This Day In Music: October 30
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October 30, 2020 ~ Hornist, pianist, composer Jan Bach passed away ~ Somewhat overlooked composer known for both his seriousness and humor. Wrote for orchestra, chamber music, opera. Perhaps best known for compositions such as Horn Concerto, The French Suite and the opera The Student From Salamanca, which premiered at the New York City Opera in 1980 ~ Bach was born in 1937
October 30, 2018 ~ Singer Beverley McLelland passed away in California, USA ~ Openly lesbian singer, songwriter. Contestant of first season of American TV series The Voice (2011), making it to the final four. Had previously worked with Tami Gordon as the duo Uncommon Ground, with Robyn Fear, and released five indie albums ~ McClellan was born in 1969
October 30, 2018 ~ Singer, songwriter Hardy Fox, full name Hardy Winfred Fox, passed away ~ Co-founder and primary songwriter of the Residents ~ Fox was born in 1945
October 30, 2016 ~ Claude Putman Jr, commonly known as songwriter Curly Putman, passed away in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA ~ Known for writing or co-writing songs such as Green Green Grass Of Home, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, and He Stopped Loving Her Today ~ Putman passed away in 1930
October 30, 2013 ~ Saxophonist, flutist, arranger, big band leader Frank Wess passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Protégé of Lester Young. Best known for his time with Count Basie from 1953 through 1964. Also worked with Billy Eckstine, Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Buck Clayton, Benny Carter, Billy Taylor, Harry Sweets Edison, Mel Tormé, Ernestine Anderson, Louie Bellson, John Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Dick Hyman, Jane Jarvis, Frank Vignola, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the New York Jazz Quintet, Manny Albam, Lorez Alexandria, Earl Washington, Gene Ammons, Dorothy Ashby, Benny Carter, Kenny Clarke, Hank Crawford, Ron Carter, Charles Earland, Harry Sweets Edison, Frank Foster, Gene Harris, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, Milt Jackson, Etta Jones, Quincy Jones, Yusef Lateef, Charles McPherson, Oliver Nelson, Joe Newman, Houston Person, Buddy Rich, Dakota Staton, Gerald Wilson, and others ~ Wess was born in 1922
October 30, 2012 ~ Country singer, songwriter Jan Crutchfield passed away in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Best known for penning The Statue Of A Fool, first recorded and popularized by Jack Greene in 1969 and covered by numerous artists including Brian Collins and Ricky Van Shelton. Other songs written or co-written by Crutchfield include Tear Time (Wilma Burgess), Another Lonely Night (Jean Shepard), Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger (Charley Pride), and One More Time (Jerry Lee Lewis) ~ Crutchfield was born in 1938
October 30, 2009 ~ Phillip Jackson, commonly known as country, blues harpist, singer Norton Buffalo, passed away in Paradise, California, USA ~ First gained attention in the early 1970s working with acts such as Clover, Bill Kirchen, Elvin Bishop. Joined Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen for their 1976 “farewell” tour and present on the band's final live album We've Got A Live One Here. Closely associated with the Steve Miller Band including on the 1977 Book Of Dreams album. Noted for his harmonica playing on Bonnie Raitt's Del Shannon-cover Runaway. Has sessioned for or toured with the Doobie Brothers, Mickey Hart, Merl Saunders, and others ~ Jackson was born in 1951
October 30, 2008 ~ Blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Cora Mae Bryant passed away in Oxford, Georgia, USA ~ Daughter of Piedmont blues singer, guitarist, songwriter Curley Weaver ~ Bryant was born in 1926
October 30, 2007 ~ Singer, actor Robert Goulet passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Shot to fame performing Sir Lancelot in 1960 Broadway musical Camelot opposite Richard Burton (King Arthur) and Julie Andrews (Queen Guenevere) ~ Goulet was born in 1933
October 30, 2006 ~ Bassist, guitarist Ian Rilen, full name Ian William Rilen, passed away ~ Best known as member of Rose Tattoo. Rilen wrote their best known song Bad Boy For Love but left the band prior to its release. The single was produced by Vanda & Young, known for their close association with AC/DC. Rilen also played with Band Of Light, Space, the Blue Aliens, Blackfeather, Sardine V, Hell To Pay, X, Skindiver, and with the Illustrated Men ~ Rilen was born in 1947
October 30, 2002 ~ Jason William Mizell, commonly known as DJ, keyboardist, bassist, percussionist, rapper Jam Master Jay, passed away in Queens, New York, USA ~ Member of Run-DMC, credited with bringing hip-hop into the mainstream, known for songs such as It's Like That, King Of Rock, My Adidas, Walk This Way, You Be Illin', Down With The King featuring Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and others ~ Mizell was born in 1965
October 30, 2002 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Michael J Stull passed away ~ Co-founding member of the Wackers, teaming up with Bob Segarini, Randy Bishop, Ernie Earshaw and Bill Trochim. Rumored to be considered Jim Morrison's replacement in the Doors when Morrison left for Paris in 1971. Perhaps just a rumor and the Doors would record without either Morrison or Stull. Still, four years later Stull would actually work on the Butts Band album Hear & Now, which also featured Doors members John Densmore and Robby Krieger ~ Stull was born in 1949
October 30, 2000 ~ Singer, actor Manolo Muñoz, full name Manuel Muñoz Velasco, passed away ~ Member of Los Gibson Boys. As a solo artist best known for his rendition of Speedy Gonzalez, released in 1962 ~ Muñoz was born in 1941
October 30, 2000 ~ Actor, singer, pianist, songwriter, TV personality Steve Allen, full name Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Rose to fame in 1954 as original host and co-creator of The Tonight Show, America's first late-night show. Hosted a number of other game and variety shows, perhaps most notably his own The Steve Allen Show starting in 1956. Prolific composer, by his own estimate having written over 8,500 songs including Cool Yule (Louis Armstrong, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bette Midler), Pretend You Don't See Her (Jerry Vale, Bobby Vee, Al Caiola), Meet Me Where They Play The Blues (Jack Teagarden, Andy Williams, Maria Muldaur), They've Got A Lot To Learn (Art Lund, Jennie Smith, Michael Dees) ~ Allen was born in 1921
October 30, 1978 ~ Country, country-pop singer Kassidy Osborn, full name Kassidy Lorraine Osborn, born ~ Member of sibling outfit SheDaisy, alongside Kristyn Osborn and Kelsi Osborn, known for songs such as Little Good-byes, This Woman Needs, Passenger Seat, Come Home Soon, Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing, all of which reached top 20 of the Billboard Country charts between the late 1990s and mid-2000s
October 30, 1978 ~ Singer Matthew Morrison, full name Matthew James Morrison, born in Ford Ord, California, USA ~ Known for a number of Broadway musicals such as 2002's Hairspray, as well as TV series such as Glee
October 30, 1978 ~ Gerard Scott, commonly known as punk rock, hard rock bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter Scott Sorry, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Worked with Amen, Brides Of Destruction, the Wildhearts and with Sorry & the Sinatras before embarking on a solo career releasing his When We Were Kings debut album in 2016
October 30, 1969 ~ Bassist, tubist, trumpeter Pops Foster passed away in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Worked with Jack Carey, Kid Ory, AJ Piron, King Oliver, Charlie Creath, Dewey Jackson, Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Art Hodes, Hot Lips Page, Jimmy Archey, Earl Hines, and others ~ Foster was born in 1892
October 30, 1969 ~ Darrin Kenneth O'Brien, commonly known as singer, actor Snow, born in Toronto, Canada ~ Best known for the single Informer, an international hit in 1992
October 30, 1969 ~ Antonio Sparbaro, commonly known as jazz drummer Tony Sbarbaro, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as drummer and last remaining original member of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, remaining with the band from 1917 until its disbandement over 5 decades later. Wrote or co-wrote several of the band's well-known songs, notably Mourning Blues. Has also worked with the Frayle Brothers, Papa Jack Laine, Merritt Brunies, Carl Randall, Miff Mole, Big Chief Russell Moore, Pee Wee Erwin, Eddie Condon, and others ~ Sparbaro was born in 1897
October 30, 1968 ~ Guitarist, trombonist, singer Malcolm Hale passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Lead guitarist of sunshine pop outfit Spanky & Our Gang, best known for their 1967 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit Sunday Will Never Be The Same. Subsequent hits would include Making Every Minute Count and Lazy Day. The band would disband shortly after Hale's death, though their remained popularity propelled the record label to reissue compilations and shelved recordings ~ Hale was born in 1941
October 30, 1968 ~ Proto-punk outfit MC5 play the first of two nights at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit ~ The proto-punk outfit led by Wayne Kramer record their pivotal Kick Out The Jams album live over two consecutive nights, October 30 and 31. Released in 1969 the album would receive unfavorable reviews, even called “ridiculous, overbearing, pretentious” by Rolling Stone. In time though it would be recognised as a forerunner to 1970s punk and protopunk and be regarded as one of the most influential albums of the late 1960s and arguably one of the most energetic live albums of all-time
October 30, 1963 ~ Jazz, funk drummer Billy Martin born ~ Best known as one third of the jazz-funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood, the other two being keyboardist John Medeski and bassist Chris Wood. Has also worked with Chuck Mangione, Bob Moses, Ned Rothenberg, the Lounge Lizards, John Lurie, Iggy Pop, Oren Bloedow, Chris Whitley, John Scofield, Dave Burrell, DJ Spooky, DJ Logic, Wicked Knee, DJ Olive, Maceo Parker, Calvin Weston, Marty Ehrlich, and others
October 30, 1962 ~ Jazz drummer, bandleader Johnny Stein, full name John Philip Hountha-Stein, passed away in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Worked with sidemen such Alcide Nunez, Eddie Edwards, Henry Ragas, Nick LaRocca, and others ~ Stein was born ca.1895
October 30, 1960 ~ Singer, pianist, organist, songwriter Grayson Hugh born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA ~ Known for songs such as Bring It All Back, How 'Bout Us and his 1988 hit Talk It Over
October 30, 1958 ~ Orchestra leader, saxophonist, composer Olav Dale born in Voss, Norway ~ Leader and sideman. Mostly saxophone, other woodwind too. Active since the mid-1970s. Worked with the Bergen Blues Band, Knut Kristiansen, Dag Arnesen, Oslo 13, Terje Rypdal, John Surman, the Lille Fron SaxofoKvartett, Sébastien Dubé, Frank Jacobsen, Stein Inge Brækhus, Torbjørn Hillersoy, Philip Catherine, Paquito d'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Gustavo Bergalli, Phil Woods, Andy Sheppard, Bennie Wallace, Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Martial Solal, Diana Krall, Mathias Rüegg, Gianluigi Trovesi, and others ~ Dale passed away in 2014
October 30, 1956 ~ Grace Bernadette Sisson, commonly known as folk singer Grace Griffith, born in La Plata, Maryland, USA ~ Member of the Hags, succeeded by Mary Chapin Carpenter. Formed the duo Hazlewood with Susan Graham White. Half a dozen albums to her name as a solo artist, starting with the indie released Every Hue And Shade album in 1993 later reissued as Grace ~ Sisson passed away in 2021
October 30, 1955 ~ Gospel singer Daryl Coley born in Berkeley, California, USA ~ Sang with Helen Stephens & the Voices Of Christ at age 14. Would go on to work with Edwin Hawkins Singers, James Cleveland, Tramaine Hawkins, Pete Escovedo, and others. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the album just Daryl released in 1986 ~ Coley passed away in 2016
October 30, 1954 ~ Anthony Graham Brown, commonly known as country singer T Graham Brown, born in Arabi, Georgia, USA ~ Released his I Tell It Like It Used To Be debut album in 1986. Would regularly reach the higher end of the country charts throughout the end of the decade. Best known for Hell And High Water, Don't Go To Strangers and Darlene, all of which topped the Billboard Country charts
October 30, 1954 ~ Trumpeter, pianist, singer, songwriter Tom Browne born in Queens, New York, USA ~ Best known for two early-1980s hits, namely Funkin' For Jamaica and Thighs High (Grab Your Hips And Move)
October 30, 1951 ~ Filiberto Sanchez, commonly known as conga player, bandleader, singer Poncho Sanchez, born in Laredo, Texas, USA ~ Worked with Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Hugh Masekela, Clare Fischer, Tower Of Power, Benny Golson, Art Pepper, Cal Tjader, Ilya Serov, and others
October 30, 1947 ~ R&B, doo-wop singer Julius Green born ~ Original member of the Mad Lads, known for Don't Have To Shop Around, I Want Someone, Patch My Heart, and others ~ Green passed away in 2013
October 30, 1946 ~ Pop, rock singer, guitarist Doug Parkinson, full name Douglas John Parkinson, born in Waratahs, Australia ~ Active since the mid-1960s fronting bands such as Strings & Things, the Questions, Fanny Adams, the Southern Star Band (I'll Be Around), and the Doug Parkinson Band. Has also acted in several musical plays, perhaps most notably in the role of Hawker in an Australian production of the Who rock opera Tommy in 1973 alongside Daryl Braithwaite, Bobby Bright, Jim Keays and Broderick Smith ~ Parkinson passed away in 2021
October 30, 1943 ~ Bassist Leo Lyons born in Bedfordshire, UK ~ Worked with Alvin Lee, the Jaybirds, Tony Sheridan, and Ten Years After. Active as a producer since the mid-1970s, working with artists such as UFO, Waysted, Motörhead, Richard Thompson, and others
October 30, 1941 ~ Leon Brown Berry, commonly known as swing saxophonist Chu Berry, passed away in Conneaut, Ohio, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Starting in the late 1920s Berry worked with Sammy Stewart, Benny Carter, Teddy Hill, Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, Spike Hughes, Bessie Smith, the Chocolate Dandies, Mildred Bailey, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Wingy Manone, Lionel Hampton, and others ~ Berry was born in 1910
October 30, 1940 ~ Songwriter, composer Charles Fox, full name Charles Ira Fox, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for co-writing Killing Me Softly With His Song with Lori Lieberman and Norman Gimbel, first recorded by Lieberman and popularized by Roberta Flack. Also known as a composer for film, scoring over 100 films including Barbarella and The Last American Hero, and TV, including the themes to TV shows such as Love American Style, The Love Boat, ABC's The Wide World Of Sports and the original series of Monday Night Football
October 30, 1939 ~ Songwriter Eddie Holland Jr born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Renowned songwriter, member of Motown songwriter, producer team Holland-Dozier-Holland. Artists who have recorded their songs include the Four Tops, the Temptations, the Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, the Miracles, the Elgins, Dionne Warwick, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, the Marvelettes, Stevie Wonder, Brenda Holloway, and others
October 30, 1937 ~ Salvator Cucchiara, commonly known as singer Tony Cucchiara, born in Agrigento, Italy ~ Best known for songs such as Annalisa and Vola Cuore Mio. Half of folk duo Tony & Nelly, the other half being his wife Nelly Fioramonti. Also known as playwriter with several musicals to his name, starting with 1970's Cassandra 2000 ~ Cucchiara passed away in 2018
October 30, 1934 ~ Rockabilly singer, pianist Ray Smith born in Melber, Kentucky, USA ~ Best known for Rockin' Little Angel, a 1960 million-seller on the Judd Records label ~ Smith passed away in 1979
October 30, 1932 ~ Label executive Bob Koester born in Wichita, Kansas, USA ~ Founder, owner of Delmark Records, renowned jazz and blues label started in the early 1950s with artists such as Speckled Red, Big Joe Williams, JD Short and James Crutchfield, pivotal to the 1960s blues revival
October 30, 1932 ~ Dpnald Lee Owen, commonly known as singer, guitarist, producer, songwriter Donnie Owens, born in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Close and long time associate of Lee Hazlewood. Session rhythm guitarist for Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Duane Eddy. As a solo artist known for recordings such as Need You, Ask Me Anything, Stormy Came To Town, Heart Attack, and Climbing The Walls. Produced albums by Barney Carl, Virgil Warner, Linda Owens, Honey Ltd, Suzi Jane Hokom, Buddy Long, Sanford Clark, Ann-Margret, Danny Michaels, Jimmie Lee Morris, and Joe Cannon. Wrote songs for Budd the Spudd & the Sprouts, Virgil Warner, Johnny Wakely, Ray Sharpe, Sanford Clark, and Mac Wiseman ~ Owens passed away in 1994
October 30, 1931 ~ Haywood S Warner, commonly known as blues singer Little Sonny Warner, born in Falls Church, Virginia, USA ~ Best known for his rendition of There's Something On Your Mind, originally by Big Jay McNeely, a gold record in 1959. Has worked with James Brown, Etta James and BB King ~ Warner passed away in 2007
October 30, 1930 ~ Jazz, bebop, hard bop trumpeter, composer Clifford Brown, full name Clifford Benjamin Brown, born in Wilmington, Delaware, USA ~ Revered and influential trumpeter despite leaving behind only four years of recordings, his career cut short by an untimely death. Died age 25 in the same car crash that killed pianist Richie Powell and Powell's wife Nancy. As a composer known for the jazz standards Sandu, Joy Spring and Daahoud. Influenced trumpeters such as Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan. Closely associated with drummer Max Roach. Also worked with Chris Powell, Tadd Dameron, JJ Johnson, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, and others ~ Brown passed away in 1956
October 30, 1928 ~ Saxophonist Bobby Jones born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Active since the late 1940s. Has worked with Ray McKinley, Hal McIntyre, Boots Randolph, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Jack Teagarden, Charles Mingus, Jimmy Raney, and others ~ Jones passed away in 1980
October 30, 1925 ~ Raphael Schecroun, commonly known as jazz pianist Errol Parker, born in Oran, French Algeria ~ Worked with Django Reinhardt, James Moody, Don Byas, Kenny Clarke, and others ~ Schecroun passed away in 1998
October 30, 1925 ~ Attilio Joseph Macero, commonly known as producer Teo Macero, born in Glens Falls, New York, USA ~ Was to jazz in the 1950s and beyond what Phil Spector was to pop-rock in the 1960s and beyond. Produced some of jazz's most influential and quintessential albums, working with artists such as Thelonious Monk (including Monk's Blues), Charles Mingus, Miles Davis (including Bitches Brew), Dave Brubeck, Count Basie, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson, and others. Also produced classical orchestral and contemporary works, Broadway recordings and soundtracks ~ Macero passed away in 2008
October 30, 1925 ~ R&B singer, bandleader Tommy Ridgley, full name Thomas Herman Ridgley, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Fronted the Untouchables. Debuted in 1949 with the single Shrewsbury Blues. Also known for songs such as Double Eyed Whammy, I've Heard That Story Before and Tra La La, the latter later covered by Pat Boone ~ Ridgley passed away in 1999
October 30, 1922 ~ Jean Baptiste Jacquet, commonly known as swing, bebop, jump blues saxophonist Illinois Jacquet born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best remembered for his solo on Lionel Hampton's Flying Home, generally regarded as the first R&B saxophone solo ~ Jacquet passed away 2004
October 30, 1912 ~ Leland James Gillette, commonly known as producer, label executive, A&R director Lee Gillette, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA ~ Headed the country division for Capitol Records starting in 1942, signing and producing acts such as Tex Ritter, Jack Guthrie, Jimmy Wakely, Merle Travis, Tex Williams, Tennessee Ernie Ford. Moved to the label's pop division in 1950, where he would produce Georgia Gibbs, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Stan Kenton, Vic Damone. Especially closely associated with Nat King Cole, producing all of Cole's recordings from 1950 onwards. Following Cole's death in 1965 Gillette suffered from depression and retired shortly afterwards, only occasionally producing thereafter ~ Gillette passed away in 1981
October 30, 1908 ~ Rubye Rose Blevins, commonly known as country singer, songwriter, actress Patsy Montana, born in Beaudry, Arkansas, USA ~ Best known for her signature song I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart released in 1935, the first million-seller by a female singer ~ Blevins passed away in 1996