This Day In Music: October 8
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October 8, 2021 ~ Drummer, songwriter Everett Morton, full name Everett Matthew Livingstone Morton, passed away ~ Reggae-influenced drummer known for his syncopated and polyrhythmic drumming. Member of ska revival band the Beat, known for hits such as The Tears Of A Clown, Mirror In The Bathroom, Too Nice To Talk To and perhaps their best-known Can't Get Used To Losing You ~ Morton was born in 1950
October 8, 2021 ~ Hard rock, psychedelic rock bassist, singer Jem Targal passed away ~ Member of the Third Power alongside Drew Abbott and Jim Craig, known for the moderately successful Believe album released in 1971. As a solo artist Targal is known for his 1978 Luckey Guy album ~ Targal was born in 1947
October 8, 2021 ~ James Francis Pembroke, commonly known as rock, blues-rock singer Jim Pembroke, passed away in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Member of the Blues Section, present on the 1967 pivotal eponymous Blues Section album. From 1969 frontman and main songwriter of Wigwam while enjoying a parallel solo career, releasing his Wicked Ivory debut album in 1972 ~ Pembroke was born in 1946
October 8, 2020 ~ Bassist, clarinetist, keyboardist Brian Locking passed away ~ Briefly a member of Cliff Richard's backing unit the Shadows, including in the Summer Holiday film. Has also worked with the Wildcats, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Joe Brown, Conway Twitty, Brenda Lee, and others ~ Locking was born in 1938
October 8, 2020 ~ Operatic soprano Erin Wall passed away ~ Closely associated with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Has also sung with the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Paris Opera ~ Wall was born in 1975
October 8, 2019 ~ Saxophonist, flutist, songwriter Malcolm Duncan, also known as Molly Duncan, passed away in Bocholt, Germany ~ Founding member of funk, pop, R&B outfit the Average White Band from 1972 to 1983, present on the acclaimed albums AWB which spawned the hit Pick Up The Pieces and Cut The Cake. Also worked with Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Buddy Guy, Ben E King, the Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Knee Deep, Cold Sweat & the Horny Horns, and others ~ Duncan was born in 1945
October 8, 2018 ~ Rock bassist Tim Chandler passed away ~ Closely associated with Daniel Amos, the Swirling Eddies, the Choir. Has sessioned for and toured with the likes of Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy, Chuck Girard, the Lost Dogs, Fernando Ortega, and others ~ Chandler was born in 1960
October 8, 2017 ~ Jazz, soul jazz drummer, singer Grady Tate passed away in Manhattan, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Got his start in music in the early 1960s working with Quincy Jones. Would go on to work with the New York Jazz Quartet during the 1970s. Drummed for Simon & Garfunkel during their famed 1981 Central Park concert. As a singer known best for I Got Six, Naught Number Nine and Fireworks. In-demand sideman, worked with Jimmy Smith, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stan Getz, Cal Tjader, Wes Montgomery, Eddie Harris, JJ Johnson, and others ~ Tate was born in 1932
October 8, 2016 ~ Pop rock singer, guitarist, bassist Don Ciccone, full name Donald Joseph Ciccone, passed away in Ketchum, Idaho, USA ~ Founding member of the Critters, known for songs such as Younger Girl and Mr Dieingly Sad. Member of the Four Seasons in the 1970s, present on December 1963 (Oh What A Night) and Rhapsody. Subsequently a member of the Shondells through 1987 ~ Ciccone was born in 1946
October 8, 2015 ~ Funk, rock singer, guitarist, producer Bruce Nazarian passed away ~ First-call session musician. Worked with George Clinton, Don Was, Earl Van Dyke, Richard Pistol Allen, Uriel Jones, Robert White, the Austin Moro Big Band, the 8th Day, Brownsville Station, the A-Band, Randy Jacobs, Midway, Millie Scott, Nighthawk, Jimmy Lifton, and others ~ Nazarian was born in 1949
October 8, 2015 ~ Pop rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Jim Diamond, full name James Aaron Diamond, passed away in London, UK ~ Lead singer of PhD, known for the 1982 UK top 10 hit I Won't Let You Down. As a solo artist known for 1984's I Should Have Known Better and 1986's Hi Ho Silver, both of which also reached top 10 in the UK ~ Diamond was born in 1951
October 8, 2013 ~ Singer Larry Verne passed away in Sylmar, California, USA ~ Best known for two early 1960s novelty songs, Mr Livingston and Mr Custer ~ Verne was born in 1936
October 8, 2013 ~ Philip Ryan, commonly known as singer, guitarist Philip Chevron passed away in Dublin, Ireland ~ Regarded as one of the most influential figures in Irish punk. Best known as lead guitarist of celtic punk rockers the Pogues. Chevron wrote several classic Pogues songs including Thousands Are Sailing and Lorelei. Previously fronted Radiators From Space ~ Ryan was born in 1957
October 8, 2011 ~ Opera singer Ingvar Wixell, full name Karl Gustaf Ingvar Wixell, passed away in Malmo, Sweden ~ Best known for major baritone roles in Giuseppe Verdi operas, including Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Aida and La Traviata ~ Wixell wa born in 1931
October 8, 2011 ~ Alternative rock, emo, indie rock bassist, guitarist, singer Mikey Welsh, full name Michael Edward Welsh, passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his association with Weezer, joining the band in 1998 replacing original bassist Matt Sharp. Present on the Weezer (Green Album) album released in 2001. Had previously played with Left Nut, Heretix, Jocobono, Juliana Hatfield. In 2001, Welsh suffered a mental breakdown and retired from music shortly thereafter ~ Welsh was born in 1971
October 8, 2011 ~ Saxophonist Piet Noordijk passed away ~ Worked with the Skymasters, the Ramblers, Malando, het Metropole Orkest ~ Noordijk was born in 1932
October 8, 2011 ~ Louis Jacob Weertz, commonly known as pianist Roger Williams, passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of Brass Monkey. Majored in piano but reportedly expelled for playing Smoke Gets In Your Eyes in the practice room instead of classical music. Known for songs such as Almost Paradise, Till, Near You, Born Free, and Autumn Leaves. The latter stands as the only piano instrumental since 1955 to top the Billboard charts ~ Weertz was born in 1924
October 8, 2010 ~ Gospel singer, songwriter, actress Albertina Walker passed away in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Influenced by Mahalia Jackson. Known for songs such as Please Be Patient With Me, I Can Go To God In Prayer, The Best Is Yet To Come, The Impossible Dream, and Joy Will Come. Worked with the Pete Williams Singers, the Willie Webb Singers, the Robert Anderson Singers, the Caravans, James Cleveland, Bessie Griffin, Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Inez Andrews, Loleatta Holloway, John McNell, Cassietta George, Delores Washington, the Cathedral Of Love Choir, Metro Mass Choir, the West Point Choir, the Sisters Of Glory, Thelma Houston, CeCe Peniston, Phoebe Snow, Lois Walden, and others ~ Walker was born in 1929
October 8, 2003 ~ Ranchera singer, pianist Angela Aguilar, full name Angela Aguilar Alvarez, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Daughter of Pepe Aguilar and sister of Leonardo Aguilar, both singers. Released her Primero Soy Mexicana debut album in 2018 earning her three Grammy Award-nominations including for Best New Artist making her the youngest person to achieve this feat
October 8, 1999 ~ Bossa nova, jazz pianist, keyboardist Manfredo Fest passed away in Tampa Bay, Florida, USA ~ Husband of composer Lili Fest, father of guitarist Phill Fest. Worked with Humberto Clayber, Antonio Pinheiro, Hector Costita, Sérgio Mendes, the Flecktones, and others ~ Fest was born in 1936
October 8, 1998 ~ Free jazz tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman born ~ Leader and sideman. Active since the late 1960s. Co-founded Emergency with bassist Bob Reid. Has alos worked with artists such as Cecil Taylor, Larry Ochs, William Winant, Lisle Ellis, the Rova Saxophone Quartet, Raphe Malik, William Hooker, and others ~ Spearman was born in 1947
October 8, 1997 ~ Annabell Avery Thorne, commonly known as singer, actress Bella Thorne, born in Penbroke Pines, Florida, USA ~ Best known as an actress, first gaining attention playing the role of CeCe Jones in the Disney series Shake It Up from 2010 to 2013. As a singer released a number of recordings, most notably 2014's Call It Whatever which charted reasonably well on the Billboard dance charts
October 8, 1997 ~ Folk singer Jimmy Ferguson, full names James Francis Ferguson, passed away in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA ~ Founded Canadian folk outfit the Irish Rovers with George Millar, the band would also include Joe Millar, Vic Marcus and Doug Henderson ~ Ferguson was born in 1940
October 8, 1994 ~ Jazz saxophonist, arranger John Neely passed away in Richton Park, Illinois, USA ~ Worked with King Fleming, Clifford Jordan, Earl Washington, Walter Perkins, Lionel Hampton, and others ~ Neely was born in 1930
October 8, 1991 ~ Singer, producer, DJ Lodewijk Fluttert, more commonly known as Bakermat, born in Markelo, the Netherlands ~ Jazz and soul influenced Dutch DJ and producer mashing up electronic, techno, deep and tropical house and incorporating a wide array of live musicians on-stage. Majored in psychology. Hit the Dutch, Belgian and French charts in late 2012, early 2013 with Vandaag and has been recording and performing to critical acclaim and commercial success since. Bakermat's earlier work is considered to be at the forefront of tropical or melodic house, alongside the works of Klingande, Kungs, Lost Frequencies, Felix Jaehn, Sam Feldt, Thomas Jack and Kygo
October 8, 1990 ~ Barrie James Wilson, commonly known as baroque pop, rock, progressive rock drummer BJ Wilson, passed away in Eugene, Oregon, USA ~ Member of the Paramounts, known for their 1963 single Poison Ivy. Declined an offer by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to join Led Zeppelin. Best known as longtime drummer for Procol Harum, joining the band in 1967 right after the succes of their A Whiter Shade Of Pale debut single and present on all subsequent recordings through 1977 ~ Wilson was born in 1947
October 8, 1990 ~ Country, pop, soul singer, pianist, guitarist, drummer, songwriter Trent Harmon born in Amory, Mississippi, USA ~ Winner of the 15th season of American Idol in 2016
October 8, 1985 ~ Peter Gene Hernandez, commonly known as pop, R&B, funk, soul singer, guitarist, pianist, drummer Bruno Mars born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ~ Probably the youngest Elvis Presley impersonator in history, performing with his family's band at age 3. One third of producer, songwriter team the Smeezingtons, alongside Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine. Guested on singles such as BoB's Nothing On You and Travie McCoy's Billionaire. As a solo artist rose to stardom starting with international charttoppers Just The Way You Are, Grenade and The Lazy Song of his 2010 debut Doo-wops & Hooigans album. Would go on to score numerous international hits, at times collaborating with Cardi B, Gucci Mane, Kodak Black, Ed Sheeran, Lil' Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Mark Ronson and others. Has sold over 130 million records to date
October 8, 1984 ~ Eder Almeida Viera, commonly known as rapper Bollebof, born in Sau Nicolau, Cape Verde ~ Guested on F1rstman's Round & Round, a modest 2015 hit in the Netherlands also featuring Lil' Kleine and Dyna
October 8, 1982 ~ Bassist Bas van Wageningen born in The Hague, the Netherlands ~ Founding member, bassist of Di-rect, known for hits such as Inside My Head, She, Als Je Iets Kan Doen, Hungry For Love, Cool Without You and A Good Thing, all of which reached top 10 in the Netherlands
October 8, 1982 ~ Daniel Carrillo, commonly known as rapper, producer Termanology, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA ~ First gained attention with the 2006 single Watch How It Go Down. Released a full-length solo album Politics As Usual in 2008. Collaborated with DJ Premier, Pete Rock, the Large Professor, Easy Mo Bee, Buckwild, Statik Selektah, Kid Ink, Cory Gunz, DJ Kay Slay, Sheek Louch, Lil' Fame, Sean Price, Inspectah Deck, Skyzoo, and others
October 8, 1981 ~ Jazz guitarist Oscar Moore, full name Oscar Frederick Moore, passed away in Clark, Nevada, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Best known for his association with Nat King Cole. Brother of singer Johnny Moore, with whom he also worked. Also collaborated with Leon René, Helen Humes, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, Leroy Vinnegar, Charles Brown, Lester Young, Buddy Rich, and others ~ Moore was born in 1916
October 8, 1979 ~ Jazz double bassist David Izenzon passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Paul Bley, Archie Shepp, Sonny Rollins, Bill Dixon, Ornette Coleman, Harold McNair, Yoko Ono, Perry Robinson, Paul Motian, Jaki Byard, Steve Kuhn, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Joseph Scianni, Bob Thiele, and others ~ Izenzon was born in 1932
October 8, 1979 ~ Indie rock singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter Patrick Watson born in Lancaster, California, USA ~ Blends cabaret pop, classical music influences with indie rock. Acclaimed for the 2006 Close To Paradise album
October 8, 1978 ~ Jazz guitarist Mike Moreno born in Houston, Texas, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Cites Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, and Bill Frisell as main musical influences. Worked with Joshua Redman, Lizz Wright, Nicholas Payton, Meshell Ndegeocello, Greg Osby, Wynton Marsalis, Rober Glasper, Stefon Harris, Aaron Parks, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett, Ravi Coltrane, Bilal, Q-Tip, John Ellis, Jeremy Pelt, Marcus Strickland, Jesse Chandler, Kendrick Scott, Gaetano Partipilo, Michael Janisch, Brince Winston, and James Francies
October 8, 1976 ~ Tony Simon, commonly known as hip-hop DJ, producer Blockhead, born in New York, New York, USA ~ As a DJ, recording artist well over a dozen albums to his name. Best known as a producer for the likes of Murs, Illogic, Party Fun Action Committee, the Mighty Jones, and especially Aesop Rock.
October 8, 1974 ~ Jazz saxophonist, clarinettist Harry Carney, full name Harry Howell Carney, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for spending over four decades as a member of the Duke Ellington orchestra. Also worked with Benny Goodman (The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert), with Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Hodges, Billy Taylor, and others ~ Carney was born in 1910
October 8, 1969 ~ Jazz bassist Gulleiv Wee born in Sandnes, Norway ~ Best known as member of the September When. Has also worked with Wibutee, Anne Grete Preus, Morten Abel, Sigvart Dagsland, Live Maria Roggen, and others
October 8, 1968 ~ Corey Brent Penn Sr, commonly known as rapper CL Smooth, born in New Rochelle, New York, USA ~ Half of the hip-hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth known for their 1992 hit They Reminisce Over You (TROY), which became a staple of classic golden age hip-hop, and for collaborations with artists such as Johnny Gill, Heavy D & the Boyz and Run-DMC (on the 1993 track Down With The King)
October 8, 1968 ~ DJ, keyboardist Leeroy Thornhill born in Barking, UK ~ Dancer and occassional keyboardist for the Prodigy, leaving the band in 2000. Has recorded a number of unnoticed solo EPs under various monikers. Would go on to play DJ sets at larger venues, work as a remixer for artists including Subsonica, and found the nu-skool breaks Electric Tastebuds record label
October 8, 1967 ~ House, R&B, dance-pop singer, pianist, violinist Joi Cardwell, full name Joi Bernadette Cardwell, born in New York, New York, USA ~ First gained attention in the early 1990s as guest vocalist on Lil Louis' dance hits Club Lonely and Saved My Life. Debuted as a solo artist in 1995 with the album The World Is Full Of Trouble, spawning hits such as Jump For Joi and Love & Devotion. Would go on to score with singles such as Soul To Bare, Run To You, Found Love, Freedom, and It's Over
October 8, 1966 ~ Drummer, singer, actor Martijn Bosman born in the Netherlands ~ Worked with Kane, Gotcha, Guus Meeuwis, Lois Lane, Venice, and others
October 8, 1964 ~ Priscilla Marie Winans, commonly known as gospel, R&B singer CeCe Winans, born in Detroit, Michigan, USA ~ Half of Bebe & CeCe Winans, the other half being her brother BeBe Winans, known for songs such as Heaven, Addictive Love, and It's OK. As a solo artist recording since the mid-1990s, won a dozen Grammy Awards, sold over 17 millions records, making her the all-time best-selling female gospel artist. Known for singles such as Well Alright, the Lauryn Hill-penned On That Day and Anybody Wanna Pray. Close friend of Whitney Houston, with whom she also duetted on Count On Me from the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, and Godmother to Houston's daughter. Also collaborated with Barbara Mandrell, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Patti Labelle, Mary Mary, and others
October 8, 1964 ~ Jazz trumpeter Conrad Gozzo passed away in Burbank, California, USA ~ Worked with Glen Gray, Stan Kenton, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Ella Fitzgerald, Georgie Auld, Louie Bellson, Hoagy Carmichael, Benny Carter, Sammy Davis Jr, Pete Rugolo, and others ~ Gozzo was born in 1922
October 8, 1962 ~ Singer, songwriter Jon Stevens born in Upper Hut, New Zealand ~ Released a number of overlooked solo albums before finding succes as frontman of Noiseworks in the late-1980s, scoring hits with Take Me Back, Touch and Hoy Chilli Woman. Has also fronted INXS for a number of years in the early 2000s after the death of Michael Hutchence, notably present on the 2003 single I Get Up. Has also starred as Judas in an Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and collaborated with the Dead Daisies, Dave Stewart, Kate Ceberano, and others
October 8, 1961 ~ Pop-punk, rock bassist, keyboardist, singer, songwriter Michie Nakatani born in Osaka, Japan ~ Cites the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Jam and Red Kross as influences. Formed Shonen Knife in 1981 with Naoko Yamano. Nakatani left the band and departed from music altogether in 1999
October 8, 1961 ~ Trumpeter, slide trumpeter, bandleader Steven Bernstein born in Washington DC, USA ~ Over half a dozen albums to his name as leader or co-leader. Perhaps best known for his work with Sexmob. Also closely associated with the Lounge Lizards, Spanish Fly and the Millennial Territory Orchestra. Collaborated with Roswell Rudd, Don Byron, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Linda Ronstadt, Digable Planets, Sting, Levon Helm, Rufus Wainwright, Nels Cline, Mario Pavone, the Baby Loves Jazz Band, Elton John, and others
October 8, 1961 ~ Jazz pianist, keyboardist Ted Kooshian born in San Jose, California, USA ~ Worked with Ed Palermo Big Band, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Marvin Hamlisch, Edgar Winter, Sarah Brightman, Blood Sweat & Tears, and others. Has released four solo albums, starting with Clockwork in 2004
October 8, 1960 ~ Glam metal, heavy metal guitarist Rick Steier born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA ~ Member of Kingdom Come, present on the band's first two albums including the acclaimed 1988 eponymous Kingdom Come debut album. Would go on to work with Wild Horses and Warrant
October 8, 1959 ~ Fionan Martin Hanvey, commonly known as singer, songwriter, actor, painter Gavin Friday, born in Dublin, Ireland ~ Founded and fronted post-punk group the Virgin Prunes. After the band broke up devoted himself to painting, sharing a studio with Charlie Whisker, Prunes bandmate Guggi and childhood friend U2's Bono. Has also musically collaborated with the latter on several occasions, notably on the soundtracks for In The Name Of The Father and In America. Songs from both films, respectively You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart sung by Sinéad O'Connor and In America sung by Andrea Corr, would be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Friday has released several solo albums, notably the acclaimed Adam 'n' Eve in 1992, and collaborated with artists such as Maurice Seezer, Quincy Jones, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Fall, Dave Ball, Shannon McNally, and with Talking Heads members Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth
October 8, 1957 ~ Singer, pianist Jerry Lee Lewis records Great Balls Of Fire at Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee ~ Written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer. Produced by Sam Phillips. Raw, wild, explosive, would become one of Lewis' signature songs and one of the tunes that defined rock & roll. Lewis is backed by Sidney Stokes on bass, Roland Janes on guitar and Jimmy Van Eaton on drums. Released the next month, paired with You Win Again featured on the flipside
October 8, 1955 ~ Bassist, composer, producer James Singleton, full name James Evan Singleton, born ~ Worked with John Scofield, Stanton Moore, John Medeski, John Abercrombie, the Astral Project, Art Baron, Ellis Marsalis Jr, Earl Tubinto, Eddie Harris, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Lionel Hampton, Arnett Cobb, Banu Gibson, Chet Baker, Alvin Tyler, James Booker, Johnny Adams, Charlie Rich, Zachary Richard, Robert Walter, Rob Wagner, Oliver Bou, Steve Masakowski, and others
October 8, 1953 ~ Bassist, singer, songwriter Anthony Kenney born ~ Best known as member of the Kentucky Headhunters from 1968 through 1982 and again from 1992 through 2008
October 8, 1953 ~ Country singer, guitarist Ricky Lee Phelps born in Edmonton, Kentucky, USA ~ Formed the duo Brother Phelps with his brother guitarist, singer Ricky Lee Phelps. The duo would score a number a early 1990s country hits, their highest charting being Let Go reaching top 10 Billboard Country in 1993. Prior both brothers had played with the Kentucky Headhunters, leaving the band after the successful 1989 Pickin' On Nashville debut album
October 8, 1951 ~ Singer, songwriter, actress Caroline Peyton born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, USA ~ Known for a number of 1970s albums, notably Mock Up and Intuition. Would go on to appear in theatrical productions, including on Broadway, and work as a voice actress in Disney animated films. Released a self-penned album, Homeseeker's Paradise, in 2014 ~ Peyton passed away in 2021
October 8, 1950 ~ Robert Earl Bell, commonly known as jazz, R&B, funk, soul, disco singer, bassist Robert Kool Bell born in Youngstown, Ohio, USA ~ Founding and longtime member of Kool & the Gang, known for hits such Ladies Night, Celebrate, Something Special and Emergency, all of which reached the Billboard top 20
October 8, 1950 ~ Bluegrass guitarist, mandolinist Ruis Barenberg born ~ Influenced by Clarence White. Worked with Heartlands, Fiddle Fever, the Laughing Hands, Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, Maura O'Connell, Béla Fleck, Mel Tillis, Randy Travis, Ray Repp, Peter Wernick, Hazel Dickens, Andy Statman, Bill Keith, Rodney Miller, Tony Trischka, Alison Krauss, Hugh Moffatt, Roy Book Binder, Mark O'Connor, Jesse Winchester, Laurie Lewis, Rhonda Vincent, Darol Anger, Chris Thile, Bryan Sutton, Charlie Haden, Steve Martin, Craig Duncan, and others
October 8, 1949 ~ Guitarist, bassist, singer Hamish Stuart, full name James Hamish Stuart, born in Glasgow, UK ~ Best known as a member of the Average White Band from 1972 to 1982, including on the acclaimed albums AWB which spawned the hit Pick Up The Pieces and Cut The Cake. Has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and David Sanborn. Wrote or co-wrote songs for Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne, George Benson, Diana Ross, and for Atlantic Starr, notably the 1986 hit If Your Heart Isn't In It for the latter
October 8, 1948 ~ John William Cummings, commonly known as guitarist, singer Johnny Ramone, born in Forest Hills, New York, USA ~ Co-founding member and rhythm guitarist of the Ramones. Known within the punk community as one of the few conservatives and a staunch supporter of the GOP. The UK single Bonzo Goes To Bitburg would be retitled My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg) on American releases as Cummings found the title insulting to Reagan, at the time US President ~ Cummings passed away in 2004
October 8, 1948 ~ Bluegrass banjoist Lynn Morris born ~ Won the 1974 National Banjo Championship, making her the first female to achieve this feat. Member of City Limits and Whetstone Run. Founded her own group, the Lynn Morris Band, in the late 1980s whose members over time included Jesse Brock, Tad Marks, David McLaughlin, Audie Blaylock and her husband Marshall Wilborn
October 8, 1947 ~ Anthony Wilson, commonly known as funk, soul, pop bassist, songwriter, singer Tony Wilson born in Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago ~ Founding member of Hot Chocolate, known for hits such as Love Is Life, Emma, Brother Louie and You Sexy Thing, all co-written by Wilson. Shared lead vocal duties with Errol Brown on the band's early albums
October 8, 1944 ~ Singer, songwriter Josephine Armstead, commonly known as Jo Armstead in Yazoo, Mississippi, USA ~ Sang backup for Bobby Blue Bland. Member of the Ikettes, backing Ike Turner & Tina Turner. As a songwriter teamed with Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson writing hits for Ray Charles (Let's Go Get Stoned), Chuck Jackson, Maxine Brown, Aretha Franklin (Cry Like A Baby), Ruby Andrews, Garland Green, Tina Britt, Ronnie Milsap, Syl Johnson (Come On Sock It To Me), Carl Carlton, and others. Also sang backup for Esther Phillips, Roberta Flack, Quincy Jones, BB King, David Bromberg, Randall Bramblett, Burt Bacharach, Taj Mahal, Nina Simone, Stephanie Mills, Luther Vandross and was cast in the 1972 Broadway production of Don't Play Us Cheap in the role of Mrs Washington
October 8, 1942 ~ Reese Francis Clifford III, commonly known as singer Buzz Clifford, born in Berwyn, Illinois, USA ~ Best known for his 1961 hit Baby Sitting Boogie ~ Clifford passed away in 2018
October 8, 1942 ~ Pop singer, actor Jackie Dennis born in Edinburgh, UK ~ Best known for his 1958 single La Dee Dah, which reached top 10 in the UK ~ Dennis passed away in 2020
October 8, 1941 ~ Rock & roll, country guitarist George Bellamy born in Sunderland, UK ~ Father of Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. Active since the late 1950s. Best known as member of the Tornados, present on their instrumental hit Telstar and co-writer of Ridin' The Wind. Also worked with Don Charles, Rough Terrain, the Lyrics, and others
October 8, 1941 ~ Songwriter, lyricist Gus Kahn, full name Gustave Gerson Kahn, passed away in Beverly Hills, California, USA ~ Songwriting partner of Richard Whiting, Walter Donaldson, Ira Gershwin, Ted Fio Rito, George Gershwin, Nacio Herb Brown, and others. Songs co-written by Kahn include Who Wants Love (Billie Holiday), Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Ozzie Nelson, Dinah Shore, Patti Page, the Mamas & the Papas), Love Me Or Leave Me (Ruth Etting, Perry Como, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone), I'll See You In My Dreams (Isham Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Boone, the Platters), It Had To Be You (the Ambassadors, Betty Hutton, Eddy Arnold, Ray Charles), and others ~ Kahn was born in 1886
October 8, 1941 ~ Gospel quartet the Selah Jubilee Singers record Just A Closer Walk With Thee ~ Released in 1941 as the B-side of A-Walking In The Light Of God. Lead vocals by Thurman Ruth and John Ford. Arguably the definitive version of this traditional gospel song, Sister Rosetta Tharpe's 1941 version a close runner-up
October 8, 1940 ~ Bassist, singer Fred Cash born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA ~ Founding member of the Impressions alongside Sam Gooden and Curtis Mayfield
October 8, 1939 ~ Jazz double bassist Aladar Pege born in Hungary ~ Dubbed the “ Niccolò Paganini of double bass” ~ Pege passed away in 2006
October 8, 1935 ~ Radio DJ, TV host George Klein born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Personal friend of Elvis Presley from the time they met in 8th grade in Humes High School till the time of Elvis's untimely death ~ Klein passed away in 2019
October 8, 1934 ~ Blues singer, songwriter Marion James born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ~ Considered Nashville's “Queen of the Blues” ~ James passed away in 2015
October 8, 1932 ~ Steel guitarist Pete Drake born in Augusta, Georgia, USA ~ In-demand backup musician of the 1960s. Played on hits such as Rose Garden (Lynn Anderson), Lay Lady Lay (Bob Dylan), and Stand By Your Man (Tammy Wynette) ~ Drake passed away in 1988
October 8, 1930 ~ Park Frederick Adams III, commonly known as jazz baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, born in Highland Park, Michigan, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Donald Byrd, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Willie Wlls, Little John Wilson, Lucky Thompson, Beans Richardson, Kenny Burrell, Stan Kenton, Lee Katzman, Kenny Clarke, Curtis Fuller, Quincy Jones, Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Charles Mingus, Teddy Charles, Pony Poindexter, Marcus Belgrave, Thelonious Monk, Lionel Hampton, Sal Salvador, Ella Fitzgerald, Rein de Graaff, the Per Husby Trio, Ray Alexander, Mose Allison, Gene Ammons, Walter Bishop Jr, Joshua Breakstone, Hank Crawford, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Forrest, Red Garland, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Harris, Philly Joe Jones, Peter Leitch, Herbie Mann, Arif Mardin, Howard McGhee, Helen Merrill, Blue Mitchell, Oliver Nelson, Duke Pearson, Ben Sidran, Shorty Rogers, Idrees Sulieman, Toots Thielemans, and others ~ Adams passed away in 1986
October 8, 1930 ~ Composer Toru Takemitsu born in Tokyo, Japan ~ Founding member Jikken Kobo, considered a highly influential experimental, avant-garde collective. Influenced by Olivier Messiaen, Claude Debussy and traditional Japanese music. Wrote several hundreds compositions, scored over 90 films, authored twenty books on aesthetics and music theory. Best known for his 1957 Requiem For String Orchestra ~ Takemitsu passed away in 1996
October 8, 1929 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Paulinho Nogueira born in Campinas, Brazil ~ With influences ranging from bossa nova to Johann Sebastian Bach Noguiera has well over two dozen albums to his name and is especially acclaimed for his 1994 eponymous Paulinho Noguiera album and Tons E Semitons released in 1997 ~ Noguiera passed away in 2003
October 8, 1927 ~ R&B, blues drummer Al Duncan born in McKinney, Texas, USA ~ Considered a forefather of rhythm & blues. In-demand session drummer. Has worked with Billy The Kid Emerson, Buddy Guy, Dale Hawkins, Red Holloway, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Camille Howard, Phil Upchurch, and others ~ Duncan passed away in 1995
October 8, 1926 ~ Julia Rosa Capristan Garcia, commonly known as singer Carmencita Lara, born in Paijan, Peru ~ Sang waltzes, marineras, huyanos, polas, pasillo. Known for songs such as Olvidala Amigo, Ciavel Marchito, Lara Milagro, and El Arbol De Mi Casa ~ Garcia passed away in 2018
October 8, 1926 ~ Operatic tenor Gaetano Bardini born in Riparbella, Italy ~ Italian tenor, popular in the Czech Republic. Known for recordings with conductors such as Jan Stych and Ino Savini, orchestras such as the Prague Smetana, the Brno State Opera and the Prague Chamber Orchestra ~ Bardini passed away in 2017
October 8, 1923 ~ Owen Joseph Igoe, commonly known as jazz drummer, educator Sonny Igoe, born in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA ~ Active from the mid-1950 through the late 1980s. Worked with Buddy Stewart, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Frances Wayne, Neal Hefti, Rita Moss, Charlie Ventura, Tony Bennett, Billy Maxted, Chuck Wayne, Don Elliott, Joe Wilder, Phil Napoleon, Sammy Spear, Pee Wee Erwin, Dick Meldonian, Billy Dodd, and others ~ Igoe passed away in 2012
October 8, 1919 ~ Jazz vibraphonist, saxophonist Flavio Ambrosetti born in Lugano, Switzerland ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Rio de Gregori, Gil Cuppini, Hazy Osterwald, Raymond Court, George Gruntz, his son Franco Ambrosetti, Daniel Humair, Dexter Gordon, Phil Woods, and others ~ Ambrosetti passed away in 2012
October 8, 1919 ~ Harold Joseph Singer, commonly known as R&B saxophonist, bandleader Hal Cornbread Singer born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA ~ Best known for Fine As Wine, Corn Bread and Beef Stew. Leader, sideman, saxophonist, session musician. Worked with Ernie Fields, Jay McShann, Hot Lips Page, Earl Hines, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Al Grey, and others ~ Singer passed away in 2020
October 8, 1917 ~ Jazz pianist George Webb, full name George Horace Webb, born ~ Led the Dixielanders. Sidemen included Humphrey Lyttelton, Wally Fawkes, Eddie Harvey, and others ~ Webb passed away in 2010
October 8, 1916 ~ Clarinetist, arranger Bill Stegmeyer born ~ Worked with Austin Wylie, Glenn Miller, Bob Crosby, Billy Butterfield, Yank Lawson, the Lawson-Haggart Band, Bobby Hackett, Will Bradley, Billie Holiday, Bob Haggart, Jimmy McPartland, Ruby Braff, and others ~ Stegmeyer passed away in 1968
October 8, 1909 ~ Operatic, concert baritone singer Mack Harrell, full name Mack Kendree Harrell Jr, born in Celeste, Texas, USA ~ Considered one of the finest lieder singer of his generation. Married to vioinist Marjorie Fulton. Father of cellist, director Lynn Harrell ~ Harrell passed away in 1960
October 8, 1906 ~ Jazz trumpeter Wendell Culley, full name Wendell Phillips Culley, born in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA ~ Worked with Horace Henderson, Cab Calloway, extensively with Noble Sissle, with Lionel Hampton, and with Count Basie ~ Culley passed away in 1983
October 8, 1905 ~ Raul Salvador Intini Pepe, commonly known as actor, singer, screenwriter, director Raul Roulien, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ~ Widely considered the first male Brazilian star in Hollywood. As a singer enjoyed popularity in his native Brazil during the late 1920s. Moved to Hollywood by the early 1930 where he would feature in over a dozen films, notably 1933's Flying Down To Rio starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers ~ Intini passed away in 2000