This Day In Music: October 11
October 10 ~ Birthdays/All ~ October 12
 
October 11, 2021 ~ R&B, pop bassist, singer, songwriter Deon Estus, full name Jeffery Dean Estus, passed away ~ Best known as member of 1980s pop group Wham, centered around Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael. Appears on Michael's first two solo albums, 1987's Faith and 1990's Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1. As a solo artist known for Heaven Help Me which reached top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Estus was born in 1956
October 11, 2021 ~ Emani Johnson, commonly known as R&B singer Emani 22, passed away ~ First gained attention in 2018 collaborating with Trippie Redd on the tracks Emani's Interlude and Fire Starter. As a solo artist known for songs such as Heartbreak Hotel, Better Days and Dripomatic. Ironically died at age 22, the same number she used in her stage name, having released her full-length The Color Red debut album just the year before ~ Johnson was born in 1998
 
October 11, 2020 ~ Jazz trombonist Harold Betters passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Dick Gregory, Ray Charles, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Roy Eldridge, Sonny Rollins, and others ~ Betters was born in 1928
October 11, 2020 ~ Minimalist flutist, saxophonist, songwriter Jon Gibson passed away ~ Best known for his association with Philip Glass, co-founding member of the Philip Glass Ensemble and crucial to the development of Glass' sound. Acclaimed for his 1973 Visitations solo debut album, considered a landmark in minimalist music. Has also worked with Larry Austin, Richard Swift, Stanley Lunetta, Steve Reich, and others ~ Gibson was born in 1940
 
October 11, 2019 ~ Indian classical music, jazz fusion saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath passed away in Mangalore, India ~ Active since the mid-1970s. Pioneered the use of the saxophone in Carnatic music, a genre originating from southern India. Mentored by singer TV Gopalkrishan. Acknowledged by singer Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer as a Carnatic genius. To Western audiences best known for his collaborations with saxophonist John Handy, the interest from the West leading to worlwide tours. Has also worked with flautist James Newton, and with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, notably working with the latter on the 2008 collaborative Kinsmen album ~ Gopalnath was born in 1949
 
October 11, 2018 ~ Composer, lyricist Carol Hall passed away ~ Best known for composing music and lyrics for the Broadway music The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas ~ Hall was born in 1946
 
October 11, 2016 ~ Composer Peter Reynolds passed away in Cardiff, UK ~ Recognised by Guinness World Records as having written with Simon Rees the shortest opera on Earth, Sands Of Time, a three-minute thirty-four piece ~ Reynolds was born in 1958
 
October 11, 2015 ~ Art director John Berg passed away in Southampton, New York, USA ~ Art director best known for his work at Columbia Records. Has designed album covers for Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Chicago, and others ~ Berg was born in 1932
October 11, 2015 ~ Post-punk, ambient, industrial drummer John Murphy, full name John Russell Murphy, passed away in Berlin, Germany ~ Son of jazz drummer Russ Murphy. Got his start in music as co-founding member of punk outfit the News, present on singles such as Dirty Lies, Dowanna Love and Sweet Dancer. Would go on to work with Whirlywind, the Associates, Dumb & the Ugly, SPK, Wreckery, Death In June, Browning Mummery, Naevus, The The, Whitehouse, Gene Loves Jezebel, and others ~ Murphy was born in 1959
October 11, 2015 ~ Singer, songwriter Musa Ngum, full name Musa Afia Ngum, passed away ~ Considered a pioneer of mbalax music enjoyng popularity especially in Senegal and Gambia. Fronted Guelewar. Member of Super Diamono. Cited by Youssou n'Dour as a major influence ~ Ngum was born ca.1953
October 11, 2015 ~ Texas blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Smokin' Joe Kubek passed away ~ Backed Freddie King while still in his teens. Closely associated with Bnois King. Released his solo debut single, the Freddie King/ Sonny Thompson-penned Driving Sideways b/w the Doyle Bramhall-penned The Other Side Of Love, in 1985. Released his full-length debut album, Steppin' Out Texas Style, in 1991 and has released over a dozen albums since ~ Kubek was born in 1956
 
October 11, 2014 ~ Jazz pianist, arranger Brian Lemon passed away ~ Worked with Freddy Randall, George Chisholm, Kenny Baker, Benny Goodman, Charlie Watts, Scott Hamilton, Buddy Tate, Milt Jackson, Ben Webster, Digby Fairweather, Alan Barnes, Derek Watkins, and others ~ Lemon was born in 1937
 
October 11, 2011 ~ George Carter Burford Jr, commonly known as blues harpist George Mojo Buford, passed away in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known for his association with Muddy Waters, replacing Little Walter in 1959 and remaining with Waters;' backing unit through 1962 rejoining for several stints in later years ~ Buford was born in 1929
October 11, 2011 ~ Pop rock, rock & roll singer, guitarist, keyboardist Kim Brown passed away in Helsinki, Finland ~ Fronted 1960s rock & roll outfit the Renegades, achieving considerable chart succes in his adopted homeland Finland. Moved to Italy by the mid-1970s, fronting the retro outfit Kim & the Cadillacs throughout the early 1980s ~ Brown was born in 1945
 
October 11, 2008 ~ Trumpeter, composer, arranger Neal Hefti, full name Neal Paul Hefti, passed away in Toluca, California, USA ~ Best known for his close association with Woody Herman and Woody Herman's First Herd. Also worked with Count Basie, Nat Towles, Money Johnson, Bob Astor, Charlie Spivak, Billy Butterfield, Frank Sinatra, Harry James, and others ~ Hefti was born in 1922
 
October 11, 2000 ~ Jazz bassist Sture Nordin passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Leader and sideman. Expelled from the Royal Swedish Academy Of Music for playing jazz. Worked with Lars Gullin, Putte Wickman, Rune Ofverman, Egil Johansen, Josh White, Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Clark Terry, Johny Griffith, Benny Bailey, Gábor Szabó, Dick Morrisey, Jan Johansson, Rolf Ericson, Jan Allan, Arne Domnerus, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Lee Konitz, and others ~ Nordin was born in 1933
 
October 11, 1992 ~ Belcalia Marlenis Almanzar, commonly known as rapper, actress, songwriter Cardi B, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Released her debut studio album, Invasion Of Privacy, in 2018, to commercial success and critical acclaim. Known for songs such as Bodak Yellow (Money Moves), I Like It, and Please Me. Collaborated with Red Cafe, A$AP Rocky, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez, Maroon 5 (Girls Like You), DJ Snake, Ed Sheeran, French Montana, and others
 
October 11, 1989 ~ Cory Marquardt, commonly known as country, country rock, outlaw country, hard rock singer, drummer, guitarist, songwriter Cory Marks, born in North Bay, Canada ~ Cites Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush as influences. Released his This Man debut album in 2015, followed by Who I Am in 2020. Perhaps best known for his Outlaws & Outsiders single featuring Ivan Moody, Travis Tritt and Mick Mars
 
October 11, 1985 ~ Sollie Paul Williams, commonly known as singer, actor Tex Williams passed away in Newhall, California, USA ~ Best known for he novelty hit Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette. Also known for songs such as California Pola, That's What I Like About The West, Talking Boogie and Life Gets Tee-jus Don't It ~ Williams was born in 1917
 
October 11, 1979 ~ Pop punk, punk rock, alternative dance, synth-pop, dance-pop singer, bassist, songwriter Gabe Saporta, full name Gabriel Eduardo Saporta, born in Montevideo, Uruguay ~ Member of Humble Beginnings while in his teen. Rose to fame with Midtown, known for the acclaimed albums Save The World Lose The Girl, Living Well Is The Best Revenge and Forget What You Know. After the band disbanded Saporta founded Cobra Starship, venturing more into electronic music, scoring hits with Good Girls Go Bad featuring Leighton Meester and You Make Me Feel featuring Sabi, both of which reached top 10 Billboard Hot 100
 
October 11, 1976 ~ Author, scriptwriter, songwriter Alfredo Bracchi passed away ~ As a songwriter known as a frequent collaborator of Giovanni D'Anzi, working prolifically for radio, film and stage from the 1930s through the 1950s. The pair is responsible for songs such as Lina Termini's Ma L'Amore No, Tony Dallara's Bambina Innamorata and Carlo Buti's Ti Diro. Other artists who recorded their songs include Caterina Valente, Ornella Vanoni, Gigliola Cinquetti, Nicola Arigliano, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, and others ~ Bracchi was born in 1897
October 11, 1976 ~ Singer Connee Boswell passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ One third of close harmony trio the Boswell Sisters, alongside siblings Martha Boswell and Helvetia Boswell, known for 1930s hits such as I Found A Million Dollar Baby In A Five An Ten Cent Store, Rock & Roll, The Object Of My Affection, Dinah, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and others ~ Boswell was born in 1907
October 11, 1976 ~ Post-rock bassist Dominic Aitchison born in Balfron, UK ~ Best known as co-founding member of Mogwai. Has also worked with Crippled Black Phoenix and Stage Blood
 
October 11, 1975 ~ Tomacz Kuklicz, commonly known as hip-hop DJ, producer DJ Tomekk, born in Krakow, Poland ~ First gained serrious attention touring with Kurtis Blow in the early 1990s. Has also worked with Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Ice-T, the Wu-Tang Clan, LL Cool J, KRS One, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, MC René. Known best for 1999's 1-2-3 (Rhymes Galore), 2000's Ich Lebe Fur Hip Hop and 2002's How You Like That (Ja Ja Ja)
October 11, 1975 ~ Pianist, arranger Jimmy Sherman, full name James Benjamin Sherman, passed away in Pennsylvania, USA ~ Started in dance bands in the late 1920s. Worked with Jimmy Gorham, Alphonso Trent, Peanuts Holland, Al Sears, Stuff Smith, Lil' Armstrong, Putney Dandridge, Mildred Bailey, Billie Holiday, and notably with the Charioteers as a full member from 1938 to 1952 ~ Sherman was born in 1908
 
October 11, 1973 ~ Trip hop, electronica, nu jazz singer, songwriter Shana Halligan born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Daughter of Blood Sweat & Tears-pianist Dick Halligan. Formed the trip-hop act Bitter Sweet with Kiran Shahani, known for their 2007 The Mating Game album. Following the band's disbandement moved to Europe to pursue a solo career and collaborated with Nouvelle Vague, Serj Tarkian, the Thievery Corporation, and others
 
October 11, 1972 ~ Drummer, composer Federico Ughi born in Rome, Italy ~ Has worked with Daniel Carter, Matthew Putman, Blue Foundation, Wake Up, William Parker, Steve Swell, the Cinematic Orchestra, and others
October 11, 1972 ~ Bassist, singer, songwriter Pete Donnelly born in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA ~ Member of NRBQ. Also worked with Soul Asylum, Tommy Stinson, Mike Viola. Co-wrote I Can't Imagine, the title track of Shelby Lynne's 2015 album. Has also released a handful of solo albums, starting with Another Day On You released in 1999
 
October 11, 1971 ~ Alternative rock drummer Mana Nishiura born in Hiroshima, Japan ~ In-demand session drummer for acts such as Droop, Jesus Fever, Teem, Cel. Best known as member of Shonen Knife from 2001 through 2004 and subsequently DMBQ. Died in a car crash while on an American tour ~ Nishiura passed away in 2005
October 11, 1971 ~ Triplets Petra Haden, Rachel Haden and Tanya Haden born in New York ~ Formed the sibling trio the Haden Triplets. Cellist Tanya also worked with Lets Go Sailing. Violinist Petra with Decemberists and Spain. Both Petra and keyboardist, bassist Rachel worked with the Rentals and That Dog
 
October 11, 1970 ~ Lana Michele Moorr, commonly known as rapper MC Lyte, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Gained notoriety for being the first female rapper to release a solo album, namely her 1988 Lyte As A Rock debut album. Known for songs such as Paper Thin, Cha Cha Cha, Keep On (Keeping On) featuring Xscape, Ruffneck and Cold Rock A Party
October 11, 1970 ~ Bandleader, clarinetist, composer Phil Spitalny passed away in Miami Beach, Florida, USA ~ Popular during the 1930s and 1940s, heyday of the radio shows. Best known for leading an all-female orchestra, Phil Spitalny & his All-Girl Orchestra, a novelty at the time. As a composer perhaps best known for his 1930 song The One I Love Just Can't Be Bothered With Me, covered by Johnny Marvin, Belle Baker, Sammy Fain and others ~ Spitalny was born in 1890
 
October 11, 1968 ~ Experimental punk drummer Minoru Kojima born ~ Co-founding member, guitarist of Japanese punk outfit the Mad Capsule Markets, leaving the band after their 1990 Humanity debut album. Has subequently worked with Die In Cries and the Bloody Imitation Society
 
October 11, 1966 ~ Singer Cliff Richard records It's All Over at EMI Studios, London, UK ~ Written by Don Everly. Originally recorded by the Everly Brothers, whose original single released only in the USA and the Netherlands failed to chart. Richard's cover, produced by Norrie Paramor, would make the UK top 10
October 11, 1966 ~ Pau Donés Cirera, commonly known as rock, pop rock, flamenco rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Pau Donés, born in Barcelona, Spain ~ Co-founding member, lead singer of Jarabe De Palo, known best for their 1996 La Flaca debut album ~ Donés passed away in 2020
October 11, 1966 ~ Singer, songwriter Todd Snider born in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Draws from Americana, alt-country, folk. Discovered by Keith Sykes, an associate of Jimmy Buffett. Debuted in 1994 with Songs For The Daily Planet album and has recorded to a devoted fanbase steadily since. Fronts the Hard Working Americans
 
October 11, 1965 ~ Guitarist, bassist, singer Alexander Hacke born in Berlin, Germany ~ Best known as a member of industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, joining the band in 1980 shortly after its inception. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the Filmarbeiten album released in 1992, and has collaborated with the likes of Robert Rutman, the Tiger Lillies, FM Einheit, Crime & the City Solution, Gianna Nannina, David Yow, Mona Mur, Ministry of Wolves, and others
 
October 11, 1963 ~ Edith Giovanna Gassion, commonly known as singer Edith Piaf, passed away in Plascassier, France ~ One of France's internationally best known stars. Specialized in torch songs and chansons about love, loss and sorrow. Known for songs such as La Vie En Rose, Non Je Ne Regrette Rien, Hymne A L'Amour, Milord, La Foule and L'Accordéoniste ~ Piaf was born in 1915
 
October 11, 1958 ~ Singer Brenda Lee records Let's Jump The Broomstick ~ Recorded previously by Alvin Gaines & the Themes. Written by Charles Robbins. Produced by Owen Bradley. Released as a single the next year, paired with Some Of These Days on the flipside, and included on the 1960 Brenda Lee album
October 11, 1958 ~ Composer, organist Franz Surges born in Reimagen, West Germany ~ Church organist, composer of choral, orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal compositions ~ Surges passed away in 2015
October 11, 1958 ~ Rock bassist Simon Laffy born in Finchley, UK ~ Member of glam rock outfit Girl from 1979 through 1983. Subsequently worked with Hard Rain, the Wild Frontiers, Sheer Greed and Man Raze
 
October 11, 1957 ~ Drummer Blair Cunningham born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Brother of the Bar-kays bassist Carl Cunningham who died in the same plane crash that killed Otis Redding. In-demand session drummer. Worked with Denise Lasalle, Robert Johnson, the Detroit Emeralds, Frederick Knight, Echo & the Bunnymen, Haircut 100, John Foxx, the Pretenders, Paul McCartney, Alison Moyet, Sade, Paul Rutherford, the Indigo Girls, Roxy Music, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Mick Jagger, Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Kevin Rowland, the Big Dish, and others
October 11, 1957 ~ Singer, guitarist Jon Langford, full name Jonathan Denis Langford, born in Newport, UK ~ Perhaps best known for co-founding punk outfit the Mekons. Closely associated with post-punk outfit Three Johns and with alternative country bands Waco Brothers and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts. Has also recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with the likes of Dim Subooteyo, the Killer Shrews, the Wee Hairy Beasties, the Men Of Gwent, and others
 
October 11, 1956 ~ Saxophonist Doug Lawrence born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Roy Eldridge, Buck Clayton, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Wild Bill Davis, Hank Jones, Mel Lewis, Georges Cables, the Jazz Knights, Grover Mitchell, Marha Lornin, Ken Peplowski, Cynthia Scott, Richard Allen, Tony Corbiscello, Loren Schoenberg, Jamie Cullum, Clyde Stubblefield, and others
 
October 11, 1955 ~ Jazz fusion, folk jazz, world fusion guitarist, producer Peter Sprague, full name Peter Tripp Sprague, born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Chick Corea, Hubert Laws, Larry Coryell, David Benoit, Sérgio Mendes, the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, Dianne Reeves, Denise Donatelli, Kevyn Lettau, Bob Magnusson, Billy Childs, Geoffrey Keezer, Eric Marienthal, Warren Wiebe, and others
 
October 11, 1952 ~ Keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, producer Brian Jackson, full name Brian Robert Jackson, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Best known for his close association with Gil Scott-Heron througout the 1970s, especially on songs such as The Bottle. Has also collaborated with Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Will Downing, Gwen Guthrie, Kool & the Gang, the Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel, and others. Released his first solo album, Gotta Play, in 2000 featuring guest appearances from Ayers and Scott-Heron
October 11, 1952 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Paulette Carlson born ~ Founding member, lead singer of Highway 101, known for Somewhere Tonight, Cry Cry Cry, Do You Love Me Just Say Yes and Who's Lonely Now. Released her solo debut album, Love Goes On, in 1991, spawning the modest country hit I'll Start With You
 
October 11, 1951 ~ Pop rock, progressive rock, new wave singer, guitarist, pianist, violinist, songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman born in Paris, France ~ Formed the popular trio Fredericks Goldman Jones with Carole Fredericks and Michael Jones, known for a string of 1990s singles including Ne An 17 A Leidenstadt, juste Apres, Nuit and their best-known A Nos Actes Manques. As a solo artist known for songs such as Long Is The Road (Américain), Je Te Donne, La vie par Procuration and Puisque Tu Pars, all of which reached top 10 in France. Has also co-written for Céline Dion, notably D'Eux, If That's What It Takes, I Don't Know and Fly
 
October 11, 1950 ~ Albert Anderson, commonly known as songwriter, guitarist, percussionist Al Anderson, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Backed Bob Marley as a member of the Wailers. Also worked with Word Soud & Power, Peter Tosh, Ben Harper, Lauryn Hill, and others
October 11, 1950 ~ Saxophonist, flutist Andrew Woolfolk, full name Andrew Paul Woolfolk II, born in Texas, USA ~ Best known as longtime member of Earth Wind & Fire. Also guested on albums by Deniece Williams (Song Bird), Stanley Turrentine (Tender Togetherness), Phil Collins (Dance Into The Light), Twennynine (Best Of Friends), Philip Bailey (The Wonders Of Love), Level 42 (Standing In The Light), Valerie Carter (Just A Stones Throw Away), Tracie Spencer (Tracie Spencer), and others ~ Woolfolk passed away in 2022
 
October 11, 1949 ~ Rock, hard rock, blues rock guitarist Greg Douglass born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Member of Terry & the Pirates. Also worked with the Steve Miller Band, Greg Kihn Band, Tom Fogerty, Tom Johnston, Eddie Money, and others
 
October 11, 1948 ~ Gospel singer Cynthia Clawson, full name Cynthia Dee Clawson, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Acclaimed gospel singer best known for songs such as The Lord's Prayer featuring Andráe Crouch, the Archers, BJ Thomas and others, Softly And Tenderly from the Academy Award-winning The Trip To Bountiful film and for Somewhere In Between
 
October 11, 1947 ~ Bassist Fred Hopkins born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known as one third of Air, alongside Henry Threadgill and Steve McCall. Also worked with Muhal Richard Abrams, Arthur Blythe, Oliver Lake, the Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians, Diedre Murray, Roy Haynes, Don Pullen, Hamiet Bluiett, Charles Brackeen, Peter Brötzmann, Oliver Lake, David Murray, Tom Varner, the World Saxophone Quartet, and others ~ Hopkins passed away in 1999
 
October 11, 1946 ~ Pop, R&B, blue eyed soul singer, guitarist, keyboardist Daryl Hall born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Half of Hall & Oates, the other half being John Oates, known for hits such as Rich Girl, Kiss On My List, Private Eyes, I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Maneater, Out Of Touch, Adult Education, and others. Has also worked as a solo artist, notably the 1980 solo debut Sacred Songs album and the 1986 Billboard top 10 hit Dreamtime co-written with John Beeby. Collaborated with Robert Fripp on the latter's 1979 Exposure album. Co-wrote and produced Swept Away, a Bilboard top hit for Diana Ross in 1984
October 11, 1946 ~ Drummer Gary Mallaber born in Buffalo, New York, USA ~ Member of Raven. Member of Kid Lightning. Perhaps best known for his work with the Steve Miller Band. In-demand session drummer and ocassional vibraphonist, appearing on recordings by Greg Kihn Band, Eddie Money, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Peter Frampton, Poco, Joan Armatrading, the Beach Boys, John Lennon, David Cassidy, Bonnie Raitt, Merrell Fankhauser, Bob Seger, Warren Zevon, and others
October 11, 1946 ~ Guitarist, singer George McCorkle boen in Chester, South Carolina, USA ~ Best known as founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band, wrote the band's first top 40 hit Fire On The Mountain. Also worked with the Toy Factory, Pax Parachute and released a solo album, American Street, in 1999 ~ McCorkle passed away in 2007
 
October 11, 1945 ~ Jazz singer, actress Trudy Desmond born ~ Worked with Doug Riley and Don Thompson. As a solo artist best known for a number of 1990s albums, including 1992's Tailor Made and 1994's RSVP ~ Desmond passed away in 1999
 
October 11, 1943 ~ Singer, songwriter Gene Watson, full name Gary Gene Watson, born in Palestine, Texas, USA ~ Best known for his 1975 hit [title-gene-watson-love-in-the-hot-afternoon], his 1979 signature song Farewell Party and his 1981 hit Fourteen Carat Mind. At times Watson's backing band included noted musicians such as Larry Booth, Chris Tiny Owen, Doug Boggs, Joe Eddie Gough, Daniel Plainwater, Norm Castner, Tony Booth
 
October 11, 1941 ~ Trumpeter, hornist, percussionist Lester Bowie born in Frederick, Maryland, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Married to and musical director for Fontella Bass. Co-founded Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Also closely associated with the Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians and the Leaders. Early on in his career backed blues artists such as Little Milton, Melvin Jackson and Albert King and R&B artists such as Solomon Burke, Joe Tex, Rufus Thomas. In jazz has collaborated with the likes of Jack DeJohnette, Roscoe Mitchell, Sunny Murray, Archie Shepp, Wadada Leo Smith, and others. Guested on David Bowie's 1993 Black Tie White Noise album, the song Looking For Lester named for him ~ Bowie passed away in 1999
 
October 11, 1936 ~ Free jazz, hard bop drummer Billy Higgins born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ House drummer for Blue Note Records. Played on Ornette Coleman's first records. Freelanced extensively, assumed to have played on over 700 recordings, working with a host of artists such as Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Grant Green, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Paul Horn, Milt Jackson, Jackie McLean, Pat Metheny, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, David Murray, Art Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Mal Waldron, Cedar Walton, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Paul Bley, Sandy Bull, Donald Byrd, Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Stanley Cowell, Ray Drummond, Teddy Edwards, Booker Ervin, Art Farmer, Charlie Haden, Joe Henderson, JJ Johnson, Clifford Jordan, Horace Parlan, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, and many more ~ Higgins passed away in 2001
October 11, 1936 ~ Singer Joe Ligon, full name Willie Joe Ligon, born in Troy, Alabama, USA ~ Original member of traditional gospel group the Mighty Clouds Of Joy, alongside Johnny Martin, Ermant Franklin Jr, Elmo Franklin, Richard Wallace, Leon Polk and David Walker ~ Ligon passed away in 2016
October 11, 1936 ~ Antonio Jose Santana Martinez, commonly known as singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter Tom Zé, born in Irara, Brazil ~ Leading figure in 1960s Tropicália movement. Re-emerged in the 1990s after being discovered by Talking Heads frontman and label head David Byrne
 
October 11, 1932 ~ Dorothy Marie Marsh, commonly known as singer Dottie West, born in Smithville, Tennessee, USA ~ Along with contemporaries Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn regarded as one of the genre's most influential female artists. Known for songs such as Would You Hold It Against Me, Country Sunshine, A Lesson In Love, Are You Happy Baby and Here Comes My Baby Back Again. Also known for a number of 1970s duets with Kenny Rogers, notably Every Time Two Fools Collide, All I Ever Need Is You and What Are We Doin' In Love. Duetted with Jim Reeves (Love Is No Excuse), Don Gibson (Rings Of Gold), and Jimmy Dean (Slowly) ~ Marsh passed away in 1991
 
October 11, 1929 ~ Jazz double-bassist Ludek Hulan born in Prague, Czechoslovakia ~ Pivotal figure in post-war Czech jazz. Founder or co-founder of several influential jazz ensembles including the Hootie Club, Studio 5 and the Jazz Studio. Has also worked with Gustav Brom, Milan Ulrich, Richard Kubernat, Albert Nicholas, and others. Initially emigrated after the 1968 Soviet invasion but quickly returned, making him “politically undesirable” which hindered his career ~ Hulan passed away in 1979
 
October 11, 1928 ~ Violinist, orchestra leader Saulius Sondeckis bon in Siauliai, Lithuania ~ Best known for founding the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra in 1960 and serving as its director and principal conductor through 2004 ~ Sondeckis passed away in 2016
 
October 11, 1927 ~ Jazz drummer, composer Tony Kinsey, full name Cyril Anthony Kinsey, born in Sutton Coldfield, UK ~ Worked with Ronnie Ball, Tubby Hayes, Bill Le Sage, Ronnie Scott, Johnny Dankworth, Tommy Whittle, Joe Harriott, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Webster, Clark Terry, Harry Sweets Edison, Buddy DeFranco, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughan, Eddie Calvert, Cliff Richard, Ronnie Aldrich, and others
 
October 11, 1925 ~ Country, rockabilly singer, guitarist, songwriter Jimmy Murphy born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ~ Cult figure among rockabilly aficionados. Best known for his 1951 Electricity debut single ~ Murphy passed away in 1981
 
October 11, 1920 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader Loys Choquart born in Geneva, Switzerland ~ Worked with the New Rhythm Kings, the Dixie Dandies, Henri Chaix, Wallace Bishop, the Creole Jazz Ensemble, and others ~ Choquart passed away in 1989
 
October 11, 1919 ~ Arthur Blakey, commonly known as drummer, bandleader Art Blakey, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Fletcher Henderson, Billy Eckstine, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and with Dizzy Gillespie before co-founding the Jazz Messengers with Horace Silver in the mid-1950s. The Messengers would become known as the quintessential hard bop group of the late-1950s and serve as an incubator for young talent including Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis, and others. Blakey would lead the band for some 35 years until his death in 1990 ~ Blakey passed away in 1990
October 11, 1919 ~ Trumpeter, singer George Rock born ~ Joined Spike Jones backing unit the City Slickers in 1944. Especially noted for his ability to imitate children in a remarkably childlike voice. Present on some of the band's best-known, notably singing lead vocals on the classic All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. Other songs featuring Rock include I'm The Captain Of The Space Ship and You Wanna Buy A Bunny ~ Rock passed away in 1988
 
October 11, 1914 ~ Vaudeville actress, singer, dancer, choreographer Aida Overton Walker passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Dubbed “the Queen of the Cakewalk” ~ Overton was born in 1880
 
October 11, 1913 ~ Selig Shaftel, commonly known as singer, songwriter Sunny Skylar, passed away ~ Big band singer including those led by Ben Bernie, Paul Whiteman, Abe Lyman and Vincent Lopez. After the end of the big band era Skylar would turn to performing in nightclubs and theaters until his retirement from music in the early 1950s ~ Shaftel passed away in 2009
 
October 11, 1911 ~ Songwiter, lyricist Mario Panzeri born in Milan, Italy ~ Internationally best known for co-writing Gigliola Cinquetti's Non Ho L'Eta, which won Italy the Eurovision Songfestival in 1964 ~ Panzeri passed away in 1991
 
October 11, 1908 ~ Angenor de Oliveira, commonly known as singer, composer, poet Cartola, born in Catete, Brazil ~ Major figure in development of samba music. Wrote or co-wrote over 500 songs ~ De Oliveira passed away in 1980
 
October 11, 1903 ~ Jazz stride pianist Teddy Weatherford born in Pocahontas, Virginia ~ Worked with Crickett Smith, Bridget Althea Moe, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roy Butler, Gery Scott ~ Weatherford passed away in 1945
 
October 11, 1899 ~ Jazz trombonist, composer Thamon Hayes born ~ Best known for his association with Bennie Moten, co-wrote South and Moten Swing. Stayed with Moten through 1931. Formed the Kansas City Rockets ~ Hayes passed away in 1978
 
October 11, 1897 ~ Bandleader, violinist Leo Reisman born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ Bandleader from the the 1920s and 1930s with some 80 hits to his name. Reisman had a habit of featuring composers and Broadway performers as band vocalists, including Harold Arlen, Fred Astaire, Clifton Webb, Arthur Schwartz, and Lee Wiley. Usually though Reisman used vocalists such as Frank Luther, Dick Robertson and later Sally Singer and George Buller. Notably musicians employed by Reisman included trumpeter Bubber Miley, pianist Eddy Duchin, and Mitch Miller ~ Reisman passed away in 1961
 
October 11, 1896 ~ Composer, organist Anton Bruckner, full name Josef Anton Bruckner, passed away in Vienna, Austria ~ Late-era Romantic composer admired by peers, most notably Gustav Mahler ~ Bruckner was born in 1824
October 11, 1896 ~ Composer, songwriter Cesare Andrea Bixio born in Naples, Italy ~ One of the most popular Italian songwriter of the 1930s through the 1950s. Artists who recorded his songs include Tito Schipa, Beniamino Gigli (Mamma), Carlo Buti, Oscar Carboni (La Mia Canzone Al Vento), Giuseppe di Stefano, Luciano Pavarotti, Vittorio de Sica (Parlami D'Amore Mariu), and others ~ Bixio passed away in 1978
 
October 11, 1888 ~ Violinist, conductor, composer Emil Bohnke born in Zdunska Wola, Poland ~ Composed orchestral music, concertos and works for piano. Worked with the Bandler Quartet, the Busch String Quartet, the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Best known for his composition Symphony Op.16 premiered by the Staatskapelle Berlin shortly after his death ~ Bohnke passed away in 1928