This Day In Music: March 8
March 7 ~ Birthdays/All ~ March 9
March 8, 2023 ~ Marcel Jean-Pierre Balthazar Miramon, commonly known as singer, actor Marcel Amont, passed away in St Cloud, France ~ Hugely popular during the 1960s and 1970s. Some 30 albums to his name. Recorded about a 1,000 songs. Sold an approximate 300 million records. Renowned as interpreter of compositions by Georges Brassens, Leo Ferré, Georges Moustaki. Known for songs such as Blue Blanc Blond, L'Amour Ça Fait Passer Le Temps, Ballade Pour L'Espagnol, Le Plus Beau Tango Du Monde and perhaps his best-known Le Mexicain ~ Amont was born in 1929
March 8, 2023 ~ Alternative rock bassist Phil Titus passed away ~ Co-founding member of Morning Parade, active through the mid-2010s. The band is best known for Headlights and Speechless, both taken of their eponymous 2012 Morning Parade debut album. The band would release one more album, 2014's Pure Adulterated Joy, before disbanding ~ Titus was born ca.1987
March 8, 2022 ~ Elliott Small, commonly known as blues harpist, singer Grandpa Elliott, passed away in Jefferson, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known as a street-musician in New Orleans, Louisiana, preferring the streets over the studio and concert stage. Small developed the persona of Grandpa Elliott, an old man dressed in blue denim overals, bright red shirt, Santa beard and a floppy hat playing the blues harp and singing for the street traffic on his corner at Royal and Toulouse in the French quarter. Over the years has become an institution in New Orleans, recording a debut album as late as 2009 after a YouTube video of him went viral. The sudden attention would get him on The Tonight Show, The Colbert Report, at Dodger Stadium performing for a crowd of 40,000, and have Keb' Mo accompany him on his sole Sugar Sweet album ~ Small was born in 1944
March 8, 2022 ~ Hisoa Oma Suzuki, commonly known as jazz double bassist Isao Suzuki passed away ~ Worked with artists including Shotaro Moriyasu, Hidehiko Matsumoto, Sadao Watanabe, Hampton Hawes, Ron Carter, Paul Desmond, Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Hall, Wynton Kelly, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Burrell, Mal Waldron, and others ~ Suzuki was born in 1933
March 8, 2022 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist, composer Ron Miles, full name Ronald Glen Miles, passed away in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Jason Moran, Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet, Ginger Baker, Ben Goldberg, Joe Henry, Rich Lamb, Jason Steele, Whirlpool, Joshua Redman, and others ~ Miles was born in 1963
March 8, 2021 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Julien-François Zbinden passed away ~ Active since the late 1930s. Composed over a hundred works including stage works, concertante works, chamber and vocal works. Best known for his symphonies, collected on the 2007 Orchestral Works album as performed by various artists. Also closely associated with Radio Suisse Romande, initially working as a recording manager, promoted to the head of the music department in 1956 ~ Zbinden was born in 1917
March 8, 2021 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist Mark Whitecage passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Gunter Hampel, Jeanne Lee, Saheb Sarbib, Liquid Time, the Glass House Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Perry Robinson, Joe Fonda, Dominic Duval, Joe McPhee, Steve Swell, Sikiru Adepoju, Interface, the Nu-Band, the Fonda-Stevens Group, Mario Pavone, Annette Peacock, Jay Rosen, Michael Jefry Stevens, and others ~ Whitecage was born in 1937
March 8, 2019 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Eddie Taylor Jr passed away ~ Son of guitarist, singer Eddie Taylor and singer Vera Taylor, stepbrother of Larry Taylor, brother of singer Demetria Taylor. Initially tried his hand at rapping but quickly turned to blues. Debuted in 1998 with the album Looking For Trouble, a tribute to his late father, also featuring his mother on backing vocals. Worked with Johnny B Moore, Little Arthur Duncan, Willie Kent, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, and others ~ Taylor was born in 1972
March 8, 2019 ~ Singer Frankie Smith passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for his 1981 single Double Dutch Bus ~ Smith was born ca.1953
March 8, 2019 ~ Composer, conductor Michael Gielen, full name Michael Andreas Gielen, passed away in Mondsee, Austria ~ Closely associated with the Royal Swedish Opera. Premiered works by György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Has also worked with the Oper Frankfurt, the National Orchestra Of Belgium, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Gielen was born in 1927
March 8, 2017 ~ Latin jazz, smooth jazz, crossover jazz flutist Dave Valentin, full name David Peter Valentin, passed away in the Bronx, New York, USA ~ Active since his early teens. Started on conga and timbales, switched to flute to get to known a girl in school who played the flute. Mentored by Hubert Laws. Recorded close to two dozen albums as a solo artist or leader, drawing from pop, R&B, Brazilian music to create a slick and accessible form of crossover jazz. Especially acclaimed for his 1988 Live At The Blue Note live album, and for his 1990 Two Amigos collaborative album with Herbie Mann. Has also worked with Noel Pointer, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, Eliane Elias, the GRP All-Star Big Band, Scott Cossu, and Nnenna Freelon ~ Valentin was born in 1952
March 8, 2017 ~ Conductor Jonathan Strasser passed away ~ To pop audiences best known for appearing in the 1980 film Fame as conductor of the High School of Performing Arts Orchestra ~ Strasser was born in 1946
March 8, 2017 ~ Dansband, schlager, pop rock singer, songwriter Lars Diedricson passed away in Partille, Sweden ~ Member of Snowstorm. Member of Don Patrol. Internationally perhaps best known for co-writing Take Me To Your Heaven with lyricists Gert Lengstrand and Marcos Ubeda, which performed by Charlotte Perrelli would win the 1999 Eurovision Songfestival for Sweden ~ Diedricson was born in 1961
March 8, 2016 ~ Pianist, arranger, composer Claus Ogermann passed away ~ Best known for his work with Billie Holiday, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Lesley Gore, Diana Krall, and João Gilberto ~ Ogermann was born in 1930
March 8, 2016 ~ Rock & roll, progressive rock, rock guitarist, singer Ross Hannaford, full name Ross Andrew Hannaford, passed away in Melbourne, Australia ~ Closely associated with singer Ross Wilson, including in the bands Pink Finks and Daddy Cool. The latter would become one of Australia's biggest bands with the release of their 1971 Daddy Who (Daddy Cool) album and are specifically noted for the single Eagle Rock. Has also worked with Mighty Kong, Hey Gringo, the Party Machine, the Black Sorrows, Paul Madigan, Ian Moss, Steve Hoy, Mark Gillespie, the Ram Band, and others. Hanna, as he was affectionately known, also fronted the Ross Hannaford Trio, acclaimed for a number of albums starting with the eponymous The Ross Hannaford Trio album released in 1996 ~ Hannaford was born in 1950
March 8, 2015 ~ Trumpeter, hornist Lew Soloff, full name Lewis Michael Soloff, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. To pop, rock audiences perhaps best known as a member of Blood Sweat & Tears from 1968 through 1973 first appearing on the band's eponymous 1969 Blood Sweat & Tears sophomore album. Member of 1980s jazz outfit Members Only. Present on albums by George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Evans, Bloomfield Kooper & Stills, Herbie Mann, Sonny Stitt, Aretha Franklin, Marlena Shaw, Chaka Khan, Charlie Musselwhite, Michael Franks, Sinéad O'Connor (Am I Not Your Girl), Grant Green, Carla Bley, Paul Simon (Graceland), Hank Crawford, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Jimmy Heath, Bobby Previte, Joss Stone (Colour Me Free), and others ~ Soloff was born in 1944
March 8, 2014 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Jerry Corbitt, full name Jerry Byron Corbitt, passed away in Smiley, Texas, USA ~ Best known as founding member, guitarist, songwriter of the Youngbloods. wrote or co-wrote songs such as A Dreamer's Dream, Don't Play Games, Don't Let The Rain Bring You Down. Also produced Don McLean's debut album Tapestry, co-wrote Charlie Daniels' Life Goes On, co-wrote Cypress Hill's Insane In The Brain ~ Corbitt was born in 1943
March 8, 2013 ~ Samuel T Lawmaster, commonly known as rockabilly, country singer, songwriter Sammy Masters, passed away ~ Somewhat overlooked singer. As a songwriter best known for Turn The Cards Slowly, a minor hit for Patsy Cline, and for Who Can I Count On, recorded by Bobby Darin as well as by Wayne Newton ~ Lawmaster was born in 1930
March 8, 2012 ~ James Thomas Ellis, commonly known as R&B, disco singer Jimmy Ellis, passed away in Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA ~ Lead singer of the Trammps, best known for their era-defining hit Disco Inferno. The song had been a modest hit in 1976 but inclusion in the 1977 Saturday Night Fever film would rekindle interest. A re-release would top the Billboard R&B charts and reach top 20 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. The song has become one of the all-time classic dance tracks and remains a favorite of radio stations the world over ~ Ellis was born in 1937
March 8, 2011 ~ Alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock bassist Mike Starr, full name Michael Christopher Starr, passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA ~ Best known as member of Alice In Chains from its inception in 1987 until early 1993, departing the band just as they were reaching their biggest success. Present on the band's first two albums, 1990's Facelift and its 1992 Dirt follow-up, the latter spawning the hit singles Rooster and Down In A Hole. Subsequently Starr worked with Sun Red Sun, which also included former Black Sabbath members Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli ~ Starr was born in 1966
March 8, 2011 ~ Cellist, viola player Richard Campbell, full name Richard John Campbell, passed away in Truro, UK ~ Founding member of Fretwork. Also worked with the Feinstein Ensemble, known for their historically correct performances of 18th-century music ~ Campbell was born in 1956
March 8, 2011 ~ Bernard St Clair Lee, commonly known as St Clair Lee, passed away ~ Best known as singer of the Hues Corporation, scoring a Billboard top 10 hit with their single Rock The Boat taken of their 1973 Freedom For The Stallion album. Previously the band had contributed to the Blacula soundtrack, a 1973 blaxploitation version of the classic Dracula tale ~ Lee was born in 1944
March 8, 2009 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Hank Locklin, full name Lawrence Hankins Locklin, passed away in Brewton, Alabama, USA ~ One of country's earliest honky tonk singers. Influential on later generations. Known for songs such as Please Help Me I'm Falling, Send Me The Pillow You Dream On, Geisha Girl, Happy Journey, and Fraulein. Locklin's songs have been covered by artists such as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Rogers, Dwight Yoakam, Dean Martin and others ~ Locklin was born in 1918
March 8, 2006 ~ Laurence Mazel, commonly known as jazz trumpeter Raphe Malik, passed away in Guilfod, Vermont, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Frank Wright, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Denis Charles, Cecil Taylor, Glenn Spearman, Cecil McBee, Sabir Mateen, William Parker, Joe McPhee, Jimmy Lyons, and others ~ Mazel was born in 1948
March 8, 2005 ~ Jazz drummer, vibraphonist, percussionist Larry Bunker, full name Lawrence Benjamin Bunker, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Bill Evans, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Shorty Rogers, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Diana Krall, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin, Chet Baker, Gary Burton, Buddy Collette, Benny Carter, Clare Fischer, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Horn, Richard Groove Holmes, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Plas Johnson, Johnny Mandel, Shelly Manne, Carmen McRae, Oliver Nelson, Tom Waits (One From The Heart), Bud Shank, Lew Tabackin, Warne Marsh, and others ~ Bunker was born in 1928
March 8, 2003 ~ Terence Nelhams Wright, commonly known as singer Adam Faith, passed away in Stoke-on-Trent, UK ~ Teen idol, best known for a string of early-1960s hits including What Do You Want, Poor Me, Someone Else's Baby, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, How About That, Lonely Pup In A Christmas Shop and Who Am I ~ Nelhams-Wright was born in 1940
March 8, 2001 ~ Electric blues singer Robert Ealey, full name Robert Daniel Ealey, passed away in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Began singing in church in his mid-teens. Influenced by Lightnin' Hopkins, Melvin Jackson, and T-Bone Walker. Rose to regional fame as a member of the Boogie Chillun Boys, performing for about two decades at the the Blue Bird Club, Fort Worth, after which he purchased the club and ran it for another ten years. Has recorded a number of albums during the 1990s, especially noted for 1996's Turn Out The Lights, and through intensive touring found popularity in Europe with his authentic Texas urban blues ~ Ealey was born in 1925
March 8, 1993 ~ Jazz, pop singer, bandleader Billy Eckstine, full name William Clarence Eckstine, passed away in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Influenced Earl Coleman, Johnny Hartman, Arthur Prysock, Lou Rawls. Known for songs such as Cottage For Sale, Prisoner Of Love and I Apologize. Employed and mentored sidemen sich as Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Sarah Vaughan, Tadd Dameron, Gil Fuller, and Jerry Valentine ~ Eckstine was born in 1914
March 8, 1993 ~ Cornetist, tubist, bassist, bandleader Singleton Palmer passed away in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Actively performing since his mid-teens. First recorded with Oliver Cobb in the late 1920s. Has backed artists such as Dewey Jackson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Forrest, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson I, and Count Basie prior to forming and leading his own ensemble the Dixieland Six, with whom he performed in St Louis, Missouri, and recorded about half a dozen albums through the mid-1960s ~ Palmer was born in 1912
March 8, 1989 ~ Singer, songwriter Stuart Hamblen, full name Carl Stuart Hamblen, passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ One of radio's first singing cowboys, active from the mid-1920 onward. Perhaps best known for penning and first recording This Ole House, covered by over a 100 artists including Rosemary Clooney, Alma Cogan, the Oak Ridge Boys, Liz Anderson, Billie Jo Spears, Bette Midler, Shakin' Stevens, and others. Other well known songs include Texas Plains which was reworked to the million-seller I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart for Patsy Montana, the oft-covered It Is No Secret What God Can Do, and Remember Me I'm The One Who Loves You covered by Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Dean Martin, and others ~ Hamblen was born in 1908
March 8, 1988 ~ Benjamin Joseph Levin, commonly known as producer, DJ, songwriter Benny Blanco born in Reston, Virginia, USA ~ Frequent collaborator and protegé of Dr Luke. As a recording artist known for songs such as Eastside featuring Halsey and Khalid, I Found You featuring Calvin Harris, Better To Lie featuring Jesse Rutherford & Swae Lee, and Roses featuring Juice WRLD. As a producer and songwriter has also worked with Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Sia, the Weeknd, Tory Lanez, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, and J Balvin
March 8, 1988 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader Ken Colyer passed away in France ~ Worked with the Crane River Jazz Band, George Lewis, Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, Lonnie Donegan, Ray Foxley, and others ~ Colyer born in 1928
March 8, 1988 ~ Glen Earl Boothe, commonly known as hip-hop producer, songwriter Knxwledge, born in Freehold Township, New Jersey, USA ~ Draws from jazz, soul, old-school hip-hop, rap. Half of the duo NxWorries, the other half being Anderson Paak. Released his official full-length debut album, Klouds, in 2010. Produced Kendrick Lamar's Momma from the 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly. Has also worked with Blu, Joey Badass, Quelle Chris, Homeboy Sandman, Omarion, Ghostface Killah, Earl Sweatshirt, Prodigy, Action Bronson, Elijah Boothe, and others
March 8, 1979 ~ Alternative rock, indie rock, indie pop singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, songwriter Andy Ross born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best known as member of OK Go since 2005. joining as replacement for Andy Duncan. Present on the albums The Blue Colour Of The Sky and Ghosts
March 8, 1979 ~ Chad Bromley, commonly known as rapper, producer Apathy, born in Willimantic, Connecticut, USA ~ Worked with Demigodz, Celph Titled, Doe Rakers, Jedi Mind Tricks, the Army Of The Pharaohs, Styles Of Beyond, the Get Busy Committee, Ryu, and Blue Raspberry
March 8, 1979 ~ Post-hardcore, post-punk, emo, indie rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Geoff Rickly, full name Geoffrey William Rickly, born in Dumont, New Jersey, USA ~ Best known as lead singer of rock outfit Thursday, member of hardcore punk band the United Nations, and member of alternative rock group No Devotion. Produced My Chemical Romance's 2002 I Brought You My Bullets (You Brought Me Your Love) debut album. Guested on recordings by Murder By Death, the Blackout Pact, Touché Amoré, Man Overboard, and others
March 8, 1979 ~ Soul, R&B singer Shola Ama born in London, UK ~ Released her full-length Much Love debut album in 1997, which included the UK top 10 hits You're The One I Love and You Might Need Somebody, the latter originally recorded by Turley Richards and notabl covered by Randy Crawford, Joe Walsh, and others. Also known for the modest 1999 hit till Believe, one of the first records produced by the Norwegian production team Stargate
March 8, 1979 ~ Singer, TV and radio personality Zena McNally born in Birmingham, UK ~ Early member of pop, R&B group Mis-Teeq, appearing on their 2000 debut single Why but leaving before the debut album was released. As a solo artist McNally released only a few singles off of a sole album to limited commercial succes
March 8, 1978 ~ Power metal keyboardist Manuel Ramil born in Ares, Spain ~ Best known as keyboardist of Warcry. Influenced by Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra, Symphony X, Kamelot. Co-founded Sauze. Has also worked with Torquemada, Fake Intermission, Avalanch, and others
March 8, 1978 ~ John Matthews, commonly known as producer, songwriter Ricardo Autobahn, born ~ Member of the Cuban Boys. Member of Spray. Half of Rik & Daz, the other half being Daz Sampson. Also worked with Lolly Pop, Helen Love, Nathalie Archangel, Jane Nadler, Christopher Anton, and others
March 8, 1977 ~ Folk, alt-country, indie rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Rocky Votolato born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Co-founding member of indie rock band Waxwing, which also included his brother guitarist Cody Votolato, merging straight up rock with post-hardcore earning them a solid fanbase. Enjoyed a parallel solo career, with about a dozen albums to his name starting with the eponymous Rocky Votolato released in 1999
March 8, 1977 ~ Tedashii Lavoy Anderson, monoymously known as Christian rapper, singer Tedashii, born in Lutkin, Texas, USA ~ Member of 116 Clique, active with the ensemble since the 2008 Unashamed Tour. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the album Kingdom People released in 2006. Well known songs include Dark Days Darker Nights featuring Britt Nicole, and Nothing I Can't Do featuring Lecrae & Trip Lee. Has also collaborated with Folk Angel, J'son, KB, the Family Force 5, Crowder, and others
March 8, 1976 ~ Gareth Michael Coombes, commonly known as Britpop, alternative rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Gaz Coombes born in Oxford, UK ~ Lead singer, frontman of Supergrass, known for songs such as Going Out, Richard III, Sun Hits The Sky and Moving all of which reached the UK top 10
March 8, 1974 ~ Drummer, guitarist, keyboardist, singer Adam Ficek, full name Adam Steven Ficek, born in Bletchley, UK ~ Member of the Mains Ignition. Member of the White Sport. Recorded as a solo artist using the moniker Roses Kings Castles, starting in 2008. Perhaps best known for his association with Babyshambles, joining the band in 2005 and present on the albums Down In Albion, The Blinding and the acclaimed Shotters Nation released in 2007
March 8, 1974 ~ Jazz singer, actor Alberto Rabagliati passed away in Rome, Italy ~ Moved to Hollywood in 1927 as the winner of a Rudolph Valentino-lookalike contest but his international acting career never took off and returned to Italy foru years later. Briefly sang with Pippo Barzizza's orchestra before joining the ensemble the Lecuona Cuban Boys. Rose to notoriety through his solo work on the state radio station EIAR in the 1940s. At the time anything foreign was banned yet Rabagliati was alllowed to maintain his American-influenced style. Well-known songs include Ma L'Amore No, Mattinata Fiorentina, Ba-ba=baciami Piccina, Silenzioso Slow, and Bambina Innamorata. His fame as a singer would help restart his acting career, appearing in over a dozen films through the mid-1960s ~ Rabagliati was born in 1906
March 8, 1973 ~ Amel Eliza Stowell, commonly known as singer Amel Larrieux, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Formed Groove Theory with Bryce Wilson, rising to fame in the mid-1990s with hits such as the 1995 Billboard top 10 hit Tell Me. Influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Jimi Hendrix, Patrice Rushen. Released her Infinite Possibilities solo debut album in 2000. Has collaborated with Guru, the Roots, Soulive, and Stanley Clarke
March 8, 1973 ~ Ronald Charles McKernan, commonly known as multi-instrumentalist Ron Pigpen McKernan, passed away in Corte Madera, California, USA ~ Co-founding member of the Grateful Dead. Stayed with the band through 1972 ~ McKernan was born in 1946
March 8, 1971 ~ Jakob Franz Wolff, commonly known as label executive, photographer, producer Francis Wolff, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Of Jewish descent emigrated to New York by the late 1930s, teaming up with childhood friend and Blue Note co-founder Alfred Lion. Until the latter's retirement in 1967 Wolff would concentrate on the company's financial affairs and day to day running of the business, only occassionally supervising recording sessions. Nevertheless his contributions proved important to the label's success. Wolff also served as the company's photographer, his work used for publicity material and album sleeves. The publication of the 1995 book The Blue Note Years The Jazz Photography Of Francis Wolff would help make the public more aware of his work as one of the leading jazz photographers ~ Wolff was born in 1907
March 8, 1971 ~ Rock bassist, songwriter Jason Slater born ~ Briefly a member of Third Eye Blind, leaving the band shortly after recording their demo. Would go on to work with acts such as the Snake River Conspiracy, the Band Of Flakes, Revenge Of The Triads and Brougham. Has also worked as producer for artists such as Interstate '76, Earshot and notably Queensryche ~ Slater passed away in 2020
March 8, 1970 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Anat Fort born near Tel Aviv, Israel ~ Debuted in 1999 with her Peel album. Worked with Paul Bley, Paul Motian, Gianluigi Trovesi, Lieven Venken, and Rene Hart
March 8, 1970 ~ Lolita Shanté Gooden, commonly known as hip-hop singer, rapper Roxanne Shanté, born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Member of the Juice Crew. Released her full-length solo debut album, Bad Sister, in 1989. Has collaborated with Sparky D, Steady B, UTFO, Marley Marl, MC Shan, and others
March 8, 1970 ~ Neo-soul, funk singer, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, saxophonist, percussionist, songwriter Van Hunt born in Dayton, Ohio, USA ~ Influenced by the Isley Brothers, Curtis Mayfield, Thelonious Monk, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Neil Young. Released his eponymous Van Hunt debut album in 2004. Most acclaimed for his What Were You Hoping For album released in 2011. Perhaps best known for collaborating with John Legend and Joss Stone on the 2005 rendition of Family Affair for the Different Strokes By Different Folks Sly & the Family Stone tribute album, the recording earning them a 2007 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group
March 8, 1968 ~ Alternative rock, country rock singer, songwriter Shawn Mullins born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ Best known for his 1998 album Soul's Core, which spawned the hits Lullabye and Shimmer
March 8, 1967 ~ Jazz pianist Herman Chittison passed away in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Worked with Zack Whyte, Ethel Waters, Adelaide Hall, Clarence Williams, Stepin Fetchit, Willie Lewis, Louis Armstrong, Bill Coleman, the Harlem Rhythm Makers, and others ~ Chittison was born in 1909
March 8, 1966 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Bob Dylan records Just Like A Woman ~ Self-penned. Produced by Bob Johnston. Included on the 1966 Blonde On Blonde album. Issued as a single, b/w Obviously 5 Believers, the following August. In the UK, where Dylan's single wasn't released, Manfred Mann would reach top 10 that summer with their cover version
March 8, 1966 ~ Christian rock, rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer Bob Herdman, full name Robert Vaughn Herdman, born ~ Following a stint in the Army Herdman convinced friends Mark Stuart and Barry Blair to record two songs for which he had written lyrics. The song My God would draw the attention of label executive Ron Griffin who signed the band, then named A-180. Renamed to Audio Adrenaline they would become one of the best known bands in Christian music, selling over three million records. Well known songs include Big House, Walk On Water, People Like Me, Hands And Feet, and Leaving 99
March 8, 1965 ~ Pianist, arranger, composer Tadd Dameron passed away ~ The most influential arranger of the bebop era, also worked for swing and hard bop players. Arranged for artists such as Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan. Co-wrote If You Could See Me Now, one of Vaughan's first signature songs. ~ Dameron was born in 1917
March 8, 1964 ~ Pop rock drummer Peter Gill born in Liverpool, UK ~ Best known as member of 1980s pop band Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Also worked with Ltd Noise, which he co-founded with Re-flex keyboardist Paul Fishman
March 8, 1963 ~ Country guitarist, singer Jack Anglin passed away in Madison, Tennessee, USA ~ Member of sibling outfit Anglin Brothers, active through the late 1930s. Would rise to fame as half of the duo Johnny & Jack, alongside Johnnie Wright, becoming permanent residents of the Grand Ole Opry in 1952. The duo is best known for singles such as Poison Love, Oh Baby Mine I Get So Lonely, and Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight ~ Anglin was born in 1916
March 8, 1962 ~ Mark Brown, commonly known as R&B, funk, rock, soul bassist, singer, producer Brownmark, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Influenced by Larry Graham, Louis Johnson, Jaco Pastorius, Verdine White, and Bootsy Collins. Early member of Prince's backing band the Revolution, appearing on albums such as Controversy, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, and Parade. Post-Prince Brown has achieved minor succes fronting the funk-rock outfit Mazarati, known for their sole eponymous Mazarati album released in 1986. Though not a commercial succes the album is considered a cult classic. Brown also served as producer for Stacy Lattislaw, Chico DeBarge, and Lakeside
March 8, 1961 ~ Conductor, impresario Thomas Beecham passed away ~ Especially known as an advocate of lesser known composers such as Frederick Delius and Hector Berlioz. Closely associated with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Beecham was born in 1879
March 8, 1960 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Richard Darbyshire, full name Richard Simon Darbyshire, born in Stockport, UK ~ Fronted synth-pop band Living In A Box from 1985 through 1990, known for tne UK top hits Living In A Box, Blow The House Down and Room In Your Heart
March 8, 1958 ~ Gary Anthony James Webb, commonly known as new wave, pop rock singer, bassist, songwriter, producer Gary Numan born in Hammersmith, UK ~ First gained attention as frontman of Tubeway Army, known best for their single Are Friends Electric. Debuted as a solo artist in 1979 with the album The Pleasure Principle spawning the hit Cars
March 8, 1958 ~ Glam rock, gothic rock, post-punk, trance, psychedelic trance singer, DJ Olli Wisdom, full name Oliver John Wisdom, born in London, UK ~ Fronted UK punk band the Unwanted. Member of early 1980s glam, gothic rock outfit the Specimen. Would go on to become a pioneer of psychedelic trance, using the moniker Space Tribe from the mid-1990s on, influenced by electro-driven psychedelic sounds he first encountered on his travels to Asia ~ Wisdom passed away in 2021
March 8, 1957 ~ Jazz pianist, arranger, conductor Billy Childs, full name William Edward Childs, born ~ Influenced by Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, Chick Corea, Paul Hindemith, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky. Worked with JJ Johnson, Freddie Hubbard, Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti, Gladys Knight, Michael Bublé, David Foster, Phil Ramone, and Claudia Acuna
March 8, 1957 ~ Heavy metal, hard rock drummer Clive Burr, full name Clive Ronald Burr, born in East Ham, UK ~ Member of Samson. Best known as drummer for Iron Maiden from 1979 through 1982, replaced by Nicko McBrain. Present on the band's first three albums, namely Iron Maiden, Killers and the band's breakthrough album The Number Of The Beast. Co-wrote Gangland of the latter album. Following his departure from the band Burr has played with Trust, Alcatrazz, supergroup Gogmagog, Dee Snider, and others. Burr retired from music by the late 1990s, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ~ Burr passed away in 2013
March 8, 1954 ~ Rita Maria Crudgington, commonly known as pop singer Cheryl Baker, born in London, UK ~ Member of Bucks Fizz from 1981 through 1993, present on most of the band's best-known including the 1981 Eurovision Songfestival winner Making Your Mind Up, The Land Of Make Believe, and My Camera Never Lies
March 8, 1950 ~ Rock, pop rock singer Seid Memic born in Travnik, Yugoslavia ~ First gained attention as lead singer of rock band Teska Industrija, present on the band's Ho Ruk debut album. Active as a solo artist since the late 1970s. Internationally perhaps best known for representing his native Yugoslavia at the 1981 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 15th place with Lejla which remains a favorite in Balkan countries
March 8, 1949 ~ Singer, songwriter Antonello Venditti born in Rome, Italy ~ Became famous for the social themes of his songs. Debuted in 1972 with Theorius Campus. The album, a joint effort with Francesco de Gregori, initially sold poorly but did contain Roma Capoccia which would later become one of Venditti's most famous songs
March 8, 1949 ~ Rock, progressive rock guitarist, singer, songwriter Dave Lambert born ~ Best known for his association with the Strawbs, playing with the band from 1972 through 1978, rejoining in later years. Present on a string of acclaimed albums including Grave New World, Bursting At The Seams, Hero And Heroine, and Ghosts. Lambert has also worked with Fire, the King Earl Boogie Band, and with Chas Cronk, and recorded as a solo artist
March 8, 1949 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Fumio Itabashi born in Tochigi, Japan ~ Worked with Terumasa Hino, Takeo Moriyama, Sadao Watanabe, Ray Anderson, Elvin Jones, Leo Etoh, and others
March 8, 1948 ~ Margaret Annemaria Battavio, commonly known as pop singer Little Peggy March, born in Lansdake, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for I Will Follow Him, a million-seller hit in 1963. Would continue to record to moderate European succes into the 1970s
March 8, 1948 ~ Guitarist, singer Mell Galley, full name Melville John Galley, born in Cannock, UK ~ Best known as longtime member of Trapeze. Has also worked with Finders Keepers appearing on the 1968 single Sadie The Cleaning Lady. Other collaborations include Glenn Hughes, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Phenomena and Cozy Powell ~ Galley passed away in 2008
March 8, 1947 ~ Rock guitarist, producer Earle Mankey born ~ Founding member, guitarist of Sparks, known for songs such as This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us and The Number One Song In Heaven. Also an in-demand producer for acts including 20/20, the Runaways, Concrete Blonde, Jumpin' Jimes, the Long Ryders, the Three O'Clock, the Tearaways, the Conditionz, Kristian Hoffman, and others
March 8, 1947 ~ Guitarist Mike Allsup. full name Michael Rand Allsup, born in Modesto, California, USA ~ Early member of Three Dog Night, remaining with the band through 1975 and present on songs such as One, Easy To Be Hard, Mama Told Me Not To Come, Joy To The World, Black & White, Shambala and The Show Must Go On
March 8, 1947 ~ Pop, rock guitarist Phil Sawyer born ~ Active since the mid-1960s. Member of Les Fleur De Lys. Member of the Cheynes, which also included a then-unknown 15-year-old Mick Fleetwood. Member of Shotgun Express, again with Fleetwood and a then-unknown Rod Stewart. Briefly a member of the Spencer Davis Group, appearing on the 1968 With Their New Face album. The album spawned a couple of minor hits including Don't Want You No More later notably covered by the Allman Brothers Band. Subsequently worked as songwriter and producer for several artists, including Sandie Shaw, and for TV and radio commercials, documentaries, and feature films. Has released a number of new-age albums, using the moniker Beautiful World, in the 1990s following the success of two songs, Wonderful World and In Existence, he wrote for the shampoo brand Timotei
March 8, 1946 ~ Country rock, pop rock bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter Randy Meisner, full name Randall Herman Meisner, born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, USA ~ Member of Poco, appearing on the band's 1969 Pickin' Up The Pieces but departing the band before its release. Leaving in high spirits his image was removed from the painting on the album's cover and replaced with a dog. Member of the Stone Canyon Band, present on the albums In Concert At The Troubadour 1969 and Rudy The Fifth. Best known for co-founding the Eagles, for whom he wrote or co-wrote and sang lead on songs such as Take It To The Limit, Try And Love Again, Is It True, Take The Devil, Tryin', and Certain Kind Of Fool. Citing “exhaustion” Meisner left the band in 1977. Meisner released his eponymous Randy Meisner solo debut album the following year ~ Meisner passed away in 2023
March 8, 1945 ~ Pop, rock singer, drummer Micky Dolenz, full name George Michael Dolenz Jr, born in Tarzana, California, USA ~ Member of the Monkees. Sang lead on Last Train To Clarksville, Pleasant Valley Sunday and I'm A Believer
March 8, 1943 ~ Gayla Rienette Peevey, commonly known as singer, child Gayla Peevey, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known for her 1948 recording of I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
March 8, 1943 ~ Andrew Raeburn Semple, commonly known as pop, merseybeat singer, guitarist Shel Macrae, born in Burbank, UK ~ Member of the Fortunes from 1966 through 1977, present on the early 1970s UK top 10 hits Freedom Come Freedom Go and Storm In A Teacup ~ Semple passed away in 2022
March 8, 1943 ~ Charles Emanuel Sherrell, commonly known as R&B, funk bassist, guitarist, keyboardist Sweet Charles Sherrell, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for backing James Brown for the better part of two decades starting in 1968. Credited by Brown with being the first bassist to incorporate techniques such as thumping on the strings, essential to Brown's evolution from soul to funk. Notably present on Brown hits such as Say It Loud I'm Black And I'm Proud, Mother Popcorn and Give It Up Or Turn It Loose. Sherrell also recorded the unsuccessful For Sweet People From Sweet Charles solo album, backed Al Green, and worked with several Brown alumni including Marva Whitney, Lyn Collins, and extensively with Maceo Parker including on the latter's Funk Overload album ~ Sherrell passed away in 2023
March 8, 1942 ~ Rhythm guitarist, singer Ralph Ellis born in Liverpool, UK ~ Member of the Swinging Blue Jeans from 1958 through 1966, present on the band's best known including the UK top 10 singles Hippy Hippy Shake and You're No Good
March 8, 1941 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Franco D'Andrea, full name Francesco D'Andrea, born in Merano, Italy ~ Leader and sideman. Recorded an estimated 200 albums. Worked with Pergeo, Gato Barbieri, Steve Lacy, Dave Liebman, John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Phil Woods, Ernst Reijseger, Slide Hampton, Frank Rosolino, Conte Candoli, Max Roach, Lee Konitz, Johnny Griffin, Tony Scott, Han Bennink, Dave Douglas, Nunzio Rotondo, Bruno Tommaso, Franco Tonani, Mark Helias, Barry Altschul, Tino Tracanna, Stephen Schertler, Bill Elgart, Hein van de Geyn, Enrico Rava, Miroslav Vitous, Daniel Humair, Steven Bernstein, Phil Woods, and others
March 8, 1941 ~ Kenrick Reginald Hijmn Johnson, commonly known as jazz, swing bandleader Ken Snakehips Johnson, passed away in London, UK ~ Leading figure in 1930s black British music. Best known for Oh Johnny Oh Johnny ~ Johnson was born in 1914
March 8, 1939 ~ Operatic tenor, conductor Robert Tear born in Barry, UK ~ First gained attention in the mid-1960s performing in a number of Benjamin Britten operas, starting with The Rape Of Lucretia with the English Opera Group. Britten was so thrilled with Tear that he wrote two roles with Tear's voice in mind, namely Misael in The Burning Fiery Furnace and the title role in The Prodigal Son. Tear is also closely associated with the Royal Opera House, remaining with the company from the 1970s until his retirement in 1999. In the 1980s Tear conducted the London Mozart Players, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra ~ Tear passed away in 2011
March 8, 1937 ~ Raynoma Maryberry Liles, commonly known as producer, songwriter, singer Ray Singleton, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Once married to Berry Gordy Jr ~ Singleton passed away in 2016
March 8, 1937 ~ Folk singer, songwriter, poet, novelist Richard Fariña, full name Richard George Fariña, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Important Greenwich Village figure. Married to Carolyn Hester, later married to Joan Baez's sister Mimi Baez. Befriended Bob Dylan. Known for songs such as Pack Up Your Sorrows and Birmingham Sunday. Also known for his 1966 novel Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me, the title taken from lyrics of Furry Lewis's I Will Turn Your Money Green. Died in a motorcycle accident two days after his novel was published ~ Fariña passed away in 1966
March 8, 1936 ~ Guitarist Gábor Szabó, full name Gábor István Szabó, born in Budapest, Hungary ~ Leader and sideman. Drew from jazz, pop, rock and tradional Hungarian folk. Wrote and first recorded Gypsy Queen, which was notably covered by Santana. Worked with Chico Hamilton, Gary McFarland, Ron Carter, Paul Desmond, Coke Escovedo, Charles Lloyd, and others ~ Szabó passed away in 1982
March 8, 1935 ~ Jazz, hard bop, post-bop saxophonist George Coleman, full name George Edward Coleman, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Influenced by Charlie Parker. Active since the early 1950s, backing musicians such as Ray Charles, BB King, Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin. Best known for his work with Miles Davis, including on albums such as My Funny Valentine and Four & More, and Herbie Hancock, including on albums such as Maiden Voyage. Also present on albums by Lee Morgan (City Lights), Booker Little, Max Roach, Jimmy Smith (The Sermon), Frank Strozier, Howard McGhee, Slide Hampton (Exodus), Duke Pearson, Nina Simone, Lee Morgan, Elvin JonesHorace Silver, Johnny Hartman, and Charles Tolliver. Has also recorded as a leader or co-leader from the mid-1970s onwards, especially acclaimed for the albums Meditation and At Yoshi's
March 8, 1934 ~ Classical, TV, film composer John McLeod born in Aberdeen, UK ~ Had numerous of his works premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Others who performed his compositions include the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Well known works include Out Of The Silence, Percussion Concerto, Symphonies Of Stone And Water and Viola Concerto ~ McLeod passed away in 2022
March 8, 1931 ~ Drummer Lloyd Knibb born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Considered one of the most important and influential Jamaican drummers, credited with helping shape ska. Best known as longtime member of the Skatalites, starting in the 1960s. Got his start in music playing in jazz and swing bands, notably backing artists such as Val Bennett and Eric Dean. In-demand session musician, sought after by producers such as Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Sonia Pottinger, and Duke Reid ~ Knibb passed away in 2011
March 8, 1927 ~ Jazz pianist, organist, director, arranger, composer Dick Hyman, full name Richard Hyman, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Especially known as an conductor, pianist, composer for a number of Woody Allen films. To pop audiences best known for the single The Minotaur, which reached the Billboard top 40 in 1969. Has worked with Joe Newman, Benny Powell, Frank Wess, Oscar Pettiford, Harry Sweets Edison, Coleman Hawkins, Hank Jones, Marian McPartland, Bob Wilber, Ruby Braff, Soprano Summit, Buddy Tate, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Urbie Green, Enoch Light, Wes Montgomery, Louie Bellson, Ruth Brown, JJ Johnson, Bette Midler, and others
March 8, 1925 ~ Swing, pop singer, actor Dennis Lotis born in Johannesburg, South Africa ~ Active since the early 1950s, working with artists such as Ted Heath, and the Johnston Brothers. Would become one of the most successful variety circuit acts in his adopted homeland England by the mid-1950s. Also known as an actor ~ Lotis passed away in 2023
March 8, 1920 ~ William H Bates, commonly known as blues guitarist Lefty Bates, born in Leighton, Alabama, USA ~ Worked with the El-Dorados, the Flamingos, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Etta James, the Aristo Kats, the Hi-de-ho Boys, Moroccos, the Impressions, and others ~ Bates passed away in 2007
March 8, 1900 ~ Jazz pianist Joe Robichaux born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Tig Chambers, Papa Celestin, Earl Humphrey, Lee Collins, the Black Eagles, Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight, Christina Gray, Eugene Ware, Alfred Guichard, Gene Porter, Ward Crosby, Chick Bullock, George Lewis, and others ~ Robichaux passed away in 1965
March 8, 1899 ~ Cornetist George Mitchell born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Worked with Johnny Dunn, the New Orleans Wanderers, the New Orleans Bootblacks, Jelly Roll Morton, Luis Russell, Johnny Dodds, Earl Hines, and others ~ Mitchell passed away in 1972
March 8, 1893 ~ John Smith Hurt, commonly known as piedmont blues, country blues, delta blues guitarist, singer Mississippi John Hurt, born in Teoc, Mississippi, USA ~ Known for songs such as Salty Dog, Candy Man, Ain't No Tellin', Frankie and Spike Driver Blues. Had his songs covered by Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Garcia, Beck, Doc Watson, John McCutcheon, Taj Mahal, Bruce Cockburn, Gillian Welch, Josh Ritter, and others ~ Hurt passed away in 1966
March 8, 1869 ~ Composer Hector Berlioz, full name Louis-Hector Berlioz, passed away ~ Composer of the Romantic era. Known for works such as Symphonie Fantastique, Harold In Italy, Beatrice Et Benedict, and Romeo Et Juliette. ~ Berlioz was born in 1803
March 8, 1857 ~ Composer Ruggero Leoncavallo born in Naples, Italy ~ Best known for composing the opera Pagliacci, one of the all-time most popular operas ~ Leoncavallo passed away in 1919