This Day In Music: October 15
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October 15, 2022 ~ R&B, dance, house, soul singer, pianist, songwriter Joyce Sims passed away ~ Best known for her 1988 hit Come Into My Life, produced by Kurtis Mantronik. Also made the R&B charts with songs such as All And All, Walk Away and, collaborating with Jimmy Castor, Love Makes A Woman. Also worked with Junior Vasquez, Glen Frisica, Maxi Priest, and others ~ Sims was born in 1959
October 15, 2022 ~ Guitarist, singer Noel Duggan passed away in Donegal, Ireland ~ Alongside twin brother Pádraig Duggan rose to fame as member of Clannad, known best for Theme From Harry's Game which reached top 10 in both the UK and the band's native Ireland. The brothers took a hiatus after the band's acclaimed 1998 Landmarks album, releasing their own Rubicon album in 2005 to critical acclaim featuring guests such as Moya Brennan, Finbar Furrey and Orla Fallon ~ Duggan was born in 1949
October 15, 2022 ~ Conductor, composer Thomas Sleeper passed away ~ In-demand guest conductor, has worked with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Central Philharmonic Of China, the San Juan Symphony Orchestra, the Ruse State Philharmonic, and others. Closely associated with the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Youth Orchestra, serving as the latter's director from 1993 through 2020 ~ Sleeper was born in 1956
October 15, 2021 ~ Funk guitarist, bassist, singer Regi Hargis passed away ~ Member of 1980s funk band Brick, merging funk, disco and jazz and known for the mid-1970s singles Dazz and its follow-up Dusic both of which reached top 10 Billboard R&B and top 20 Billboard Hot 100 ~ Hargis was born ca.1951
October 15, 2020 ~ Drummer Dave Munden passed away ~ Co-founding and last remaining original member of the Tremeloes, remaining with band from 1958 through 2018. The band is known for a string of 1960s UK hits including Someone Someone, Twist And Shout, Candy Man and Someone Someone. The 1967 singles Here Comes My Baby and Silence Is Golden, the latter probably their best-known, would also crack the Billboard Hot 100 top 20 ~ Munden was born in 1943
October 15, 2020 ~ Bassist Gordon Haskell passed away ~ School friend of Robert Fripp, with whom he also worked. First gained serious attention as member of Les Fleur De Lys. Subsequently briefly played with King Crimson, appearing on the albums In The Wake Of Poseidon and Lizard. As a solo artist best known for the 2001 hit How Wonderful You Are ~ Haskell was born in 1946
October 15, 2013 ~ Jazz drummer Donald Bailey, full name Donald Orlando Bailey, passed away in Montclair, California, USA ~ Best known for drumming with Jimmy Smith's trio from 1956 to 1964. Has also worked with the Three Sounds, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Hampton Hawes, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Red Mitchell, John Coltrane, Hideo Ichikawa, Hideyuki Kikuchi, Yoshio Ikeda, Takaaki Nishikawa, Toshihiko Ogawa, Charles Tolliver, George Burton, Odean Pope, Roy Ayers, George Braith, Harold Land, Thornel Schwartz, Frank Wess, Johnny Coles, and with Jack Wilson ~ Bailey was born in 1933
October 15, 2013 ~ Gloria Wilson, commonly known as jazz singer Gloria Lynne, passed away in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with the Enchanters, the Delltones, Wild Bill Davis, Ernie Wilkins, the Earl May Trio, Marty Paich, Stanley Turrentine. and others. As a solo artist best known for recordings such as The Impossible, I Wish You Love, and Watermelon Man, the latter co-written with Herbie Hancock ~ Wilson was born in 1929
October 15, 2008 ~ John Lawrence Narz Jr, commonly known as radio personality, TV host, singer Jack Narz, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as a radio, TV personality and host. As a singer recorded a sole album, Sing The Folk Hits With Jack Narz, released in 1959 ~ Narz was born in 1922
October 15, 1999 ~ Singer, songwriter Terry Gilkyson passed away in Austin, Texas, USA ~ Wrote and recorded Cry Of The Wild Goose, later a hit for Frankie Laine. Wrote Tell Me A Story for Jimmy Boyd. Sang with the Weavers (On Top Of Old Smokey, Across The Wide Missouri). Formed Easy Riders with Richard Dehr and Frank Miller, known for their major hit Marianne. Worked as Walt Disney Studios songwriter, including for animated movies Jungle Book and The Aristocats ~ Gilkyson was born in 1916
October 15, 1994 ~ Singer, rapper, actor Jorik Scholten, commonly known as Lil' Kleine, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands ~ Became a household name in the Netherlands with the Ronnie Flex collaboration single Drank & Drugs in 2015. Has also worked with Lange Frans, the D-Men, Danny de Munk, Boef, and others
October 15, 1994 ~ Sebastián Obando Giraldo, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Sebastián Yatra, born in Medellin, Colombia ~ Draws from Latin pop and reggaeton. Best known for his 2016 breakthrough hit Traicionera. Other well known songs include Robarte Un Beso featuring Carlos Vives, Sutra featuring Dálmata and Un Año featuring Reik. Has also collaborated with Wisin, OneRepublic, Joey Montana, David Bisbal, Alejandro Fernández, Tommy Torres, and notably with Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha and the Jonas Brothers on the bilingual single Runaway in 2019
October 15, 1993 ~ Julien Willemsen, commonly known as pop, nederhop producer, DJ Jack $hirak, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands ~ Produced Lil' Kleine & Ronnie Flex's 2015 summer hit Drank & Drugs. Has also worked with artists such as Ali B, Boef, Josylvio, Broederliefde, and others
October 15, 1986 ~ Pianist Al Stricklin passed away in Cleburne, Texas, USA ~ Member of Bob Wills's backing unit the Texas Playboys, including on the classic Blue Yodel No.1 recorded in 1937 ~ Stricklin was born in 1908
October 15, 1984 ~ Jessica Lois Ware, commonly known as pop, electronica, soul singer, songwriter Jessie Ware, born in London, UK ~ Released her Devotion debut album in 2012. Best known for songs such as If You're Never Gonna Move, Night Light, Imagine It Was Us and Alone
October 15, 1981 ~ Keyshia Myeshia Johnson, commonly known as R&B, soul, hip-hop singer Keyshia Cole born in Oakland, California, USA ~ Debuted in 2005 with the album The Way It Is, spawning the singles Never featuring Eve, I Changed My Mind, I Just Want It To Be Over, I Should Have Cheated and Love. The album reached Platinum status in just over six months. Cole has been recording since. Collaborated with Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott, Amina, Monica, Nicki Minaj, Lil' Wayne, Kanye West, Sean Paul, Trina, Jaheim, DJ Khaled, and others
October 15, 1981 ~ Edwin Laureano Rosa Vazquez Ortz, commonly known as hip-hop, reggaeton, gangsta rap, Latin trap Nengo Flow, born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico ~ One of the most popular Puerto Rican reggaeton artists. Released his full-length Flow Callejero debut album in 2005. Has collaborated with Anuel AA, Lito & Polaco, J-Alvarez, Daddy Yankee, French Montana, Ozuna, and others
October 15, 1980 ~ Pianist, singer Bobby Lester passed away in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Founding member and co-lead singer of the Moonglows. Bandmate Harvey Fuqua would usually lead on the rock & roll songs, Lester on the doo-wop songs. Lester sang lead on their 1954 single Sincerely, perhaps their best known, which reached the Billboard top 20 ~ Lester was born in 1930
October 15, 1980 ~ Jose Fernando Cosulieula uarez, commonly known as reggaeton, hip-hop, Latin trap singer, rapper, songwriter Cosculluela, born in Humucao, Puerto Rico ~ First gained attention with the 2005 hit single Te Va Ir Mal. Released a full-length solo album El Principe in 2009. Has collaborated with Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel, Nicky Jam, Darkiel, Mexicano 777, Arcángel, De La Ghetto, Kendo Kaponi, Zion & Lennox, J-Alvarez, Ivy Queen, Nengo Flow, and others
October 15, 1979 ~ Roger David, commonly known as Desi hip-hop, hip-hop rapper Bohemia, born in Karachi, Pakistan ~ Pakistani-American rapper known for having recorded the first full-length Punjabi rap album, 2005's Pesa Nasha Pyar, released by a major label. Has collaborated with Sha One, Kurupt, Mikha Singh, Pakman, Sean Kingston, and others
October 15, 1979 ~ Banjoist, guitarist Gus Cannon, full name Gustavus Cannon, passed away in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Helped popularize jug bands, including his own Cannon's Jug Stompers, of the 1920s and 1930s. Also recorded under the moniker Banjo Joe. Best known for songs such as Minglewood Blues, Pig Ankle Strut, Wolf River Blues, and Walk Right In, the latter later covered by the Rooftop Singers in the 1960s and by Dr Hook in the 1970s. Worked with Blind Blake, Furry Lewis, Bukka White, Will Shade, Milton Roby, and others ~ Cannon was born ca.1874
October 15, 1979 ~ Jacqueline Davette Velasquez, commonly known as actress, contemporary Christian, Latin pop singer, songwriter Jaci Velasquez, born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Well over a dozen albums to her name, starting with My Favorite Songs released in 1990. Sings in both English and Spanish. Best known for songs such as Llegar A Ti featuring MDO, Solo Tu, Como Se Cura Una Herida and No Hace Falta Un Hombre
October 15, 1976 ~ Metalcore, hardcore punk singer, songwriter Jacob Bannon born in Beverly, Massachusetts, USA ~ Best know as lead singer of metalcore band Converge. Has also worked with Supermachiner, Ryan Parker, Wear Your Wounds, Irons, Umbra Vitae, and others
October 15, 1976 ~ Pop rock singer, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter Suzie McNeil, full name Susan Jane McNeil, born in Mississauga, Canada ~ First gained attention in 2005 on the talent contest Rock Star INXS aired on CBS. Would release her Broken 7amp; Beautiful debut album in 2007. The record's second single, Believe would later be re-recorded and used as the official anthem of the Canadian team in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Other well-known songs include Supergirl and Merry Go Round. In 2014 McNeil teamed up with Elisha Hoffman, Rebecca Lynn Howard and Marti Frederiksen, forming the country rock outfit Loving Mary
October 15, 1972 ~ Sandra Caldarone, commonly known as pop singer Sandra Kim, born in Montegnée, Belgium ~ Best known for winning the 1986 Eurovision Songfestival with J'Aime La Vie. Kim was only 13 years old at the time
October 15, 1971 ~ Organist, composer Albert Alain, full name Albert Paul Alain, passed away in St-Germain-en-Laye, France ~ Prolific composer of religious music, having composed over 450 pieces for organ, harmonium and voices. Father of Jehan Alain, Olivier Alain, and Marie-Claire Alain, all renowned organists in their own right ~ Alain was born in 1880
October 15, 1971 ~ Fiddler, violinist Annbjorg Lien born in Ålesund, Norway ~ Mixed traditional Norwegian music with jazz and rock. Worked with Loreena Mckennitt, Bruce Molsky, Mikael Marin, Christine Hanson, Bukkene Bruse, Arve Moen Bergset, Bjørn Ole Rasch, Steinar Ofsdal, the String Sister, Andy Irvine, and others
October 15, 1970 ~ Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, commonly known as singer, songwriter Ginuwine, born in Washington DC, USA ~ One of the top R&B artists of the 1990s and early 2000s. Member of hip-hop collective Swing Mob. As a solo artist known for hits such as Pony, Differences and In Those Jeans. Collaborated with TGT, Nas, Sole, Missy Elliott, Fat Joe, Timbaland, Funkmaster Flex, Belly, and others
October 15, 1969 ~ Engineer, producer, guitarist, keyboardist JJ Blair born ~ Worked with Johnny Cash, June Carter, Rod Stewart, the Who, Weezer, George Benson, Smokey Robinson, the Unwritten Law, Lee DeWyze, Kelly Clarkson, Puff Daddy, Black Eyed Peas, Ryan Adams, Kathleen York, Stephen Bishop, David Cassidy, Melissa Etheridge, and others
October 15, 1968 ~ Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi, commony known as glam metal, rock singer Jyrki 69, born in Helsinki, Finland ~ Influenced by Elvis Presley, the Doors' Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Best known as lead singer of the 69 Eyes, his operatic bass-baritone singing voice drawing comparisons to Type-O Negative's Peter Steele and Sisters Of Mercy's Andrew Eldritch
October 15, 1967 ~ Hard rock guitarist Josh Lewis born ~ One of two original Warrant guitarists, the other being Erik Turner. Lewis would b replaced by Joey Allen
October 15, 1966 ~ Pianist Bill Charlap born in New York, New York, USA ~ Son of composer Bill Charlap and singer Sandy Stewart. Leader and sideman. Worked with Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter, Tony Bennett, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton, Peter Washington, Kenny Washington, Scott Colley, Warren Vache Jr, Frank Wess, Shirley Horn, Renee Rosnes, Harry Allen, Ruby Braff, Johnny Frigo, Jay Leonhart, the New York Trio, and others
October 15, 1966 ~ Pop, rock drummer Dave Stead born ~ Longtime member of the Beautiful South, known for UK hits such as A Song For Whoever, A Little Time, Perfect 10, How Long's A Tear Take To Dry, and others
October 15, 1966 ~ Drummer, singer Dougie Vipond, full name Douglas Vipond born ~ Founding member of pop outfit Deacon Blue, known for songs such as Real Gone Kid, I'll Never Fall In Love Again, Twist And Shout and Your Town
October 15, 1966 ~ Neo soul singer, songwriter, actor Eric Benét, full name Eric Benét Jordan, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Member of Gerard in the 1980s. Member of Benét in the 1990s along with his sister Lisa Benét and cousin George Nash Jr. Debuted as a solo artist in 1994 with the album True To Myself. Known for songs such as Spiritual Thang, Spend My Life With You featuring Tamia, I Wanna Be Loved, and Sometimes I Cry. Has collaborated with Earth Wind & Fire, Faith Evans, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi, Eddie Levert, Arturo Sandoval, MC Lyte, Mariah Carey, and others
October 15, 1966 ~ Singer, TV personality Ingeborg Sergeant, full name Ingeborg Thérèse Marguerite Sergeant, born in Menen, Belgium ~ Guested on Clouseau's 1988 hit single Verlangen. Represented Belgium in the 1989 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 19th place with Door De Wind. Also known for songs such as Ga Niet Weg, Als Dat Gebeurt, Waarom and Zo Dichtbij
October 15, 1964 ~ Composer, songwriter Cole Porter, full name Cole Albert Porter, passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ One of the most popular songwriters of the 1920s through the 1940s. One of the few of his day who usually wrote both music and lyrics. Known for standards such as Night And Day (Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Joe Henderson, Everything But The Girl), Begin The Beguine (June Knight, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman), I Get A Kick Out Of You (Ethel Merman, Ella Fitzgerald), I've Got You Under My Skin (Virginia Bruce, Frank Sinatra, the Four Seasons, Neneh Cherry), Easy To Love (Frances Langford, Hal Kemp, Billie Holiday) and You're The Top (Paul Whiteman, the Dorsey Brothers) ~ Porter was born in 1891
October 15, 1964 ~ Rock, new age, minimal, world music keyboardist, guitarist, composer Rodrigo Leão, full name Rodrigo Costa Leão Munoz Miguez, born in Lisbon, Portugal ~ Member of Setima Legião, Madredeus and Os Poetas. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with Ave Mundi Luminar released in 1993. known for experimenting with modern classical music and pop, merging electronics with string and horn sections. Artists who have guested on Leão's recordings include Portishead's Beth Gibbons, the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, the Tindersticks' Stuart A Staples, Rosa Passos and Ryuichi Sakamoto
October 15, 1963 ~ Caron Liza Geary, commonly known as raggamuffin, reggae, dancehall MC, toaster MC Kinky, born in Paddington, UK ~ Reportedly the first white female reggae, dancehall MC. As a solo artist best known for 1991's Get Over It and 1996's Everybody. Led hip-hop, house, trip-hop collective the E-Zee Possee. Has worked with Jesus Loves You, Erasure (Take A Chance On Me), Giorgio Moroder, Boy George, and others
October 15, 1960 ~ Jazz pianist Wolfgang Köhler born in Hofgelsmar, West Germany ~ Member of Just Friends from 1978 through 1991. Has also worked with Jiggs Whigham, Randy Brecker, Herb Geller, Benny Bailey, Gitte Hænning, Nigel Kennedy, Ack van Rooyen, and others
October 15, 1959 ~ Trip hop, IDM, electronica keyboardist Dr Alex Paterson, full name Duncan Alexander Robert Paterson, born in London, UK ~ Influenced by Brian Eno, Cluster, Kraftwerk. Co-founding and sole constant member of ambient house group the Orb, known for the UK top 20 hits Little Fluffy Clouds, Perpetual Dawn, Blue Room, Assasin and Toxygene. Has previously served as roadie for Killing Joke. On occassion collaborated with Pigface, Kris Weston and Robert Fripp
October 15, 1959 ~ Jazz pianist Erik Vermeulen born in Ypres, Belgium ~ Leader and sideman. Has worked with a wide array of Belgian and international artists including Hein van de Geyn, Dré Pallemaerts, Slide Hampton, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Steve Grossman, David Schnitter, Art Farmer, Toots Thielemans, Philip Catherine, Barre Phillips, Erwin Vann, Pierre Bernard, Nicolas Thys, Stephane Galland, Ben Sluijs, and others
October 15, 1957 ~ Music critic, journalist, author, guitarist Greg Tate born in Dayton, Ohio, USA ~ Dubbed “the Godfather of Hip-hop Journalism.” Best known as contributor on black culture and music for the Village Voice, initially as a freelancer starting in 1981 and as a staff writer from 1987 through 2005. His publications hace also been published in New York Times, the Washington Post, Down Beat, JazzTimes, Rolling Stone, VIBE, and other journals. Authored a number of books, starting with Flyboy In The Buttermilk (Essays On Contemporary America) published in 1992. As a musician, guitarist best known for co-founding and leading the improvisational rock collective Burnt Sugar in 1999, merging funk, jazz, rock, reggae, soul, hip-hop, metal and contemporary classical music ~ Tate passed away in 2021
October 15, 1957 ~ Singer Paul Engemann, full name Paul Robert Engemann, born in USA ~ Member of Device, member of Animotion. Frequent collaborator of Giorgio Moroder. As a solo artist best known for Scarface (Push It To The Limit) from the Scarface soundtrack. Also known for Face To Face, Shannon's Eyes, Brain Power, To Be Number One, Neverending Story, American Dream and Reach Out
October 15, 1956 ~ Rockabily, rock & roll singer Gene Vincent records Blues Stay Away From Me at Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee ~ Under the supervision of producer Ken Nelson, Vincent and his backing unit the Blue Caps record Blues Stay Away From Me as well as Teenage Partner, Five Feet Of Lovin' and Cat Man
October 15, 1954 ~ Rock, blues-rock guitarist, songwriter Rocky Athas born ~ Best known for his associations with Black Oak Arkansas, Glenn Hughes, Buddy Miles, Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing unit Double Trouble, and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
October 15, 1951 ~ Folk singer Alistair Hulett born in Glasgow, UK ~ Frontman and founder of folk punk band Roaring Jack. Has also worked with Fairport Convention's Dave Swarbrick, released a number of solo albums and formed the Malkies with whom he released one album ~ Hulett passed away in 2010
October 15, 1951 ~ Pop rock, glam rock singer Frank DiMino born ~ Lead singer of Angel from 1975 to 1981, rejoining on occasion. The band was discovered by Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons and known for their androgynous image. Slammed by rock critics and ridiculized by Frank Zappa in the song Punky's Whips, the band never achieved mass commercial succes but enjoyed a cult following. DiMino also worked with UFO-guitarist Paul Raymond on the Paul Raymond Project
October 15, 1948 ~ Christopher John Davis, singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter, commonly known as Chris De Burgh, born in Venado Tuerto, Argentina ~ Sold over 45 million records. Debuted in 1974 with the Far Beyond These Walls album. Best known for The Lady In Red, an international hit in 1986
October 15, 1948 ~ Drummer Lance Dickerson born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Best known as member of country-rock, rock & roll outfit Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen ~ Dickerson passed away in 2003
October 15, 1947 ~ Rock, punk rock, psychedelic rock, jazz fusion drummer Jaroslav Erno Sedivy born in Prague, Czechoslovakia ~ Worked with the Primitives Group, Flamengo, Energit, Jello Biafra, Invisible Pedestrian, Life After Life, and others
October 15, 1947 ~ Songwriter, keyboardist Rod Temperton born in Cleethorpes, UK ~ Member of Heatwave. Best known for writing several huge late 1970s, 1980s pop, R&B hits including Michael Jackson's Rock With You and Thriller, George Benson's Give Me The Night, and the Patti Austin & James Ingram duet Baby Come To Me ~ Temperton passed away in 2016
October 15, 1946 ~ Jazz, rock bassist Bo Stief born in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Has worked with artists such as Don Cherry, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Jackie McLean, George Russell, Kenny Drew, Ben Webster, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Jasper van 't Hof, Ken McIntyre, and others
October 15, 1946 ~ Guitarist David Holt born in Gatesville, Texas, USA ~ Multiple Grammy Award-winner, including for the acclaimed 2000 Stellaluna album, known for preserving traditonal folk, mountain music and southern folktales. Worked with Doc Watson from 1998 until Watson's death in 2012. Also worked with Bill Mooney, Josh Goforth, Bryan Sutton, and others
October 15, 1946 ~ Jazz double-bassist Palle Danielsson born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Worked with Keith Jarrett from 1975 to 1979. Leader and sideman. Has also worked with Kenny Wheeler, Geri Allen, Michel Petrucciani, Charles Lloyd, George Russell, Albert Mangelsdorff, Enrico Rava, Collin Walcott, Tomasz Stańko, John Taylor, Lennart Åberg, Jan Garbarek, Lee Konitz, Ale Möller, Magnus Lindgren, Barre Phillips, Rena Rama, Eric Vloeimans, Dino Saluzzi, Barney Wilen, and others
October 15, 1946 ~ Pianist, singer, songwriter Richard Carpenter, full name Richard Lynn Carpenter, born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA ~ Alongside singer Karen Carpenter formed the sibling duo the Carpenters, known for a string of lush soft-rock hits, mostly in the 1970s, including Billboard top 10 hits such as (They Long To Be) Close To You, We've Only Just Begun, Rainy Days And Mondays, the Leon Russell & Bonnie Bramlett-penned Superstar, Yesterday Once More and Top Of The World
October 15, 1943 ~ Ralph Gallant, commonly known as drummer Larrie Londin, born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA ~ Revered session, studio, touring drummer. Worked with the Headliners, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Junior Walker & the All-Stars, Elvis Presley, the Notorious Cherry Bombs, Emmylou Harris, Diana Ross, the Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett, Lionel Richie, the Carpenters, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boots Randolph, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, BB King, Albert Lee, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Jerry Reed, Rosanne Cash, Al Green, Dan Fogelberg, Reba McEntire, Journey, Steve Perry, Adrian Belew, the Everly Brothers, and others ~ Gallant passed away in 1992
October 15, 1942 ~ Drummer Don Stevenson born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Member of Moby Grape. Co-wrote three of the band's best known songs, Hey Grandma, 8:05 and Murder In My Heart For The Judge, the latter would later be covered by Three Dog Night and Lee Michaels
October 15, 1939 ~ Jazz saxophonist, arranger Joe Roccisano, full name Joseph Lucian Rossicano, born in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA ~ Worked with Tommy Dorsey, Sam Donahue, Don Ellis, Ray Charles, Louie Bellson, Lew Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Terry Gibbs, Don Menza, Bill Holman, Don Rader, the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut Band, Bill Charlap, Bud Burridge, Jack Stuckey, Franck Amsallem, Jimmy Pugh, John Basile, Ken Hitchcock, Lou Marini, Matt Finders, Scott Lee, Terry Clarke, Tim Riles, Tom Harrell, Scott Robinson, Greg Gisbert, and others ~ Roccisano passed away in 1997
October 15, 1938 ~ Afrobeat, highlife singer, saxophonist, keyboardist, trumpeter, guitarist, percussionist, songwriter Fela Kuti, full name Fela Anikulapo Kuti, born in Abeokuta, British Nigeria ~ Regarded as one the most influential musicians to come out of Nigeria. Pioneered Afrobeat, merging traditional Yoruba with funk and jazz. Staunch critic of Nigeria's military junta. Rose to fame with his Africa '70 ensemble in the 1970s, reaching a worldwide audience ~ Kuti passed away in 1997
October 15, 1938 ~ Marvin Earl Johnson, commonly known as R&B, soul singer Marv Johnson born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Notable for recording Come To Me, the very first release on Tamla in 1959, the label which later became Motown. Also known for You Got What It Takes and I Love The Way You Love, both reaching the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. Johnson would remain with Motown well through the 1970s, working in sales and promotion, as well as write songs for Tyrone Davis, Johnnie Taylor and notably Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation, a 1973 R&B hit for the Dells ~ Johnson passed away in 1993
October 15, 1938 ~ Guitarist, songwriter Robert Ward, full name Robert Jeryl Ward, born in Luthersville, Georgia, USA ~ Founder of the Ohio Untouchables, a band that would later become the Ohio Players. Ward remained with the Untouchables, including on their best-known song and Ward's signature song Your Love Is Amazing, until 1965, leaving before the name change. Ward was seen as an unreliable leader, and would regularly get into fights with band members or walk offstage in the middle of a set ~ Ward passed away in 2008
October 15, 1935 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Barry McGuire born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Known for his rendition of the PF Sloan-written Eve Of Destruction, a major hit in 1965 and one of the gloomiest protest songs of the 1960s. McGuire became a born-again Christian in the early 1970s and would go on to pioneer of contemporary Christian music
October 15, 1934 ~ Jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist Alan Elsdon born in London, UK ~ Worked with Cy Laurie, Graham Stewart, Terry Lightfoot, Kid Ory, Red Allen, Edmond Hall, Albert Nicholas, Wingy Manone, Howlin' Wolf, Keith Nichols, and others ~ Elsdon passed away in 2016
October 15, 1931 ~ Lionel Frederick Cole, commonly known as singer, pianist Freddy Cole, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Brother of Nat King Cole and Ike Cole, father of Lionel Cole. Influenced by John Lewis, Teddy Wilson and Billy Eckstine. Toured with Johnny Coles and Benny Golson backing Earl Bostic. Recorded for European and UK-based labels. Worked with Grover Washington Jr. Recorded jingles. Was the subject of the 2006 documentary The Cole Nobdoy Knows ~ Cole passed away in 2020
October 15, 1930 ~ Songwriter, producer Kent Harris born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known as writer of novelty songs such as Shopping For Clothes recorded by the Coasters and Cops & Robbers by Bo Diddley. Produced and wrote for artists including the Duals, Adolph Jacobs, Mighty Hannibal, the Sevilles, Prentice Moreland, Dorothy Berry, Jimmy Norman, Ty Karim, and others ~ Harris passed away in 2019
October 15, 1929 ~ Harold Rustigian, commonly known as label executive Russ Regan, born in Sanger, California, USA ~ President of Uni Records. President of 20th Century Records. VP of A&R at Motown ~ Rustigian passed away in 2018
October 15, 1925 ~ Machouston Baker, commonly known as guitarist Mickey Baker, born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Half of Mickey & Sylvia, the other half being Sylvia Robinson, known for their 1956 hit Love Is Strange. Also worked with Doc Pomus, the Drifters, Ray Charles, Ivory Joe Hunter, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Coleman Hawkins, and others ~ Baker passed away in 2012
October 15, 1922 ~ Jazz music advocate Lorraine Gordon born in Newark, New Jersey, USA ~ Owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, New York ~ Gordon passed away in 2018
October 15, 1922 ~ Singer, songwriter Tommy Edwards, full name Thomas Jefferson Edwards, born in Richmond, Virginia, USA ~ Known for a string of late 1950s hits including Love's All We Need, Please Mr Sun and his best-known It's All In The Game, the latter topping the charts in 1958 ~ Edwards passed away in 1969
October 15, 1921 ~ Singer Geri Rosse born ~ Formed the sibling outfit the Fontane Sisters with Bea Rosse and Marge Rosse, best known for backing Perry Como and for their 1954 million-seller Hearts Of Stone ~ Rosse passed away in 1993
October 15, 1920 ~ Flutist, conductor Claude Monteux born in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA ~ Son of conductor Pierre Monteux, with whom he worked. Also worked with Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Thomas Beecham, Leopold Stokowski, Pablo Casals, Igor Stravinsky, and others ~ Monteux passed away in 2013
October 15, 1918 ~ Conductor, composer Alfredo Diez Nieto born in Havana, Cuba ~ Founded and conducted the Orquesta Popular De Conciertos. Composed symphonies and chamber music, incorporating elements from traditional Cuban folk music. Well-known works include Los Diablitos, Estampas and Sudor Y Látigo. Led the band of the Cuban Revolutionary Army in 1965 and 1966. Also closely associated with the Orquesta Sinfonica De La Escuala Nacional De Musica and the Orquesta Sinfonica De Camaguey, acclaimed for his interpretations of works composed by the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ignacio Cervantes, Alejandro García Caturla, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Eduardo Sánchez de Fuentes and Antonio Vivaldi ~ Nieto passed away in 2021
October 15, 1917 ~ Jazz, R&B guitarist, bassist Carl Hogan born ~ Worked with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, George Hudson, and perhaps most notably with Louis Jordan. Appeared on a number of pivotal Jordan recordings including Choo Choo Boogie, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Let The Good Times Roll, Open The Door Richard, and Ain't That Just Like A Woman. Hogan's guitar riff on the latter would be cited as “the mot famous signature in rock & roll” and is said to have inspired Chuck Berry's on the classic Johnny B Goode ~ Hogan passesd away in 1977
October 15, 1917 ~ Trombonist Paul Tanner born in Skunk Hollow, Kentucky, USA ~ Best known for his association with Glenn Miller, playing with the the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1938 to 1942. Also known for developing the Electro-theremin, which he played on the opening theme of the TV show My Favorite Martian and on several recordings by the Beach Boys including Good Vibrations, Wild Honey and I Just Wasn't Made For These Times ~ Tanner passed away in 2013
October 15, 1913 ~ Rodell Walter Schreier, commonly known as composer, arranger, producer, conductor David Carroll, born in Taylorville, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his association with Smother Brothers ~ Carroll passed away in 2008
October 15, 1913 ~ Arranger, composer, conductor Nook Schreier born in Taylorville, Illinois, USA ~ Wrote songs for artists such as Tiny Hill, Bobby Christian, Earl Backus, Mike Simpson, Sarah Vaughan, Vic Damone, and Patti Page. Traveled with the Smother Brothers as their conductor ~ Schreier passed away in 2008
October 15, 1913 ~ Jazz double-bassist, producer Thore Jederby born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Played with Arne Hulphers, with Thore Ehrling, led his own group the Swing Swingers ~ Jederby passed away in 1984
October 15, 1912 ~ R&B, jazz singer, pianist Nellie Lutcher, full name Nellie Rose Lutcher, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana ~ Influenced by Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole. Sister of saxophonist Joe Lutcher. Named as an influence by Nina Simone. Worked with Ma Rainey, and with Clarence Hart. Known for songs such as The One I Love Belongs To Someone Else, Hurry On Down, He's A Real Gone Guy, Fine Brown Frame, Birth Of The Blues, and I Want To Be Near You ~ Lutcher passed away in 2007
October 15, 1909 ~ Jazz pianist Herman Chittison born in Flemingsburg, Kentucky, 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 passed away in 1967
October 15, 1906 ~ Blues singer, songwriter Victoria Spivey born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Worked with Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Clarence Williams, Luis Russell, Lonnie Johnson, and with Bob Dylan ~ Spivey passed away in 1976
October 15, 1903 ~ Jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, bandleader Charles Remue born in Brussels, Belgium ~ One of the first Belgian jazz musicians to record. Has worked with Red Mill's Jazz, the Bing Boys, René Compère, the Savoy Orpheans, Bernard Etté, Stan Brenders, and others ~ Remue passed away in 1974
October 15, 1897 ~ Benjamin Louis Feinberg, commonly known as songwriter Ben Trace, born ~ Co-wrote You Call Everybody Darlin', a 1948 No.1 hit for his brother Al Trace ~ Feinberg passed away in 1973