This Day In Music: October 25
October 24 ~ Birthdays/All ~ October 26
 
October 25, 2022 ~ Classical cellist Farquhar Wilkinson, full name Farquhar Davis Wilkinson, passed away in Blenheim, New Zealand ~ Principal cellist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra from 1955 through 1992. Has also worked with the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra, the Alex Lindsay String Orchestra, the Aspey String Quartet, the London Symphony Orchestra, and others ~ Wilkinson was born in 1932
 
October 25, 2021 ~ Virginia O'Connor, commonly known as big band singer Ginny Mancini, passed away ~ Married to renowned conductor, pianist, film composer Henry Mancini from 1947 until his death in 1994. Member of the Mel-tones, backing choir with Mel Tormé's band during the mid-1940s. Backing singer appearing in films such as The Harvey Girls and The Music Man. Member of the Mello-larks, the vocal choir with the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Tex Beneke. After marrying Henry she would continue to work part-time as backing vocalist for film and TV ~ O'Connor was born ca.1924
October 25, 2021 ~ Music manager Walter Herbert, full name Walter James Herbert, passed away in Orinda, California, USA ~ Started as roadie for Santana. Best known as manager of Journey, which he put together, through the mid-1990s. Also managed Frumious Bandersnatch, the Steve Miller Band, Roxette, Europe, Mr Big, Enuff Z'nuff, and others ~ Herbert was born in 1948
October 25, 2021 ~ Blues harpist, singer, songwriter Willie Cobbs passed away ~ Best known for his 1960 recording You Don't Love Me, loosely based on Bo Diddley's She's Fine She's Mine. Cobbs' tune would be covered by a wide array of artists including the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, John Mayall, and Dawn Penn, the latter reworking the R&B, blues tune to the classic rocksteady tune You Don't Love Me (No No No) in 1967 ~ Cobbs was born in 1932
 
October 25, 2020 ~ Copla singer, songwriter Dolores Abril, full name Dolores Caballero Abril, passed away in Espartinas, Spain ~ Married to Juanito Valderrama, with whom she also worked, from 1981 until his death in 2004. As a solo artist especially known for a number of 1960s recordings, notably Al Primer Derrote, Tu Te Casate, Gloria A Chicuelo Il and Que Bonita Esta La Reina ~ Abril was born in 1935
October 25, 2020 ~ Operatic soprano Rosanna Carteri passed away in Monte Carlo, Monaco ~ Enjoyed popularity from the 1950s through the mid 1960s. Debuted as Elsa in Richard Wagner's Lohengrin in Rome at age 19. Would go on to portray leading roles with renowned orchestras including La Scala, the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House, and others ~ Carteri was born in 1930
 
October 25, 2019 ~ Contemporary classical composer Chou Wen-Chung passed away ~ Chinese-American credited as one of the first to translate authentic oriental melo-rhythms into modern Western music. Protégé of Edgard Varèse. Also known as founder of the the Center For US-China Arts Exchange to promotoe mutual understanding between the two countries through the channel of culture ~ Wen-chung was born in 1923
October 25, 2019 ~ James Joseph Paulsen, commonly known as country singer, guitarist, songwriter Joe Sun, passed away in Palm Bay, Florida, USA ~ Over a dozen albums to his name. Regularly reached the Billboard Country charts from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s with singles such as High And Dry, I'd Rather Go On Hurtin' and his best known Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You all reaching the top 20 ~ Paulsen was born in 1943
 
October 25, 2018 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer, songwriter David Caesar Johnson passed away ~ Member of Little Caesar & the Romans, known for their 1961 Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) hit single ~ Johnson was born in 1934
October 25, 2018 ~ Gospel singer, minister, harmonica player Elder Roma Wilson passed away in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Worked with Leon Pinson. Known for songs such as Ain't It A Shame, This Train Is A Clean Train and Amazing Grace ~ Wilson was born in 1910
October 25, 2018 ~ Composer Martin Dalby passed away ~ Organist of St Machar's Cathedral in Aberdeen. Best known for his roles with BBC Radio, initially serving as producer for BBC's Music Programme from 1965 forward and promoted to Head of Music at BBC Scotland in 1972. As a composer wrote for orchestra, chamber music, choral music, choir music, brass and wind ensembles, and for film, radio and TV. Well-known compositions include his Viola Concerto, The Mary Bean commissioned by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and The White Maa written for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra ~ Dalby was born in 1942
October 25, 2018 ~ Cornelius Fortune, commonly known as saxophonist Sonny Fortune, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Elvin Jones, Mongo Santamaria, Leon Thomas, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Nat Adderley, Roy Brooks, Buddy Rich, George Benson, Rabih Abou Khalil, Roy Ayers, Oliver Nelson, Gary Bartz, Rashied Ali, Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Barron, Dizzy Gillespie, Alphonse Mouzon, Melvin Sparks, Leon Spencer, Mal Waldron, and others ~ Fortune was born in 1939
 
October 25, 2015 ~ Londa Lee Moore, commonly known as jazz, pop standards pianist Lee Shaw, passed away in Troy, New York, USA ~ Classically trained. Married to drummer Stan Shaw ~ Moore was born in 1926
 
October 25, 2014 ~ John Symon Asher Bruce, commonly known as bassist, singer Jack Bruce, passed away in Sudbury, UK ~ Considered one of the all-time most important and influential UK bassists. Member of the Graham Bond Organisation. Member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Best known for founding the pivotal 1960s supergroup Cream with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton, co-writing a vast amount of the band's songs including The Sunshine Of Your Love, White Room and I Feel Free. After the band disbanded released his Songs For A Tailor solo debut album in 1969, which would be a global smash hit. Has since recorded to critical acclaim as a solo artist, as a member of blues-rock outfit West Bruce & Laing, and served as touring bassist and studio collaborator for a wide array of artists including Michael Mantler, Charlie Mariano, John McLaughlin, Bernie Marsden, Rocket 88, Soft Machine, Mose Allison, the Golden Palominos, Kip Hanrahan, Dick Heckstall-Smith, and others ~ Bruce was born in 1943
 
October 25, 2011 ~ Actor, singer Tommy Doss passed away in Enterprise, Oregon, USA ~ Joined the Sons Of The Pioneers in 1949 as replacement for Bob Nolan. Remained with the band through 1967 ~ Doss was born in 1920
 
October 25, 2010 ~ Singer Gregory Isaacs, full name Gregory Anthony Isaacs, passed away in London, UK ~ By the late 1970s one of the biggest internationally known reggae artists, rivaled only by Dennis Brown and Bob Marley. Known for songs such as My Only Lover, All I Have Is Love, Slavemaster, Lonely Soldier, Love Is Overdue, Permanent Lover, Wailing Ruby, Night Nurse, Rumour, and Too Good To Be True. Worked with Jamaica's biggest producers including Byron Lee, Errol Dunkley, Winston Holness, Gussie Clarke, Lloyd Campbell, Glen Brown, Harry Muddie, Roy Cousins, Sydney Crooks, Lee Scratch Perry, Prince Jammy, Bobby Digital, Tad Hawkins, Steely & Clevie, and others ~ Isaacs was born in 1951
 
October 25, 2004 ~ John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, commonly known as radio DJ, producer, journalist John Peel, passed away in Cusco, Peru ~ Best known as iconic BBC radio DJ. Also worked as pop, rock journalist, producer and ocassionaly as musician, including with for instance the Third Ear Band ~ Ravenscroft was born in 1939
October 25, 2004 ~ Classical pianist Lilian Kallir passed away ~ Married to pianist Claude Frank, their daughter Pamela Frank is known as a violinist. Best known for her association with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra ~ Kallir was born in 1931
 
October 25, 2003 ~ Country, pop singer, songwriter Tegan Marie born in Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA ~ First gained attention for her covers of popular songs, notably Florida Georgia Line's HOLY, receiving millions of views on social media. Would subsequently be signed by Warner Music Nashville at age 13, making her the youngest female singer to sign to a major country label since Tanya Tucker in 1972
 
October 25, 2002 ~ Singer, actor, songwriter Richard Harris passed away in Bloomsbury, UK ~ Best known as an actor for stage and film, Harris nevertheless recorded about a dozen albums as a singer. Best known to pop audiences for first recording the Jimmy Webb-penned Macarthur Park, originally intended for the Association. Harris would reach top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic in 1968. In later years both country singer Waylon Jennings and R&B, disco singer Donna Summer would each score a hit with it ~ Harris was born in 1930
 
October 25, 2000 ~ Jazz singer, poet, songwriter Jeanne Lee passed away in Tijuana, Mexico ~ Influenced by Abbey Lincoln. Worked with Andrew Cyrille, Gunter Hampel & the Galaxie Band, Ran Blake, Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Archie Shepp, Mal Waldron, John Cage, Bob Moses, and others ~ Lee was born in 1939
 
October 25, 1998 ~ Bassist, singer Warren Wiebe, full name Warren Ray Wiebe, passed away in Glendale, California, USA ~ Duetted with Céline Dion on Listen To Me of the Listen To Me soundtrack. In-demand session bassist, has worked with artists such as David Foster, Gloria Estefan, All 4 One, Quincy Jones, and others ~ Wiebe was born in 1953
 
October 25, 1993 ~ Edward Carr, commonly known as jazz drummer Bruno Carr, passed away in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Closely associated with Herbie Mann. Also worked with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Amy, Walter Davis Jr, Lou Donaldson, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and others ~ Carr was born in 1928
 
October 25, 1992 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader Michel de Villers passed away in Mont Sainte, France ~ Worked with Jean-Claude Fohrenbach, Django Reinhardt, Rex Stewart, the Edward VII theater Band, Geo Daly, Jack Dieval, Andre Persiany, Gerard Pochonet, Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Jonah Jones, Lucky Thompson, and others ~ De Villers was born in 1926
October 25, 1992 ~ Singer, songwriter Roger Miller, full name Roger Dean Miller, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Known for songs such as When Two Worlds Collide, Dang Me, Chug-a-lug, King Of The Road, Walkin' In The Sunshine and Little Green Apples. As a songwriter had his work recorded by artists such as Jim Reeves (Billy Bayou), Rex Allen, Ray Price (Invitation To The Blues), Ernest Tubb (Half A Mind), Faron Young, Alan Jackson (Tall Tall Trees), Brooks & Dunn, Dwight Yoakam, and others ~ Miller was born in 1936
 
October 25, 1991 ~ Dub techno, ambient, downtempo DJ, producer Mike Sheridan born ~ Signed at age 14. Released his full-length I Syv Sind debut album in 2008, winning him a Danish Grammy Award for Best Electronica Album and spawning the hit Med Sma Skridt featuring Maya Albana
 
October 25, 1990 ~ Jazz pianist Austin Peralta, full name Austin Topper Peralta, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Child prodigy. Classically trained. Active since an early age played with the likes of Chick Corea and Hank Jones at age 15. Led the Eighty-Eights, known for the albums Maiden Voyage and Mantra released in his early teens. Also worked with Brainfeeder, Teebs, Thundercat, Erykah Badu, Shafiq Husayn, Grey Reverend, and others. Died at a mere age 22 ~ Peralta passed away in 2012
October 25, 1990 ~ Isaac L Robinson, commonly known as banjoist, singer Ikey Robinson, passed away ~ Worked with Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, Jabbo Smith, Reverend Thomas A Dorsey, and others ~ Robinson was born in 1904
October 25, 1990 ~ Upright bassist Major Holley passed away in Maplewood, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Smith, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Kenny Burrell, Coleman Hawkins, Lee Konitz, Roy Eldridge, Michel Legrand, Milt Buckner, Jay McShann, Quincy Jones, Peter Appleyard, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Jo Jones, BB King, Clark Terry, Buddy Tate, Totti Bergh, Dave McKenna, Rufus Jones, Jaki Byard, Johnny Guarnieri, Richie Pratt, Hilton Ruiz, Shirley Scott, Frank Sinatra, Stanley Turrentine, Dickey Wells, Gerald Wiggins, and others ~ Holley was born in 1924
 
October 25, 1988 ~ R&B singer Johnnie Louise Richardson passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Formed the duo Johnnie & Joe with Joe Rivers, known for late 1950s songs such as Over The Mountain (Across The Sea), I'll Be Spinning and My Baby's Gone On On ~ Richardson was born in 1935
 
October 25, 1987 ~ Jazz tenor saxophonist Willis Jackson passed away ~ Cites Lester Young and Illinois Jacquet as main influences. Joined Cootie Williams's band in 1949 after being discovered by Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. Worked as a session musician during the 1950s, mostly R&B and jazz. Toured as leader of backing band of Ruth Brown, whom he married. In 1959 signed to Prestige Records where he put out a string of jazz albums which proved to be highly influential on the soul-jazz movement. Served as a mentor for Jack McDuff and Pat Martino early in their careers. Ska innovator Prince Buster named Later For The Gator as one of the first ska songs. Jackson continued to record into the 1980s ~ Jackson was born in 1928
 
October 25, 1986 ~ Singer, model Hannah Cohen born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Daughter of jazz drummer Myron Cohen. Worked with Thomas Bartlett, Doveman, Sam Amidon, Rob Moose, Brad Albetta, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Wollesen, Ray Rizzo, and others
 
October 25, 1985 ~ Ciara Princess Wilson, mononymously known as R&B, pop, hip-hop singer, songwriter Ciara, born in Austin, Texas, USA ~ Member of Hear'say. Wrote Blu Cantrell's 10,000 Times and Fantasia's Got Me Waiting. Released her Goodies debut album in 2004. Best known for songs such as Goodies featuring Petey Pablo, 1-2 Step, Oh featuring Ludacris, Get Up featuring Chamillionaire, and Love Sex Magic featuring Justin Timberlake. Also guested on Missy Elliott's Lose Control and Bow Wow's Like You
October 25, 1985 ~ Singer, actor Gary Holton passed away in London, UK ~ Sang with the Sadler's Wells Opera in his early teens. Featured in a touring production of the musical Hair in his late teens. Best known as frontman of glam rock outfit Heavy Metal Kids from 1972 through 1977, present on the band's first three albums. Worked with Casino Steel in the early 1980s. Holton would die of an overdose at age 33 ~ Holton was born in 1953
October 25, 1985 ~ Singer Morton Downey, full name John Morton Downey, passed away in Palm Beach, Florida, USA ~ Major influence on the Ink Spots-singer Bill Kenny. Dubbed “the Irish Nightingale” enjoyed his greatest success during the 1920s and 1930s. Best known for his 1929 hit I'll Always Be In Love With You, later covered by numerous artists including Nat Gonella, Mel Tormé, Georgia Gibbs, Count Basie, Vera Lynn, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lloyd Price, Eddy Arnold, and others ~ Downey was born in 1901
 
October 25, 1984 ~ Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, commonly known as pop singer, songwriter Katy Perry born in Santa Barbara, California, USA ~ Initially pursued a career in gospel music, releasing her eponymous Katy Hudson solo debut album in 2001 to little impact. Moving into secular music, and adopting her mother's maiden name Perry as her stage name, Perry would rise to fame with her sophomore One Of The Boys album released 7 years later. The album included her I Kissed A Girl debut single and its follow-up Hot n Cold, respectively a No.1 and No.3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Would regularly reach the upper echelons of the charts well into the 2010s, scoring the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Waking Up In Vegas, California Gurls featuring Snoop Dogg, Teenage Dream, Firework, ET featuring Kanye West, Last Friday Night (TGIF), The One That Got Away, Part Of Me, Wide Awake, Roar, Dark Horse featuring Juicy J, and Chained To The Rhythm featuring Skip Marley
 
October 25, 1979 ~ Natasha Khan, commonly known as indie pop, art pop, synth pop singer, songwriter Bat For Lashes, born in London, UK ~ Debuted with the album Fur & Gold in 2006 and has recorded steadily since. Lead vocalist of Sexwitch, a collabaration with krautrock, psychedelic rock band TOY and Dan Carey
 
October 25, 1977 ~ Daniel Alan Maman, commonly known as producer, DJ, rapper the Alchemist, born in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ Half of hip-hop duo Whooliganz, the other half being Skillz. Closely associated with Dilated Peoples and Mobb Deep. Co-founded Gangrene with longtime collaborator Oh No. Renowned hip-hop producer especially in demand in the early 2000s including for artist such as Nas, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Ghostface Killah, and Snoop Dogg. Also worked with Prodigy, Fashawn, Curren$y, Willie the Kid, Evidence, Budge, Havoc, Boldy James, Eminem, and others
 
October 25, 1975 ~ Indie folk singer, guitarist Eirik Glambek Bøe born ~ Co-founding member of rock outfit Skog, active during the 1990s. When the band folded would go on to form the indie folk duo the Kings Of Convenience with bandmate Erlend Øye
 
October 25, 1973 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Tara MacLean, full name Tara Margaret Charity MacLean, born ~ Member of Shaye alongside Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle from 2002 through 2007. Best known as a solo artist, some dozen albums to her name starting with her Silence debut album released in 1996. Well-known songs include Evidence, If I Fall and Light Of The Stable. Has guested on recordings by Jim Brickman, Annette Ducharme, Tom Cochrane, the Devlins, Danko Jones, and others
 
October 25, 1972 ~ Jazz trumpeter, composer Cal Massey passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Studied under Freddie Webster. Played with artists such as Jay McShann, Jimmy Heath, Billie Holiday. In the late-1950s led an ensemble featuring Jimmy Garrison, McCoy Tyner, Albert Tootie Heath. As a composer Massey's songs have been recorded by John Coltrane (Bakal), Freddie Hubbard (Assunta), Jackie McLean (Message From Trane), Lee Morgan (These Are Soulful Days), Philly Joe Jones (Fiesta), and Archie Shepp (Cry Of My People) ~ Massey was born in 1928
 
October 25, 1971 ~ Violinist Midori, full name Midori Goti, born in Hirakata, Japan ~ Debuted with the the New York Philharmonic at age 11
 
October 25, 1970 ~ Richell Rene Wright, commonly known as singer, songwriter Chely Wright, born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ As a songwriter had her songs recorded by Brad Paisley, Richard Marx, the Indigo Girls, Mindy Smith, Clay Walker, and others. As a singer debuted with the 1994 album The Woman In The Moon, containing the modest hit Shut Up & Drive. Broke through with the 1999 album Single White Female. Critically acclaimed especially for her 2016 album I Am The Rain, which featured guests such as Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and drew comparisons to Carole King's Tapestry. Openly lesbian, founder and spokeswoman of The Like Me Organistaion championing LGBT rights
October 25, 1970 ~ Southern gospel, country singer, pianist, songwriter Gordon Mote, full name Gordon James Mote, born in Gadsden, Alabama, USA ~ Has backed or collaborated with artists such as Lee Greenwood, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Porter Wagoner, the Gaither Vocal Band, the Gaither Homecoming, and the Signature Sound. Guested on Alan Jackson's 2001 Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning. As a solo artist, pianist debuted with the 2005 Christmas Piano (The Holly And The Ivory). His 2007 Don't Let Me Miss The Glory, his third studio album, would mark his entrance as a singer
October 25, 1970 ~ Hardcore punk, post-hardcore, emo, indie rock, rock singer, songwriter Jon Bunch, full name Jonathan James Esbern Bunch, born in Harbor City, California, USA ~ Best known for fronting post-hardcore outfit Sense Field and rock band Further Seems Forever. Has also worked with War Generation, Lucky Scars, Reason To Believe (Save Yourself), Fields Forever, and others ~ Bunch passed away in 2016
 
October 25, 1968 ~ Todd Thomas, commonly known as singer, songwriter Speech, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA ~ Frontman, co-founding member of progressive hip hop act Arrested Development, known best for their pivotal 1992 3 Years 6 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of debut album. The album spawned the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Tennessee, People Everyday and Mr Wendal. The group would release two more albums, critically acclaimed but commercially less successfull. Thomas would release his eponymous Speech solo debut album in 1996
 
October 25, 1965 ~ Conductor Hans Knappertsbusch passed away ~ Best kno0wn for his performances of works composed by Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner and Richard Strauss. Worked with the Bavarian State Opera until his dismissal by the nazis in 1936. Has also worked with the London Philharmonic, the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Suisse Romande Orchestra, and others ~ Knappertsbusch was born in 1888
October 25, 1965 ~ Sitar player Nishat Khan born in Kolkata, India ~ Considered one of the all-time premier sitar players. Has collaborated with leading international musicians including Paco Peña, John McLaughlin, Philip Glass, Evelyn Glennie, and others
 
October 25, 1964 ~ Nicole Hohloch, mononymusly known as singer Nicole, born in Saarbrucken, West Germany ~ Best known for winning the 1982 Eurovision Songfestival, representing Germany with the song Ein Bisschen Frieden, written by Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger
 
October 25, 1962 ~ Drummer Chad Smith, full name Chad Gaylord Smith, born in St Paul, Minnesota, USA ~ Best known as drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, joining the band in 1988 as replacement for Jack Irons. First appeared on the band's Mother's Milk album, released in 1989. Its follow-up album, 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik, would propel them to fame with singles such as Give It Away and especially Under The Bridge. Smith has also worked in various side-projects and supergroups including Chickenfoot and his own all-instrumental Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats. Outside of the Peppers Smith also collaborated with the likes of the Wild Colonials, Anacrusis, Glenn Hughes, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, Jennifer Nettles, Joe Satriani, the Dixie Chicks, Eddie Vedder, Lana Del Rey, and others
 
October 25, 1959 ~ Rock, new wave singer, songwriter Chrissy Amphlett, full name Christine Joy Amphlett, born in Geelong, Australia ~ Founding member, frontwoman of the Divinyls, known for the international hit I Touch Myself, which reached top 10 in America, the UK and in the band's native Australia ~ Amphlett passed away in 2013
 
October 25, 1957 ~ Pop, rock guitarist Robbie McIntosh born in Sutton, UK ~ Influenced by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Fats Waller, Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong. Member of the Pretenders from 1982 through 1987, present on the albums Learning To Crawl and Get Close. Has also worked with Paul McCartney, John Mayer, 70% Proof, the Foster Brothers, Filthy McNasty, Chris Thompson, Dean Martin's Dog, Jerry Harrison, Aynsley Lister, Kevin Ayers, Cher, Eric Bibb, Chuck Berry, Joe Cocker, Nine Below Zero, Paul Carrack (Groove Approved), Mark Knopfler, Roger Daltrey (Under A Raging Moon), Mark Hollis, Talk Talk, Tasmin Archer, Tears For Fears, Eros Ramazzotti, Tori Amos, Norah Jones, and others
 
October 25, 1956 ~ Singer, comedian Danny Gans, full name Danny Davies Gans, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known as a Vegas entertainer, billed as “the Man of Many Voices.”. Would win the Show Of The Year award for 10 consecutive years starting in 1998 ~ Gans passed away in 2009
October 25, 1956 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal, glam metal guitarist, singer Matthias Jabs born in Hannover, West Germany ~ Best known as longtime lead guitarist for the Scorpions, appearing on all albums since Lovedrive released in 1979. Present on hits such as Still Loving You, No One Like You (Live), Wind Of Change, Send Me An Angel and Alien Nation
 
October 25, 1954 ~ Free jazz saxophonist John Butcher born in Brighton, UK ~ Well over 60 albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader since the mid-1980s, especially acclaimed for the albums News From The Shed, Lights View, Contest Of Pleasures and Apples Of Gomorrah
October 25, 1954 ~ Folk-punk drummer Victor De Lorenzo born ~ Known for his minimalist drum kit, often nothing more than a snare drum a tranceaphone and steel brushes. Co-founded folk-punk outfit Violent Femmes with bassist Brian Ritchie in 1980, initially just a rhythm section and expanded with singer, guitarist Gordon Gano the next year. The band is best known for the late 1980s, early 1990s singles Nightmares and American Music. De Lorenzo would remain with the band through 1993, leaving to focus on his own music and other projects including touring with former the Velvet Underground-drummer Moe Tucker. De Lorenzo rejoined a reincarnation of the Femmes in 2000, remaining with the band through the end of the decade
 
October 25, 1952 ~ Bluegrass, Americana, folk, R&B singer, pianist Mollie O'Brien born in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA ~ Sister of Hot Rize's singer, guitarist Tim O'Brien. Married to Rich Moore. Has worked with both. Debuted as a solo artist with the album I Never Move Too Soon in 1987
 
October 25, 1950 ~ Pekka Johannes Järvinen, commonly known as rock guitarist Albert Järvinen, born in Iitti, Finland ~ Chose his stage name, Albert, in honor of blues guitarist Albert King. Best known as guitarist of rock outfit the Hurriganes, joining the band in 1972 replacing Ile Kallio. Also known as member of the Sleepy Sleepers ~ Järvinen passed away in 1991
October 25, 1950 ~ Singer Chris Norman, full name Christopher Ward Norman, born in Redcar, UK ~ Lead singer of Smokie through 1986, present on the band's best-known including If You Think You Know How To Love Me, Don't Play Your Rock 'n Roll To Me, Living Next Door To Alice, It's Your Life and Oh Carol. Norman also worked with Suzi Quatro's 1978 hit Stumblin' In, which would the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100
 
October 25, 1948 ~ Heavy metal, hard rock guitarist Glenn Tipton, full name Glenn Raymond Tipton, born in Blackheath, UK ~ Known for his classically influenced solos. Co-lead guitarist of Judas Priest, joining the band in 1974. Present on the band's best known including the UK top 20 hits Take On The World, Living After Midnight and Breaking The Law. Released his solo debut album, Baptizm Of Fire, in 1997 during the band's hiatus. Tipton retired from touring in 2018 for medical reasons
 
October 25, 1947 ~ Singer, arranger, songwriter Frank Collins born in Liverpool, UK ~ Member of the Excels, Kokomo and notably Arrival, writing the 1970 hit I Will Survive for the latter. Would go on to become an in-demand session and backing singer for the likes of Bryan Ferry, Marianne Faithfull, Ian Dury, Marc Bolan, Alison Moyet, BB King, Bob Dylan, and others
October 25, 1947 ~ William Michael McGee, commonly known as drummer Mickey McGee, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ First gained attention in the early 1970s backing Linda Ronstadt on the Don't Cry Now album and subsequently Jackson Browne on the For Everyman album. Member of the Flying Burrito Brothers from 1975 through 1981. Has also worked with Juice Newton, for whom he co-wrote Blue and I'll Never Love Again, with Ricky Nelson, JD Souther, Warren Zevon, Chris Darrow, and others ~ McGee passed away in 2020
 
October 25, 1946 ~ Singer, songwriter Stephan Remmler born in Witten, Germany ~ Rose to fame as lead singer of Trio, which also included guitarist Gert Krawinkel and drummer Peter Behrens. The band is best known for their 1982 single Da Da Da, which became a hit in over two dozen countries including top 10 positions in the UK and the band's native Germany. Following the band's disbandement in 1986 Remmler has recorded as a solo artist, his work ranging from Schlager to rock. Notable solo songs include Keine Sterne In Athen and Alles Hat Ein Ende (Nur Die Wurst Hat Zwei)
 
October 25, 1944 ~ Progressive rock, symphonic rock, pop rock singer, guitarist Jon Anderson, full name Jon Roy Anderson, born in Accrington, UK ~ Lead singer, guitarist of quintessential progressive rock outfit Yes, which he co-founded in 1968 with Chris Squire. Anderson has enjoyed several tenures with the band before finally departing in 2008. Aside from his time with the band Anderson has also had an impressive solo career, starting with Olias Of Sunhilow released in 1976, and is an in-demand collaborator, including notably forming the duo Jon & Vangelis with Vangelis. Other artists he has worked with include Jean-Luc Ponty, King Crimson, Tangerine Dream, the Warriors, Iron Butterfly, Milton Nascimento, Mike Oldfield, Kitaro, and others
October 25, 1944 ~ Mary Catherine Nivert, commonly known as singer, songwriter Taffy Danoff born in Washington DC, USA ~ Married to singer, songwriter Bill Danoff from 1972 through 1981. The couple performed as the late 1960s folk duo Fat City, later working under the moniker Bill & Taffy. Nivert and Danoff would co-write Take Me Home Country Roads with John Denver, the latter recording the song for his 1971 Poems Prayers & Promises album. The couple also formed half of the Starland Vocal Band alongside Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman, the band best known for the 1976 Billboard Hot 100 charttopper Afternoon Delight
 
October 25, 1942 ~ Jazz trumpeter, cornetist, hornist Terumasa Hino born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Leader and sideman. Considered one of Japan's finest jazz musicians. Influenced by Fumio Nanri and Hiroshi Sakaue. Active since the 1950s. Worked with Hideo Shiraki from the mid- to late 1960s. Well over 50 albums to his name as solo artist, leader or co-leader, starting with Alone Alone And Alone released in 1967. Has collaborated with the likes of Motohiko Hino, Masabumi, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, Eddie Harris, Elvin Jones, Jackie McLean, Airto Moreira, George Mraz, Nana Vasconcelos, Sadao Watanabe, Joachim Kühn, Mal Waldron, John Scofield, and others
 
October 25, 1941 ~ Singer, songwriter, actress, activist Helen Reddy, full name Helen Maxine Reddy, born in Melbourne, Australia ~ Active since the late 1960s. Dubbed “the Queen of '70s Pop.” Known best for her I Don't Know How To Love Him and her signature song and feminist anthem I'm A Woman, the former initially released as the B-side of her 1970 I Believe In Music single. Other well-known songs include Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress), You And Me Against The World, Angie Baby and Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady, all of which reached top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 ~ Reddy passed away in 2020
 
October 25, 1939 ~ Mirko Kogoj, commonly known as pop, chanson singer Robert Cogoi, born in Châtelet, Belgium ~ Best known for representing his native Belgium at the 1964 Eurovision Songfestival, reaching joint 10th place with his self-penned Près De Ma Rivière ~ Kogoj passed away in 2022
 
October 25, 1938 ~ Producer, songwriter Don Davis born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Sessioned as guitarist for several Detroit-based labels, including Motown, before moving into songwriting and producing. Best known for his association with Stax/Volt and especially Johnnie Taylor, notably on the hits Who's Making Love, Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone and Disco Lady. Would set up several production and publishing companies, acquire Detroit's United Sound studios and found the Tortoise International label in the 1970s, working with artists such as First Fire, Rockets, the Skyliners, Dan Schafer, and others ~ Davis passed away in 2014
 
October 25, 1937 ~ Gloria Jeanne Black, commonly known as singer Jeanne Black, born in Pomona, California, USA ~ Best known for her appearances on Cliffie Stone's television program Jamboree from 1956 to 1959 and for a number of early 1960s Capitol Records singles including He'll Have To Stay, a No.4 Billboard Hot 100 hit and an answer song to Jim Reeves's He'll Have To Go ~ Black passed away in 2014
October 25, 1937 ~ Bossa nova singer, guitarist, songwriter Roberto Menescal born in Brazil ~ Bossa nova pioneer known for his composition O Barquinho. Has worked with Carlos Lyra, Nara Leão, Wanda Sa, Ale Vanzella, Silvia Telles, Maria Bethânia, Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil, Jorge Ben, Caetano Veloso, Nara Leão, Elis Regina, Jair Rodrigues, Claudette Soares, Joe Henderson, and others
 
October 25, 1936 ~ Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez born in Havana, Cuba ~ Noted for his association with Carlos Valdes. Also worked with Africando, Arsenio Rodriguez, Conjunction Sensacion, Vicentico Valdés, Willie Rosario, Joe Cuba, José Fajardo, Tipica Novel, Alfredo de la Fé, Ismael Rivera, Rafael Cortijo, La Lupe, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Camilo Azuquita, Art Webb, Roberto Torres, and others ~ Rodriguez passed away in 2005
 
October 25, 1934 ~ Blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Sam Taylor, full name Samuel Willis Taylor Jr, born in Mobile, Alabama, USA ~ Worked with Joey Dee & the Starliters, Otis Redding, BT Express, the Drifters, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Sam & Dave, Tracy Nelson, Mother Earth, the Isley Brothers, Maxine Brown, Freddie King, Chubby Checker, Son Seals, Jimmy Witherspoon, Joe Tex, and others ~ Taylor passed away in 2009
 
October 25, 1933 ~ Jazz guitarist Jack Petersen, full name Jack Leroy Petersen, born in Elk City, Oklahoma, USA ~ Also played double bass, cello, piano. Worked with Hal McIntyre, the Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort, Dave Brubeck, Randy Brecker, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Buddy DeFranco, Herb Ellis, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Milt Hinton, Lena Horne, Stan Kenton, Peggy Lee, Michel Legrand, Henry Mancini, Lou Marini, Ellis Marsalis Jr, Rufus Reid, Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, and others
 
October 25, 1927 ~ Actress, singer Barbara Cook born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ First came to prominence in the 1950s in the Broadway musicals Plain & Fancy, Candide, and The Music Man ~ Cook passed away in 2017
 
October 25, 1926 ~ Jazz, bebop, hard bop saxophonist Jimmy Heath, full name James Edward Heath, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Brother of bassist Percy Heath and drummer Albert Heath, with whom he also worked under the group moniker the Heath Brothers. Earned the nickname “Little Bird” for his small stature after his work with Howard McGhee and Dizzy Gillespie, his playing showing influences from Charlie Parker who was dubbed Bird. Has collaborated with Nat Towles, John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Nat Adderley, Benny Carter, Blue Mitchell, the American Jazz Orchestra, and others. As a composer best known for the jazz standards Ginger Bread Boy (Milt Jackson, Elvin Jones, Dexter Gordon), CTA (Miles Davis, Lee Morgan), and For Minors Only (Art Blakey, Chet Baker) ~ Heath passed away in 2020
 
October 25, 1924 ~ Drummer Earl Palmer, full name Earl Cyril Palmer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Active since the late 1940s Palmer has worked as a session drummer with a host of artists including on Little Richard's first few albums and just about every early Richard single, on Fats Domino's The Fat Man and I'm Walking, Professor Longhair's Tipitina, Lloyd Price's Lawdy Miss Clawdy, and on Smiley Lewis' I Hear You Knocking. Has also sessioned for TV and film soundtracks, and worked well into the 1980s with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Phil Spector, Ricky Nelson, Bobby Vee, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Eddie Cochran, Ritchie Valens, Bobby Day, Jan & Dean, the Beach Boys, Larry Williams, Gene McDaniels, Bobby Darin, Neil Young, the Pets, David Axelrod, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Bostic, Onzy Matthews, Count Basie, BB King, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Buckley, Little Feat, Elvis Costello, and numerous others. Member of the Wrecking Crew, a loose collective of first call session musicians which at times included Leon Russell, Jim Gordon, Plas Johnson, Hal Blaine and Larry Knechtel ~ Palmer passed away in 2008
 
October 25, 1922 ~ Rosa Vicente Montserrat Coscolin Figueras, commonly known as singer Gloria Lasso, born in Barcelona, Spain ~ Cancion melodica singer known for songs such as Amour Castagnettes Et Tango, Etranger Au Paradis, Buenos Noches Mi Amor, Bon Voyage, and others ~ Coscolin passed away in 2005
 
October 25, 1918 ~ Greig Stewart Jackson, commonly known as bassist Chubby Jackson, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Perhaps best known for his work with Woody Herman, driving Herman's rhythm section. As a leader acclaimed for his 1957 I'm Entitled To You album. Has also worked with Charlie Ventura, Dinah Washington, Charlie Barnet (Cherokee), Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, Lionel Hampton, and others ~ Jackson passed away in 2003
 
October 25, 1913 ~ Folk singer, songwriter Ren Shields passed away in Massapequa, New York, USA ~ Best known for co-writing In The Good Old Summertime with George Honey Boy Evans. The song would be a hit in 1902 for both William Redmond and JW Myers. In later years it would be covered by Uncle Dave Macon, the Andrews Sisters, Chet Atkins, the Osmond Brothers, and numerous others ~ Shields was born ca.1868
 
October 25, 1902 ~ Salvatore Massaro, commonly known as guitarist Eddie Lang born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Proficient on violin and banjo but best known as “the Father of Jazz guitar” and especially renowned for his work with Frankie Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke under the group moniker Tram Bix & Lang. Has worked with Red McKenzie in the Mound City Blowers, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Jean Goldkette, Adrian Rollini, Hoagy Carmichael, Jack Pettis, Bessie Smith, Clarence Williams, Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby, Rube Bloom, and others ~ Lang passed away in 1933
 
October 25, 1901 ~ Dance bandleader Roy Fox born in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Popular during the British dance band era, residing and performing in England in the 1930s. Worked with Abe Lyman, Miff Mole, Gussie Mueller, Henry Halstead, Gus Arnheim, Art Hickman, and others ~ Fox passed away in 1982
 
October 25, 1885 ~ Samuel M Levine, commonly known as singer, lyricist Sam M Lewis, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as a songwriter, usually collaborating with artists such as Fred E Ahlert, Walter Donaldson, Bert Grant, Harry Warren, Jean Schwartz, Ted Fio Rito, J Fred Coots, Ray Henderson, Victor Young, Peter Derose, Harry Akst, Maurice Abrahams, and others ~ Levine passed away in 1959
 
October 25, 1882 ~ Antonio Junius Jackson, commonly known as pianist, singer, composer Tony Jackson, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Son of freed slaves. Influenced Clarence Williams, Steve Lewis, and Jelly Roll Morton. Served as mentor to the far from modest Morton who even ranked him “the only musician better than himself”. Best remembered for Pretty Baby, written about his male lover ~ Jackson passed away in 1921
 
October 25, 1838 ~ Alexandre César Leopold Bizet, commonly known as composer Georges Bizet, born in Paris, France ~ Romantic era composer best known for Carmen, one of the most popular works in the entire opera repertoire ~ Bizet passed away in 1875
 
October 25, 1825 ~ Johann Baptist Strauss, commonly known as composer Johann Straus II, born in Vienna, Austria ~ Son of composer Johann Strauss I. Composed light music, dance music, operettas. Dubbed “the Waltz King”, having composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles including The Blue Danube, Kaiser-Walzer and Tritsch-Tratsch Polka. Notably also remembered for the operettas Die Fledermaus and Der Zigeunerbaron ~ Strauss passed away in 1899