This Day In Music: October 3
October 2 ~ Birthdays/All ~ October 4
October 3, 2023 ~ Operatic mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Dark, full name Jacqueline Lisa Dark, passed away in Sydney, Australia ~ Has performed opera, music theatre, cabaret, and concerts. Closely associated with the Opera Australia and the Victorian State Opera. Has also worked with the Opera Queensland, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Philharmonic Society, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra ~ Dark was born ca.1968
October 3, 2018 ~ Singer, guitarist Hugo Raspoet passed away in Leuven, Belgium ~ Best known for his signature song Helena (1970) and for Evviva Il Papa (1969), the latter banned from radio for criticizing the Pope. A radio DJ, Johan Anthierens, protesting the ban would be fired for reading the lyrics on-air ~ Raspoet was born in 1940
October 3, 2016 ~ Bassoonist Karl David van Hoesen passed away in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Best known for his association with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra ~ Van Hoesen was born ca.1926
October 3, 2015 ~ Vibraphonist David Pike, full name David Samuel Pike, passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Recording as a leader since the early-1960s. Worked with Nick Brignola, Paul Bley, Bill Evans, Herbie Mann, the Jazz Couriers, Kenny Clarke, Lee Konitz, Chuck Israels, Don Friedman, Volker Kriegel, JA Rettenbacher, Peter Baumeister, and others ~ Pike was born in 1938
October 3, 2015 ~ Music journalist, musician Franciszek Walicki passed away in Adynia, Poland ~ Seen as founder of Polist beat and rock, calling them big-beat as rock & roll was unacceptable for communist authorities. Organized jazz festivals. Founded a number of quintessential polish bands including Rhythm & Blues, considered the first Polish rock & roll band, as well as Czerwono Czarni and Breakout ~ Walicki was born in 1921
October 3, 2013 ~ Frank Caldarone, commonly known as jazz singer, guitarist Frank D'Rone, passed away in Wheaton, Illinois, USA ~ Active during 1950s and 1960s, starting with the 1959 album Frank D'Rone Sings. Best known for his 1960 single Strawberry Blonde (The Band Rocked On) ~ Caldarone was born in 1932
October 3, 2012 ~ Blues, rock singer, songwriter Kathi McDonald, full name Kathryn Marie McDonald, passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Member of Ike & Tina Turner's backing unit the Ikettes. Replaced Janis Joplin as lead singer of Big Brother & the Holding Company. Sang backup for Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, Freddie King, Long John Baldry, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Grin, and others. As a solo artist best known for her Insane Asylum album, released in 1974 ~ McDonald was born in 1948
October 3, 2011 ~ Armenuhi Manoogian, commonly known as singer Kay Armen, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Enjoyed popularity mostly during the 1940s and 1950s. Appeared in the 1955 musical film Hit The Deck. As a singer known best for songs such as Be Good To Yourself, My Love And I and It's A Sin To Cry Over You ~ Manoogian was born in 1915
October 3, 2005 ~ Afro-Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez passed away in Paris, France ~ Noted for his association with Carlos Valdés. Also worked with Africando, Arsenío 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, and Roberto Torres ~ Rodriguez was born in 1936
October 3, 2003 ~ Songwriter Ron Davies, full name Ronny Wayne Davies, passed away ~ Son of country singer Tex Dickerson. Brother of singer, songwriter Gail Davies. Released two albums as a recording artist, Silent Song Through The Land and UFO. Best known as a songwriter. Three Dog Night, Long John Baldry, David Bowie, Dave Edmunds and Shelby Lynne all covered his It Ain't Easy. Other well known Davies songs include Long Hard Climb (covered by Maria Muldaur), The Man I Used To Be (Jerry Jeff Walker) and Waiting On A Dark Eyed Girl (the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) ~ Davies was born in 1946
October 3, 1997 ~ Songwriter Phil Medley passed away ~ Co-wrote Twist And Shout with Bert Berns. The song would be first recorded by the Top Notes in 1961 but is more famous as covered by the Isley Brothers the following year and by the Beatles for their 1963 Please Please Me album. Other songs co-written by Medley include TV Is The Thing This Year (Dinah Washington), Anything You Wanna Do (Billy Eckstine), A Million To One (Jimmy Charles), and If I Didn't Have A Dime To Play The Jukebox (Gene Pitney) ~ Medley was born in 1916
October 3, 1995 ~ Jazz Ishmael Butler, commonly known as rapper, singer, songwriter Lil' Tracy, born in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA ~ Son of Digable Planets-rapper Ishmael Butler and SWV-singer Cheryl Gamble. Member of hip-hop collective GothBoiClique. Frequent collaborator of Lil' Peep, notably on the track White Tee. Released his full-length Anarchy solo debut album in 2019
October 3, 1994 ~ Henk Mando, commonly known as rapper Henkie T, born in the Netherlands ~ First gained attention as member of SBMG. Released his Visionair solo debut album in 2019. Best known for guesting on Qlas & Blacka's 2020 Dom Perignon hit single which also featured Murda and Jonna Fraser
October 3, 1988 ~ Rakim Athelaston Mayers, commonly known as rapper, producer A$AP Rocky, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Joined the Harlem-based collective A$AP Mob in 2007. Released the single Purple Swag in 2011 which quickly became a street anthem in New York. A critically acclaimed mixtape, Live Love A$ap, followed in October of the same year. Before the year was over Rocky had signed a two-year multi-million dollar deal with RCA Records and Polo Grounds Music
October 3, 1988 ~ Pop-rap singer Cal Shapiro born ~ Formed the pop-rap, hip-hop, pop duo Timeflies with Rob Resnick, known best for their I Choose U single released in 2013
October 3, 1985 ~ Dancer, singer, songwriter Shokichi born in Tomakomai, Japan ~ Member of Exile. Member of the J-Soul Brothers. As a solo artist released his full-length The Future in 2016. Has reached the Oricon top 10 with songs such as Back To The Future, Don't Stop The Music and Underdog
October 3, 1984 ~ Singer, actress, songwriter Ashlee Simpson, full name Ashlee Nicole Simpson, born in Waco, Texas, USA ~ Baby sister of singer, actress Jessica Simpson. Best known for songs such as Boyfriend, LOVE, Invisible and her debut single Pieces Of Me which reached the Billboard top 10 in 2004
October 3, 1982 ~ Ernest Weatherly Greene Jr, commonly known as synth-pop, dream pop, bedrom pop singer, songwriter, producer Washed Out, born in Perry, Georgia, USA ~ First gained attention in the late 2010s, his internet videos finding a warm audience with bloggers. Would release his full-length Within And Without in 2011. Best known for songs such as You'll See It (Small Black Remix), Eyes Be Closed and It All Feels Right
October 3, 1981 ~ Jazz, dance band drummer, bandleader Joe Kayser passed away in Evanston, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with Earl Fuller, Benjamin Kubelsky, Sally Rand, and others ~ Kayser was born in 1891
October 3, 1980 ~ Boris Titulaer, mononymously known as pop, soul singer Boris, born in Venlo, the Netherlands ~ First gained attention as winner of the 2003 edition of Dutch talent contest Idols. Well known songs include When You Think Of Me, MSG and Within My Hands
October 3, 1980 ~ Singer Bruce Springsteen kicks off his The River Tour at the Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, Michigan ~ Concurrently with the release of his album The River, Springsteen kicks off his tour, totalling some 140 dates through September 1981 across the USA, Canada, and Europe. With 34 dates in Europe it would be Springsteen's first trip to the continent since 1975, the European leg considered a huge success, establishing his European fanbase. Pete Townshend, co-lead singer, guitarist for the Who, would join Springsteen on-stage for the encores at the June 7 concert in Birmingham, UK. About a dozen songs recorded during the tour would be included on the Live 1975-85 live box set released in 1986
October 3, 1980 ~ Indie pop, rock singer Danny O'Donoghue, full name Daniel John Mark Luke O'Donoghue, born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Best known as frontman of the Script, known for songs such as The Man Who Can't Be Moved, Breakeven, For The First Time, Hall Of Fame featuring and Superheroes, all of which reached top 10 in the band's native Ireland
October 3, 1980 ~ Soul jazz organist Freddie Roach passed away ~ One of a handful of hammond players that made history in the 1960s. Roach recorded 5 critically acclaimed albums in the mid to late 1960s for Blue Note Records, notably 1964's Good Move, and 3 more for Prestige Records. Roach also worked as a sideman with Ike Quebec, Willis Jackson and Donald Byrd. Roach retired from the music business in 1970 and ventured into theater, playwriting and film ~ Roach was born in 1931
October 3, 1980 ~ Singer, songwriter Kjetil Mørland born in Grimstad, Norway ~ Fronted Absent Elk, known for their sole album Elk Caught In The Headlights released in 2009. Represented Norway in the 2015 Eurovision Songfestival duetting with Debrah Scarlett on A Monster Like Me, reaching 8th place
October 3, 1979 ~ Jazz, jazz fusion drummer, bassist, guitarist, singer Nate Wood born ~ Leader and sideman. Has worked with Wayne Krantz, Kneebody, Tigran Hamasyan, the Calling, Taylor Hawkins, George Harrison, Chaka Khan, Sting, Donny McCaslin, and others
October 3, 1978 ~ Jason F Sellards, commonly known as pop, rock singer Jake Shears, born in Messa, Arizona, USA ~ Co-lead singer of pop-rock outfit the Scissor Sisters, known for songs such as Filthy/Gorgeous, I Don't Feel Like Dancin', Fire With Fire and Only The Horses. Shears has also collaborated with Erasure's Andy Bell, Nelly, Vladislav Delay, Kylie Minogue, and others
October 3, 1978 ~ Shannon Marie Kahololani Sossamon, commonly known as actress, director, singer, drummer Shannyn Sossamon, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ~ Best known as an actress and director. As a musician known for founding Warpaint with her sister Jenny Lee Lindberg, present on the band's debut EP Exquisite Corpse released in 2009
October 3, 1976 ~ Nicolaiih El-Michelle, commonly known as jazz trombonist Herb Flemming, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Besides some work in America, Flemming toured extensively in Europe through the late 1930s, employed in ensembles led by James Reese Europe and Sam Wooding, with his own outfit the International Rhythm Aces, and as accompanist for Josephine Baker. After returning to America, Flemming has worked with Earl Hines, extensively with Fats Waller, and with the likes of Noble Sissle, Red Allen, Albert Nicholas, and Walter Bishop Sr ~ El-Michelle was born in 1898
October 3, 1975 ~ India Arie Simpson, commonly known as R&B, neo-soul singer, songwriter India Arie born in Denver, Colorado, USA ~ Acclaimed multiple Grammy Award-winning neo-soul singer, songwriter. Debuted with the album Acoustic Soul in 2001. Has collaborated with John Mellencamp (Peaceful World), Stevie Wonder, Akon, Anthony David, Keb' Mo, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Musiq Soulchild, and others
October 3, 1975 ~ Talib Kweli Greene, commonly known as rapper Talib Kweli, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ First gained recognition as a member of Black Star and of Reflection Eternal. Released his solo LP, Quality, in 2002, working with a host of producers and guests including DJ Quik, Kanye West, Dave Chappelle. Kweli has been releasing solo albums since and has collaborated with artists such as Mos Def, Hi-Tek, Madlib, Styles P, and others
October 3, 1973 ~ Saxophonist Eirik Hegdal born in Gjøvik, Norway ~ Best known for his work with the Dingobats from 1995 through 2005 and as leaderof the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra since 2002. Has also worked with Zanussi 5, the Alpaca Ensemble, Lord Kelvin, Eldbjørg Raknes, Mats Eilertsen, and others
October 3, 1973 ~ Soprano heavy metal singer, songwriter Kari Rueslåtten born in Trondheim, Norway ~ Best known as lead singer of doom metal outfit 3rd & Mortal from 1992 to 1994, one of the earliest metal bands to use a female lead inspiring future bands such as the Gathering and Nightwish. Has since worked briefly with Storm and released several solo albums ranging from Nordic folk to progressive metal
October 3, 1972 ~ Pop singer Martin Stenmarck, full name Martin Olof Jon Stenmarck, born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Internationally best known for representing Sweden in the 2005 Eurovision Songfestival with Las Vegas, reaching 19th place. Nationally known for top 10 hits such Sjumikakliv, 100 År Från Nu (Blundar) and A Million Candles Burning
October 3, 1971 ~ Tariq Trotter, commonly known as MC, rapper Black Thought, born ~ Influenced Logic, Joey Badass, Rapsody, K-OS, Shad. Lead MC of hip-hop outfit the Roots which he co-founded with Questlove. Also worked with Money Making Jam Boys, Damian Marley, Dilated Peoples, Common, Linkin Park, Zap Mama, Danger Mouse, the Hilltop Hoods, Tunde Adebimpe, Fashawn, Murs, Del The Funky Homosapien, Funkmaster Flex, and others
October 3, 1971 ~ Jazz bassist, composer Pierluigi Balducci born in Bari, Italy ~ Worked with Ernst Reijseger, Luciano Biondini, Paul McCandles, John Taylor, Gabriele Mirabassi, Javier Girotto, the Nuevo Tango Ensemble, and others
October 3, 1970 ~ Thomas Jason Grinstead, commonly known as heavy metal, alternative metal, glam metal singer, guitarist, drummer, pianist, violinist, songwriter Jason Hook, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Fronts Five Finger Death Punch. Also worked with No Love Lost, Alice Cooper, Hilary Duff, Bulletboys, Kiss, and others
October 3, 1970 ~ Singer, songwriter Jimmy Ray born in London, UK ~ Cited Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, and Tommy Steele as influences. Half of techno-pop duo Alternative Vision, the other half being Graham Drinnard. As a solo artist best known for his debut single Are You Jimmy Ray, released in 1997, which made the top 20 in both the USA and the singer's native England
October 3, 1969 ~ Singer Gwen Stefani, full name Gwen Renée Stefani, born in Fullerton, California, USA ~ Frontwoman of No Doubt, known for hits such as Just A Girl, Don't Speak, Hey Baby, and It's My Life. Debuted as a solo artist with 2004's critically acclaimed Love Angel Music Baby, which spawned the hit Hollaback Girl. Has been releasing well-received solo records since. Stefani has also collaborated with Brian Setzer (duetting on You're The Boss), Moby (South Side), Eve (Let Me Blow Your Mind), and others
October 3, 1969 ~ Nehemiah Curtis James, commonly known as Delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Skip James, passed away in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ First recorded in the early 1930s to initially little succes to be rediscovered in the 1960s blues revival. Known for songs such as Cherry Ball Blues, Illinois Blues, I'm So Glad and Jesus Is A Mighty Good Leader ~ James was born in 1902
October 3, 1967 ~ Pop rock sibling outfit the Bee Gees record Words ~ Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb. Produced by the band with their manager Robert Stigwood. Released as a single, b/w Sinking Ships, the following January it would become the band's third UK top 10 hit. The single also topped the charts in Germany, Canada, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The single would notably be covered by Rita Coolidge in 1978 and by boy band Boyzone in 1996
October 3, 1967 ~ Jazz, classical pianist Carsten Dahl born in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Lennart Ginman, Ed Thigpen, Mads Vinding, Christina Dahl, Arild Andersen, Alex Riel, Jesper Lundgaard, the Ensemble Midtvest, Eddie Gomez, Jon Christensen, Frands Rifbjerg, and others
October 3, 1967 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter Woody Guthrie, full name Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Quintessential protest singer focusing on American socialism and anti-fascism, influential on generations of future artists including Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, and Jeff Tweedy. Well known for songs such as Bury Me Below The Willow, 1913 Massacre and by far his best-known This Land Is Your Land ~ Guthrie was born in 1912
October 3, 1966 ~ Jazz singer, songwriter Dave Lambert, full name David Alden Lambert, passed away in Westport, Connecticut, USA ~ Brought modern singing into jazz. Best known as a member of Lambert Hendricks & Ross alongside Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. Also sang with with Lambert & Co teaming up with Mary Vonnie, Leslie Dorsey, David Lucas, Sarah Boatner. Killed in a roadside accident aged 49 ~ Lambert was born in 1917
October 3, 1966 ~ Glam metal, hard rock guitarist, keyboardist, singer Frank Hannon born in Sacramento, California, USA ~ Co-founded City Kidd with bassist Brian Wheat, which evolved into Tesla. The band released their Mechanical Resonance debut album in 1986 which spawned the singles Modern Day Cowboy and Little Suzi. Subsequent hits would include the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Love Song and Signs. After the band's initial disbandement in the mid-1990s Hannon would form Moon Dog Mane
October 3, 1963 ~ Jazz pianist Niels Lan Doky born in Copenhagen, Denmark ~ Brother of jazz bassist Chris Minh Doky, with whom he also worked in the Doky Brothers. has also collaborated with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, John Scofield, Gino Vannelli, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Woody Shaw, Charlie Haden, John McLaughlin, Jack DeJohnette, Al Jarreau, Adam Nussbaum, and others
October 3, 1962 ~ Thomas Lee Bass, commonly known as heavy metal, hard rock, glam metal, nu metal drummer Tommy Lee born in Athens, Greece ~ Co-founding member of Mötley Crüe, known for a string of hits from the mid-1980s through the 1990s including Smokin' In The Boys Room, Girls Girls Girls, Dr Feelgood and Without You. Has also founded rap metal group Methods Of Mayhem, recorded as a solo artist, and guested on recordings by Richard Marx, Rob Zombie, Cee Lo Green, the Bloody Beetroots and the Smashing Pumpkins
October 3, 1960 ~ Avant-garde jazz, classical tubist Michel Godard born in Hèricourt, France ~ Worked with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis, Enrico Rava, Michael Riessler, Horace Tapscott, Christof Lauer, Kenny Wheeler, Ray Anderson, Sylvie Courvoisier, Simon Nabatov, Linda Sharrock, Pierre Favre, Misha Mengelberg, Gianluigi Trovesi, Willem Breuker, the ARTE Quartett, Dave Bargeron, and others
October 3, 1959 ~ Peter John Wagner, soap opera actor, singer, commonly known as Jack Wagner, in Washington, Missouri, USA ~ Actor known for his roles in General Hospital, Santa Barbara, The Bold & The Beautiful, Melrose Place. As a singer scored a Billboard top 10 hit with All I Need in 1984
October 3, 1955 ~ Bassist Allen Woody born ~ Best known as a member of the Allman Brothers Band from 1989 through 1997. Co-founded Gov't Mule in 1994, initially a side project, with Allmans bandmate guitarist Warren Haynes and former Dickey Betts drummer Matt Abts ~ Woody passed away in 2000
October 3, 1955 ~ Rock, progressive rock, hard rock guitarist Vidoja Bozinovic, also known as Dzindzer, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia ~ Briefly a member of Pop Masina, co-founding member of Rok Masina, both of which included his brother guitarist Zoran Bozinovic. Perhaps best known as longtime member of Riblja Corba, with whom he recorded over a dozen albums starting with Istina released in 1985
October 3, 1954 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Dawayne Bailey born in Manhattan, Kansas, USA ~ Backed Bob Seger as member of Silver Bullet Band, including on the 1986 album Like A Rock. Member of Chicago from 1986 through 1995. Also worked with Gerard McMahon, Private Parts, Jason Scheff, Shayna, Belly Puddke, the Usual Suspects, Stuart Hamm, Raise The World, Robert Lamm, Jeff Duff, Véronique Sanson, and others
October 3, 1954 ~ Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Although his career was cut short by an untimely death considered one of the most influential and gifted guitarists in blues rock. Baby brother of Jimmie Vaughan. Paved the way for guitarists such as Robert Cray, Jeff Healey, Robben Ford, Walter Trout. Recorded half a dozen albums starting with Texas Flood released in 1983. Guested on recordings by David Bowie, Johnny Copeland, Marcia Ball, Lonnie Mack, James Brown, Dick Dale, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Warnes, and others ~ Vaughan passed away in 1990
October 3, 1953 ~ Composer, poet, author Arnold Bax, full name Arnold Edward Trevor Bax, passed away in Cork, UK ~ Closely associated with pianist Harriet Cohen. At the time regarded as an important yet isolated figure, his works rediscovered after his death. Best known for his symphonic poem Tintagel. Wrote symphonies, choral music, vocal music, chamber music and piano music ~ Bax was born in 1883
October 3, 1953 ~ Roger Prud'homme, commonly known as pop singer Martin Stevens, born in Verdun, Canada ~ Sang in English and French. Enjoyed popularity in the disco era in his native Canada. Known for songs such as J'Aime La Musique (Comme Un Fou), Sans Ton Amour, and the Harry Vanda & George Young-penned Love Is In The Air. His rendition of the latter would precede the internationally more famous version by John Paul Young by a mere couple of weeks. Prud'homme published his Sexe Drogue Et Disco autobiography in 2007 ~ Prud'homme passed away in 2023
October 3, 1951 ~ Blues harpist, singer Billy Branch, full name William Earl Branch, born in Great Lakes, Illinois, USA ~ Founded and fronted the Sons of Blues which also included Lurie Bell and Freddie Dixon. Also worked with the Chicago Blues All-Stars, Carlos Johnson, JW Williams, Willie Dixon, Keb' Mo, Johnny Winter, Lou Rawls, Koko Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, David Honeyboy Edwards, Syl Johnson, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Taj Mahal, Andrew Blaze Thomas, Sumito Ariyoshi, Marvin Little, and Giles Corey
October 3, 1951 ~ Pop, pop rock singer Jack Harris born in Shoreditch, UK ~ Best known for his association with Alan Parsons, notably singing lead on the Alan Parsons Project's Day After Day (The Show Must Go On) and on Pyramania
October 3, 1951 ~ Kevin Roosevelt Moore, commonly known as blues singer, guitarist Keb' Mo born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Honed his skils working as a staff songwriter and sideman bacing Papa John Creach, Bobby Blue Bland, Albert Collins and Big Joe Turner before embarking on a solo career debuting with the eponymous 1994 Keb' Mo. Has recorded steadily since to critical acclaim and numerous awards, including Grammy Awards for the albums Just Like You, Slow Down, Keep It Simple, the Taj Mahal-collaboration Tajmo and Oklahoma
October 3, 1951 ~ Country singer Kenny Dale, full name Kenneth Dale Eoff, born in Artesia, New Mexico, USA ~ Best known for his Gene Pitney cover Only Love Can Break A Heart, the single reaching top 10 on the Billboard Country chart in the late 1970s. Dale had recorded four albums over the course of his career, starting with Bluest Heartache Of The Year released in 1977, before retiring from music in the early 1980s ~ Dale passed away in 2020
October 3, 1951 ~ Pub rock, blues bassist, singer Paul Riley born in Islington, UK ~ Backing bassist for visiting blues artists including Albert Collins, Champion Jack Dupree, Lightnin' Slim. Member of Chilli Willi & the Red Hot Peppers and of Roogalator. Featured on Rockpile's seminal 1977 Get It pub rock album. By the 1980s would go on to work as producer and engineer for artists such as Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Johnny Marr, Ruts, Edwyn Collins, Squeeze and Kirsty Maccoll
October 3, 1950 ~ Singer, songwriter Chris Gaffney born ~ Debuted as a solo artist in 1986 with the album Road To Indio. Continued releasing solo albums through 2000 working with producers such as Wyman Reese and Dave Alvin and guest musicians including Lucinda Williams and Jim Lauderdale. Formed the Hacienda Brothers in the early 2000s, teaming up with guitarist, songwriter Dave Gonzalez. In addition to his solo and band work Gaffney has collaborated, toured and recorded with artists such as Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men, the Iguanas, Tom Russell, Christy McWilson, Lonesome Strangers, Billy Bacon, and others ~ Gaffney passed away in 2008
October 3, 1949 ~ Guitarist, singer Lindsey Buckingham born in Palo Alto, California, USA ~ Best known as lead lynguitarist, singer of Fleetwood Mac from 1975 through 1987 and again from 1997 through 2018. Present on the band's best-known albums, notably Rumours, Tusk and Mirage. Has also released a number of solo recordings, scoring a Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit with Trouble of his 1981 Law And Order solo album
October 3, 1949 ~ Henryk Pick, commonly known as pop singer, songwriter, TV personality Svika Pick, born in Wroclaw, Poland ~ One of Israel's premier pop singers during the 1970s. Internationally best known for co-writing Diva with lyricist Yoav Ginai, Israel's 1998 Eurovision Songfestival winner as performed by Dana International ~ Pick passed away in 2022
October 3, 1947 ~ Trumpeter, singer, songwriter Ben Cauley born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Sole survivor of 1967 plane crash that killed singer Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-kays, guitarist Jimmy King, saxophonist Phalon Jones, drummer Carl Cunningham, and keyboardist Ronnie Caldwell. The Bar-Kays, co-founded by Cauley, served as the second houseband for Stax/Volt backing artists such as Redding, Carla Thomas, and Sam & Dave. Redding had taken such a shining to them he picked them as his backing unit for his 1967 tour. Cauley would reform the band with the only other remaining member, bassist James Alexander, who was on another flight. They would go on to back artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, and the Staple Singers ~ Cauley passed away in 2015
October 3, 1947 ~ Rocksteady, reggae singer, arranger Hopeton Lewis born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Known for a string of late-1960s, early-1970s Jamaican hits such as Cool Collie and Boom Shacka Lacka. Worked with the Regals, Lynn Taitt, the Jets, Duke Reid, Byron Lee, the Dragonaires, and others ~ Lewis passed away in 2014
October 3, 1946 ~ Drummer Mike Clark, full name Michael Jeffrey Clark born in Sacramento, California, USA ~ Quintessential to development of the East Bay Sound. Member of Herbie Hancock's jazz fusion outfit the Headhunters. Also worked with Christian McBride, Betty Davis, Chet Baker, John Scofield, Nicholas Payton, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Vince Guaraldi, Woody Shaw, Donald Harrison, Albert King, Larry Coryell, Michael Wolff, Wallace Roney, Dr Lonnie Smith, Bobby McFerrin, Nat Adderley, Randy Brecker, Gil Evans, and others
October 3, 1945 ~ Rock, pop rock guitarist Antonio Martinez Salas born in Madrid, Spain ~ Member of Los Bravos, known for their 1966 Black Is Black hit. It would reach top 10 across the globe, including a No.1 spot in the band's native Spain and top 5 in both the UK and the USA ~ Martinez passed away in 1990
October 3, 1943 ~ Composer, conductor, trombonist, radio host Bill McGlaughin born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Award-winning classical music host for Exploring Music and Saint Paul Sunday. Orchestral trombonist for a decade. Conductor for over three decades, working with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eugene Symphony, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Kansas City Symphony
October 3, 1942 ~ Singer Steve Susskind born ~ Formed the Roommates with Bob Minsky, then both aged 15. The duo would become a quartet with the addition of Jack Carlson and Felix Alvarez. The band would record a number of unnoticed singles, until teaming up with singer Cathy Jean for Please Love Me Forever. Billed as Cathy Jean & the Roommates the single would reach top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961 ~ Susskind passed away in 2005
October 3, 1941 ~ Ernest Evans, commonly known as singer Chubby Checker, born in Spring Gully, South Carolina, USA ~ Best known for songs such as The Twist, The Hucklebuck, The Fly, Pony Time, and Limbo Rock, and others
October 3, 1940 ~ Singer, keyboardist, songwriter Alan O'Day, full name Alan Earle O'Day, born in Hollywood, California, USA ~ As a singer, songwriter best known for his 1977 million-seller Undercover Angel. Staff songwriter at Warner Brothers Music. Artists who recorded his songs include Three Dog Night, Bobby Sherman, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Captain & Tennille, Cher, the Righteous Brothers (Rock & Roll Heaven), Helen Reddy (Angie Baby), and Anne Murray. Moved from pop to television in the 1980s, collaborating with singer, songwriter Janis Liebhart, writing over one hundred songs for the children's show Muppet Babies as well as work on other children's programs ~ O'Day passed away in 2013
October 3, 1939 ~ Actress, singer, songwriter, comedian Fay Templeton passed away in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Debuted on Broadway in 1900 and remained a public favorite through the 1930s. Best known for her performances in HMS Pinafore and Roberta ~ Templeton was born in 1865
October 3, 1939 ~ Larry Michael Smith, commonly known as singer, songwriter Mike Smith, born ~ Known for songs such as By The Time You Read This Letter, Meaning Of Love, Love Of An Everyday Man and We Have So Much To Give
October 3, 1938 ~ Singer, songwriter Eddie Cochran, full name Ray Edward Cochran, born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, USA ~ Pivotal rock & roll singer known for mid-1950s songs such as Twenty Flight Rock, Somethin' Else, C'mon Everybody, and naturally Summertime Blues. Died in a car crash on tour at age 21. Cochran's songs would later be covered by an array of artists including Joan Jett, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, T.Rex, Cliff Richard, the Who, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the White Stripes, the Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious, Rush, the Simple Minds, George Thorogood, Guitar Wolf, Paul McCartney, Alan Jackson, the Move, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Hallyday, and U2 ~ Cochran passed away in 1960
October 3, 1937 ~ Producer, label executive Vincent Chin born in Kingston, Jamaica ~ Producer and label owner who ran Randy's Shop studio and label in Jamaica. Later moved to New York, founding VP Records, currently the largest independent label and distributor of Caribbean music ~ Chin passed away in 2003
October 3, 1936 ~ Composer Steve Reich, full name Stephen Michael Reich, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Pivotal to the development of minimal music, his style characterised by its use of repetitive figures, slow harmonic rhythm, and canons. One of the first to experiment with tape loops. Considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century influential on a wide array of idioms and artists from new age, contemporary classical, art-pop, electronic music and rock including John Adams, King Crimson, Brian Eno, Sufjan Stevens, and others
October 3, 1930 ~ Jazz singer, pianist, songwriter Nancy Harrow born in New York, New York, USA ~ Released two albums in the early 1960s before semi-retiring from music to raise a family. 1961's Wild Women Don't Have The Blues featured Kenny Burrell, Buck Clayton, Dicky Wells and Milt Hinton. Its follow-up, You Never Know released in 1963, featured John Lewis, Dick Katz, Phil Woods, Jim Hall, Richard Davis and Connie Kay. Harrow returned to music by the mid-1970s and has well over a dozen albums to her name
October 3, 1925 ~ Jazz promoter, producer George Wein born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ One of the most famous impresarios in jazz history. Co-founded the Newport Folk Festival with Pete Seeger and Theodore Bikel. Founded the Newport Jazz Festival. Instrumental in founding the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival ~ Wein passed away in 2021
October 3, 1924 ~ Country songwriter, radio DJ, label executive, producer Joe Allison, full name Joe Marion Allison, born in McKinney, Texas, USA ~ Revered songwriter. Regarded as one of the most influential figures in the rise of modern country music. Wrote or co-wrote songs such as Tex Ritter's hit When You Leave Don't Slam The Door, Faron Young's Live Fast Love Hard Die Young, Tommy Sands' Teen-age Crush, and Jim Reeves' He'll Have To Stay. Label executive at Liberty Records, Dot Records, Capitol Records. Has worked, in one capacity or another, with artists such as Willie Nelson, Hank Cochran, Roy Clark, Joe Stampley, Tommy Overstreet, Red Steagall, and others ~ Allison passed away in 2002
October 3, 1923 ~ Earle Lavon Freeman Sr, commonly known as jazz, hard bop saxophonist Von Freeman, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Considered a founder of the “Chicago school of jazz tenorists” alongside Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin, Clifford Jordan. Recorded well over a dozen albums as a leader or co-leader, yet never became a household name mainly due to the fact that Von preferred to stay close to home instead of tour the country. Brother of guitarist George Freeman and drummer Eldridge Freeman, the three regularly backing visiting musicians such as Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie. Father of saxophonist Chico Freeman ~ Freeman passed away in 2012
October 3, 1909 ~ Biaglo Bergantino, commonly known as songwriter Borney Bergantine, born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Co-wrote My Happiness with Betty Peterson, first recorded by Jon & Sondra Steele in 1948. The song would become a standard, recorded by numerous artists. Noted for being the first song Elvis Presley recorded. Others who covered the song include Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Domino, Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Connie Francis, Teresa Brewer, and Freddy Fender ~ Bergantino passed away in 1952
October 3, 1908 ~ Lyricist, songwriter Johnny Burke, full name John Francis Burke, born in Antioch, California, USA ~ Songwriting partner of Harold Spina, Arthur Johnston, James Monaco, Jimmy van Heusen. Known for songs such as Swinging On A Star (Bing Crosby, June Christy, Frank Sinatra), Pennies From Heaven (Eddy Duchin, Jimmy Dorsey, Dinah Washington), Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Guy Lombardo, Lew Stone, Eartha Kitt), Here's That Rainy Day (Dolores Gray), Peggy Lee, OC Smith), and Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Tommy Dorsey, Mel Tormé, Betty Roché) ~ Burke passed away in 1964
October 3, 1889 ~ Jazz brass player Manuel Manetta born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Plays violin, guitar, piano, cornet, saxophone, trombone. Worked with Kid Ory, the Eagle Brass Band, Buddy Bolden, Ed Allen, Papa Celestin, Arnold du Pas, Manuel Perez, and others ~ Manetta passed away in 1969
October 3, 1880 ~ Rachel Eleanora Goldberg, commonly known as vaudeville singer, comedian, actress Nora Bayes, born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Popular vaudeville performer, singer form the 1900s through the 1920s. Perhaps best remembered for introducing Shine On Harvest Moon in the 1908 Ziegfeld Follies revue. The song, written by Bayes and her husband Jack Norworth, has since become a pop standard recorded by numerous artists including the Boswell Sisters, the Chordettes, Coleman Hawkins, Teresa Brewer, Bing Crosby, the Isley Brothers, Leon Redbone, Bobby Bare, and others ~ Goldberg passed away in 1928