This Day In Music: March 30
March 29 ~ Birthdays/All ~ March 31
 
March 30, 2022 ~ Nathaniel Ian Wynter, commonly known as reggae keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, singer, songwriter Natty Wailer, passed away ~ At times credited as Ian Wynter and Brother Ian. Best known for his work with Aston Barrett, King Tubby and Bob Marley. First recorded with the latter on the 1976 Rastaman Vibration album. Toured with Marley throughout the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. After Marley's death in 1981 semi-retired from music to reemerge by the late 1990s. Over the course of his career has also worked with Peter Tosh, Linval Thompson, Dennis Brown, and fronted his own outfit the Reggae Vibes notably known for the albums Lifted and Destiny released respectively in 2000 and 2013 ~ Wynter was born in 1954
March 30, 2022 ~ Pop, dance-pop singer Tom Parker, full name Thomas Anthony Parker, passed away ~ Member of pop, dance-pop boyband the Wanted, known for UK top 10 hits such as All Time Low, Heart Vacancy, Glad You Came, Lightning, Chasing The Sun and Show Me Love (America) ~ Parker was born in 1988
 
March 30, 2020 ~ Singer, songwriter Bill Withers, full name William Harrison Withers Jr, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Known for songs such as Lean On me, Ain't No Sunshine, Use Me, the Grover Washington Jr duet Just The Two Of Us, Lovely Day, Grandma's Hands, and others. Has worked with Stephen Stills, James Gadson, Benorce Blackmore, Ray Jackson, Melvin Dunlap, Gladys Knight, the Crusaders, Ralph MacDonald, Michel Berger, Jimmy Buffett, Bobby Womack, Ruby Lee, and others ~ Withers was born in 1938
 
March 30, 2019 ~ Rockabilly singer, guitarist Billy Adams, full name Willie Murray Adams, born in Redbush, Kentucky, USA ~ Influenced by Elvis Presley. Founded and fronted Rock-a-teers at age 14. Known for songs such as You Heard Me Knocking, True Love Will Come Your Way, You Gotta Have A Duck Tail and perhaps his best-known, the 1957 recording of Rock Pretty Mama which wwould become considered a seminal rockabilly classic by critics. Re-emerged in the early 2000s, the critically acclaimed Legacy album bringing him back in the spotlight ~ Adams was born in 1940
March 30, 2019 ~ Pianist, composer Geoff Harvey, full name Geoffrey John Harvey, passed away in Gold Coast, Australia ~ Best known for his nearly four-decade association with Australia's Nine Network regularly appearing on several of the station's shows and composing a number of its themes ~ Harvey was born in 1935
 
March 30, 2017 ~ Singer Rosie Hamlin, full name Rosalie Mendez Halin, passed away in Belen, New Mexico, USA ~ Fronted Rosie & the Originals, best known for their 1961 hit Angel Baby. The song would later be covered by several artists including perhaps most notably by Linda Ronstadt and by John Lennon. Hamlin would be the first Latina to be honored by Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame on their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Of One Hit Wonders, as well as the first Latina to appear on American Bandstand in 1961 ~ Hamlin was born in 1945
 
March 30, 2016 ~ Francis Michael Chennesky, commonly known as singer, actor Frankie Michaels, passed away in Chittenango, New York, USA ~ Child actor, singer known for being the youngest Tony Award winner ever, winning the award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Patrick Dennis in the original production of Mame at age 10 ~ Chernesky was born in 1955
March 30, 2016 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Gianmaria Testa passed away ~ Draws from folk, jazz and world music. Acclaimed especially for his 1995 Montgolfieres debut album ~ Testa was born in 1958
March 30, 2016 ~ Classical conductor, arranger, composer Howard Cable, full name Howard Reid Cable, passed away ~ Best known for his association with several brass groups, notably the Brass Quintet, the Brass Ensemble and Brass & Choir ~ Cable was born in 1920
 
March 30, 2010 ~ Jazz pianist John Bunch passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Music director and pianist for Tony Bennett from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. Member of New York Swing alongside Bucky Pizzarelli and Jay Leonhart. Also worked with Urbie Green, Milt Hinton, George Mraz, Frank Wess, Georgie Auld, Jimmy Rowles, Eddie Condon, the World's Greatest Jazz Band, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Pearl Bailey, Benny Bailey, Kenny Davern, and others ~ Bunch was born in 1921
March 30, 2010 ~ Jazz singer, actor Nicola Arigliano passed away in Calimera, Italy ~ Known for songs such as I Sing Ammore, Sentimentale and 20km Al Giorno ~ Arigliano was born in 1923
 
March 30, 2009 ~ Jazz saxophonist Jean-Claude Fohrenbach passed away in Viller-le-Duc, France ~ Worked with Eddie Benard, Django Reinhardt, Claude Bolling, Jack Dieval, Jonah Jones, Sonny Stitt, and others ~ Fohrenbach was born in 1925
 
March 30, 2008 ~ R&B singer, songwriter, actor Sean Levert, full name Sean Edward Levert, passed away in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Son of the O'Jays lead singer Eddie Levert. Baby brother of singer Gerald Levert. Member of Levert, known for a string of R&B hits starting in the mid-1980s such as Pop Pop Pop Goes My Mind, My Forever Love, Sweet Sensation, Addicted To You, Just Coolin featuring Heavy D, Baby I'm Ready and Casanova, the latter also reaching the Billboard top 10 in 1987 ~ Levert was born in 1968
 
March 30, 2005 ~ Skate punk, punk rock, pop punk drummer, guitarist Derrick Plourde, full name Derrick William Plourde, passed away in Goleta, California, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of Lagwagon from 1990 through 1996. Present on the albums Duh, Trashed and Hoss, succeeded by Dave Raun. Has also worked with Bad Astronaut, Jaws, the Ataris, Mad Caddies, Rich Kids On LSD, and others ~ Plourde was born in 1971
 
March 30, 2004 ~ Singer Timi Yuro passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Considered to be one of the first blue-eyed soul singers. Known for songs such as early 1960s hits such as Hurt and What's A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You). Over the course of her career Yuro has worked with producers such as Clyde Otis, Bob Johnston and Quincy Jones. Opened for Frank Sinatra. Influential on artists such as Elvis Presley, Morrissey, PJ Proby, Elkie Brooks, and others ~ Yuro was born in 1941
 
March 30, 1998 ~ Michèline Care, commmonly known as singer, chansonierre Michèle Arnaud, passed away in Maisons-Lafitte, 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 was born in 1919
 
March 30, 1995 ~ Errol Bellot, commonly known as singer, rapper, songwriter Kojo Funds, born in London, UK ~ Blends West African and Caribbean music with rap, dancehall and pop. Featured on Yxng Bane's Fine and on Mabel's Finders Keepers. As a solo artist known for his 2018 Golden Boy debut album, which spawned the UK top 30 single Check featuring Raye
March 30, 1995 ~ Jazz pianist Rozelle Claxton passed away in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Clarence Davis, Harlan Leonard, Ernie Fields, Eddie South, briefly with Count Basie, Walter Fuller, George Dixon, Earl Hines, Red Norvo, Jimmie Lunceford, Andy Kirk, Pearl Bailey, Franz Jackson, and others ~ Claxton was born in 1913
 
March 30, 1993 ~ Larissa de Macedo Machado, commonly known as singer Anitta, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Influenced by Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Sandy. Broke through with her debut single, Show Das Poderosas, in 2013 followed by a full-length debut album, Anitta, later the same year. Has been recording since. Collaborated with Becky G, Ozuna, Natti Natasha, Maluma, J Balvin, Jhama, Alesso, Prince Roy, Black Eyed Peas, and others
 
March 30, 1991 ~ Nathan John Feuerstein, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter NF, born in Gladwin, Michigan, USA ~ Scored a number of rap hits on Christian charts starting in the early 2010s, including Wait, I Just Wanna Know, Warm Up and perhaps his best-known Let You Down, the latter also reaching the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 top 20
 
March 30, 1990 ~ Thomas Rhett Akins Jr, commonly known as country singer, guitarist, songwriter Thomas Rhett, born in Valdosta, Georgia, USA ~ Son of singer Rhett Akins. Debuted in 2013 with the It Goes Like This and has since scored over a dozen top 10 hits on the Billboard Country charts including It Goes Like This, Die A Happy Man, Craving You featuring Maren Morris and What's Your Country Song. Has also written songs for Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, and others
 
March 30, 1984 ~ Country singer, guitarist, songwriter Justin Moore, full name Justin Cole Moore, born in Poyen, Kansas, USA ~ Released his full-length eponymous Justin Moore debut album in 2009 and has recorded consistently since. Best known for his 2009 single Small Town USA, which would top Billboard's country charts. Other well-known songs include If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away, Till My Last Day, Somebody Else Will, The Ones That Didn't Make It Back and Why We Drink
 
March 30, 1983 ~ George Lewis Jr, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Twin Shadow, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ~ Debuted in 2010 with the critically acclaimed Forget album. Best known for his 2012 sophomore Confess album
 
March 30, 1981 ~ Edith Goodall, commonly known as blues singer, vaudeville performer Edith Wilson, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Johnny Dunn, Fletcher Henderson, Florence Mills, Hot Chocolates, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bill Robinson, Duke Ellington, Alberta Hunter, Cab Calloway, Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake, Little Brother Montgomery, Terry Waldo, and others ~ Goodall was born in 1896
 
March 30, 1979 ~ Pianist, singer, songwriter Norah Jones, full name Geethali Norah Jones Shankar, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Daughter of sitarist Ravi Shankar. Drew comparisons to Billie Holiday early on in her career for her repertoire and voice. Debuted in 2002 with the Come Away With Me album and has recorded to critical acclaim since. Has collaborated with Peter Malick, the Little Willies, Willie Nelson, Danger Mouse, Puss 'n Boots, and others
March 30, 1979 ~ Singer, rapper, songwriter, actor Simon Webbe born in Manchester, UK ~ Member of boy band Blue, known best for a string of early 2000s hits. The band's first three albums all topped the UK albums charts. Well-known songs include Too Close, If You Come Back and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word featuring Elton John. The band disbanded in 2005 but has reunited since and represented England at the 2011 Eurovision Songfestival with the song I Can which reached 11th place. Webbe has recorded as a solo artist during and after the band's hiatus, starting with 2005's Sanctuary which included the hits Lay Your Hands and No Worries
 
March 30, 1978 ~ Keyboardist, organist Larry Young passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Sideman and leader. Soul-jazz, avant-garde, fusion. Gained jazz experience playing with Jimmy Forrest, Lou Donaldson, Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, Tommy Turrentine. Teamed up with Grant Green and Elvin Jones in the mid-1960s. Joined the earliest fusion groups by the end of the decade, serving under Tony Williams on Emergency and later albums, and under Miles Davis on Bitches Brew. In total Young recorded about a dozen albums as a leader, starting in 1960 on Prestige Records. His best known LP was 1965's Unity backed by Joe Henderson and a young Woody Shaw. Throughout the 1960s Young also backed Jimmy Forrest, Etta Jones, Thornel Schwartz (Soul Cookin'), Gildo Mahones, Pony Poindexter/ Booker Ervin and Buddy Terry, and in the 1970s he continued with Williams, McLaughlin, and with Joe Chambers. Young is also known for a jam with Jimi Hendrix, released after Jimi's death on the LP Nine To The Universe ~ Young was born in 1940
 
March 30, 1977 ~ Abdel Halim Ali Shabana, commonly known as singer, conductor, actor Abdel Halim Hafez, passed away in London, UK ~ Considered one of the all-time greatest Egyptian singers dubbed “the Dark-Skinned Nightingale” with over 80 million records sold. Known for patriotic songs, some of his songs reaching the status of anthem during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Well-known songs include El Massih, Ahwak, Fatet Ganbena, Gabbar, Habibati Man Takoon and Aadah Al Nahar. In the Western world best known when two bars of his Khosara were used by Jay-Z in the 2000 hit Big Pimpin' featuring UGK ~ Shabana was born in 1929
 
March 30, 1976 ~ Pop, rock band the Beach Boys record Had To Phone Ya ~ Written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love with some contributions by Diane Rovell. The latter would be credited as co-writer on the initial release, her name removed on subsequent pressings. Included on the 1976 15 Big Ones album and used as the B-side of the It's OK single
March 30, 1976 ~ Choro, samba, jazz bandolim player Hamilton de Holanda born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Merges choro with contemporary jazz. Acclaimed for Bossa Negra released in 2015, a collaborative album with Diogo Nogueira. Has also worked with Yamandu Costa, Mike Marshall, Joel Nascimento, Marco Pereira, Brasilia Brasil, André Mehman, Stefano Bollani, João Bosco, and others
March 30, 1976 ~ Reuben Bloom, commonly known as songwriter Rube Bloom, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Frequent songwriting partner of Sammy Cahn, Ted Koehler, and notably Johnny Mercer. Songs co-written by Bloom include Day In Day Out (Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra), Out In The Cold Again (Glen Gray, Ruth Etting, Billy Eckstine), Maybe You'll Be There (Gordon Jenkins, Kay Starr, June Christy), Give Me The Simple Life (Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett), and Don't Worry 'Bout Me (Katherine Perry, Les Brown, Ella Fitzgerald) ~ Bloom was born in 1902
March 30, 1976 ~ Michael Ugochukwu, commonly known as rapper, producer Ruggedman, born in Nigeria ~ Actively recording since the turn of the 21st century, quickly becoming one of the most popular Nigerian artists. Has collaborated with international stars such as Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Akon, Maxi Priest, Kanye West, LL Cool J, T-Pain, Nas, and others
 
March 30, 1973 ~ Alex Michael Goldstein, commonly known as DJ, turntablist, remixer DJ AM, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Club DJ in Los Angeles. Member of Crazy Town from 1999 through 2001. Skyrocketed to fame by the mid-2000s, playing weekly sets in Las Vegas. Formed the duo TRV$DJAM with Travis Barker. Has remixed tracks recorded by Three 6 Mafia, Ashlee Simpson, Weezer, Guru Josh, and others ~ Goldstein passed away in 2009
 
March 30, 1968 ~ Pop, soft rock, chanson singer, songwriter Céline Dion, full name Céline Marie Claudette Dion born in Charlemagne, Canada ~ One of all-time best-selling and the best-selling Canadian artist with record sales exceeding 200 million. Actively recording since the early 1980s in both French and English. Known for international hits such as The Power Of Love, Because You Loved Me and her signature song My Heart Will Go On, the latter used as the theme of blockbuster film Titanic. Won the 1988 Eurovision Songfestival representing Switzerland with the song Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi
 
March 30, 1964 ~ Folk, folk-pop singer, guitarist, songwriter Tracy Chapman born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Known for her open, honest, introspective storyteling. Social activist. Rose to fame with her critically acclaimed eponymous 1988 Tracy Chapman debut album, which included her signature song Fast Car. Has recorded to critical acclaim since. Other well-known songs include Give Me One Reason, Baby Can I Hold You, Crossroads and Telling Stories. Has duetted with BB King, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti and with Buddy Guy
 
March 30, 1962 ~ Pop, rock & roll singer Billy Fury records Last Night Was Made For Love at Decca Studios, London, UK ~ Penned by Alan Fielding. Produced by Dick Rowe. Released the following April as the B-side to A King For Tonight
March 30, 1962 ~ Stanley Kirk Burrell, commonly known as rapper, dancer, producer MC Hammer, born ~ Best known for his hits U Can't Touch This and 2 Legit 2 Quit
 
March 30, 1961 ~ Jazz singer Tina May born in Gloucester, UK ~ Worked with Clark Tracey, Tony Coe, Nikki Iles, Stan Sulzmann, Ray Bryant, Enrico Pieranunzi, Michael Hashim, Humphrey Lyttelton, and others ~ May passed away in 2022
 
March 30, 1957 ~ Jazz guitarist Dave Stryker born in Omaha, Nebraska, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for his associations with Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff and Kevin Mahogany. Has also worked with Eliane Elias, Javon Jackson, Andy Laverne, Jared Gold, Steve Slagle, Don Braden, Craig Handy, Royce Campbell, Bob Mintzer, Matthew Whitaker, and others
 
March 30, 1955 ~ Country singer Connie Cato born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Recorded a handful of albums in the 1970s, starting with 1974's Super Connie Cato. Best known for songs such as Superskirt, Hurt and Who Wants A Slightly Used Woman. Retired from music by the early 1980s
March 30, 1955 ~ Randall Edwin Van Wormer, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Randy Vanwarmer, born in Indian Hills, California, USA ~ Best known for Just When I Needed You Most, a top 10 hit in the USA and UK in 1979. Also wrote I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, a hit for the Oak Ridge Boys ~ Vanwarmer passed away in 2004
 
March 30, 1951 ~ Paul Leonard Prewer, commonly known as rock, pop rock, glam rock singer, songwriter Paul Da Vinci, born in Thurrock, UK ~ Best known as lead vocalist on the Rubettes 1974 hit Sugar Baby Love. As a solo artist known for Your Baby Ain't Your Baby No More released the same year. In-demand session singer, present on recordings by Gary Moore, Ringo Starr, Barry Blue, David Essex, Tight Fit, and others
 
March 30, 1950 ~ Guitarist Dave Ball born in Handsworth, UK ~ Briefly a member of Procol Harum, joining the band in 1971 as replacement for Robin Trower and leaving in 1972 halfway through the sessions for the band's The Grand Hotel album. Present on the 1972 Procol Harum Live With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra live album. Has also worked with Cozy Powell in the shortlived rock group Bedlam. Backed Long John Baldry on Baldry's Good To Be Alive album ~ Ball passed away in 2015
March 30, 1950 ~ Trumpeter John d'Earth, full name John Edward d'Earth, born in Holliston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Co-founded Cosmology with Robert Jospé and singer, future wife Dawn Thompson. Would go on to work with Buddy Rich, the Dave Matthews Band, Emily Remler, Ray Anderson, Bruce Hornsby, ModeReko, the Players Association, Secrets, and others
 
March 30, 1949 ~ Lili-Marlene Premilovich, commonly known as new wave, post punk, gothic rock singer Lene Lovich, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known for Lucky Number of her 1978 Stateless debut album, the single reaching top 10 in the UK. The song would be notably covered by Nina Hagen, retitled to Wir Leben Immer Noch, for her Unbehagen album. Lovich would release three more albums through the late 1980s before semi-retiring from music, returning in 2005 with the album Shadows And Dust
 
March 30, 1948 ~ Blues, blues-rock, rock & roll guitarist, slide guitarist, singer, songwriter Dave Hole, full name Robert David Hole, born in Heswall, UK ~ Influenced by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Elmore James. Best known for two 1990s albums, 1995's Steel On Steel and 1997's Ticket To Chicago. Regarded as one of Australia's top blues guitarists, especially proficient on the slide guitar, on par with guitar virtuosos such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King
March 30, 1948 ~ James Mangrum, commonly known as singer Jim Dandy Mangrum, born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as frontman of Southern rock outfit Black Oak Arkansas
 
March 30, 1947 ~ Pianist Marilyn Crispell born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sidewoman. Closely associated with Anthony Braxton, especially during the 1980s and 1990s. has also worked with Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Reggie Workman, Roscoe Mitchell, Quartet Noir, Andrea Centazzo, Barry Guy, Steve Lacy, Joe Lovano, Ivo Perelman, and others
March 30, 1947 ~ Upright bassist Terje Venaas born in Molde, Norway ~ Worked with his brother Age Venas, Geir Schumann, Svein Jens Thorso, Jan Garbarek, Espen Rud, Carl Magnus Neumann, Per Husby, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Toots Thielemans, Michel Petrucciani, and others
 
March 30, 1946 ~ Raymond Lema Ansi Nzinga, commonly known as pianist, guitarist, songwriter Ray Lema, born in Cattlier, Belgian Congo ~ Initially aimed to become a priest and entered the seminary in 1957 where his musical talent would be recognized. Would leave the seminary in the early 1960s and by the 1970s would beome a leading figure in world music, blending sacred music, Western rock and jazz and African heritage.
 
March 30, 1944 ~ Singer, songwriter Javier Krahe, full name Francisco Javier Krahe de Salas, born in Madrid, Spain ~ As a songwriter strongly influenced by Georges Brassens and Leonard Cohen. Member of La Mandragora alongside Joaquin Sabina and Alberto Pérez. As a solo artist has well over a dozen albums to his name, starting with Valle De Lagrimas released in 1980 ~ Krahe de Salas passed away in 2015
 
March 30, 1943 ~ Singer Jay Traynor born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Member of the Mystics, singing lead on Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Blue Star. Co-founding member, original lead singer of Jay & the Americans, present on the band's 1962 She Cried debut album. Has subsequently recorded as a solo artist, noted for his Up & Over single ~ Traynor passed away in 2014
March 30, 1943 ~ Bassist Ken Forssi, full name Kenneth Raymond Forssi, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Original member of Love, remaining with the band from 1966 through 1968. Present on the band's first three acclaimed albums, namely Love, Da Capo and Forever Changes ~ Forssi passed away in 1998
 
March 30, 1941 ~ Drummer Graeme Edge, full name Graeme Charles Edge, born in Rochester, UK ~ Best known as drummer, co-founding member of the Moody Blues, best known for their 1964 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Go Now and the 1967 single Nights In White Satin. Edge wrote or co-wrote songs such as Late Lament, In The Beginning, Beyond, Balance and Procession. Following their 1974 world tour the band would go on a hiatus for a number of years, during which time Edge fronted the Graeme Edge Band, known for the albums Kick Off Your Muddy Boots and Paradise Ballroom. The former featured Ginger Baker co-drumming with Edge on the track Gew Janna Woman ~ Edge passed away in 2021
 
March 30, 1940 ~ Bossa nova, jazz singer Astrud Gilberto born in Salvador, Brazil ~ Best known for her contributions to the 1963 Getz/Gilberto album, a collaborative album by Stan Getz and her then-husband João Gilberto, and especially for singing the lead vocal on the album's The Girl From Ipanema. Released her solo debut album The Astrud Gilberto Album in 1965 and recorded steadily well into the 1970s
 
March 30, 1935 ~ Composer John Eaton, full name John Charles Eaton, born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Prominent composer of microtonal music. Known for his 1980 Cry Of Clytaemnestra composition, hailed by critics as the first feminist opera ~ Eaton passed away in 2015
March 30, 1935 ~ Jazz pianist, composer, educator Karl Berger born in Heidelberg, Germany ~ Played with Carla Bley, Dave Holland, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, Gunther Schuller, Clifford Thornton, Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Pete Namlook, Theo Jörgensmann, Kesang Marstrand, Charles Mingus, and Bill Laswell
 
March 30, 1934 ~ Clarence Linberg Miller, commonly known as reggae singer, actor Count Prince Miller, born near Port Maria, Jamaica ~ Drew critical comparison to Judge Dread. Perhaps best known for his 1971 song Mule Train (Parts 1 & 2), notably covered by Sly & Robbie in the 1980s ~ Miller passed away in 2018
March 30, 1934 ~ Alto saxophonist Lanny Morgan born in Des Moines, Iowa, USA ~ Worked with Charlie Barnet, Si Zentner, Terry Gibbs, Bob Florence, Maynard Ferguson, Supersax, Bill Berry, Bob Florence, Bill Holman, Nancy Sinatra, Carmen McRae, and others
 
March 30, 1931 ~ Singer Bing Crosby records Out Of Nowhere ~ Written by Johnny Green and Edward Heyman. Popularized by Crosby. The first recording under his Brunswick Records contract, his first solo No.1 hit. Would also be recorded by Leo Reisman, Smith Ballew, Ruth Etting, Roy Fox, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Patti Page, Art Tatum, and others
March 30, 1931 ~ Blues, soul singer, pianist, producer Harold Burrage, full name Harold Edwin Burrage, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Known for Hi-Yo Silver and Got To Find A Way. Worked with Horace Henderson, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Wayne Bennett, Jody Williams, and others ~ Burrage passed away in 1966
 
March 30, 1930 ~ Singer, comedian, actor, painter, songwriter Rolf Harris born in Bassendean, Australia ~ As a recording artist known for songs such as Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Jake The Peg and Two Little Boys. Convicted in 2014 of the sexual assault of four underage girls, which effectively ended his career
March 30, 1930 ~ Percussionist Sterling Betancourt born in Laventille, Trinidad & Tobago ~ Pioneer of the steelpan. Active since the 1930s. Member of the Tambo Family Band. Leader of Crossfire. Member of the Trinidad All-Steel Percussion Orchestra, remaining in the UK after an early 1950s tour with the ensemble
 
March 30, 1927 ~ Rafael Leon René, commonly known as R&B, rock & roll, jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, songwriter Googie René, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Father of singer Chris René. Son of producer, songwriter Leon René. Helped set up Class Records with his father and Preston Love, serving as the label's general manager. Appears on a number of the label's best-known, notably Bobby Day's signature tune Rockin' Robin. As a bandleader known for leading the Googie Rene Combo whose early 1960s recording are credited by some as the start of hipster lounge music, fusing jazz-infused pop with easy listening. Notable recording with the Combo include The Slide Part 1, Flapjacks Part 1 and Smokey Joe's La La ~ René passed away in 2007
 
March 30, 1924 ~ Violinist, conductor Robert Brink, full name Robert Greenleaf Brink, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Closely associated with harpsichordist Daniel Pinkham. Premierd works by Walter Piston, Henry Cowell, Alan Hovhaness. As a violinist served under conductors such as Serge Koussevitzky, Aaron Copland, Darius Milhaud. Founded the Boston Classical Orchestra, serving as its concertmaster until 1995. Also founded and conducted the Orchestra For The Art Of Music ~ Brink passed away in 2014
 
March 30, 1923 ~ Jazz singer, actor Nicola Arigliano born in Squinzano, Italy ~ Known for songs such as I Sing Ammore, Sentimentale and 20km Al Giorno ~ Arigliano passed away in 2010
 
March 30, 1914 ~ John Lee Curtis Williamson, commonly known as blues harpist, singer, songwriter Sonny Boy Williamson I, born in Madison County, Tennessee, USA ~ Regarded as the premier blues harpist of his generation. Influential on post-war blues artists such as Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells, Sonny Terry, Little Walter, Snooky Pryor. Mentored Muddy Waters. Best known for his 1937 debut single Good Morning School Girl, which quickly became a blues standard covered by numerous artists ~ Williamson passed away in 1948
 
March 30, 1913 ~ Francesco Paolo Lovecchio, commonly known as singer Frankie Laine, was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ In a career spanning seven decades drew from pop, jazz, gospel, country, folk, blues, R&B and other idioms to score numerous hits including That's My Desire, Shine, That Lucky Old Sun, Mule Train, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Jezebel, Granada, Moonlight Gambler, High Noon, Stars Fell On Alabama, and others ~ Laine passed away in 2007
 
March 30, 1907 ~ Trombonist Fernando Arbello born in Ponce, Puerto Rico ~ Worked with Earle Howard, Wilber De Paris, June Clark, Bingie Madison, Claude Hopkins, Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson, Lucky Millinder, Billy Hicks, Fats Waller, Zutty Singleton, Marty Marsala, Jimmie Lunceford, Rex Stewart, Machito, and others ~ Arbello passed away in 1970
 
March 30, 1902 ~ George Edward Heath, commonly known as bandleader Ted Heath, born in London, UK ~ Recorded over a 100 albums with his band. Sold over 20 million copies ~ Heath passed away in 1969