This Day In Music: March 8
March 7 ~ Birthdays/All ~ March 9
 
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 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 ~ 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 ~ Jonathan Moore, commonly known as rapper, DJ, producer Wordsayer, passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Founded Source Of Labor in 1989. Known as Seattle's “hip-hop ambassador” for his influence in the Northwest hip-hop scene and for helping bring hip-hop into the mainstream ~ Moore was born in 1969
 
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 ~ Producer George Martin passed away in London, UK ~ Best known for his association with the Beatles ~ Martin was born in 1926
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, among others in the bands Pink Finks and Daddy Cool, the latter becoming one of Australia's biggest bands with the release of their 1971 Daddy Who (Daddy Cool) album and 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, 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. 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, 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, 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, Jerry Valentine, and others ~ Eckstine was born in 1914
March 8, 1993 ~ Bandleader, muti-instrumentalist Singleton Palmer passed away in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Active since the late-1920s. Played with Oliver Cobb, Eddie Johnson, Dewey Jackson, George Hudson, Clark Terry, Jimmy Forrest, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Count Basie, and others ~ 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, J Balvin, and others
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, Blue Raspberry, 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, pianist, guitarist, songwriter Tom Chaplin, full name Thomas Oliver Chaplin, born in Hastins, UK ~ Best known as lead singer of Keane. Released his solo debut album, The Wave, in 2016
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, 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, 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, Stanley Clarke, and others
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 ~ 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, Rene Hart, and others
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, 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, 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, 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, Micheal Bublé, David Foster, Phil Ramone, Claudia Acuna, and others
 
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 ~ 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 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Tom Rapp, full name Thomas Dale Rapp, born in Bottineau, North Dakota, USA ~ Best known for fronting psychedelic folk rock band Pearls Before Swine ~ Rapp passed away in 2018
 
March 8, 1946 ~ Ioannis Varthakouris, commonly known as singer Yiannis Parios born in Paros, Greece ~ Debuted in 1971 with the eponymous Yiannis Parios and has recorded to critical acclaim and commercial succes since
 
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 ~ 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. Member of the JB's. 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. Also worked with Al Green, Maceo Parker, Aretha Franklin, and others
 
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, 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, 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, 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, the 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, 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, 1911 ~ Alan Vaness Chakmajian, commonly known as composer Alan Hovhaness, born in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA ~ One of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, writing some 70 symphonies and over 400 opuses ~ Chakmajian passed away in 2000
 
March 8, 1908 ~ Arthur Murray Hainer, commonly known as bandleader, composer, arranger Will Hudson, born in Grimsby, Canada ~ Worked with Eddie DeLange, Mitchell Ayres, Georgia Gibbs, Nan Wynn, Ina Ray Hutton, and others ~ Hainer passed away in 1981
 
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