This Day In Music: October 17
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October 17, 2022 ~ Classical pianist Michael Ponti passed away in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany ~ Acclaimed interpreter of the works of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff as well as lesser-known composers including Charles-Valentin Alkan, Mily Balakirev, Clara Schumann and Sigismond Thalberg. Has worked with renowned orchestras such the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Ponti was born in 1937
October 17, 2020 ~ Avant-garde, jazz-fusion trumpeter Toshinori Kondo passed away in Kawasaki, Japan ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Yosuke Yamashita, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Eraldo Bernocchi, Peter Brötzmann, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kazumi Watanabe, Herbie Hancock, Die Like A Dog Quartet, Praxis, and others ~ Kondo was born in 1948
October 17, 2018 ~ Saxophonist Chuck Wilson passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Jerry Gray, Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, Gerry Mulligan, Bob Wilber, Loren Schoenberg, Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Wal Lewinsky, Howard Alden, Dan Barrett, Murray Wall, Joel Helleny, and with Joey DeFrancesco ~ Wilson was born in 1948
October 17, 2017 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Gord Downie, full name Gordon Edgar Downie, passed away in Toronto, Canada ~ Best known as lead singer, lyricist of the Tragically Hip. Also released a number of solo albums, starting with Coke Machine Glow in 2001. Has also collaborated with Buck 65, Dallas Green, the Sadies, Fucked Up, and others ~ Downie was born in 1964
October 17, 2014 ~ Rockabilly singer, label founder Willie Lewis passed away ~ Best known for founding Rock-A-Billy Record Company which from 1982 through 1998 re-released rare rockabilly recordings from artists such as Go Cat Go, Ronnie Dawson, Don Rader, Marti Brom, the Redline Rockets, and others ~ Lewis was born ca.1946
October 17, 2009 ~ Folk, pop, rock, psychedelica singer, songwriter, producer Kazuhiko Kato passed away in Karuizawa, Japan ~ Member of the Folk Crusaders, known for their 1967 psychedelic hit Kaettekita Yopporai (I Only Live Twice). Would go on to become an in-demand producer working with the likes of Shigeru Izumiya, Mariya Takeuchi, Takuro Yoshida. Also founded the Sadistic Mika Band, which included his wife Mika Fukui, known for their 1974 landmark album Kurofune. Also founded Vitamin Q ~ Kato was born in 1947
October 17, 2009 ~ Victor Mizzy, commonly known as songwriter, film, TV composer Vic Mizzy, passed away in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ Perhaps best known for composing the theme songs for the TV series Green Acres and The Addams Family. Other well-known songs written or co-written by Mizzy include My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time (Doris Day), Three Little Sisters (the Andrews Sisters), Take It Easy (Dinah Shore), and The Jones Boy (the Mills Brothers) ~ Mizzy was born in 1916
October 17, 2008 ~ Levi Stubbles, commonly known as singer Levi Stubbs, passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Brother of singer Joe Stubbs who sang with 100 Proof (Aged In Soul), the Falcons, the Contours, and Originals. Best known as longtime lead singer of the Four Tops, known for songs such as Baby I Need Your Lovin', It's The Same Old Song, Reach Out I'll Be There, Bernadette, Standing In The Shadows Of Love, and Loco In Acapulco ~ Stubbs was born in 1936
October 17, 2007 ~ Joseph Abraham Gottlieb, commonly known as singer Joey Bishop, passed away in Newport Beach, California, USA ~ Regular co-host of The Tonight Show in the 1960s and 1970s. Member of the Rat Pack, alongside Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin, and Peter Lawford ~ Gottlieb was born in 1918
October 17, 2007 ~ Theresa Veronica Breuer, commonly known as singer Teresa Brewer, passed away in New Rochelle, New York, USA ~ One of the most prolific singers of the 1950s. Known for songs such as Music Music Music, Till I Waltz Again With You, Ricochet Rock-o-Shay, Baby Baby Baby, and Jilted. Reemerged in the 1980s as a jazz singer, especially known for a string of tribute albums ~ Brewer was born in 1931
October 17, 2002 ~ Beecher Ray Kirby, commonly known as country guitarist, steel guitarist, dobroist, banjoist, singer Bashful Brother Oswald, passed away in Madison, Tennessee, USA ~ Popularized the resonator guitar and dobro. Original and sole constant member of Roy Acuff's backing unit the Smoky Mountain Boys, notably present on songs such as Precious Jewel, Wreck On The Highway, and Old Age Pension Check. In-demand session musician and collaborator, including with the all-star the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on the 1972 Will The Circle Be Unbroken album, and solo artist, recording about half a dozen albums starting with the eponymous Bashful Brother Oswald album released in 1962 ~ Kirby was born in 1911
October 17, 2002 ~ Charles Louis Domanico, commonly known as jazz, pop bass guitarist, double bassist Chuck Domanico, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Carmen McRae, Joni Mitchell, Taj Mahal, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, the Manhattan Transfer, Chet Baker, Henry Mancini, the Hindustani Jazz Sextet, Shelly Manne, Oliver Nelson, John Klemmer, Roger Kellaway, Barney Kessel, Art Pepper, Don Ellis, Bob Thiele, João Donato, Pisano & Ruff, Gerry Mulligan, Phoebe Snow, Rita Coolidge, Bobby Hutcherson, Louie Bellson, Sonny Criss, Shelly Manne, Wade Marcus, JD Souther, the Pointer Sisters, Herb Alpert, Freddie Hubbard, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, Joe Sample, Bonnie Raitt, Julio Iglesias, Pat Benatar, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Céline Dion, Dwight Yoakam, Lee Ann Womack, and others ~ Domanico was born in 1944
October 17, 2002 ~ Harpist, pianist Derek Bell, full name George Derek Fleetwood Bell, passed away in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ~ Classical composer. Worked with the Belfast Symphony Orchestra, the British Medtner Society, and with longtime friend James Galway. To pop and rock audiences best known for his work with the Chieftains, Sting and Van Morrison ~ Bell was born in 1935
October 17, 2002 ~ Swing, bebop, cool jazz pianist Henri Renaud passed away in Paris, France ~ Worked with Jean-Claude Fohrenbach, the Birdlanders, Don Byas, James Moody, Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Sarah Vaughan, Clifford Brown, Milt Jackson, JJ Johnson, Al Cohn, Oscar Pettiford, Max Roach, Frank Foster, Bob Brookmeyer, Lee Konitz, Zoot Sims, Lucky Thompson, and others ~ Renaud was born in 1925
October 17, 2001 ~ Songwriter Jay Livingston, full name Jacob Harold Levison, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Songwriting partner of lyricist Ray Evans. Known for songs such as Buttons And Bows (Evelyn Knight, Dinah Shore, Bob Hope, Ray Conniff Singers), Mona Lisa (Frank Culley, Nat King Cole, Santo & Johnny, Duane Eddy), and Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be) (Doris Day, Ivo Robic, Connie Francis, the Shirelles) ~ Livingston was born in 1915
October 17, 1999 ~ Steel guitarist, songwriter Tommy Durden, full name Thomas Russell Durden, passed away in Houghton Lake, Michigan, USA ~ Best remembered for co-writing Heartbreak Hotel with Mae Boren Axton and Elvis Presley ~ Durden was born in 1919
October 17, 1996 ~ Shoegaze, pop rock drummer Chris Acland, full name Christopher John Dyke Acland, passed away in Burneside, UK ~ Co-founding member of Lush. Has also worked with the Infection, Les Turds, Touch Of Hysteria, and others ~ Acland was born in 1966
October 17, 1991 ~ Ernest Jennings Ford, commonly known as country, pop, gospel singer Tennessee Ernie Ford passed away in Reston, Virginia, USA ~ Best known for his hit recordings Shotgun Boogie and Sixteen Tons. Also remembered for songs such as Smokey Mountain Boogie, I'll Never Be Free with Kay Starr, Tailor Made Woman with Joe Fingers Carr, Mister And Mississippi, Blackberry Boogie, and Hicktown ~ Ford was born in 1919
October 17, 1988 ~ Im Da-mi, commonly known as pop, gospel singer, pianist, violinist, flutist, songwriter Dami Im, born in Seoul, South Korea ~ Released her Dreams debut album in 2010. First gained serious attention winning the 5th season of the Australian talent contest X-Factor Australia in 2013. Internationally known for representing her adopted homeland Australia in the 2016 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching 2nd place with Sound Of Silence
October 17, 1984 ~ Jazz, blues singer, songwriter Alberta Hunter passed away on Roosevelt, New York, USA ~ Popular from the 1920s through the 1950s. Worked with King Oliver, Perry Bradford, Paul Robeson, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, and others . First recorded the standard Downhearted Blues, which she co-wrote with Lovie Austin ~ Hunter was born in 1895
October 17, 1984 ~ Jazz singer, bandleader, composer Anja Eline Skybakmoen born in Trondheim, Norway ~ Sister of guitarist Jonas Skybakmoen, married to guitarist David Aleksander Sjølie. Has worked with Eplemoya Songtag and Aphrodisiac. Joined Pitsj replacing Tore Augestad, first appearing on the 2009 Gjenfortellinger album. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with We're The Houses released in 2014
October 17, 1982 ~ Rock drummer, percussionist Davey Brozowski born ~ In-demand touring and session drummer. Perhaps best known for his work with Modest Mouse and Broken Bells. Has also worked with Cayucas, the Catheters, Black Whales, the Tall Birds, and others
October 17, 1979 ~ Country singer Jason Jones born in Tallahassee, Florida, USA ~ Known for songs such as Unlikely Angel and Ferris Wheel
October 17, 1976 ~ Country bassist Ernie Newton, full name Ernest F Newton, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Orphaned at age 5. Started working in minstrel shows and radio orchestras in his teens. Closely associated with Fred Waring, Les Paul and Red Foley early on in his career. Would go on to become an in-demand session musician appearing on numerous classic country tracks including I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry and Lost Highway (Hank Williams), Making Believe (Kitty Wells), There Stands The Glass (Webb Pierce), i Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (the Davis Sisters), Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Bill Monroe), and Man Of Constant Sorrow (the Stanley Brothers) ~ Newton was born in 1908
October 17, 1972 ~ Marshall Bruce Mathers III, commonly known as rapper Eminem, born in Joseph, Missouri, USA ~ One of the first white rappers to achieve mainstream success. Rose to fame in the late 1990s, especially acclaimed for the 1999 The Slim Shady LP and its 2000 follow-up The Marshall Mathers LP. Known for songs such as The Real Slim Shady, Stan featuring Dido, Lose Yourself, Crack A Bottle, The Monster featuring Rihanna and others
October 17, 1972 ~ Tarkan Tevetoghu, mononymously known as pop-dance singer, songwriter Tarkan, born in Alzey, Germany ~ Dubbed “the Prince of the Bosporus” considered one of Turkey's most popular pop singers active since the early 1990s. Known for songs such as Kil Oldum, Simarik, Kuzu Kuzu and Bounce. Has collaborated with Sezen Aksu, Ozan Colakoglu, Nazan Oncel, Wyclef Jean, Tiësto, and others
October 17, 1971 ~ Skate punk, punk rock, pop punk drummer, guitarist Derrick Plourde, full name Derrick William Plourde, born in Goleta, California, USA ~ Best known as co-founding member of Lagwagon from 1990 through 1996. Present on the albums Duh, Trashed and Hoss, succeeded by Dave Raun. Has also worked with Bad Astronaut, Jaws, the Ataris, Mad Caddies, Rich Kids On LSD, and others ~ Plourde passed away in 2005
October 17, 1969 ~ Christian rock singer, songwriter Ian Eskelin born in Springfield, Missouri, USA ~ Best known as founding member, lead singer of Christian rock band All Star United. Also an in-demand producer and songwriter, having worked with artists such as the Sidewalk Prophets, Francesca Battistelli (Holy Spirit), Chris August, Hawk Nelson, 7eventh Time Down (God Is On The Move), and others
October 17, 1969 ~ Rapper, producer Wyclef Jean born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti ~ Rose to fame as member of the Fugees alongside Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, known especially for their 1996 The Score sophomore album. Released his solo debut album, Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival, the following year spawning the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Gone Till November. Also known for songs such as 911 featuring Mary J Blige, Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill) featuring Akon, Niia & Lil' Wayne, for writing and producing Santana's Maria Maria and for appearing on Destiny's Child's No No No
October 17, 1968 ~ David Nesta Marley, commonly known as singer, guitarist, drummer, producer, songwriter, actor Ziggy Marley, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Son of reggae icon Bob Marley and Rita Marley. Fronted sibling outfit Melody Makers, known best for their 1988 Conscious Party which included the hit single Tomorrow People. Has also recorded over half a dozen albums as a solo artist and served as producer or collaborator for the likes of Cheb Mami, Angélique Kidjo, Donna Summer, Stephen Marley, Carlos Santana, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Chesney, and others
October 17, 1967 ~ Metal guitarist Allen West born in Brandon, Florida, USA ~ Pioneering death metal guitarist. Worked with Massacre, Obituary, Six Feet Under, and with others
October 17, 1965 ~ Singer, pianist, guitarist, actress, songwriter Alejandra Avalos, full name Alejandra Margarita Avalos Rodriguez, born in Mexico City, Mexico ~ Leading roles in theater productions of The Rocky Horror Show and Jesus Christ Superstar. TV host. Released het debut album Ser O No Ser in 1988. Would go on to record several acclaimed and commercially successful albums, drawing from a wide array of genres including mariachi, bolero, pop, dance and others
October 17, 1963 ~ British pop, rock group the Beatles record I Want To Hold Your Hand at EMI Studios, London, UK ~ Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Produced by George Martin. The first Beatles track recorded using four-track equipment. Released in the UK the following month, b/w This Boy recorded on the same day, it would become the second-best best-selling UK single of the decade by any artist, behind the band's She Loves You. Released in the USA in December, b/w I Saw Her Standing There, it would become the band's first Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit
October 17, 1962 ~ Classical pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet born in Lannion, France ~ Known for his recordings of works by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel
October 17, 1961 ~ Alternatifve rock, indie rock, post-punk saxophonist Dana Colley born in Portland, Maine, USA ~ Best known as member of alternative rock outfit Morphine, playing baritone and tenor saxophone. Has also worked with Three Colors, Twinemen, AKACOD, Primus, Lilium, Dan Brenner, Deltahorse, and others
October 17, 1960 ~ Singer Angéla Kramers, full name Angelina Maria Kramers, born in Haarlem, the Netherlands ~ Best known as member of pop girl group the Dolly Dots. The band would score numerous top 10 hits in the Netherlands, starting in the late 1970s, including Tell It All About Boys, Hela-do-ladi-do, STOP, Do You Wanna Wanna, She's A Liar, Dreaming Of You, and What A Night. Kramers would retire from music, apart from the occasional Dots reunion concert, after the band disbanded. She is a yoga instructor and founded the charity organization Stichting SAM aiming to offer therapy to autistic children and children suffering from Down syndrome. The foundation is named after her son Sam, who himself has Down syndrome
October 17, 1960 ~ Enrico Crolla, commonly known as jazz guitarist, film composer Henri Crolla, passed away in Paris, France ~ Renowned film composer since the early 1950s. Collaborated with composers such as Andre Hodeir, René Denoncin, Hubert Rostaing, José Toledo, Georges Delerue, and others ~ Crolla was born in 1920
October 17, 1960 ~ Punk rock, pop punk guitarist John Haggerty born ~ Influenced by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore, UFO's Michael Schenker and the Band's Robbie Robertson. Best known as member of Naked Raygun from 1983 through 1989. After his departure from the band formed Pegboy which also included his brother Joe Haggerty. Toured with Stiff Little Fingers in 2011 substituting for Ian McCallum who fell ill
October 17, 1958 ~ Country singer, songwriter Alan Jackson, full name Alan Eugene Jackson, born in Newnan, Georgia, USA ~ Blends traditional honky-tonk with country-pop, both keeping the flame alive and updating the genre to a mass appeal. Has sold over 75 million records. Debuted in 1989 with the single Blue Blooded Woman to little success. Its follow-up, Here In The Real World would the top 5 of Billboard Country chart. Well-known Jackson songs include I'd Love You All Over Again, Don't Rock The Jukebox, She's Got The Rhythm And I Got The Blues, Livin' On Love, Tall Tall Trees, Little Bitty, Right On The Money, Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning, Drive (For Daddy Gene), Small Town Southern Man, and others
October 17, 1958 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Gianmaria Testa born in Cavakkermaggiore, Italy ~ Draws from folk, jazz and world music. Acclaimed especially for his 1995 Montgolfieres debut album ~ Testa passed away in 2016
October 17, 1958 ~ Jazz, swing guitarist, banjoist Howard Alden born in Newport, California, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Well over two dozen albums to his name as leader or co-leader, especially acclaimed for the albums Swing Street with Don Barrett, Plays The Music Of Harry Reser, Thirteen Strings and My Shining Hour. Has collaborated with the likes of Kenny Davern, Ruby Braff, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Warren Vache Jr, New Jazz Wizards, Charlie Byrd, Milt Hinton, Butch Miles, Doug Munro, Loren Schoenberg, and others
October 17, 1957 ~ Folk, laika, rembetika, jazz singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki born in Icaria, Greece ~ Acclaimed singer debuted in 1984 with the eponymous Eleftheria Arvanitaki album. Has collaborated with artists such as Cesária Évora, Arto Tuncboyaciyan, Ara Dinkjian, and notably Vangelis Germanos
October 17, 1957 ~ Giuseppe Henry Palladino, commonly known as bassist, producer Pino Palladino, born in Cardiff, UK ~ Prolific session bassist. Took over as the Who bassist after the death of founding member John Entwistle. Member of the Soultronics. Closely associated with John Mayer. Sessioned, sometimes produced, for a host of internationally known stars including Gary Numan, Paul Young, Joan Armatrading, Go West, David Gilmour, the Law, Melissa Etheridge, Richard Wright, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mike Lindup, Richard Ashcroft, Steve Jordan, David Knopfler, Don Henley, Jeff Beck, d'Angelo, the Gaddabouts, Chris Eaton, Chris De Burgh, Phil Collins, Tears For Fears, the Christians, Julia Fordham, David Crosby, Michael McDonald, Bryan Ferry, Carly Simon, Peter Cetera, Jimmy Nail, BB King, Nikka Costa, Rod Stewart, Edie Brickell, Ronan Keating, Charlotte Church, Daniel Bedingfield, Alain Clark, Ed Sheeran, Kimbra, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Nine Inch Nails, Josh Groban, Jacob Collier, and others
October 17, 1956 ~ Horn player Arkady Shilkloper born in Moscow, Russia ~ Regarded as supreme jazz hornist. Has worked with Mikhail Alperin, Vadim Neselovskyi, the Moscow Art Trio, Pago Libre, Christian Zehnder, and others
October 17, 1956 ~ Rockabily, rock & roll singer Gene Vincent records Pink Thunderbird at Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee ~ Under the supervision of producer Ken Nelson, Vincent and his backing unit the Blue Caps record Pink Thunderbird as well as B-i-bickey Bi-bo-bo-go, Pretty Pretty Baby and Cruisin'
October 17, 1956 ~ Duo Mickey & Sylvia record Love Is Strange ~ Written by Bo Diddley, using his wife's name as a pseudonym. Produced by Bob Rolontz. Released the following month as a single, b/w I'm Going Home. Notable covers would be recorded by Buddy Holly, Betty Everett with Jerry Butler, Peaches & Herb, Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton, and by Everything But The Girl. The original recording would be inducted in the Grammy Award Hall of Fame in 2004 for its influence as a rock & roll single
October 17, 1955 ~ Rock singer, guitarist Guy McDonough, full name Guy Gillis McDonough, born in Mount Eliza, Australia ~ Best known as rhythm guitarist of the Australian Crawl, singing lead on some of their best-known including Oh No Not You Again and Errol ~ McDounough passed away in 1984
October 17, 1953 ~ Jazz trombonist, singer Joseph Bowie born in St Louis, Missouri, USA ~ Brother of trumpeter Lester Bowie. Leader and sideman. Best known for leading jazz-punk outfit Defunkt and as a member of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. Worked with Alan Silva, Frank Wright, Bobby Few, Dr John, Cecil Taylor, the Human Arts Ensemble, Nona Hendryx, Leroy Jenkins, Vernon Reid, Stanley Cowell, Sam Rivers, Ornette Coleman, James Chance, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Hans Dulfer, Candy Dulfer, Saskia Laroo, Naked Ears, the Emergency Room, Funkateer, Yuri Honing, Oliver Lake, Don Pullen, Luther Thomas, Yusef Lateef, Kahil El-Zabar, and others
October 17, 1951 ~ Sharon Ulrich, commonly known as folk, pop violinist, guitarist, pianist, mandolinist Shari Ulrich, born in San Rafael, California, USA ~ Formed Pied Pumpkin in the early 1970s with Rick Scott and Joe Mock. Touring member of the Hometown Band. As a solo artist especially acclaimed for her 1980 Long Nights debut album and its follow-up One Step Ahead released the next year
October 17, 1950 ~ Barbara Alexandra Reemer, commonly known as singer, TV personality Sandra Reemer, born in Bandung, Indonesia ~ Half of Sandra & Andres, the other half being Andres Holten. The duo, representing the Netherlands would reach 4th place at the 1972 Eurovision Songfestival with Als Het Om De Liefde Gaat. As a solo artist Reemer would also compete in the 1976 edition with The Party's Over, which reached ninth place, and the 1979 edition with Colorado, which reached 12th place ~ Reemer passed away in 2017
October 17, 1949 ~ Singer, actor Bill Hudson, full name William Louis Hudson Jr, born in Portland, Oregon, USA ~ Member of sibling outfit the Hudson Brothers alongside Brett Hudson and Mark Hudson, best known for their 1974 single So You're A Star
October 17, 1947 ~ Rock, country rock, folk singer, guitarist, fiddler Scott Boyer, full name Charles Scott Boyer II, born in Chenango, New York, USA ~ Member of 31st of February. Co-founded Cowboy with Tommy Talton in 1969, best known for Please Be With Me which was later notably covered by Eric Clapton. Member of the Decoys from 1988 until his death in 2018 ~ Boyer passed away in 2018
October 17, 1946 ~ Rhythm guitarist Jim Tucker born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Original member of the Turtles, known for a handful of mid-1960s hits, most notably Let Me Be, You Baby and their best known the Bob Dylan-cover It Ain't Me Babe
October 17, 1946 ~ Pianist Martin van Dijk born in Klazienaveen, the Netherlands ~ Best known for accompanying Hans Dorrestijn. Has also worked with Harry Muskee, Purper, Jenny Arean, Adèle Bloemendaal, and others ~ Van Dijk passed away in 2016
October 17, 1946 ~ Drummer Michael Hossack born in Paterson, New Jersey, USA ~ Played with the Doobie Brothers from 1971 through 1973, appearing on the albums Toulouse Street, The Captain And Me, and What Where Once Vices Are Now Habits ~ Hossack passed away in 2012
October 17, 1944 ~ Alain Roux, commonly known as songwriter, TV presenter François Corbier, born in Paris, France ~ Best known as co-host of Club Dorothée on TF1 from 1987 through 1997 alongside singer Dorothée. Has also released a number of solo recordings, notably the 2015 Vieux Lion in 2015 ~ Corbier passed away in 2018
October 17, 1943 ~ Rhythm guitarist Phelphs Catfish Collins born ~ Member of Funkadelic. Member of the P-Funk Collective. Brother of Bootsy Collins ~ Collins passed away in 2010
October 17, 1942 ~ Guitarist, singer Gary Puckett born in Hibbing, Minnesota, USA ~ Fronted Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, known for hits such as Woman Woman, Young Girl, Lady Willpower, Over You, Don't Give In To Him and This Girl's A Woman Now
October 17, 1942 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Jim Seals, full name James Eugene Seals, born in Sidney, Texas, USA ~ Member of the Champs. Wrote It's Never Too Late, recorded by Brenda Lee as the B-side of her 1961 You Can Depend On Me single. Best known as half of the duo Seals & Crofts, the other being Dash Crofts, scoring 1970s Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits with Summer Breeze, Diamond Girl and Get Closer ~ Seals passed away in 2022
October 17, 1941 ~ Bassist Alan Howard born in Dagenham, UK ~ Founding member of the Tremeloes, staying with the band from 1958 through 1972, the band's most successful period scoring UK hits such as Do You Love Me, Candy Man, I Want Candy, Silence Is Golden, Even The Bad Times Are Good, and others
October 17, 1941 ~ Singer, songwriter Earl Thomas Conley born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ One of the most popular country artists of the 1980s, scoring more hits than Alabama or Ronnie Milsap. Throughout the 1970s Conley recorded but to little success. Did write hits for others though, including Conway Twitty and Mel Street. Conley scored his first Country Top 40 single, Dreamin's All I Do, in 1979 and would start entering the Top 10 within two years, starting with Silent Treatment in 1980 and Fire & Smoke in 1981. For the remainder of the decade nearly every Conley single would top the US Country charts. All but one, namely Too Many Times, a duet with the Pointer Sisters member Anita Pointer which peaked at No.2. Over the course of his career Conley worked extensively with producer Nelson Larkin, songwriter Randy Scruggs, and has collaborated with Emmylou Harris, Keith Whitley and Blake Shelton ~ Conley passed away in 2019
October 17, 1936 ~ Beatrice Bertha Benjamin, commonly known as jazz, vocal jazz, soul jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin, born in Claremont, South Africa ~ Active since the 1950s. Influenced by Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald. Closely associated with Duke Ellington. Worked with Arthur Klugman, Kippie Moeketski, Carlos Ward, Stephen Scott, Kenny Barron, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Ben Riley, and with her husband Dollar Brand ~ Benjamin passed away in 2013
October 17, 1934 ~ Emmanuel Rodriguez, commonly known as ska and reggae trombonist Rico Rodriguez, born in Havana, Cuba ~ One of the first ska musicians. Worked with Count Ossie, Karl Pitterson, Prince Buster, Lloyd Daley, Dada uari, Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, Vincent Chin, Harry Mudie, the Members, the Specials (including on Message To You Rudy and Ghost Town), Jools Holland, Paul Young, and others ~ Rodriguez passed away in 2015
October 17, 1933 ~ Jeanne-Paule Marie Deckers, commonly known as singer the Singing Nun, born in Laeken, Belgium ~ Nun and member of the Dominican Order in Belgium. As a singer known for the 1963 novelty hit Dominique which became an international hit topping the charts in several countries including America. Besides English Deckers has recorded and released French, Dutch, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese versions of the song ~ Deckers passed away in 1985
October 17, 1927 ~ Jazz drummer Louis Cottrell Sr passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Influence on Alex Bigard, Baby Dodds, Paul Barbarin, Louis Barbarin, Freddie Kohlmann, Cie Frazier and Alfred Williams. Worked with John Robichaux, the Olympia Orchestra, Manuel Perez, AJ Piron, and others ~ Cottrell was born in 1878
October 17, 1925 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Ted Jarrett, full name Theodore Roosevelt Jarrett Jr, born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ A&R scout for Tennessee Records. Wrote It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day), a hit for Louis Brooks and later recorded by Hank Ballard and Ruth Brown. Wrote Love Love Love, a 1955 hit for Webb Pierce. Wrote and produced You Can Make It If You Try, a hit for Gene Allison and notably covered by the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy and Gene Vincent. Has also produced artists such as Christine Kittrell, the Fairfield Four, Larry Birdsong, Roscoe Shelton, the Avons, and others ~ Jarrett passed away in 2009
October 17, 1923 ~ Guitarist Barney Kessel born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA ~ First call session musician. Member of the Wrecking Crew. Worked with Chico Marx, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne, Julie London, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, Sonny Rollins, Art Tatum, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Benny Carter, Buddy DeFranco, Harry Sweets Edison, Billie Holiday, Anita O'Day, Pete Rugolo, Cher, Georgie Auld, Louie Bellson, Chet Baker, Buddy Collette, Sam Cooke, Sonny Criss, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Wardell Gray, Hampton Hawes, Woody Herman, Milt Jackson, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Oliver Nelson, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, and others ~ Kessel passed waay in 2004
October 17, 1922 ~ Guitarist, composer Luiz Bonfá, full name Luiz Fioriano Bonfá, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Best known for his compositions Manhã De Carnaval and Samba De Orfeu written for the 1959 Black Orpheus score, sung by Agostinho dos Santos. Both songs have become classics of the bossa nova genre ~ Bonfá passed away in 2001
October 17, 1917 ~ Bassist Calvin Ponder born ~ Married to pianist Martha Davis, with whom he regularly worked including on the 1948 R&B hit Little White Lies originally recorded by Dick Haymes. Ponder has also backed Earl Hines ~ Ponder passed away in 1970
October 17, 1909 ~ William Randolph Cole, commonly known as jazz drummer Cozy Cole, born in East Orange, New Jersey, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for the hits Topsy I and its follow-up Topsy II. Renowned rock drummer Cozy Powell chose his stage name in honor of Cole. Cole worked with Wilbur Sweatman, Jelly Roll Morton, Blanche Calloway, Benny Carter, Willie Bryant, Stuff Smith, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Earl Bostic, Nat King Cole, Shorty Rogers, Wingy Manone, Jimmy McPartland, Rex Stewart, and others ~ Cole passed away in 1981
October 17, 1901 ~ Leeds Collins, commonly known as trumpeter Lee Collins, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with the Young Eagles, the Columbia Band, the Tuxedo Brass Band, Louis Armstrong, Papa Celestin, Zutty Singleton, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, the Astoria Hot Eight, Luis Russell, Dave Peyton, the Chicago Rambler, Johnny Dodds, Baby Dodds, Mezz Mezzrow, Lovie Austin, Jimmy Bertrand, Bertha Hill, Kid Ory, Art Hodes, Joe Sullivan, and others ~ Collins passed away in 1960
October 17, 1901 ~ Jazz trumpeter Leslie Thompson, full name Leslie Anthony Joseph Thompson, born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Worked with Spike Hughes, Louis Armstrong, Ken Snakehips Johnson, Jiver Hutchinson, Benny Carter, Edmundo Ros, Cyril Blake, and others ~ Thompson passed away in 1987
October 17, 1900 ~ James Henry Harrison, commonly known as jazz trombonist Jimmy Harrison, born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Worked with Charlie Johnson, Sam Wooding, Hank Duncan, Roland Smith, June Clark, James P Johnson, Fess Williams, Billy Fowler, Duke Ellington, Elmer Snowden, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, and others ~ Harrison passed away in 1931
October 17, 1880 ~ Singer, songwriter John Barnes Wells born in Ashley, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Popular tenor during the early 1900s. Perhaps best known for starring in a 1903 production of The Wizard Of Oz ~ Wells passed away in 1935