known as rock singer, actor Buzzy Linhart, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Member of Seventh Sons, alongside Steve de Naut, Serge Katzen and Max Ochs. Session vibraphonist for Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Jimi Hendrix, and others ~ Linhart passed away in 2020
March 3, 1942 ~ Keyboardist Lyman Woodard born ~ Jazz-funk organist, pianist. Served as musical director for Martha & the Vandellas. Member of the 8th Day. Also worked with the Undisputed Truth, Melvin Davis, and with Dennis Coffey ~ Woodard passed away in 2009
March 3, 1942 ~ Michael John Prendergast, commonly known as rock, pop guitarist, singer Mike Pender, born ~ Founding member of Merseybeat band the Searchers, sang lead on songs such as Needles And Pins and What Have They Done To The Rain
March 3, 1938 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Willie Chambers born in Flora, Mississippi, USA ~ Best known as member of psychedelic soul band the Chamber Brothers, known for incorporating elements of traditional gospel and blues, psychedelica and rock into soul, scoring a Billboard top 20 hit with the eleven-minute single Time Has Come Today in 1968
March 3, 1936 ~ Opera, classical music critic, author Peter G Davis, full name Peter Graffam Davis, born in Concord, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known as music critic for the magazine New York from 1980 through 2007. Has also worked for New York Times, Musical America, Opera News. Authored the book The American Opera Singer, released in 1997 ~ Davis passed away in 2021
March 3, 1934 ~ James Emory Gordon, commonly known as jazz bassist Jimmy Garrison, born in Miami, Florida, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known as a member of John Coltrane Quartet, backing John Coltrane from 1961 through 1967. Also worked with Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Philly Joe Jones, Bill Barron, Lee Konitz, Jackie McLean, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Lennie Tristano, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Walter Bishop Jr, Cal Massey, Hampton Hawes, Archie Shepp, Clifford Thornton, Elvin Jones, Ted Curson, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, and others ~ Garrison passed away in 1976
March 3, 1931 ~ Jazz, scat singer, bandleader Cab Calloway records Minnie The Moocher in New York, New York ~ Written by Calloway, Irving Mills and Clarence Gaskill. Reportedly the first jazz record to sell a million copies. Would become Calloway's best-known, his signature song, and known by audiences and generations not familiar with either era or genre. Noted for its scat (non-sensical) singing and its call and response with audiences, having the audience repeat every line (“Hi de hi, hi de ho”).
March 3, 1930 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, arranger Bob Hammer, full name Howard Robert Hammer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Red Allen, Bud Freeman, Bob Wilber, Roy Eldridge, Gene Krupa, Eddie Condon, Pee Wee Russell, Jimmy Knepper, Johnny Hartman, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Elvin Jones, Cozy Cole, and with Charles Mingus, the latter calling Hammer “his Ludwig van Beethoven
March 3, 1929 ~ Jazz trumpeter Dupree Bolton born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for his associations with Harold Land, Curtis Amy, Jay McShann ~ Bolton passed away in 1993
March 3, 1928 ~ Hard-bop double-bassist, arranger Pierre Michelot born in Paris, France ~ Studied piano. Switched to bass at ge 16. Worked with Rex Stewart, Kenny Clarke, Coleman Hawkins, Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Don Byas, Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Bud Powell, Zoot Sims, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis (Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud), Jacques Loussier, and others ~ Michelot passed away in 2005
March 3, 1925 ~ Tenor saxophonist, trumpeter Herbert Hardesty born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known for his association with pianist Fats Domino and producer Dave Bartholomew. Has also worked with artists such as Papa Celestin, Sidney Desvigne, Chick Webb, Chubby Newsom, Earl Palmer, Ernest McLean, Cosimo Matassa, Jewel King, Tommy Ridgley, Lloyd Price (sax on Lawdy Miss Clawdy), Shirley & Lee, Smiley Lewis, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Hank Jones, Count Basie, Tom Waits, Plas Johnson, Mitch Woods, and others ~ Hardesty passed away in 2016
March 3, 1924 ~ Rosa Mina Schärer, commonly known as singer Lys Assia, born in Rupperswill, Switzerland ~ Winner of the 1956 Eurovision Songfestival, the very first edition, performing Refrain written by Géo Vournard and Emile Gardaz ~ Schärer passed away in 2018
March 3, 1923 ~ Arthel Lane Watson, commonly known as guitarist Doc Watson, born in Deep Gap, North Carolina, USA ~ Iconic, prolific picker drawing from various traditional American styles including bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel. Worked with T Michael Coleman, Randy Scruggs, Earl Scruggs, David Holt, Jack Lawrence, Tommy Emmanuel, Clint Howard, Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe, David Grisman, Del McCoury, Mac Wiseman, Ricky Skaggs, and with his son Merle Watson ~ Watson passed away in 2012
March 3, 1920 ~ Songwriter, lyricist, guitarist Hubert Giraud, full name Hubert Yves Adrian Giraud, born in Marseille, France ~ Played with Django Reinhardt's the Quintette du Hot Club, Ray Ventura and with Jacques Hélian. As a songwriter best known for co-authoring, with Pierre Delanoë, the song Dors Mon Amour, the 1958 Eurovision Songfestival winner performed by André Claveau ~ Giraud passed away in 2016
March 3, 1917 ~ Ismael Morales, commonly known as saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist Esy Morales, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico ~ Noted for appearing on several of Xavier Cugat's albums. Formed the Brothers Morales Orchestra with his siblings Humberto Morales and Noro Morales. Led his own the Esy Morales Orchestra, perhaps best known for appearing in several movies including performing Jungle Fantasy in the 1949 Criss-Cross film ~ Morales passed away in 1950
March 3, 1906 ~ Albany Leon Bigard, commonly known as jazz clarinetist, saxophonist Barney Bigard, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ In the early 1920s played with King Oliver, usually on saxophone. Bigard is best known however for his 15-year tenure with Duke Ellington starting in 1927. He is also credited as composer or co-composer on several numbers, including the Ellington standard Mood Indigo. Was the one who recommended Duke to hire Johnny Hodges. Post-Ellington Bigard did soundtrack work for Hollywood, including with Louis Armstrong. Toured with trombonist Kid Ory in the late 1940s. Bigard also recorded under his own name. Sat in with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on some of their best-known such as Moonlight Serenade and Tuxedo Junction. Wrote an autobiography titled With Louis And The Duke. ~ Bigard passed away in 1980
March 3, 1906 ~ Big band, jazz singer, saxophonist Kenny Sargent, full name Laurel Kenneth Sargent, born in Centralia, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as lead vocalist, saxophonist for the Casa Loma Orchestra, enjoying popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. Present on some of the band's best-known including The Talk Of The Town, Blue Moon, City Called Heaven, and When I Grow Too Old To Dream. Sargent retired from the band in 1943 to pursue a career as a radio host starting with Memphis-based WHHM, remaining active in radio with Tennessee and Texas stations throughout the 1960s ~ Sargent passed away in 1969
March 3, 1905 ~ Jazz keyboardist, saxophonist, violinist Fernand Coppieters born in Brussels, Belgium ~ Father of jazz pianist Francis Coppieters. Wored with Bistroulle-ADO, the Red Mills Ragtime Band, the Rhytmic Novelty Dance Orchestra, Fud Candrix, René Compère, Robert de Kers, Oscar Alemán, Josephine Baker, Roland Dorsay, Willie Lewis, and others ~ Coppieters passed away in 1981
March 3, 1894 ~ Blues singer Clara Smith born in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA ~ Dubbed “the Queen of the Moaners”. Known for songs such as Troublesome Blues, the risqué Whip It To A Jelly and a number of duets with Bessie Smith, no relation, notably My Man Blues and Far Away Blues. Has also worked with Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, and with Don Redman ~ Smith passed away in 1935
March 3, 1891 ~ Composer, conductor, theatrical impresario Federico Moreno Torroba born in Madrid, Spain ~ Regarded as one of the leading 20th century composers for the classical guitar. Praised as composer of zarzuelas, a form of Spanish light opera, noted for his 1932 Luisa Fernanda. Has also composed ballets, symphonies, piano works and one full-length opera, El Poeta which premiered in 1980 featuring Plácido Domingo ~ Torroba passed away in 1982
March 3, 1812 ~ Composer, pianist Alexander Ivanovich Dubuque born in Moscow, Russia ~ Known for works such as Ne Brani Menya Rodnaya. Mentor of Mily Balakirev and Nikolai Zverev ~ Dubuque passed away in 1898